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World focus on Burma (30-12-2009)

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US renews hand to Myanmar

AFP – ‎

… and meaningful efforts by the Burmese government to fulfill the Burmese peoples’ democratic aspirations,” it said, using Myanmar’sBurma. …

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Brown blasts Myanmar junta’s treatment of Suu Kyi

Press TV – ‎

… with opposition leaders excluded and with no international oversight, the military rulers will be condemning Burma (Myanmar) to more years of diplomatic …

The Worst Places on Earth: 2010 Edition

Canada Free Press – Alan Caruba

The people of Myanmar, formerly Burma, live under the iron rule of a military junta. The 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi has been …

UK continues to support a democratic Burma


He added that if the forthcoming elections in Burma are genuinely inclusive, free and fair, then the whole of the international community is ready to stand …

PM calls for ‘genuine dialogue’ in Burma – Mike Trudeau

She has remained detained in Myanmar for the majority of the last 20 years. In August 2009 her sentence was extended by 18 months after American John Yettaw …

No Border Guard Force Deadline for KIO

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Yan Naing – ‎

The Burmese military regime have lifted the deadline for agreement over their border guard force demand with the Kachin Independence …

IT Exhibition Flops in Mandalay

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Min Lwin – ‎

Sources said that, since 2008, the following firms have invested in Burma’s IT development projects at Yadanabon Cyber City: Myanmar Teleport, …

Looking for Light in 2010

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – ‎

Early on, the plight of Rohingya refugees made headlines, highlighting a humanitarian crisis that is just one of many in Burma. Signs of closer ties between …

Change Must Come From Within

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Aung Zaw – ‎

He is an avid Burma watcher and has an extensive network of contacts in the country. He frequently comes to The Irrawaddy office and is anything but shy of …

MiGs in the Air—Misery on the Ground

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Htet Aung – ‎

There’s no doubt that the money came from the sale of Burma’s natural resources, including natural gas to Thailand. Stiglitz, addressing a forum in the …

Myanmar refugees find spiritual ally in cultural maze

Florida Baptist Witness – Barbara Denman – ‎

Nearly 110 Karen, refugees from Myanmar, once known as Burma, worship each Sunday at Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville in their own “heart language. …

2010 Crimes Against Humanity Watchlist (blog) –

Burma: Burma is also scheduled to hold national elections in 2010, which offer both an opportunity for the international community to push for a democratic …

The Naturalist

The Smart Set – Jesse Smith

… there’s the niger seed of Burma, a popular bird seed that human-rights groups have asked birders to boycott in protest of that country’s military junta. …

Austria – First anniversary of Austrian membership of the UN Security Council


In August, Austria advocated a swift, unanimous and clear answer by the Security Council to the Burmese junta’s conviction of Nobel Peace Prize laureate …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

December 30, 2009 at 9:00 am

World focus on Burma (19-11-2009)

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Obama’s Asia Trip: Too Focused on Common Ground?

TIME – Michael Scherer

In the meeting with the Burmese, for instance, the President spoke out on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who lives under house arrest. …

Private oil wells seized for Chinese company

Democratic Voice of Burma –

Nov 19, 2009 (DVB)–Private oil wells and farmland in western Burma have been seized by government authorities to ready for exploration by a Chinese oil …

Myanmar refugees still flood the borders

Mission Network NEws (press release) –

Patrick Klein with Vision Beyond Borders says, “There are currently over 150000 refugees that have come into Thailand from Burma. …

Searching For That Glimmer Of Hope: Plight Of Refugee Children

Bernama – Mohd Ariff -‎

… who came to Malaysia about 25 years ago looking for a safe haven to escape from religious persecution in their home country, Burma (now Myanmar). …

UN Body Postpones Action on Burma’s Maritime Claim

Narinjara News –

“Consequently, further action on Myanmar’s claim on the outer limits of the continental shelf remains suspended,” said the foreign ministry in its statement …

Journalist faces 10 years’ jail for video of orphans

New Zealand Herald – Peter Popham

Photo / AP If a shocking documentary about the fate of Myanmar’s cyclone orphans wins a video-journalism award in London tomorrow, it will be some time …

Burma and a Lifetime of Human Rights Advocacy

UCLA Asia Institute –

In this capacity, he works tirelessly for the release and return to power of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. …

