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“As in the past, so in the future, the people of India will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Burma, and whether we have to share good fortune or ill fortune, we shall share it together.” These were Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s words in 1948, on the day of Burma’s independence from Britain. Since then relations between the two countries have fluctuated between friendship, neglect and outright hostility, yet India’s rise on the international stage and Myanmar’s “democratic transition” are forcing both governments to reassess the nature of bilateral relations based on regional geopolitical developments. (more…)

Vice-President Sai Mauk Kham met the North Korean ambassador to Burma Kim Sok Chol at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on Wednesday. The meeting was focused on “mutual amity and development”, according to state-run media outlet The New Light of Myanmar.
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The Red Cross Society of China will provide humanitarian assistance worth 816.33 million U.S. dollars to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state, the Chinese embassy here said Wednesday.
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The spokesperson of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) denied on Wednesday media reports that 30 rebel soldiers had been sent to China for helicopter pilot training.
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Rice exports this year are set to fall to less than half of the government target of 3 million-tonnes as traders are withholding stock from its trading partners in an attempt to secure more favourable prices being offered by illicit Chinese importers, officials said.
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Myanmar and South Korea will cooperate in occupational safety and health in Myanmar, state media reported Sunday.
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The largest ethnic armed group in Burma, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has selected 30 soldiers to receive pilot training in China, according to members of other ethnic rebel groups who recently visited the Wa headquarters in Panghsang in northern Shan State on the Burma-China border.
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US official for Myanmar Judith Cefkin urges Bangladesh
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has slammed President Thein Sein for leaving the future of a controversial Chinese-backed dam unresolved, accusing him of passing the buck to the country’s next leaders by suspending the project until the end of his term.
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Japan plans to provide 10 billion yen (3 billion baht) chiefly in grants over the next five years to Myanmar to bolster the living standards of ethnic minorities that have suffered during years of internal conflicts in the country, Japanese government sources said Saturday.
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The deputy commander-in-chief, Myanmar defence service and commander-in-chief, Myanmar Army, vice senior general Soe Win visited the Eastern Command HQ in Fort William Kolkata on Tuesday.
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Leaders of China and Myanmar Tuesday vowed to strengthen comprehensive strategic cooperation and carry out close cultural exchange.
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Ten members of National League for Democracy (NLD) left for a goodwill visit to China on Sunday, 8 December, at the invitation of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to an NLD spokesman.
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A Burmese activist who burned a Chinese flag during a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon last week has been detained by the police.
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President Benigno Aquino 3rd will hold a bilateral meeting with visiting Myanmar President Thein Sein in Malacañang on Thursday.
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An Indonesian court Wednesday jailed 14 Muslim Rohingya men from Myanmar for nine months each for bludgeoning eight Buddhists from their country to death in an Indonesian detention centre.
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday assured an all-political party delegation from Manipur that not an inch of India’s land along the Manipur-Myanmar border would be conceded to the neighbouring country.
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India’s Look East policy has brought cheer to its northeastern states, as trade and cultural ties with neighbouring countries are getting stronger.
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Thailand and Burma seized control on Thursday of the multi-billion dollar Dawei special economic zone from Italian Thai Development Pcl to rescue the floundering project and convince foreign investors to finally come on board.
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Burmese and Chinese police cooperated last week to close down a bride matching agency of Chinese man, who illegally attempted to arrange marriages between Burmese women and Chinese men, a senior police official said.
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