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Myanmar Under Siege: Give Suu Kyi some Respite!

Paper No. 6426 .    Dated 16-Sept-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

The Myanmar Government appears to be coming under a siege mainly by the international organizations and some western countries. If their idea is to throw Myanmar back into the arms of the Chinese, they are perhaps already succeeding.  Even if the Government and the people want to get out of the stranglehold of China, the mission of these agencies is to ensure that it does not happen.

Myanmar: Remembering Pro democracy Movement in Aug- 1988:

Paper No. 6410                      Dated 19-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
“What we demanded in 1988 was democracy and the downfall of dictatorship.  Today the domination of the dictatorship largely remains and the democracy we have got is half real and half sham.”
 

Myanmar: China-Myanmar Economic Corridor- Another “Hambantota” in the Making?

Paper No. 6404                        Dated 8-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
In the first week of July, Myanmar formally announced that China and Myanmar have agreed to a 15-point Memorandum of Understanding on building a China-Myanmar Economic Corridor as part of the Belt Road Initiative.  Formal signing of the agreement is expected to take place soon.
 
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Myanmar- 3rd Panglong Conference- A Failure:

Paper No. 6399    Dated . 23-July-2018   

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

After four postponements, the third Panglong Peace Conference finally took off on 11th June at Naypidaw with over 700 delegates attending the Conference. 

Besides those who signed the National Peace Agreement, ethnic armed organisations that had not signed the agreement also joined the conference at the invitation of the government.

Myanmar- Pressure on Civilian Government uncalled for:

Paper No. 6392 .   Dated 26-June-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.

It is noticed that the UN and some Western Countries are putting undue pressure on the civilian leadership in Myanmar thus straining the delicate and cautious relationship between the civilian government led by Suu Kyi and the Tatmadaw (the Army). The problem relates to the events in Rakhine State and the exodus of nearly six to seven hundred thousand Rohingyas to Bangladesh.

Myanmar: Army- Civil Relations and Insurgency:

Paper No. 6389                    Dated 11-June-2018         
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan’
On 29th May, in response to a question from the Irrawaddy’s Representative, the Permanent Secretary of the Defence Ministry, Brigadier General Aung Kyaw dropped a bomb shell that the Tatmadaw (the Army) is ready to obey if President U Win Myint orders a stop to the ongoing military operations in Kachin State in line with the law.  
 

Myanmar: Agreement with UN for settling Rohingya Refugees Announced:

Paper No. 6384                            Dated 3-June-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
On 1st June, Myanmar announced that it had agreed to take steps to create conditions for the safe return of the Rohingya refugees.  The agreement calls for a framework of cooperation that will lead to “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their place of origin or of their choosing.
 
The Agreement:
 

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