Chinese Dissidents Barred From Meeting With Obama (press release) –

… ASEAN leaders of joining forces to challenge Burma and call for the release of all political prisoners, including the democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, …

Burma – Fish farming

Meattradenewsdaily (blog) – ‎

Fifteen fisheries officials from the Department of Fisheries and Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) will depart on a month-long study tour to Vietnam that

Will Myanmar junta chief meet the lady? — Nirmal Ghosh

The Malaysian Insider – ‎

The senior general is trying to engineer a potential milestone in modern Myanmar’s history — ensuring that army-backed parties win next year’s election …

Conflicts and Interests

Back Stage – Simi Horwitz

Their next stop is Myanmar, formally known as Burma, where it will collaborate with a local theater company. Thanks to globalization and the Internet, …

Corruption Index Today, Election Tomorrow, Aid Revamp the Day After?

Brookings Institution – ‎

… including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Myanmar (Burma), Equatorial Guinea, Venezuela, Haiti, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. …

Myanmar warned of wind, but not the water

Globe and Mail – Laura MacInnis

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) expert Dieter Schiessl told journalists that authorities in the former Burma began issuing forecasts of strong winds …

Around the world in a single day

Stillwater Gazette –

… Germany, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Holland, Myanmar (Burma), Bulgaria, Zimbabwe, France, Lebanon, Mongolia, Finland, Mexico and Nicaragua. …

Special Report: Dalpino on the US-ASEAN Summit

Asia Security Initiative News & Blog (blog) – Catharin Dalpino – ‎

ASEAN leaders welcomed the shift in US policy for Burma that allowed engagement with the government – personified at the meeting by the participation of …


India/USA: Open Letter to Barak Obama Ahead of his Visit to India

Amnesty International USA – ‎

… the Burmese authorities to end serious and systematic human rights violations and to release over 2100 political prisoners including Aung San Suu Kyi. …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

November 19, 2009 at 2:18 am

World focus on Burma (26-9-2009)

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Chinese rights warning

Shanghai Daily – ‎

CHINA has urged Myanmar to take effective measures to safeguard the lawful rights of Chinese citizens in the country, according to a statement by the …

Who are they fooling?

The Daily Star – Larry Jagan

… made on behalf of the international community, during his visit to Myanmar earlier this year,” the Burma researcher for the UK-based human rights group, …

China Urges Burma To Protect Rights Of Chinese Nationals

Journal of Turkish Weekly –

China has urged Burma to take effective measures to safeguard the rights of Chinese citizens in Burma. TheChinese foreign ministry said on its Web site …

China Urges Burma to Protect Rights of Chinese Nationals

Voice of America –

By VOA News China has urged Burma to take effective measures to safeguard the rights of Chinese citizens in Burma. The Chinese foreign ministry said on its …

Mixed reactions to US policy shift towards Burma

Deutsche Welle – Michael Knigge

None of the neighboring states have any sanctions on Myanmar (the official name given to Burma by its military rulers). So, Myanmar’s economy has been hurt …

China tells Myanmar to protect Chinese residents

eTaiwan News –

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is largely estranged from the West, but China has maintained close economic and diplomatic ties with the junta that have …

Suu Kyi Offers to Help Lift Sanctions

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Ko Htwe

Detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has written a letter to the head of Burma’s ruling junta with suggestions about how to get Western …

‘Protect Chinese nationals’

Straits Times – ‎

BEIJING – CHINA has called on Myanmar to take ‘concrete’ action to protect Chinese nationals caught up in fighting between the army and rebels in the …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi eases sanctions stance

AFP – ‎

… effectively ruled the 64-year-old out of elections due in 2010 that the ruling generals have promised in Myanmar, which was previously known as Burma. …

Myanmar urged to safeguard lawful rights of Chinese citizens – ‎‎

China has urged Myanmar to take effective measures to safeguard the lawful rights of Chinese citizens in Myanmar, according to a statement of the Chinese …

Epiphanies on the Burma Road

Globe and Mail – Karen Connelly – ‎

As a result of the protracted and brutal civil war in Burma (officially called Myanmar since 1989 by the ruling military junta; many countries, …

Court rules funeral protests are protected speech

Free Speech Radio News – ‎

The Obama administration is in the final stages of reviewing its policy on Burma, also called Myanmar by the military junta in power. …

