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China and Myanmar have vowed here to push forward military relations and cooperation in areas such as training and defense industry.

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Burma’s armed forces commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing kicks off a three-day visit to Thailand today, where he will meet Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and military top brass.

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The army has admitted it is struggling to repatriate more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees along the border, and is pinning its hopes on the new government in Nay Pyi Taw being able to guarantee safety and security.

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Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said.

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President U Htin Kyaw, met Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin yesterday during his visit to attend a Summit commemorating the 20th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partner Relations, state media reported.

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India’s Act East Policy appeared to be getting into stride this week as Indian and Myanmar business people came together in Yangon for an India-Myanmar business conclave.

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Looking to boost bilateral ties , India has offered to assist Myanmar in the area of public healthcare and to provide it with necessary support in boosting the country’s agricultural production.

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On the last day of his 3-day introductory visit to Myanmar on Thursday (May 19), Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan met Myanmar’s former President, Thein Sein in the capital Nay Pyi Taw before leaving for Yangon.

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Singapore Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Nay Pyi Taw on May 18 to promote diplomatic ties with Myanmar and meet Foreign Affairs Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Myanmar and Indian business leaders will meet this week in an effort to bolster economic ties and hit an ambitious new target for bilateral trade.

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At a dinner commemorating Singapore and Myanmar’s 50 years of diplomatic ties, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday (May 1) revealed that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will visit Myanmar in June, where he will officially launch the Singapore-Myanmar Vocational Training Institute.

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A team of representatives appointed by the Burmese embassy in Thailand to assist two Burmese nationals on death row for the murder of two British tourists on the holiday island of Koh Tao said an appeal against the defendants’ guilty verdict has been prepared and is ready to be presented in court on 23 May.

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Chinese border authorities have ordered Kokang refugees back to Burma, threatening to deport those who resist the directive, according to sources on both sides of the border.
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Myanmar navy commander-in-chief Tin Aung San has paid a courtesy call on Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported on 12 May.
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Burma’s Parliament on Tuesday approved President Htin Kyaw’s proposal to deepen and formalize the country’s longtime military cooperation with Russia.
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About 80 farmers protested in front of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) office on 2 May to demand the restoration of their farmland, which was ruined by a gas pipeline.
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China has consistently demanded its companies operating abroad respect local laws, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday after hundreds of villagers in Burma protested against the resumption of operations at a Chinese-backed copper mine.
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Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi said the Government has plans to take care of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand.
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Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw made his first state visit to Laos on Friday, accompanied by Myanmar’s de facto leader State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, for a meeting with Lao President Bounnhang Vorachith at the presidential palace in Vientiane.
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The repatriation of some 120,000 refugees along the Thai-Burma border was discussed during a meeting of stakeholders last week, but an official from the United Nations’ refugee agency insists there remains no firm timetable on a large-scale return of the displaced despite talks on the matter between Burma’s new government and its Thai counterpart.
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