Even as the Myanmarese government initiates political reforms in much of the country, it has intensified an ethnic civil war here in the resource-rich hills of northern Myanmar, a conflict that at once threatens its warming trend with the United States and could alienate Chinese officials concerned about stability on the border.
Myanmar’s president sketched a vision of gradual progress toward democracy for his isolated and authoritarian nation in his first extensive interview with a US journalist, saying that the military will retain a strong role in government even as it welcomes opposition figures into parliament.
Thousands lined the streets to greet Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she hit the campaign trail on Sunday ahead of by-elections seen as a key test of the regime's commitment to reform.
The Nobel peace laureate travelled for the first time in two decades to the Irrawaddy delta, Burma's rice bowl and the region most devastated by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.
Water-buffalo dung dots the fairways, girl caddies in flip-flops lug the golf bags and firefights with the Burmese Army have broken out a half-hour's drive away.
Myanmar's President Thein Sein said on Thursday that his government wanted equal rights for ethnic minorities, the latest conciliatory gesture from the regime to armed rebel groups.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged members of Myanmar’s powerful military on Tuesday to support her opposition party in April by-elections as she campaigned for votes on the regime's doorstep.
Internet users have gotten a sneak preview of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's first-ever campaign speech for state television.
For most of his career he was a loyal apparatchik in one of the world’s most brutal military regimes. But in the 12 months since he became president of Myanmar, U Thein Sein has been leading this country of 55 million down a radical path from dictatorship to democracy, vowing, as he told the nation earlier this month, to “root out the evil legacies deeply entrenched in our society.”
Myanmar has invited the US and European Union to send observers to monitor April elections, an American official said on Wednesday, a first for the long-isolated country seeking to convince the West to lift crippling sanctions.
Travellers and eager investors are pouring in to explore one of Asia’s most untouched countries, filling hotels to capacity, doubling room rates and spilling flight reservations onto wait lists.
With a flamboyant wardrobe and a diva’s voice, she’s seen as Myanmar’s Lady Gaga — a rare pop star in a country where years of isolation have left musicians reliant on borrowed foreign tunes.
Myanmar will begin a managed float of its currency, the kyat, from April 1, the central bank said in a statement published in an official newspaper on Wednesday.
His image is emblazoned on T-shirts and posters on Myanmar’s campaign trail, but the young revolutionary in a military cap and greatcoat is not standing for election.
Myanmar was making final preparations on Saturday for polls seen as a test of the military-dominated regime's reforms, in which opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is standing for the first time.