South Asia and Beyond

Widening Split Overshadows ASEAN’s Latest Push For Peace In Myanmar

The Myanmar crisis and implementation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ peace plan for the country’s post-coup conflict is set to dominate the ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat on Wednesday. One notable absentee will be junta foreign minister Than Swe, who has not been invited despite Myanmar’s membership in the regional bloc. The junta leadership […]Read More

Why Hasn’t The Myanmar Junta Boss Visited Beijing?

Given the Myanmar regime’s warm relations with China, it is somewhat puzzling that junta leader Min Aung Hlaing has yet to make a trip to the country’s huge northern neighbour since his 2021 coup, despite having made three trips to Russia, his other main ally. The answer is that Min Aung Hlaing has been trying […]Read More

Myanmar Security Council Statement Prompts Speculation Military Rule Will Be Extended

Myanmar’s top defense and security body has said it discussed the “extraordinary situation” that continues to exist in Myanmar, prompting speculation that it will exercise its power to extend the period of military rule, which technically expired on Tuesday. A statement said the military-dominated National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) meeting was held on Tuesday […]Read More