US policy shift: The generals are dancing well – Ohn Myint – ‎

“Strengthening bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar [Burma] government more or less impacts ceasefire groups that live along the Sino-Burma border …

In search of the truth about Burmese tourism

eTurboNews – Michael Kerr – ‎

Burma, or Myanmar (a local, formal name, the use of which the military regime has tried to make exclusive and compulsory), is a dictatorship. …

Weekly Business Roundup (September 26, 2009)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – William Boot – ‎

“We fully support new and fresh ideas for how the US government and others can support the people of Burma,” eri’s Matthew Smith told The Irrawaddy. …

Myanmar: Dissident Offers to Work With Junta

New York Times – ‎

By AP The detained opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she was willing to work with Myanmar’s military government to get Western sanctions lifted, …

American claims mistreatment in Myanmar prison

The Associated Press – ‎

The report said Kyaw Zaw Lwin is a member of the dissident group the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front. Kyaw Zaw Lwin’s mother is serving a five-year …

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi gives backing to US engagement

Reuters India – Aung Hla Tun

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s detained Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, will support US plans to engage with the isolated nation but only if …

US protests to Myanmar over detained American

Daily Times – ‎‎

“Subsequently the embassy submitted an official message to the government of Burma protesting this alleged mistreatment of an American citizen,” he said, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 26, 2009 at 5:58 pm

World focus on Burma (6-9-2009)

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Frustrated citizens count on election

National – ‎(Pictures can be seen in this story)

The NLD’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was effectively sidelined last month when she was sentenced to 18 months confinement at home.

Power games

New Europe – Margot Wallstrom – ‎

We insist on having Aung San Suu Kyi released as soon as possible. After her recent conviction she will be detained until after the May 2010 elections.

CHINA: This Will Not End Well

Strategy Page – ‎

Meanwhile, India has given up on Myanmar (Burma), which continues making war on tribal rebels in northern Burma, while ruining its economy. …

The Scandal of International Religious Persecution

Huffington Post – ‎‎

Burma (or Myanmar) is a top contender on anyone’s list of most misgoverned lands. Conditions have worsened over the past year. …

The Road to Mandalay Returns to Cruise the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar

About – News & Issues – ‎

As before, the Road To Mandalay will offer a range of itineraries along Burma’s main artery giving passengers access to the very heart of the country. …

Corruption rules in Saudi jails –

In Jeddah prison I met hundreds of inmates from Burma (Myanmar). Thousands of Burmese Muslims from Arakan – often called Rohingyas – were offered permanent …

Refugees in desperate need for foster families

Lansing State Journal – Dawn Parker – ‎

Particularly vulnerable are those from Burma, also known as Myanmar, who often come from families who are Christian and pro-democracy — a bad thing in a …

(Beyond Rangoon) 3 fine DVDs you might find entertaining

The Durango Herald – Charlie Langdon – ‎

Patricia Arquette portrays Dr. Laura Bowman, who has recently lost her husband, as well as her young son, and takes a journey to Myanmar (formerly Burma). …

Myanmar: Explosives plant found near China border

Sin Chew Jit Poh – ‎

AP NEWS Myanmar refugees receive medical care at a shelter in the Chinese border town of Mangka in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, Friday Sept. …

Over 12000 Myanmar border inhabitants return to Kokang after …

Xinhua – ‎

6 (Xinhua) — Some 1365 more Myanmar border inhabitants returned to Kokang ethnic region from Chinese border area on Saturday after fightings ended in the …

UN Seeks Access To Recent Myanmar Refugees In China

Newsroom America – ‎

Reports that up to 30000 refugees have fled in recent weeks, with many heading across the border to China, raised fears of an impending civil war in Myanmar …

Christians Arrested, Tried for Helping Sichuan Earthquake Victims

Christian Post – Derick Ho – ‎

12 among 50 nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians under ‘severe limitations’ category along with countries like MyanmarBurma), India, … (

Myanmar rebel offensive troubles Beijing

National – Larry Jagan – ‎

Myanmar was formerly known as Burma. “There has been an uneasy peace in the border areas ever since these ceasefires were agreed, with the armed groups …

Civil War Knocking At Burma’s Doors

Asian Tribune – Zin Linn – ‎‎

… the Sino-Burma boundary. The junta’s offensive against the Kokang ethnic ceased-fire group or the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) is a …

