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Visiting Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw said yesterday that his country agreed to consider becoming a full member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Xinhua reported on 26 October.

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President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun said here on Tuesday that the AIIB is looking forward to promoting infrastructure in Myanmar.

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Aiming to both bolster the economy and support the return of Myanmar citizens working abroad, the minister for labour announced plans to stimulate the country’s job market.

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From October 16 to 18, on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi went to Goa to attend the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation summit and paid an official visit to New Delhi. Suu Kyi’s visit to India will effectively promote cooperation between India and Myanmar in political, economic and other fields.

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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw’s statement blaming a little-known Rohingya militant group “Aqa Mul Mujahideen” for the recent attacks on Myanmar border outposts and its Pakistan links has not surprised Indian and Bangladesh intelligence.

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India offered on Wednesday to provide help with energy and agriculture in response to a request from visiting Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for cooperation in building infrastructure in her country.

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi made her first official visit to India since taking the reins of power in her country. Her official appearance began with the joint summit of BRICS and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on Oct. 16.

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Looking north from Myint Win’s farm, across rice paddies and past bamboo huts, a massive new industrial development on the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city gleams in the distance.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China met in India yesterday, state media reported on 18 October.

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Ambassadors of majority-Muslim countries in the region have expressed support for the government’s response to recent violence in northern Rakhine State, acting foreigner minister U Kyaw Tint Swe said yesterday.

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Myanmar’s de factor leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is seeking to carefully balance relations with major powers as part of her commitment to revive the country’s tradition of employing a neutral foreign policy. Suu Kyi’s India visit this week follows trips to Beijing and Washington.

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Historically, Burma has enjoyed strong relations with India, not with China.

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Kanbawza Bank (KBZ Bank), Myanmar’s largest private bank, has opened a representative office in Singapore as part of efforts to expand its footprint into Southeast Asia. It already has an overseas base in Thailand and intends to open another representative office in Malaysia by the end of December.

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Following its ratification of the International Labour Organization’s 2006 Maritime Labour Convention in May, the Myanmar government is working to bring the country’s seafaring laws up to international standard.

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Local mobile payment companies are gearing up to extend their payment services overseas after the Bank of Thailand eased foreign exchange rules.

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Two Chinese frigates have docked in Yangon and will stay for five days in a show of diplomatic cooperation between the two nations, says the Chinese embassy in Yangon.

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When Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi met U.S. President Barack Obama during her recently concluded official visit to Washington, Obama’s decision to lift the remaining sanctions the United States imposed against the previous military regime’s human rights abuses dominated news coverage.

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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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