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Monday, June 14, 2021

Coal-fired power plant in Myanmar backed by China that villagers feel powerless to oppose

SCMP
Robert Bociaga
13 Jun, 2021
Almost two decades ago, in a small hillside town in southern Shan State, Myanmar’s largest coal-run power plant was built. Tigyit has been forever changed by this joint venture between the China National Heavy Machinery Corporation and a group of Myanmar businessmen affiliated with the country’s ruling generals who were responsible for the coup d’état on February 1, which ended the nation’s all-too-brief flirtation with democracy.

About 60 hectares of land were confis­cated to build the Tigyit plant, yet local communities surrounding the site, such as the Pa’O and Taungyo people, say they have seen no compen­sation for the land appro­priated for the power station or for the adjacent forests that have been razed to make space for mining the coal that fuels the plant.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Are formal interactions with China helping legitimise Myanmar’s junta in the eyes of the world?

SCMP
Pei-Hua Yu
10 Jun, 2021

  • A recent Chinese embassy statement referring to coup architect Min Aung Hlaing as the ‘leader of Myanmar’ is among the exchanges decried by the shadow National Unity Government
  • But analysts say while there are concerns over Beijing’s actions, they should not be over-interpreted – and Asean’s next moves could play a significant role in how the regime is perceived
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) bumps elbows with junta representative Wunna Maung Lwin at a June 8 meeting marking the 30th anniversary of formal relations between China and Asean. Photo: Xinhua

Recent formal interactions between Myanmar’s junta and officials from China have raised questions about whether the generals who staged February’s coup are garnering international recognition as the Southeast Asian nation’s legitimate executive authority.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

China Boosts Support for Myanmar Army, Countering U.S. Sanctions

Bloomberg News
9 June 2021

China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the U.S. and its Western allies following a coup four months ago.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting on Tuesday in Chongqing that Beijing would continue implementing bilateral projects in the Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV reported.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

ASEAN meets with China as progress on Myanmar consensus stalls

NIKKEI ASIA
HOTARO TANI,
Nikkei staff writer
June 8, 2021 

Bloc wants commitment from junta that its envoys have access to 'all parties' 

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) delivers a statement, flanked by his ministers following an ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in April in Jakarta where a five-point consensus over Myanmar was reached. © AP 
 

JAKARTA -- ASEAN "will appreciate" China's help in carrying out its five-point consensus to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Monday as the regional bloc looks to spur slow progress on the outcome of its emergency meeting in April.

Foreign ministers from the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations members met with their Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Chongqing on Monday to discuss regional issues, including the ongoing turmoil in Myanmar.

Friday, May 14, 2021

US Sanctions Chinese Official for Role in Religious Persecution

VOA
Voice of America
13th May 2021,

The United States has sanctioned a Chinese Communist Party official for involvement "in gross violations of human rights, namely the arbitrary detention of Falun Gong practitioners for their spiritual beliefs."

The sanctions against Yu Hui, former office director of the Central Leading Group on Preventing and Dealing with Heretical Religions of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, were announced as Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the State Department's annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

Yu Hui and his family are no longer allowed to enter the U.S., according to a news release.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

If Dhaka joins Quad, it’ll harm ties with Beijing

The Daily Star
Unb, Dhaka
May 11, 2021

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming has said Bangladesh should not join "Quad", a US-led initiative, and Dhaka's relations with Beijing will "substantially get damaged" if it joins the initiative.

He termed "Quad" a military alliance aiming against China's resurgence and its relationship with neighbours.

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The ambassador said Quad is a "narrow-purposed" geopolitical clique, and Bangladesh should not join it as the country will not derive any benefit from the initiative.

The US, India, Japan and Australia are part of an informal strategic alliance the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad as it is known.

"History has proved again and again such partnership surely damages our neighbours' own social, economic development and people's well-being," Ambassador Li said.

