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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday discussed a proposal urging the government to enact legal protection against labor exploitation and abuse of Burmese migrant workers in foreign countries.

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China and Myanmar have vowed to strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation.

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The Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Responsible Investment Working Group has launched a Position Paper: Incentivising Shared Value at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Naypyidaw on 19 September.

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Myanmar is likely to be the fifth Asean country to sign up for the Asean Power Grid formed by Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, energy ministers have said.

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Burma, China, Thailand and Laos have opened a forward command of an operations centre for criminal suppression and prevention on the Mekong River in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province.

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Japan’s Defence Minister Tomomi Inada and her Myanmar counterpart, Sein Win, on Wednesday confirmed that the two countries will increase their defence cooperation and exchanges, Japan News reported on 23 September.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said on Tuesday that she hopes her country can finally resolve the decades-old issue of Rohingya refugees residing in her country now that Burma is under a new government.

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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw’s recent visit to India, the first by the head of a civilian government in Myanmar in over five decades, saw the two sides focus on improving connectivity and counterinsurgency cooperation.

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The consensus is overwhelming. Kachin locals want the Myitsone megadam to be scrapped, the commission tasked with reviewing the currently suspended project heard this weekend.

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A total of 17 countries and regions involving 79 companies have invested in Myanmar’s Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), official report quoted the economic zone authorities as reporting Sunday.

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The success of Aung San Suu Kyi’s latest trip to Washington may mark a new chapter in Myanmar’s relations with the United States but the ongoing civil war in the country gives China control over crucial levers of pressure on its neighbour that the distant superpower can hardly match.

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Development along the border between Myanmar and China has heated up as trade between the two countries has surged. Few places represent this trend as well as this town in Myanmar’s Shan State, on the opposite bank of the Shweli River from China’s Yunnan Province.

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Myanmar’s new government is making its international debut. In mid-August, Beijing welcomed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to China since becoming Myanmar’s state counsellor and foreign minister. This followed her trips to Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbours Laos and Thailand and preceded President U Htin Kyaw’s landmark visit to India. On September 14 to 15, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to Washington, DC. Myanmar’s busy diplomatic calendar carries special significance after the landslide electoral victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in November 2015.

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Indonesia has entered an agreement with Myanmar to buy 300,000 tons of rice from the latter, more than half the amount of 500,000 tons that Myanmar reserves for export, according to the Myanmar Rice Federation Monday.

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China is a big fan of dams. Indeed, over the last 50 years, the country has constructed more dams than all other countries combined. But there is one dam that China never managed to get built: the Myitsone Dam in Myanmar. And Chinese leaders can’t seem to let it go.

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Myanmar has become the main route for smuggling rhino horns from India to China, according to wildlife crime experts.

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China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighboring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, state media said on Saturday.

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The Tatmdaw has denied claims made in Indian media that New Delhi is providing arms and helicopters to Myanmar to flush out insurgent groups along the two nations’ shared border.

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Thai digital finance company Group Lease is poised to enter the Myanmar microfinance market after acquiring a 71.9 percent stake in BG Microfinance Myanmar for an unspecified amount, media reports said last week.

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Japan has pledged 135 billion yen (US$1.33 billion) to Myanmar as its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held bilateral talks yesterday on the sidelines of the ASEAN summits and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos.

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