Falling FDI stunts Myanmar growth 

Myanmar’s legal exports are still dominated by agricultural products. Source: Asean Economist Myanmar's dramatic economic growth appears to be slowing after the boost provided by...

ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

Myanmar backpedals on Bagan climbing ban

Old Bagan at sunrise. Source: Asean Economist Myanmar has retreated on its ban on temple climbing in Bagan, following fears that tourists would no longer...

NLD targets jade reform

Kachin State sees itself as ethnically distinct from the rest of Myanmar. Source: YouTube Nay Pyi Taw has unveiled reforms to its jade trade, worth...

Myanmar election ‘fundamentally flawed’: Human Rights Watch

Myanmar’s general election, due on November 8, has been condemned as “fundamentally flawed, depriving Burmese of their right to freely elect their government”, by...

Chinese frigates dock at Yangon 

China’s Navy is hoping to extend its links with Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Two naval vessels from China have arrived in Yangon for a five-day visit...

Suu Kyi visits Rakhine

Myanmar’s embattled state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, has visited Rakhine State to inspect the sites of atrocities against the displaced Rohingya community. The international...

Kachin jade scavenger shot by guards

A jade scavenger in Myanmar has been shot dead by mine security staff, according to the authorities.   On Monday, a scavenger from troubled Rakhine...

Myanmar sanctions too weak: UN envoy

A US travel ban on Myanmar's army chief and three other generals over the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Rakhine State is insufficient,...

Suu Kyi appoints junta strongman to key post

The scale of Myanmar’s parliament has shocked some of the provincial MPs. Source: Wikimedia Aung San Suu Kyi's party has nominated Shwe Mann, one of...

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ASEAN, US to launch maritime drill, fight “wrongdoings”

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has joined forces with the United States in holding maritime exercises which were aimed at preventing other...

Malaysia dismisses UN poverty claims 

Malaysia has rejected a United Nations envoy’s claims that it undercounts poverty rates. Economy Minister Azmin Ali defended the official figure of 0.4 per cent...

Malaysian police ban controversial preacher Zakir Naik from speaking on all media

The Royal Malaysia Police have barred Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik from speaking on all media, citing national security concerns. The Head of Corporate Communications...