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

India says China is aiding Myanmar rebels

Indian officials have accused China of using Myanmar rebel groups to support proxy wars on its borders. Speaking to press, the officials (who remained anonymous) claimed China was working with the United Wa State Army and the Arakan Army to funnel we
Government and NCA groups peace summit success

Can a high level meeting revive decaying peace?

On January 8th, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Military officials met with representatives of ten ethnic armed groups to discuss revitalizing Myanmar’s once promising peace process. The Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM

Shan fighting again disrupts trade

Ongoing fighting in Shan State has once again begun disrupting land trade with China. Recent operations by the Northern Alliance of armed ethnic groups has kicked off fresh skirmishes along one of Myanmar’s most important trade routes, and frei
No Cease-fire Deal With Northern Alliance, But Parties Agree to Another Meeting in Myanmar

Northern Alliance will not agree to ceasefire

The Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) claims the Northern Alliance (NA) is not interested in signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and is not likely to agree to the conditions like the other groups. The recent surge in violence between the military
No agreement, but both sides upbeat at Kyaingtong talks

Negotiations with Northern Alliance do not produce ceasefire

On September 17, government peace negotiators conducted a highly anticipated meeting with members of the Northern Alliance in the town of Kengtung, Shan State. The session ended with no bilateral ceasefire agreement. However, Zaw Htay, director gener