Burmese Forces Seize Drugs Near China Border

Voice of America – ‎

Burma launched an offensive against the rebel Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army last month, forcing more than 30000 people to leave their homes and …

Halt war on ethnic nationalities immediately –

by Mizzima News Mizzima News – The Burmese military junta is relentlessly mounting pressure on ceasefire groups to amalgamate them under the total control …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm

World focus on Burma (5-9-2009)

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Burma’s Attack against Ethnics Poses China Dilemma

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Antoaneta Bezlova – ‎

BEIJING – Preoccupied with ethnic tensions in Tibet and Xinjiang, Beijing was caught off guard when Burma’s military …

Panic grips northeast after four tremors

Economic Times – ‎

All the four tremors shook houses and other structures in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, besides being felt in Myanmar as well. …

Explosives plant found near China border

Philippine Star – ‎

YANGON (AP) — Myanmar security forces found an explosives factory in an area near the Chinese border where fighting with an ethnic militia last month forced …

Time to Go ‘Down in Flames’ for Burma

AMERICAN.COM: A Magazine of Ideas, Online – Jean Geran – ‎

After six months, the Obama administration’s review of US policy toward Burma still does not appear to have focused on the one measure with the best chance …

Suu Kyi’s appeal accepted by Myanmar Court

Merinews – ‎

On Friday, a Myanmar Divisional court in Yangon accepted to hear an appeal by detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi against her conviction that has …

Myanmar refugees at home with downtown church – Carla Hinton – ‎

He said the Chin church members are among many refugees who came under persecution by the ruling military powers in Myanmar, also known as Burma. …

World datelines

Deseret News – ‎‎

YANGON — A Myanmar court agreed Friday to hear an appeal by detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the criminal conviction that extended her house …

A Tangled Webb in Burma

The Weekly Standard – Michael Goldfarb – ‎‎

… his break to conduct a tour of Asia, where he gained headlines for his foray into Burma or, as that country’s military junta and Webb call it, Myanmar. …

10731 Myanmar border inhabitants return to Kokang after fighting ends

Xinhua – Lin Zhi – ‎‎

5 (Xinhua) — Some 1427 more Myanmar border inhabitants returned to Kokang ethnic region from Chinese border area on Friday after the end of the fighting in …

Moderate quake hits NE – ‎

The earthquake, with its epicentre on the borders of the Indian states of Manipur and Nagaland with Myanmar, occurred at 01:21 am today (1951 GMT Thursday), …

Beauty and Bloodfaces.

4Hoteliers – Siew Hoon – ‎

The book, a limited edition, is the first of its kind to portrait of what is left in contemporary Myanmar (Burma) of an ancient tribal practice which is …

Panic wave after quake

Calcutta Telegraph – ‎‎

… north latitude and 94.6 east longitude on the Indo-Myanmar border. Experts attribute the series of earthquakes to slight movements in the “Burma plate”, …

State rocks

KanglaOnline – ‎‎

832oE near Ingon of Myanmar, located at the bank of Chindwin River. The magnitude of the earthquake is estimated to be 6.0 ML and focal depth is about 95 …

Burma – the Conflict Will Continue

KanglaOnline – ‎‎

China hopes Burma “properly deal with its domestic issue to safeguard the regional stability in the China-Myanmar border area,†said the Chinese foreign …

Pope’s Missionary Intention for September

America Magazine (subscription) – ‎

Sadly, small minorities are frequently the target of repressive governments such as those presently in control in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma), …

Scientists See Rare Turtle for First Time in the Wild – ‎

A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) team discovered five critically endangered Arakan turtles in Myanmar (Burma). Known only by museum specimens and a few …

Travelling man – Michael Mccarthy – ‎

… China and Tibet), Solo in South America, Burma Bound (Vietnam and Burma, now known as Myanmar), and the upcoming Tales from Tanzania. …

Life of Intrigue

Packet Online – Lauren Otis – ‎

Antique porcelain, sculpture and other artifacts from Thailand and BurmaMyanmar) sit among the teak furniture, while early 19th-century Bangkok … (now

UNHCR Seeks Access to Burmese Refugees in China

Voice of America – Lisa Schlein – ‎‎

The UNHCR says it is concerned that more refugees might flee to China if the situation in Burma, also known as Myanmar, continues to deteriorate. ...

