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  • Rohingya Crisis -- Dark New Dimensions

    Rohingya crisis highlights investors' contrasting views

    YANGON -- Myanmar has enjoyed a surge of goodwill and unprecedented international assistance since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept to power in late 2015. Investment interest has grown alongside aid flows, amid the dismantling

    February 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Richard Horsey

    Has Myanmar's Rakhine State reached a turning point?

    When Aung San Suu Kyi took the reins of government last April, she declared that "internal peace" in Myanmar would be one of her top priorities. She faced two major challenges: a stalled peace process with numerous ethnic armed groups, and a toxic p

    February 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Dark New Dimensions of Rohingya Crisis

    Plight of the Rohingya strains ASEAN unity

    YANGON -- In recent years, disputes over maritime claims in the South China Sea have been the main cause of discord within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But a different kind of threat to regional cooperation has emerged from the ongoin

    February 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Rohingya Crisis -- Dark New Dimensions

    Rohingya -- Myanmar's stateless and nameless

    YANGON -- Myanmar's minority Muslim Rohingya are holding fast to their identity in the face of official discrimination, public scorn and military action.Excluded from Myanmar's 2014 census unless they assented to the epithet "Bengali," most of the c

    February 9, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party may split

    HANOI -- The Cambodia National Rescue Party is in danger of fracturing, as Prime Minister Hun Sen maneuvers to weaken the main opposition party ahead of a general election in 2018.CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha received a royal pardon on Dec. 2 last

    February 9, 2017 02:40 pm JST
  • Chilling developments in Rohingya crisis put Suu Kyi in hot seat

    SITTWE, Myanmar Before dawn on Oct. 9, several hundred Muslim men gathered in northern Rakhine State to wage attacks on police posts near the border with Bangladesh. Armed with crude weapons and about 30 aging firearms, they raided three posts and m

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Rohingya -- Myanmar's stateless and nameless

    YANGON Myanmar's minority Muslim Rohingya are holding fast to their identity in the face of official discrimination, public scorn and military action.Excluded from Myanmar's 2014 census unless they assented to the epithet "Bengali," most of the coun

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Embattled Suu Kyi crafts a 'fightback' strategy

    YANGON Stung by international criticism of military abuses in Rakhine State and by domestic complaints over the slow pace of reform, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is crafting what could be termed a "fightback" strategy. Among the steps

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • The Rohingya crisis gives investors in Myanmar cold feet

    YANGON Myanmar has enjoyed a surge of goodwill and unprecedented international assistance since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept to power in late 2015. Investment interest has grown alongside aid flows, amid the dismantling of

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Richard Horsey: Has Myanmar's Rakhine State reached a turning point?

    When Aung San Suu Kyi took the reins of government last April, she declared that "internal peace" in Myanmar would be one of her top priorities. She faced two major challenges: a stalled peace process with numerous ethnic armed groups, and a toxic p

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Plight of the Rohingya strains ASEAN unity

    YANGON In recent years, disputes over maritime claims in the South China Sea have been the main cause of discord within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. But a different kind of threat to regional cooperation has emerged from the ongoing t

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Michael Vatikiotis: Asia can fill the power vacuum left by the West

    The Western world is consumed by a pivotal transition that could have far-reaching consequences for the prevailing social and political order. In the same week that U.S. President Donald Trump eviscerated the Washington elite with his "American carn

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • From rapper to Myanmar lawmaker

    YANGON Myanmar's parliament building, constructed by the former military junta in capital city Naypyitaw, is so gorgeous it could be mistaken for a palace. The lawmakers attending sessions there have become more diverse along with progress in democr

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Rising costs throw cold water on Asian factory pickup

    HONG KONG Factory activity gauges for January show most Asian economies in expansionary territory -- save for Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. But manufacturers are not out of the woods: Fast-rising input costs are casting a shadow on their prof

    February 9, 2017 12:00 pm JST
  • Myanmar lures Visa, other foreign credit card issuers

    YANGON -- Overseas credit card companies are looking to Myanmar as the country shifts from cash to card payments.U.S.-based Visa teamed up with Myanmar's Co-operative Bank (CB Bank) on Jan. 17 to issue credit cards with limits of between 4 million k

    February 8, 2017 11:55 am JST
  • Expansion work starts at Myanmar's Thilawa industrial park

    YANGON -- An expansion project at Myanmar's first modern industrial park began Tuesday, as the government concluded negotiations related to resettling residents of the development area.The Thilawa special economic zone, which came about as a public-

    February 8, 2017 02:20 am JST
  • Yangon politician emerges as possible Suu Kyi successor

    YANGON -- The head of Myanmar's Yangon region is emerging as a strong candidate to succeed Aung San Suu Kyi, the nation's de facto leader, as he builds a reputation for tackling challenges facing the Southeast Asian country's largest city.The metrop

    February 7, 2017 11:45 am JST
  • 14 sectors record growth in January Asia PMI

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Sector Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for January showed increased business activity in 14 of the 19 industries monitored, down from 17 in December. Beverages & food sector registered the strongest output growth at 57.4

    February 7, 2017 09:30 am JST
  • Can Myanmar sustain growth momentum?

    YANGON -- The World Bank's forecast on Jan. 30 that Myanmar's economy will grow by more than 7% annually for the next three years might appear to be overly optimistic.In the latest issue of its Myanmar Economic Monitor, the World Bank said that whil

    February 6, 2017 06:00 pm JST
  • Soaring costs throw cold water on Asian factory pickup

    HONG KONG Factory activity gauges for January show most Asian economies in expansionary territory -- save for Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong. But manufacturers are not out of the woods: Fast-rising input costs are casting a shadow on their pr

    February 6, 2017 01:00 pm JST