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Burmese exports to China have decreased recently following a Chinese government move to freeze hundreds of bank accounts in border regions in an attempt to crackdown on illicit financial transactions across the Sino-Burmese border.

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“If the news is true, it will be absolutely a good thing for China and Myanmar.” On learning that Myanmar will soon begin to grant permanent residence for the foreigners, a Myanmar expert is very excited. He told the reporter that he is contacting related people to verify the authenticity of the news. (more…)

Oil rebounded in Asia on December 3 as dealers consolidated positions and awaited the latest US crude stockpiles report for fresh leads following sharp falls due to a supply glut, analysts said. (more…)

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Reporters learned from Wanbao Mining Myanmar Copper LTD recently that the Letpadaung copper mine project jointly financed by China and Myanmar has resumed orderly development and begun to move forward. At the same time, the “unemployment assistance plan” has received a positive response from local villagers. (more…)

Five Burmese migrants injured in a coal mine blast in Malaysia’s Sarawak State on 22 November are recovering, and three of them have been carried by helicopter to other hospitals in Malaysia, said Win Win Min, a diplomat in charge of labour issues at Burma’s embassy in Malaysia. (more…)

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday. (more…)

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Myanmar, a member of ASEAN, shares a 2200 km long border with China and borders India and Bangladesh in South Asia. Its geographical advantage is obvious. (more…)

Japan pledged to take part in Dawei Special Economic Zone project and the Italian-Thai company plans to operate smaller projects, according to Aye Myint, chairperson of the special working committee for Dawei SEZ. (more…)

Eighty-two Rohingya from the 600 refugees who were rescued on November 17 while being trafficked to Malaysia, were bought before the Chittagong Chief Magistrate’s court for illegal entry into Bangladesh on November 19, said Kazi Shahabuddin, the Officer-in-Charge of Patenga Police Station, reports Kaladan Press November 21. (more…)

Muslims and Buddhists in Indonesia have joined hands to help resolve the conflict over the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar and plan to send a team to Rakhine State to talk with Buddhist monks, according to the Jakarta Post. (more…)

An increase in the smuggling of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine from Southeast Asia has fuelled a rise in violent crime in China this year, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday. (more…)

More than 600 trafficking victims from Burma and Bangladesh have been rescued off the South Asian coast, a navy spokesman in Dhaka said on Tuesday, in the single biggest operation of its kind by Bangladesh authorities. (more…)

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a meeting with the Myanmar President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw on the morning of the 14th. The two sides exchanged views and reached broad consensus on promoting Sino-Myanmar relations and deepening the comprehensive strategic cooperation. (more…)

India is expanding its outreach in line with a world shift towards Asia, reaching out to six strategic regions, including Myanmar under their “Look East” policy, according to Gateway House, an Indian think-tank November 10. (more…)

Myanmar President U Thein Sein has called for stronger integrated partnerships between countries at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC summit being held in Beijing, China. (more…)

Communities displaced by conflicts in Myanmar are waiting for a political dialogue process to kick in before making a move to return home. (more…)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will not meet Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits the country next week, but will announce a new aid package and series of deals, officials said on Thursday. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make her first official visit to China in December, a senior member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) confirmed. (more…)

Thailand will revive talks with Japan and Burma aimed at kick-starting the floundering multi-billion dollar Dawei Special Economic Zone in Burma, a junta spokesman said on Thursday. (more…)

A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is being challenged worldwide. (more…)

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