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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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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a meeting with the Myanmar President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw on the morning of the 14th. The two sides exchanged views and reached broad consensus on promoting Sino-Myanmar relations and deepening the comprehensive strategic cooperation. (more…)

India is expanding its outreach in line with a world shift towards Asia, reaching out to six strategic regions, including Myanmar under their “Look East” policy, according to Gateway House, an Indian think-tank November 10. (more…)

Myanmar President U Thein Sein has called for stronger integrated partnerships between countries at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC summit being held in Beijing, China. (more…)

Communities displaced by conflicts in Myanmar are waiting for a political dialogue process to kick in before making a move to return home. (more…)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will not meet Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits the country next week, but will announce a new aid package and series of deals, officials said on Thursday. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make her first official visit to China in December, a senior member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) confirmed. (more…)

Thailand will revive talks with Japan and Burma aimed at kick-starting the floundering multi-billion dollar Dawei Special Economic Zone in Burma, a junta spokesman said on Thursday. (more…)

A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist both known for campaigning against Muslims signed an agreement on Tuesday to work together to protect Buddhism, which they say is being challenged worldwide. (more…)

Last week, Burma Army Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing paid his first official visit to Japan at the invitation of General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of Staff of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. This marked the first visit by a commander-in-chief to Tokyo since Gen Ne Win visited Japan in the 1960s. (more…)

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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