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China has sent a fresh batch of relief aid to flood-hit Myanmar Xinhuanet reported on 16 August. Motorized dinghies worth 1.6 million US dollars were flown in on Saturday night to help with rescue operations.
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Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will invest US $250 million over three loans to help upgrade Rangoon’s existing Circular Railway line.
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Over half of the people rescued from human smuggling boats in May have been repatriated to Bangladesh, after a fourth group of migrants returned on August 10, local officials said.
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Bangladesh is to hold a census of hundreds of thousands of undocumented  Rohingya who have crossed into the country seeking refuge from persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
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The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) on Tuesday (Aug 11) launched a month-long appeal for funds to aid communities affected by widespread floods in Myanmar. The Singapore Government last Friday pledged US$100,000 (S$140,000) to kickstart the public appeal.
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Visa-free travel to Thailand comes into effect today, sparking a likely spike in visitor numbers, travel agents say. Following an agreement reached last month, Myanmar passport holders can now pop over to Bangkok or Phuket for a two-week trip without queuing for a visa at the Thai embassy in Yangon or showing evidence of funding.
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue of the Rohingya Muslim genocide in Myanmar at the United Nations during its upcoming General Assembly session according to a report on the aaj.tv website on 11 August.
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The battle for sustainability will be won – or lost – in Asia. Although it may sound dramatic, the concept is not far-fetched. Our region is perhaps the most dynamic in the world, accounting for 40 percent of global economic output and two-thirds of global growth. Globally, 60pc of the population calls Asia home and urban populations are predicted to grow from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion in 2050.
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A recent joint meeting between Thailand and Myanmar on the development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) touched on concession agreements for the project’s initial development phase and a supplemental memorandum of understanding Thailand’s The Nation reported on 10 August.
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Bangladesh has taken initiatives to bring back 159 more nationals from Myanmar, caught when illegally trying to migrate to other South Asian countries on boats, bdnews24.com reported on 9 August.
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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung applauded co-operation between the central banks of Viet Nam and Myanmar, which he said has contributed to developing the countries’ relations Viet Nam News reported on 7 August.
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Discussions at the 2015 Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ meeting have been derailed by tensions over how to word references to the South China Sea. The notorious issue, which China initially requested be left off the agenda entirely, has signaled discord in the meeting, taking place in Kuala Lumpur. Singapore’s Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam told media on Tuesday that the issue was causing delays.
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Indonesian police have rescued 45 Burmese fishermen, believed to be trafficking victims, from a hotel in central Jakarta where they were taken after traveling on fake documents, officials and the men said on Thursday.
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Burma’s government and Bangkok-based Italian Thai Development (ITD) Plc inked a long-sought deal on construction of the Dawei special economic zone (SEZ) and deep-sea port project on Wednesday, Kyaw Swar Oo, personal secretary officer for Deputy Transport Minister Han Sein, told The Irrawaddy.
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This article is part of “Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis,” an ongoing series  by The Diplomat for summer and fall 2015 featuring exclusive articles from scholars and practitioners tackling Southeast Asia’s ongoing refugee crisis. All articles in the series can be found here.
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The Thai government will today offer Myanmar Bt5 million as financial aid as the country struggles with floods, deputy government spokesman Maj-General Weerachon Sukhonthapati-pak said yesterday according to a 4 August report in The Nation.
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A Chinese army representative has offered to bolster the Tatmadaw’s disaster assistance, Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said during a visit to heavily flooded Sagaing Region yesterday.
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Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank), Malaysia’s leading bank by assets, commenced branch operations in Burma on Monday, becoming the first Malaysian bank to open a branch in the country.
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Military-Linked Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL) has asked a Singapore court to order its partner in Myanmar Brewery to sell its stake by August 20, according to a statement.
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Positioned between two of the largest countries in the world, Myanmar must balance external pressures and internal potential as it continues to grow. Will geographic opportunity translate to national improvement, or will it bring only diplomatic headaches?
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