Chiang Mai summit of NCA signatories considers scrapping its Steering Team
Karen group says two sides agree on need to resume regular political dialogue
Hong Liang will be remembered for his aggressive efforts on behalf of China’s infrastructure, security goals.
Total of 6,520 prisoners released including many drug convicts; Arakanese politician, author not included
Karenni party, Loikaw gov’t agree to keep channels open at meeting attended by military, Union-level officials
Not welcome in the West, Tatmadaw leaders are boosting arms purchases from Russia and consultations with China, despite the latter’s ongoing support for border-based EAOs.
KIO vice chair Gen. Gun Maw denies China pressuring his group to join NCA, but says gov’t refusing to allow IDPs to go home until it signs; he urges gov’t, China to hold public
The development of the Wa capital Panghsang symbolizes the UWSA’s transformation into a force to be reckoned with, militarily and politically.
In the past 2 years the UWSA has acquired a formidable military and become increasingly bold in asserting its claims of statehood.
Recent reports suggest Myanmar’s largest armed group has been acquiring sophisticated new systems from China.
In Armed Forces Day speech, Tatmadaw deputy chief issues strong warning to AA, urges all ethnic armed groups to come to the negotiating table
In a wide-ranging interview, the US envoy gives The Irrawaddy his thoughts on the many domestic and international challenges facing Myanmar, and the state of the bilateral relation
Unlike at previous press conferences, military’s information team declines to release fresh casualty figures
The ethnic organizations—all non-signatories to the NCA—are due to meet NRPC and Tatmadaw teams
Trust between ethnic groups is breaking down, monasteries have become IPD camps and people are being forced to join ethnic armies.