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Colombo, Sri Lanka – A radical monk from Myanmar who has preached hatred toward Muslims and is the spiritual leader of a movement to boycott Muslim businesses said Sunday that his movement would join hands with a Sri Lankan group to “protect Buddhism around the world.” (more…)

The effort to implement a citizenship screening process in Rakhine State has been temporarily suspended because members of the Kaman ethnic minority in Sittwe district’s Myebon Township are refusing to participate in it, officials said. (more…)

As part of ensuring development of the country’s southeast, plans are under way to draft long-term projects for all-round development of states and to provide assistance to IDPs, according to Sein Kyaw Hlaing, an adviser from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project team for multi-sector development in Kayin and Mon states.  (more…)

As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets, according to insiders who are familiar with the business.
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The MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is sending a delegation to Myanmar which will visit 400 Myanmar businessmen and two chief ministers during 15 to 19 September.
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Myanmar’s 88 Generation Students Group, which is pushing for political and social reforms, held talks with visiting officials of the Chinese Communist Party and called on them to be transparent over Beijing’s investments, which have come under criticism for environmental and other concerns.
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Korea and Myanmar signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a state-run think tank in the Southeast Asian country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday.
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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing almost US$12 million to improve safety and security at Burma’s airports, according to a statement Wednesday.
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Reporters learned from the Muse Economic Zone on the 22nd that a new jade market will be established at the Muse Central Economic Zone that borders Ruili in 2015.
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China has a large population with a huge demand for everything. The short supply of raw teak material has become increasingly evident. Teak is tropical and grows between the two tropics. Only a small amount could be produced in Guangdong, Yunnan and Spratly in China. Meanwhile, China enjoys a huge teak market, with teak furniture and floor being the most popular items for Chinese. Faced with the shortage of teak supply, teak businesses turn their attention to overseas markets to increase the import of teak, especially from Southeast Asian countries such as Myanmar and Vietnam.
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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on August 11, Myanmar president Thein Sein met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the President’s palace in Naypyidaw. Thein Sein committed to Myanmar’s active participation in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor.
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Even as countries such as China, Japan and Vietnam are investing heavily in Myanmar, capital inflows from India into that country lag. Now, the government of Myanmar has expressed displeasure at the lacklustre investment from India and delay in implementation of Indian projects there.
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Since reports about the cancellation of a proposed US$20 billion railway line connecting China’s southern Yunnan province with Myanmar’s Rakhine western coast emerged in late July, conflicting accounts about the 1,200 kilometer project’s status have raised new questions about the neighboring countries’ commercial relations.
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The new Indian government has begun its tenure with a busy calendar of international travel. Most recently, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been in Naypyitaw, Myanmar for the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM), the East Asia Summit meeting of foreign ministers, and the ASEAN Regional Forum.
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Officials from India and Myanmar discussed supplying electricity to Burma’s Sagaing region on August 4th in Tamu, a town on the Burmese side of the Indo-Burmese border.
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Myanmar President U Thein Sein told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that the model could be effective for his country as it has a developing society.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Speaker of Myanmar’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives (Lower House) U Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw Monday.
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On July 29, an academic symposium “Myanmar in 2014: Re-integrating into the International Community” started in Kunming, Yunnan and was jointly organized by Center for Myanmar Studies of Yunnan University, Charhar Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences of HongKong University and the Department of International Relations of Yangon University. Prominent  scholars of Myanmar from Myanmar, mainland China, U.S., France and Hong Kong gathered together for exchanges and discussion. Joint Chair of the International Advisory Committee, Lv Fengding and Secretary General of the Charhar Institute, Ke Yinbin attended the opening ceremony.
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In recent years, Myanmar gradually implemented democratic policies and is expecting another presidential election in 2015. At the same time, Myanmar has normalized relations with many western countries. The outside world is keen on knowing whether these factors would affect the Sino-Myanmar bilateral relations. U Ye Htut, Myanmar Minister of Information and the President’s spokesman, is very familiar with China. During a special interview with Phoenix TV, he emphasized many times that the foundation of Sino-Myanmar friendship is very strong and won’t be affected. (more…)

A Chinese firm that signed deals with Myanmar’s former military rulers to build hydro dams said it could renegotiate the terms, which would see some projects supplying 90 percent of power to China, in order to allow more power for domestic consumption.
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