Global Islamophobia: China, India, and Beyond

INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST
Mohamed Elshekh
MAY 10, 202

State-sponsored persecution and unlawful vigilantism characterize the sociopolitical conditions of many Muslim minority communities. The French Senate’s latest proposal to ban the hijab in public settings and the ongoing exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar spotlight only a few manifestations of Islamophobia in countries across the globe. The laws and rhetoric against Islam and Muslims have led to violent killings, mass migration, and even genocide. These are not merely isolated case studies of Islamophobia but global trends that need to be challenged. Governments have mobilized targeted efforts against the beliefs and practices of Muslims, effectively rejecting international standards which safeguard religious pluralism and the freedom to worship.

Monday, May 10, 2021

China alarmed after strategic oil pipeline station in Myanmar is attacked

Atul Aneja
Sat, May 08 2021


New Delhi, May 8: Alarm bells are ringing loud and clear in China after Myanmar protesters have attacked a monitoring station of a strategic pipeline that ferries oil to Chinas Yunnan province.

The Irrawaddy newspaper's website is reporting that security personnel guarding the pipeline's off-take station in Mandalay were killed. The sword and machete attack on the policemen was "undoubtedly part of Myanmar's growing popular armed resistance against the regime," the daily reported.

The Myanmar military has mounted a coup a February mounted a coup that toppled elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering a cascade of high-voltage protests.

Though the pipeline has not been damaged, the bold strike, nevertheless, has jolted Beijing. And there are reasons why China should be deeply concerned.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Calling Out China

SCOOP
Keith Rankin
Tuesday, 4 May 2021,

We humans seem to have a need to coalesce into tribes, and we do this by identifying – and sometimes demonising, or holding in condescension – others who are not us. We also like to anthropomorphise, treating both animals and nations as if they were humans. Thus, 'Peter Rabbit does this'; and 'India does that'.

Of late one of our favourite activities has become 'calling out' others; we like to 'tell off' – even 'cancel' – individual people (or people stereotypes), and we like to tell off countries (or country stereotypes). In doing this we are usually 'letting off steam', and our actions tell us more about ourselves than the targets of our volleys.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

UN fails to agree on Myanmar statement, diplomats blame China, Russia

FRANCE 24
01/05/2021
UN Special Envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener had a long meeting with Myanmar junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting STR AFP/File


United Nations (United States) (AFP)

The UN Security Council failed to agree Friday on a joint statement on the crisis in Myanmar after a closed-door meeting, with diplomats blaming Beijing -- the junta's main backer -- and Russia for raising objections and putting forward their own competing text.

The session was convened by Vietnam to present the conclusions of a recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Indonesia. ASEAN is to appoint an envoy to help resolve the crisis sparked by the February 1 coup by the Myanmar military.

During the meeting, the UN Special Envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, who is currently touring the region, gave a report on her long meeting with Myanmar junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing, held on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Understanding the relations between Myanmar and China

ORF
OBSERVER REACHER FOUNDATION
SUMANTH SAMSANI
APR 26 2021


The relations between Myanmar and China have been a roller coaster ever since Myanmar became one of the first non-communist countries to recognize the People’s Republic of China in 1949. But things began to change in the late 1980s when Myanmar faced increased western-led economic sanctions after a coup in 1988 and shortly after it, Myanmar introduced a number of economic reforms. It was under these conditions that the China–Myanmar relations started gaining momentum.

In terms of bilateral trade, China is the largest trading partner of Myanmar. China occupies the largest share in both imports and exports of Myanmar. According to data from 2019, the bilateral trade stands at about USD 12 billion out of the approximately USD 36 billion trade it conducts in total that roughly amounts to 1/3rd of the total. In 2019, China occupied a 31.7 % share in its exports and a 34.7 % share in its imports far ahead of any other country including India which doesn’t even break into the top 5 in either category despite sharing a lengthy land border. Since 2001, Myanmar imports its largest share of goods from China. Imports from China mainly consist of machinery, metal products, vehicles, and telecommunication equipment.

Friday, April 23, 2021

China, Myanmar and others criticized in report on rising religious persecution

the japan times
Apr 21, 2021
Rohingya refugees on a boat on their way to Bhasan Char island in Bangladesh in December. | REUTERS


ROME– Violations of religious freedom are increasing and persecution takes place in more than 25 countries, with China and Myanmar among those that have the worst records, according to a report by a Vatican-backed charity.