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

World focus on BURMA (2-9-2009)

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Beginning of the end – ‎‎

… in Northeastern Shan State between the Burmese Army and ethnic Kokang rebels, which split the Myanmar Nationalities Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), …

Nearly 6000 Kokang war refugees back home: Junta – ‎

But Sino-Burma based military observer and analyst Aung Kyaw Zaw pointed out that only a few refugees have gone back to their homes to look after their …

Burmese troops move into Wa region

Democratic Voice of Burma – Francis Wade – ‎‎

Tension remains high in Burma’s northeastern Shan state following fighting between Burmese troops and an ethnic ceasefire group, the Myanmar…

Peace and

UK Treasury warns banks to observe Zimbabwe sanctions

Zim Diaspora – David Benyon – ‎

The letter reminds banks of the 15 sanctions regimes in place in the UK, including those against Iran, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, as well as against …

Clouds of War Move Over Shan State

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Wai Moe – ‎

Burma’s state-run daily, The New Light of Myanmar, reported on Wednesday that 5811 refugees who fled to China had returned to the Kokang region. …

JS panel backs two AHN routes, amid dissent

Bangladesh News 24 hours – ‎

But the BNP said the highway must enter Myanmar via Bangladesh with ultimate target of reaching China through the former Burma. The BNP and its allies say, …

Rangoon School Closed because of Swine Flu

The Irrawaddy News Magazine – Min Lwin – ‎

It is the first school closure in Burma because of the A H1N1 virus. The Web site of the International School Yangon [Rangoon] confirmed that five students …

Daewoo pegs Shwe spend at $3.2bn

Upstream Online – Anthea Pitt – ‎

A Daewoo International-led consortium plans to spend 4 trillion won ($3.2 billion) developing the Shwe, ShwePhyu and Mya gas fields off Burma, …

Rebel clashes along China-Myanmar border subside

KLTV – Han Guan, Jocelyn Gecker – ‎

State-controlled media in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have not reported the violence. A statement Sunday from the Washington-based US Campaign for Burma …

Daewoo puts Myanmar gas fields investment at $3 bln

Reuters – Kim Yeon-hee, Ben Tan – ‎

KS) said on Wednesday a consortium led by the energy developing company will invest 4 trillion won ($3.2 billion) to develop Myanmar gas fields. …

UK Treasury warns banks over sanctions

OpRisk and Compliance (subscription) – David Benyon – ‎‎

The letter reminds banks of the 15 sanctions regimes in place in the UK, including those against Iran, Burma (Myanmar), Zimbabwe, as well as against …

The Tatmadaw and electoral repercussions – Joseph Ball – ‎

Mizzima News – The 2010 Burma elections will not be free and fair. Neither are they likely to witness the full participation of an empowered …

Asia’s daughters put dictators on notice

United Press International, Asia – Gaffar Peang-Meth – ‎

11th, Burma’s iconic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 64, was sentenced to another 18 months of house arrest because American John Yettaw of Missouri swam across a …

Issues: Letter: Suu Kyi’s participation in elections

Jakarta Post – ‎

Aung San Suu Kyi never stood for the any election in Myanmar because she was not eligible to contest a seat. It was not this present military government or …

Kokang source: Struggle continues

Shan Herald Agency for News – ‎

What more proof do you need when the Burma Army hasn’t been able to evacuate over 100 aid workers and their family members out of Laogai yesterday. …

Threat of attack raises Burma-China border tension

The Australian – Michael Sainsbury – ‎‎

TENSIONS on the Burma-China border escalated today amid fears Burma’s…

military may attack a second well-armed militia force – the United Wa Army – as early

Burma: denial of fundamental rights (press release) – ‎‎

Many other cases heard against opponents of the government in Myanmar…

also rest on inapplicable and baseless charges. The police, who may receive

Muslims in Bangladesh Seize Land Used by Church

Right Side News – Aenon Shalom – ‎

The guerrillas had fought for autonomy in the hill and forest region bordering India and Burma (Myanmar) in a campaign that left nearly 8500 troops, …

Sri Lanka likely to lose EU trade concession

Daily Mirror – kumar soysa – ‎‎

Wicky, as long as there are guys like kumar soysa, Ban, SL will always be like Libya, Iran, Burma etc etc. The poor civilians will never see the bright …

Wednesday, September 9

eTaiwan News – ‎‎

1988 – Burma’s former Prime Minister U Nu, toppled in a 1962 military coup, announces formation of a rival government. Burma is now known as Myanmar. …


