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Eleven former slaves who recently escaped a fishing village in Tanintharyi Region’s Yephyu township have asked government officials to save the rest of the human-trafficking victims in the area.

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Nearly 70 Myanmar workers who had languished in immigration detention centres in Malaysia were welcomed home yesterday, the third group to be repatriated in honour of the state counsellor’s 71st birthday.

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In what seems likely to be a concerted and protracted charm offensive, China has been inviting hundreds of Myanmar opinion-formers to “improve understanding” on their part of China’s intentions. China is telling Myanmar that it knows Myanmar has changed, and that China’s attitude has changed too.

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Northern Burma’s Myitsone mega-project failed because its Chinese proponents systematically dismissed Kachin and Burmese nationalism. The Chinese hydropower developers’ strategy was what I call “anti-ethno-politics”: when the state, NGOs, businesses, or other actors try to depoliticise sensitive questions about how their own activities clash with a nationalism. Such anti-ethno-politics is the Chinese government’s dominant approach to ethnic minorities and economic development in China. But it clearly failed in Burma. Why?

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Premier Li Keqiang has said China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Myanmar in support of the South-East Asian nation’s economic development and improvement of livelihood of its people, Xinhua reported on 17 July.

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Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw delivered a speech during the opening session of the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), which took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on July 15 and 16.

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Several thousand protesters marched to the Burmese (Myanmar) embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to denounce the treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country.

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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on all parties in a dispute over control of the South China Sea to exercise restraint in the wake of a landmark international tribunal decision that has delivered a rebuff to China’s claims to almost all of the strategically important waterway.

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Trading house Mitsubishi Corp. and real estate developer Mitsubishi Estate Co. said Tuesday they will join an urban development project in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

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The vice-president of Thailand’s second-largest tuna export company has admitted that his company has purchased meat from a poultry farm that is facing allegations of abusing Burmese migrant workers, according to a migrant rights advocacy group.

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The Ministry of Border Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) jointly hosted a consultation workshop on a strategic operation plan for the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw on 6 July, state media reported.

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South Korea’s top trade official met his Myanmar counterpart Tuesday to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, Yonhap reported on 5 June quoting Seoul’s trade ministry.

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First up, she went to Vientiane for meetings hosted by the Lao communist party. Now she has recently returned from Thailand, where that country’s military rulers offered their gilded hospitality to Southeast Asia’s best-recognised democracy activist.

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Thai and Burmese authorities will begin checking documents of Burmese nationals displaced by war who are residing in Thailand to pave the way for their repatriation.

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Myanmar’s government will send a delegation to Thailand to carry out a citizenship verification process so that 196 people living in the refugee camps along the border can be retaken as they have expressed their willingness to return home, according to a news statement released by the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The Burmese and Thai governments have agreed to boost bilateral trade volume to reach US$20 billion in 2017, Burma’s President’s Office announced on Wednesday.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to set up a committee to examine related documents in preparation for the repatriation of war refugees residing on the Thai side of their common border.

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It was an unusual suggestion from an unexpected source and it signalled the extraordinary desperation that pervades the thinking of some of the region’s most senior leaders.

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A delegation of National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers on Tuesday departed Burma for a 10-day study tour in China.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to renew negotiations over disputed border demarcations, which had stalled under Burma’s previous government.

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