The Religious Freedom in the World Report, covering 2019-2020 and issued on Tuesday, said that in some countries, such as Niger, Turkey and Pakistan, prejudices against religious minorities led local residents to blame them for the COVID-19 pandemic and denial of access to medical aid.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

China, Myanmar among countries criticised for 'rising religious persecution'

Financial Express
Reuters 
April 21, 2021

Violations of religious freedom are increasing and persecution takes place in more than 25 countries, with China and Myanmar among those that have the worst records, according to a report by a Vatican-backed charity.

The Religious Freedom in the World Report, covering 2019-2020 and issued on Tuesday, said that in some countries, such as Niger, Turkey and Pakistan, prejudices against religious minorities led local residents to blame them for the Covid-19 pandemic and denial of access to medical aid.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

US, China clash at UN meeting on combatting racism

NATIONAL HERALD
PTI
Published: 20 Mar 2021

The United States accused China on Friday of committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslims and other minorities.


The United States accused China on Friday of committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uighur Muslims and other minorities, and China accused the US of discrimination, hatred and even savage murder of people of African and Asian descent.

The clash came at the UN General Assembly's commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and was sparked by one line in the speech by US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield, who talked about being a descendent of slaves, growing up in the segregated South, and surviving racism including being called an N-word.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Russia and China Thwarting International Response to Myanmar Crisis: EU

KMJ NOW
AFP
11 April 2021
Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1.

International efforts to stem the violence have so far failed to yield results, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying Sunday it was “no surprise” that Russia and China were blocking efforts at the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

China, Russia undermine international Myanmar response, EU's top diplomat says

REUTERS
By Kate Abnett
APRIL 11, 2021


BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday Russia and China were hampering a united international response to Myanmar’s military coup and that the EU could offer more economic incentives if democracy returns to the country.


“It comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the U.N. Security Council, for example to impose an arms embargo,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a blog post.

“Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground,” said Borrell, who speaks on behalf of the 27 EU member states. “But we have a duty to try.”

Security forces have killed more than 700 unarmed protesters, including 46 children, since the military seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a Feb. 1 coup, according to a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

၁၉၆၇ တရုတ္ ဗမာ အေရးအခင္း အေၾကာင္း တေ ေစ့တ ေစာင္း

တင္ေမာင္



၁၉၆၇ တရုတ္ ဗမာ အေရးအခင္း အေၾကာင္း တေ ေစ့တ ေစာင္း
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ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ လူမ်ိဳးမတူမႈ ဘာသာမတူမႈ ခံယူခ်က္မတူမႈ အစရွိတဲ့ အေၾကာင္းရင္းမ်ား ကို အေျချပဳျပီး ပဋိ ပကၡမ်ား အစဥ္အဆက္ ေပါက္ဖြားခဲ့တဲ့ အနက္ ၁၉၆၇ ခုႏွစ္မွာ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ တရုတ္ ဗမာ အေရးအခင္း ဟာ လည္း တစ္ခုအပါအဝင္ ျဖစ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။


ဒီလုိ ျဖစ္ခဲ့တဲ့ ပဋိပကၡေတြကို သင္ခန္းစာယူျပီး ေနာင္မျဖစ္ေစဖို႔ ၾကိဳးပမ္းအားထုတ္ဖို႔ အတြက္လည္း အဲ့ဒီလုိ အျဖစ္အပ်က္ေတြကို ျမန္မာသမိုင္းတေလ်ာက္ မွန္မွန္ကန္ကန္ တရားဝင္မွတ္တမ္းတင္မႈ ျပည္သူလူထုကို မွန္ကန္တဲ့ နည္းလမ္းနဲ႔ ပညာေပးမႈ ေတြဟာလည္း အားနည္းလြန္းတဲ့အတြက္ ပဋိပကၡေတြဟာ တမ်ိဳးျပီးတမ်ိဳး ဆက္တိုက္ ေပါက္ဖြားခဲ့ရတာပဲျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