Lankaweb – Walter Jayawardhana – ‎

Norway’s senior diplomat at the United Nation’s Mona Juul in the memo attacked ban for his attitude regarding Burma and Sri Lanka, on the eve of the final …

Myanmar rebels head home ‘in disarray’

Peninsula On-line – ‎‎

In a statement released Monday, the US Campaign for Burma said Myanmar’s junta had already installed a new provisional government in remote Kokang. …

China efforts to control water flowing south spur tensions with …

World Tribune – ‎

“By annexing Tibet, China virtually controls the water supply of Pakistan, north and northeastern India, Burma and Vietnam,” he said. …

RM awardee fights for human, nature’s rights – Ceres P. Doyo – ‎

Ka Hsaw Wa was only 18 when he had to flee the oppressive rule of the military junta in Burma (Myanmar). As a freedom activist, he experienced detention and …

China dismantles tents as Myanmar refugees return

Daily Times – ‎

… groups as well as with Burma’s democratic opposition,” he said. The fighting broke out when Myanmar deployed troops to disarm ethnic insurgents. …

view: The Myanmar Orchestra —Simon Tay

Daily Times –

Might it be possible that the generals in Myanmar recognise that they are in a cul de sac? Could the regime be seeking ways out of its isolation in the …

Bay of Bengal: a potential giant gas-producing province

Gerson Lehrman Group – ‎

In recent years, successful exploration in the waters of neighboring nations such as India and Burma has raised the confidence level about the giant …

The Show and Sham Trials of our Times

Global Politician – Saberi Roy – ‎

The recent political trials in Iran and Burma have raised several questions on the motives of these trials. There could be several levels of analysis, …

Setting the standard – ‎‎

… and Ka Hsaw Wa of Burma (Myanmar), awarded for Emergent Leadership for dauntlessly pursuing nonviolent yet effective channels of redress, exposure, …

China, Myanmar share responsibility to maintain border stability: FM

Pakistan Daily Mail – ‎

… said 37000 border inhabitants comprising both Burmese and Chinese have so far fled into China after armed conflicts in Myanmar broke out last week. …

China says Myanmar promises border stability

MorungExpress – ‎

Aung Din, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma, said Myanmar forces were continuing to pour into the northeast, as a prelude to more fighting. …

China invests further into Burmese transportation matrix – ‎‎

In sum, the package includes five locomotives, 20 passenger coaches and 200 freight coaches, according to Burma’s state-run newspaper New Light of Myanmar …

We Can’t Afford to Ignore Myanmar

MorungExpress – Jim Webb – ‎‎

We must talk to Myanmar’s leaders. This does not mean that we should abandon our aspirations for a free and open Burmese society, but that our goal will be …

Burmese Refugees Leave China

NTDTV – Yuan Zhishao – ‎

Refugees who fled into China to escape conflict in northeast Burma continue to head home on Tuesday, September 1st. But most are worried about returning to …

Holy Father’s September Prayer Intentions – ‎‎

Laotian Christians number about 100000 Christians out of 7000000; Cambodian Christians number about 20000 out of 14000000; and Myanmar (formerly Burma) …

Burma death toll reaches 500

The Australian – Michael Sainsbury – ‎‎

AS many as 500 people may have been killed in the first flair up of violence between the Burma’s ruling military junta and the Kokang ethnic minority …

Burma’s push to control border sends China into a spin – Larry Jagan – ‎‎

“Myanmar [Burma] has promised to restore peace and stability along the border as soon as possible,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Jiang Yu told …

Over 30000 Myanmar refugees to return home from China

RIA Novosti – ‎

BANGKOK, September 1 (RIA Novosti) – More than 30000 refugees who fled into China from Myanmar last week after an outbreak of hostilities between government …

Opium found in car parts

Mississauga News – ‎

Opium is grown mainly in Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Afghanistan. Highly addictive, opium is sold on the street as a powder or dark brown solid and is …

Kokang conflict ‘could spark bigger problems’

Democratic Voice of Burma – Naw Noreen – ‎‎

Tension had been mounting between Burmese troops and the Kokang-based Myanmar Peace and Democracy Front (MPDF), following pressure from the junta on …

Refugees Returning to Burma, Many Fearful

Voice of America – Stephanie Ho – ‎‎

Refugees are continuing to return to Burma from China, after about 30000 Burmese nationals fled across the border in recent days to escape …

