Myanmar is right to worry about Beijing’s influence, but China-bashing isn’t the answer. The message to China—and to all—should be clear: Respect Myanmar’s sovereignty.
16 The News For 16 November 2019
US President Trump has followed his snub of ASEAN’s Bangkok summit by inviting the bloc’s leaders to Washington, but it remains to be seen if they’re in a mood to accept.
Various international models are available, but one way or another the Myanmar military must address the demands of ethnic minorities if the country is to achieve peace.
This week’s jailing of a satirical performance troupe continues a worrying trend of official legal action against critics of the government and military.
Ahead of the Int'l Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, it’s worth reflecting on the link between the right to information and the right to expression.
The Restoration Council of Shan State claims the military is trying to undermine the peace process.
Whereas previous governments walked a diplomatic tightrope to achieve ‘neutrality’ in foreign affairs, the current government seems less surefooted.
The Yangon regional government took another significant step away from transparency on Tuesday, excluding media deemed unfriendly from an official press conference.
Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?
Under the NLD government, inflation has rebounded after an initial fall, while prices have risen steadily. The Irrawaddy’s infographics illustrate key data since 2016.
As insurgent threats mount, the military’s calls for a top-level security meeting grow louder.
To capitalize on the existing momentum in the peace process, the Myanmar Army should extend the unilateral ceasefire it terminated in mid-September.
China’s involvement in Myanmar’s peace process is guided by strategic self-interest, even as it benefits from the conflicts through arms sales and resource extraction.
While they value the business, locals in the tourism industry say the govt opened the door to mass tourism from China without considering cultural, environmental impacts.
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