ယခုတင္ျပမဲ့ တရုတ္ဗမာ အေရးအခင္းလုိ႔ လူသိမ်ားတဲ့ အေရးအခင္းဟာ တကယ္ေတာ့ ဗုိလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေနဝင္း အာ ဏာသိမ္းျပီးေနာက္ ၅ ႏွစ္အၾကာမွာ ေပၚေပါက္ခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ျမန္မာျပည္တြင္းက တရုတ္ အမ်ိဳး သား မ်ား နဲ႕ ဗမာ မ်ားအၾကား ရက္အတန္ၾကာ ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့တဲ့ အေရးအခင္း တစ္ခုျဖစ္ပါတယ္။


တ႐ုတ္-ျမန္မာ နယ္စပ္ေဒသ၏ သမိုင္းေၾကာင္း အက်ဥ္း

75 AD
လြန္ခဲ့သည့္ ႏွစ္ေထာင္ေသာင္းမ်ားစြာကတည္းက ယေန႔ခတ္ တ႐ုတ္-ျမန္မာ နယ္စပ္ေဒသ၌ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ၊ ဘာ သာစကား မတူညီ ကြဲျပားသည့္ လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစုံ ယွဥ္တြဲေနထိုင္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။ လြန္ခဲ့ေသာ ႏွစ္ ၂၀၀၀ ခန္႔ ဧရာဝ တီျမစ္ဝွမ္းေဒသတြင္ ၿမိဳ႕ျပယဥ္ေက်းမႈ ဉီးဆုံး ေပၚေပါက္လာခ်ိန္က ယေန႔ေခတ္ ယူနန္ျပည္ အေရွ႕ပိုင္းေဒ သ ကို ဒီယန္ဘုရင္မ်ား ေခတ္အဆက္ဆက္ အုပ္စိုးခဲ့သည္။ ဒီယန္ဘုရင္မ်ားသည္ ျမန္မာဘာသာႏွင့္ ဆက္စပ္ေန သည့္ ဘာသာစ ကား တစ္မ်ိဳးကို အသုံးျပဳခဲ့ဟန္ တူေသာ္လည္း အတိအက် မဆိုနိုင္ပါ။ ယူနန္နယ္သားမ်ား သည္ အျခားေသာ တိဘက္-ျမန္မာႏြယ္ ဘာသာစကားမ်ား၊ တိုင္ဘာသာႏွင့္ ၾသစထရိုအာရွ ဘာသာစကား မ်ား (ေခတ္သစ္မြန္ဘာသာကဲ့သို႔) ကိုလည္း အသုံးျပဳခဲ့ၾကသည္။

Myanmar’s Brutal Military Was Once a Force for Freedom – but it’s been Waging Civil War for Decades

INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST
Tharaphi Than
APRIL 5, 2021



With great fanfare – but few guests – Myanmar’s armed forces recently celebrated their 76th anniversary in the nation’s capital of Naypyitaw.

Only Russia, China, Thailand, and a handful of other Asian countries sent representatives to attend the March 27th parade showing off Myanmar’s modern war machines – mostly imported from Russia and China over the past decade, to the tune of $2.4 billion.

The Myanmar military has been terrorizing civilians since a coup two months earlier. On the day of the parade, soldiers killed over 90 people for protesting military rule, including a 5-year-old boy and three teenagers. An estimated 564 people have been killed in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Myanmar crisis: Asean's next moves

Bangkok Post
PUBLISHED : 6 APR 2021



Myanmar's Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin takes part in a virtual meeting of Asean foreign ministers in Nay Pyi Taw last Friday. AFP

The recent call by Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a meeting with his colleagues on the Myanmar crisis is gaining traction. It is now possible to say that the proposed leaders' meeting could take place at the end of this month, after the Songkran break and the Muslim Ramadan festival.

Senior Asean officials will have to decide tomorrow whether to have the physical meeting either in Bandar Seri Begawan or the Asean Secretariat and the preferred date. Both places have their own merits in discussing the Myanmar crisis. Therefore, the right timing is imperative for a face-to-face rendezvous. Asean has learned to its cost that a teleconference on the Myanmar crisis could cause harm and bitterness due to the lack of clarifications and personal rapport in virtual meetings. This time, the Asean chair wants to ensure that all Asean leaders, including Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing, join the meeting.
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