Politics

Myanmar and China sign bilateral agreements

Visiting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on May 16, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Military chief visits Philippines to attend 14th ACDFIM

An army delegation led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, left Yangon International Airport on May 16 to attend the 14th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence F

Second day of Belt and Road Forum Continues

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opened on May 14, where Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, gave an opening speech.

The following day, a high level meeting of heads of state chaired by Xi was held. The meeting will be attended by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and heads of 29 countries.

Battles occur again between NCA signatory RCSS and TNLA

YANGON: Battles flared again between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), which had signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and Ta-aung National Liberation Army (TNLA), according to the TNLA.

The TNLA also reported that skirmishes had been raging between RCSS/SSA and TNLA’s Brigade-2 at Khunkaw village, Kyaukme Township on May 13 and 14,, leaving some villagers injured due to the explosion of heavy weapons being fired by the RCSS.

Case filed against NLD under investigation

The Union Election Commission is investigating a case filed by 13 political parties against the State Counsellor and leaders of the National League for Democracy, said Tin Tun, the secretary of the Union Election Commission.

“The UEC has received a complaint, which it will deal with in accordance with the law,” he added.

ANP to seek to public opinion on whether to attend 21st Century Panglong Conference

Arakan National Party (ANP) is going to survey people’s opinion on whether the ANP should attend the second meeting of 21st Century Panglong Conference, according to Dr Aye Maung, chairperson of the ANP.

Dr Aye Maung said: “Although the ANP has decided whether to attend or not, we need to know the public opinion. The party’s decision has to match with the public opinion.”

Charter change matters: Ko Ko Gyi

The much-criticised 2008 Constitution should be amended, Ko Ko Gyi of 88 Generation Peace and Open Society said.

Ko Ko Gyi made his remarks when he was discussing the charter change sector at Myanma Political Dialogue held at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on May 14.

Ko Ko Gyi said: “Talks on amendment to Section 436 were held nationwide and petitions were gathered. Only if we open the Section 436, can we make a constitutional amendment. But time will decide the charter change.

Suu Kyi to attend Chinese 'Belt and Road' forum

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the invitation of Chinese President 

Htin Kyaw receives Red Cross chief

President Htin Kyaw received a humanitarian delegation led by Peter Maurer, chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on May 12. 

The delegation from the Geneva-based body held a discussion with the president about humanitarian assistance and the promotion of improved relations and concrete cooperation. 

Suu Kyi calls for more 'union spirit'

The success of the peace process depends on what she called a "strong wish", State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in her opening speech to the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee.