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Thailand’s largest private power producer, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Pcl , said it plans to invest 13 billion baht ($399 million) in 2015, mostly on expanding its power business at home and Southeast Asia.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation will accept invitations for ten more rice companies to receive permission to export rice to China after the first nine firms it selected were criticised for their lack of experience.
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The ethnic Chinese leader of a group of Myanmar rebels which has been engaged in renewed fighting with the government has denied in an interview with a Chinese paper that he has been receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries.
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There has been an apparent sighting of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Myanmar, said to be on a merit-making trip, according to the Bangkok Post on February 22.
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Allies of the Kokang rebels have leapt to their defence in light of Burmese military allegations that Chinese mercenaries are fighting on the rebels’ side in the ongoing conflict in northeastern Shan State.
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Myanmar workers are preparing to protest over alleged discrimination by Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Company, according to the Zawtika Offshore Myanmar Organization or ZOMO on February 20.
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Malaysia and Myanmar have agreed that the Islamic State threat is real and IS may try to instill its ideology in hotspots in ASEAN, reports the Malay Mail on February 20.
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In November 2014, after being locked in her employer’s apartment in Singapore, Thu Zar Myint climbed out the bathroom window in a desperate bid to escape.
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Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos are working together to tackle the Mekong triangle illegal drug trade, according to The Nation on February 20.
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A photo of a young girl holding a Chinese flag is one of many that China’s online censors have deleted over the last few days in an effort to quell nationalist support for ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar.
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China should cooperate with Myanmar to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory, a Myanmar official said on Thursday after 10 days of fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents.
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Myanmar and India’s commerce ministers reiterated their mutual desire to improve trade between their two countries at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the Business Standard on February 17.
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At least three textile and electronics factories in the Thai border province of Tak were found to be using Myanmar immigrant child labourers aged under 15, according to The Nation on February 17.
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Thousands of people have been forced to flee Burma into the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan following fighting between Burma’s army and insurgents, the Chinese government said, repeating a call for restraint.
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While thousands of civilians poured over the border from Laogai to seek shelter in China this week, several hundred others in the Kokang Special Region – mostly Burmese – have taken refuge in the town of Lashio amid heavy fighting between government forces and Kokang rebels.
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China on Friday urged the Myanmar government and rebels to resolve their dispute peacefully so that refugees who were driven across the Chinese border can go home as soon as possible.
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China is urging Myanmar to maintain peace and order along the border after renewed fighting between ethnic insurgents and Myanmar’s army forced some local people to flee over the border into China, reports CCTV on February 11.
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China has resettled the refugees who poured into the southwestern Yunnan province after government forces clashed with Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in Myanmar’s Kokang region, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quoted as saying by Chinanews.com on Tuesday.
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Several thousand residents of the Kokang region in northern Shan State have fled into neighboring China’s Yunnan Province to escape ongoing heavy fighting between the Burma Army and Kokang ethnic rebels, according to a rebel spokesman, who said that the army launched numerous airstrikes in recent days.
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A visiting Indian minister who dropped in to India’s northeastern Manipur State said the central government is keen to develop several trade and plantation projects in the region as part of the state’s Special Economic Zone, according to the Nagaland Post on February 11.
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