Seeking to reset ties with Myanmar, China on Saturday signed USD eight billion trade deals with its southern neighbour after relations went through a turbulent period following the country's gradual transition to democracy from years of Beijing-backed military rule.
US President Barack Obama told Myanmar`s rulers its celebrated democratic reforms are backsliding, ahead of a regional summit Thursday designed to showcase the country`s transition from army-led isolation.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s speech at the ASEAN-India Summit here Wednesday was interrupted within a few minutes apparently because the media continued to remain in the room to cover what was a closed event.
Myanmar authorities on Tuesday said they will take legal action against a newspaper for an interview describing the words of the president as "absurd and insane", amid mounting international concern over backtracking on press freedoms.
US President Barack Obama has called for an "inclusive and credible" elections process next year in Myanmar, where President Thein Sein was set to hold an unprecedented political summit today with his rivals.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha will arrive in Myanmar Thursday, a government spokesman said, in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom`s emerging neighbour.
Authorities sealed off villages for months in Myanmar's only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to compel Rohingya to identify themselves as migrants from neighboring Bangladesh.