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India is likely to push Myanmar to begin negotiations for an extradition treaty that would enable Nay Pyi Taw to hand over insurgents and fugitives in future during National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s visit to Myanmar later this week according to the Economic Times on 15 June.
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Not that long ago, it would have been unimaginable for Myanmar’s most famous political leader — former dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — to travel to Beijing at the invitation of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). For decades, Beijing helped prop up Myanmar’s military junta that had placed Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. In mid-June, however, it rolled out the red carpet for her and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). In a telling break from protocol, the opposition leader even scored a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping himself. “The invitation,” China’s state news agency Xinhua rather blithely wrote in an editorial just before the visit, shows that the CCP “stands ready to engage with any political parties as long as they are willing to promote the sound development of relations with China.”
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Yangon yesterday following her first visit to China, including talks with President Xi Jinping. However, few details about her five-day tour, which also took the NLD leader to Shanghai and Kunming, have been released.
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The Indian army’s brief foray this week into Burma to hunt militants set alarm bells ringing in far-away Pakistan, Delhi’s arch-rival whom it blames for stoking a rebellion in the disputed region of Kashmir.
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China on Friday called on Myanmar to restore stability to their common border after a rebel group that has been battling the Myanmar military announced a unilateral ceasefire.
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Myanmar is one of 57 prospective members for the bank, which is slated to play a similar role to other development institutions such as the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. Yesterday, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw parliamentarians voted on the June 9 proposal to join, with 454 in favour, 7 against and 3 abstentions.
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Thai consumer product conglomerate Osotspa Co is stepping up its energy drink business in Burma by joining forces with a local partner for more aggressive expansion throughout the country.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China Wednesday for a debut visit that will cast an intriguing light on Beijing’s attitude towards the democracy champion and Nobel laureate as she bids to take power.
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A fierce debate within the highest echelons of the United Nations over how to deal with Myanmar on the issue of the Rohingya is moving from behind closed doors into the public domain, casting doubts over whether the UN body has formulated a coherent strategy.
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India’s army attacked separatist rebels just over the border with Myanmar on Tuesday, a rare cross-border strike that the government said showed its resolve to fight terrorism beyond the country’s borders.
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A $6 billion hydropower dam planned for a site in Myanmar’s Shan state is drawing fierce opposition from locals who say it will flood an area nearly the size of Singapore, destroying 100 communities.
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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced a US$5 million aid to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Xinhua news agency reported.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China on Wednesday (Jun 10) for a debut visit that will cast an intriguing light on Beijing’s attitude towards the democracy champion and Nobel laureate as she bids to take power.
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a five-day visit to China on Wednesday, the first time the National League for Democracy chairwoman has made an official trip to Burma’s northern neighbor.
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One hundred and fifty boat people were repatriated from Maungdaw in northwest Arakan State to Bangladesh on Monday afternoon, some 18 days after the Burmese navy found their boat adrift off the Arakanese coast.
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Saha Group, Thailand’s leading consumer product conglomerate, has scrapped plans to set up an industrial estate in Burma, citing high land prices in the neighbouring country.
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The Indian army on Tuesday attacked insurgent groups along its border with Myanmar days after the rebels killed 18 Indian soldiers in an ambush in the insurgency wracked remote northeast, a top army officer said.
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On 5 June the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry summoned the  Burmese ambassador in Dhaka over a Rakhine state minister’s comment, which they condemned for jeopardising joint efforts by Burma and Bangladesh to solve the refugee crisis.
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Chinese leaders will woo Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to the country, a snub for the quasi-military government whose fighting with rebels along China’s border has angered Beijing.
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Politics, as we all know, can make for strange bedfellows. Five years ago, few would have imagined that the Communist Party of China (CPC) would ever invite Burma’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for a diplomatic visit. Alas, it happened.
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