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A Burmese border guard police officer has confirmed that a member of the Border Guard Bangladesh was killed by his unit on Wednesday when a clash broke out between the two sides amid rising tensions along the border, with the government in Dhaka calling for an investigation into the incident.
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Myanmar-China border trade has reached US$268 million between April 1 and May 15, since the start of the current fiscal year.
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A flare-up of resilient hostility toward China among its neighbors has infected central Myanmar, where a Chinese company operating a copper mine has local residents seething over what they call the operator’s arrogance and the project’s seemingly unbridled expansion plans.
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Four border guard police officers were killed and another wounded after a clash with an armed group along the Burma-Bangladesh border in Maungdaw Township, northern Arakan State, on Saturday, local authorities say.
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Vice Transportation Minister of Myanmar, U Han Sein said in Nanning, Guangxi province on the 15th that the Myanmar government is committed to creating a good environment that attracts foreign investment and is in the process of revising related laws. Therefore, now is a great opportunity to do business with and invest in Myanmar.
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The Myanmar Foreign Ministry confirmed that Myanmar has arrested eight armed Chinese nationals who are being interrogated in prison. Earlier media reports pointed out that these Chinese nationals appeared to have received military training in Myanmar and are suspects in a murder case.
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The 24th ASEAN Summit drew to a close on Sunday, 11 May, with some member countries expressing satisfaction with the outcome of talks regarding the fragile South China Sea dispute.
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According to a report by Xinhua News Agency, the 24th ASEAN Summit will be hosted in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on the 10th.  U Ye Htut, spokesperson of the President of Myanmar, the chair of ASEAN this year, emphasized during a special media interview before the summit that China has been and will always be an important force for the development and stability of ASEAN.
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The 25th ASEAN Summit will be hosted in Naypyidaw on the 10th.  Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Yang Houlan said during a special interview with the Xinhua News Agency that China-ASEAN relations are at a new historic beginning and both sides are willing to promote the strategic partnership and continue the new chapter of strategic cooperation.
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A Karen National Union (KNU) official told a visiting Japanese parliamentarian that it’s crucial for KNU officials to be consulted and involved when the Japanese government plans development projects in Karen State.
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The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on Sunday at a historic summit hosted for the first time by Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – in its remote showpiece capital Naypyidaw.
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After India suspended construction on an internal container port on India-Myanmar border, the two countries this week signed an agreement on border cooperation, promising to exchange information on insurgents and drugs and human trafficking.
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This year, Burma’s government is chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for the first time, having previously been ruled out of the position because of the country’s military regime. As chair it will have to address 21st-century Asia’s most complicated and potentially destabilizing issue: the dispute between China and its Asean neighbors, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, about overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea.
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Journalists from Kachin State have recently returned from a tour of China sponsored by the state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI) which is trying to resume the Myitsone Dam Project.
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“It’s not an issue of whether it’s worthwhile. Everyone knows, after a ten-year war, the U.S. has limits.” This is the defense President Obama used during a domestic interview for not intervening militarily in the Syrian civil war. It is safe to say that this is no longer the best era for the U.S. to promote democracy. US public opinion is increasingly against the government spending too much energy on foreign, rather than domestic issues. However, there is a consensus about Myanmar in the Washington foreign policy circle: This is a test ground that promotes American values and core interests. As the guest of honor invited by the U.S. East-West Center, NLD Chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi made a high profile claim at a March event in Yangon: “Myanmar does not only want to be a successful state, but also wants to become a global model and the hope for other countries that have not yet succeeded.” However, democratic transitions are full of challenges and US think tanks do not avoid this problem. In the course of the East-West Center program, the Global Times reporters had an opportunity to study the “challenges of democratic transitions” in the US and in Myanmar through “theory and practice.”
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On April 10, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang held a meeting with the speaker of the Myanmar Union Parliament and the Lower House, U Shwe Mann.
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Chinese companies assisted Myanmar in completing the Myanmar national power system studies and designed the country’s power development planning reform. The project has been untaken as a form of grant assistance to Myanmar. Related reports were submitted to the Ministry of Electricity in Naypyidaw in the evening of April 9th.
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Yesterday, Vice governor of Yunnan Ding Shaoxiang met with Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun and his delegation.
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President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Thura U Shwe Mann, speaker of Myanmar’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives, pledging to work with Myanmar for closer China-ASEAN cooperation.
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