Tillerson to meet Myanmar general, stress need to stop violence: State Dept official
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will focus on the need to stop the violence and stabilize Rakhine state when he meets with the head of Myanmar’s military on Wednesday, a senior State Department official told journalists in Manila.
Trump pledges US support to end violence in Myanmar
President Donald Trump addressed the humanitarian crisis roiling Myanmar on the final day of his trip through Asia, albeit during a closed-door lunch with fellow leaders at the East Asia Summit.
Violence in Myanmar is WORSE than ISIS as infants are killed, filmmaker reveals
THE VIOLENCE of ISIS does not come close to that being carried out by the military against the Rohingya in Myanmar, a documentary filmmaker has revealed.
— Express/BBC (video)
U.S. Still Weighing Myanmar Sanctions, Official Says
The U.S. continues to weigh renewing sanctions on Myanmar as international frustration over the country’s treatment of its ethnic Rohingya minority rises, according to a senior State Department official.
— Bloomberg Politics (video)
US Holocaust Museum says evidence of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar
The United States Holocaust Museum says there is “mounting evidence” of genocide in Myanmar, after a year-long investigation with Southeast Asia rights group Fortify Rights into atrocities against persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
— The Guardian
Southeast Asian States Go Easy on Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuse And Exodus
Myanmar has received a reprieve from formal criticism by a regional Asian group on the Rohingya crisis, but tough talks with the United States await when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with de facto national leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the military commander-in-chief on Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia
The Latest: Trump backs safe return of refugees to Myanmar
President Donald Trump says the U.S. supports efforts to end the violence in Myanmar, where more than 600,000 people have fled their homes following attacks by vigilantes and security forces.
— ABC News
Myanmar Army Replaces Rakhine Commander
Myanmar’s military on Friday replaced Maj-Gen Maung Soe, the head of the Western Command responsible for Rakhine and Chin states, with Supply and Transport Directorate chief Brig-Gen Soe Tint Naing.
— The Irrawaddy
Trudeau raises drug war killings with Duterte, Rohingya Muslims with Myanmar
CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the Philippines to address the drug war killings and the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to address human rights violations confronting the region such as the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
— The Manila Times
BGB, MPF meeting begins in Myanmar
The formal meeting of six-day long border conference between the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar Police Force (MPF) began in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday, reports UNB.
— Prothom Alo
Government seeks assistance for climate change damages
Myanmar is seeking financial and technical assistance from international donors and technology institutions for losses and damages the country suffered due to climate change.
— Myanmar Times
LS Cable & System to build power cable factory in Myanmar
Korean power cable producer LS Cable & System will begin the construction of a production plant in Myanmar. This is its third time establishing a new production corporation in 2017, following LS Cable & System Poland and LS Cable & System U.S.A. The company has been accelerating in expanding the overseas market, in order to find a breakthrough from the electric wire cable market, which is saturated in Korea.
— The Dong-A ILBO
Stephenson Harwood opens in Myanmar
Stephenson Harwood has opened a new office in Yangon, expanding the firm’s reach in Southeast Asia.
— Asia Business Law Journal
Pyi Thit well delivers gas for Woodside offshore Myanmar
Woodside Energy has completed this year’s exploration and appraisal drilling campaign offshore Myanmar.
Banking curbs stagnating trade with Myanmar: businesses
Improving economic ties with Myanmar may be a key agenda of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Neighbourhood First and Act East policies, but if the business community in Myanmar is to be believed, India’s commercial banking sector is not yet convinced about it.
— The Hindu Business Line
Myanmar gets first corporate credit card
A trio of financial organisations have launched the AYA Universal Corporate MPU-JCB co-branded card in Myanmar – the nation’s first corporate credit card targeted for business payment use.
— Banking Technology
Myanmar watermelons increase in price due to high demand from China
The combination of a high-quality watermelon crop and increased demand from China has raised prices for watermelons above those in October at the fruit wholesale market in Muse 105-mile trading camp.
— Fresh Plaza
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