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A pipeline transporting oil from Myanmar’s coast through to Yunnan, China has been inaugurated in a trial operation, according to Xinhua on January 28. (more…)

Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found. (more…)

A crude oil pipeline and a deep sea port meant to secure an alternative route for Chinese imports overland through Myanmar are set to open at the end of January, but an affiliated refinery in China is months away from completion, sources said. (more…)

Thai Justice Minister Mr Paiboon Koomchaya has called on Myanmar and China to help arrest 10 fugitive drug traders believed to be in hiding in those countries, according a The Nation report on January 18. (more…)

Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen, a media report said January 15. (more…)

The International Labour Organisation on January 13 welcomed Thai government efforts to tackle human trafficking as “a step in the right direction,” reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

The Thai government has cranked up its drive against human trafficking by setting deadlines for action and reports, according to the Bangkok Post on January 13. (more…)

A migrant rights NGO is calling on the authorities in southern Thai tourist resorts to respect minimum wage, work permit and social security regulations for Myanmar migrant workers who contribute to the region’s successful economy. (more…)

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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