Beijing dismantles tents, begins refugee repatriation to Kokang – ‎

Aung Din, executive director of the US Campaign for Burma, said Myanmar forces were continuing to pour into the north-east part of the country, …

China gifts railway package to Burma – ‎‎

Burma’s state-run newspaper the New Light of Myanmar said China on Monday handed over the carriages as a gift. The function was attended by Chen Juemin, …

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

September 2, 2009 at 11:33 am

Myanmar refugees begin to return home from China

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Myanmar refugees begin to return home from China


NANSAN, China — Myanmar refugees were heading home from China on Monday following the end of fighting between government troops and an ethnic militia, but some experts said the unrest could affect Beijing’s relations with Myanmar.

The initial flight across the border showed how Myanmar’s junta can sow instability that spills into China, prompting a rare request from Beijing at the end of last week that the generals stabilize the situation and protect the interests of Chinese nationals inside the country.

While fighting ended soon after with a quick defeat for the rebels, Myanmar’s decision to launch the attack so near the Chinese border was seen as a snub to Beijing by some analysts.

“The Chinese have learned that the Burmese regime are not as compliant as they assumed,” said Monique Skidmore, an expert on Myanmar at Australia’s University of Canberra. Myanmar is also known as Burma.

More than 30,000 civilian refugees had streamed into China to escape the fighting, which broke out last week after hundreds of Myanmar soldiers moved into Kokang, an ethnically Chinese region in northeastern Myanmar that borders China’s Yunnan province.

Myanmar is trying to consolidate control over several armed ethnic groups along its borders to ensure smooth conditions for next year’s national elections, the first in nearly 20 years. Several groups are resisting pressure to become border guards ahead of the vote.

The area is on the fringe of the drug-producing Golden Triangle region where Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet, and much of the heroin and amphetamines produced there is smuggled into China where its sale funds the ethnic militias.

China has been working closely with Myanmar to stem the drug trade and is anxious to ensure that the other symptoms of the region’s unrest — like high crime rates and casinos — stay on Myanmar’s side of the border.

Beijing’s desire for stability along that border is partially behind its nearly unwavering support for the generals who run Myanmar, despite international concerns about the authoritarian regime, said Donald Seekins, a Myanmar expert at Meio University in Japan.

“Beijing is not 100 percent happy with the military regime, but it sees no viable alternative and will do everything it can to restore stability in the border area — including intensive negotiations and behind-the-scenes pressuring of the parties involved,” he said.

On Monday, hundreds of refugees who’ve spent at least the past week in China were transported from camps to the border, where they walked through the gate, clutching bags and blankets. Yunnan provincial government spokesman Li Hui said at least 4,000 refugees had returned to Myanmar by the end of the day Monday. About 9,000 remained in seven camps set up to house them in tents and makeshift buildings. The rest are believed to be staying with friends and family, or are staying in hotels, or have left the area.

In addition to the thousands of civilians, hundreds of Kokang rebels fled during the fighting, surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes.

Myanmar’s junta said three days of clashes killed 26 government soldiers and at least eight rebels. It said Sunday night that the fighting had ended and “the region has now regained stability.”

Since abandoning overt support for anti-government rebels two decades ago, China has built strong relations with Myanmar’s ruling junta while Chinese investors, traders, and shopkeepers have swarmed into the country’s northeast.

The relationship has thrived through a tacit agreement under which Beijing provides economic opportunities and diplomatic support for the generals, who have been isolated internationally and face widespread condemnation over their human rights record and economic mismanagement.

In return, the generals ensured access to the country’s mineral wealth and tried to address China’s concerns over narcotics and unrest.

China’s Foreign Ministry had no comment on the situation Monday, and Chinese government-backed scholars dismissed the notion of a major rupture in ties.

“China will develop friendly relations with Myanmar taking the overall situation into consideration,” said Ma Ying, a professor at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Studies.

But the clashes could threaten China’s traditional arrangement with Myanmar, analysts say.

The conflict highlights the “imperviousness of the Burmese regime to international opinion, and the limitations of even China … to have much influence in a crunch,” said Sean Turnell, a Myanmar expert at Australia’s Macquarie University.

Associated Press Writer Ambika Ahuja in Bangkok contributed to this report.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

August 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm