South Asia and Beyond

Myanmar Regime, Russia Sign Nuclear Cooperation ‘Roadmap’

The Myanmar military regime and Russian state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom have signed a roadmap for further atomic energy cooperation including the possible implementation of a modular reactor project in Myanmar. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF-2022) in Vladivostok, Russia, where regime chief Min Aung Hlaing has been since […]Read More

Myanmar Junta Imposes New Restrictions On Political Parties

Myanmar’s regime has introduced further restrictions on political parties after it barred them from speaking with international organisations or foreigners without permission from the junta’s electoral body. On August 11, the junta’s Union Election Commission (UEC) issued a notice requiring political parties to seek its approval before meeting foreign organisations and individuals. Last week it […]Read More

Myanmar’s Supply Chains Break Down Amid Fuel Shortages

Amid serious fuel shortages and price hikes across Myanmar, businesses say they will soon halt operations unless availability improves. Thanks to the regime’s foreign currency controls and the restricted supply of fuel, it is becoming increasingly difficult to buy gasoline and diesel with prices exceeding 2,000 kyats per litre. A garment factory owner from Hlaing […]Read More

Myanmar Junta Hangs Two Leading Democracy Activists

Myanmar’s military junta has executed four dissidents, including former National League for Democracy lawmaker Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw and veteran democracy activist Ko Jimmy over the weekend for their anti-regime activities. The regime announced on Monday that the punishment had been conducted according to procedures at Yangon’s Insein Prison. Ko Phyo Zeya Thaw, Ko Jimmy, […]Read More

Chinese Foreign Minister Snubs Myanmar Junta Chief

It must be embarrassing for Myanmar regime chief Min Aung Hlaing when the top diplomat from the foreign country he relies upon most declines to pay him a visit—particularly if the diplomat is already in Myanmar. But that’s exactly what happened over the weekend and early this week, as visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi […]Read More

China’s Complicated Game In Myanmar

Veteran author and journalist Bertil Lintner has been reporting on Myanmar for decades. In this wide-ranging interview he talks to The Irrawaddy editor-in-chief Aung Zaw about China’s goals and strategy in Myanmar—including its relations with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic armed groups—the future of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the most […]Read More

Myanmar’s Armed Resistance Groups Ready To Go On Offensive: NUG

Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG) says its armed wings, the People’s Defence Forces (PDF), have matured and are getting closer to the level of a professional army, over a year after they were first formed. “More than a year after they were formed, PDFs have achieved certain progress in training, grouping, command, arms and […]Read More

Cambodia Rejects Calls To Bar Myanmar Junta Minister From ASEAN

Cambodia has ignored an appeal by Myanmar-based as well as regional and international civil society organizations not to invite the Myanmar regime’s defence minister to the upcoming ASEAN defence ministers’ meeting The meeting, which is scheduled to be held this week, will be joined by defence ministers from 10 countries. Cambodia currently holds the rotating […]Read More