Ahead of Biden takeover, China affirms support in ethnic conflict

One week before the U.S. presidential inauguration, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi reaffirmed Beijing’s support for Myanmar in its handling of ethnic conflicts. In a meeting with President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Government quells talk of martial law in Rakhine State

The government has officially dismissed rumors of possible martial law in parts of embattled Rakhine State. In a June 15 press conference, U Myint Than, director-general of the Ministry of the Office of the Union Government, claimed the state’s

UN Security Council to discuss Rakhine

The UN Security Council will meet Thursday this week to discuss escalating violence in Rakhine and Chin States, which has affected efforts to contain COVID-19. The closed-door meeting will be held over video conference and will include statements fro

US org calls out Chinese ties to armed groups

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent organization funded by the US government, has published a lengthy expose of Chinese business ties to armed groups in Kayin state. The report expresses concerns about lack of oversight and co
Seven killed in Myanmar monastery shelling

Rakhine civilian deaths highlight propaganda war

Eight civilians were killed last week in the embattled Rakhine state, according to local officials. Neither the government nor the Arakan Army (AA) separatist group have taken responsibility. Reports claim the eight civilians were killed by stray art

Cancelled forums threaten FDI

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the cancellation of four regional investment forums that would have introduced prospective investors to opportunities throughout the country. Forums scheduled for Yangon, Bago, Sagaing and Mandalay have been called of