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In China's hinterlands, a new life for Myanmar's Rohingya


On February 12, 2015 Myanmar President Thein Sein, prompted by protests led by Buddhist monks in Yangon, reversed a decision made ten days earlier to give voting rights to the country’s Rohingya population. The reversal, while surprising to some, was ...

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Southeast Asia’s Illicit Wildlife Trade: International Cooperation Necessary to Find Solution

Southeast Asia's Illicit Wildlife Trade: International Cooperation Necessary to Find Solution


On Wednesday March 25, immigration authorities confiscated 492 black spotted terrapin pond tortoises at the Tiruchirappalli International Airport in India. Identified as merely carriers, the five passengers with tortoise-laden luggage seemed unaware of their baggage contents and were merely promised ...

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Yunnan’s governor looks to smooth relations with Myanmar

Yunnan's governor looks to smooth relations with Myanmar


One of the top government officials in Yunnan is spending time this week in Naypyidaw, capital of neighboring Myanmar. Provincial governor Chen Hao (陈豪) began a three-day diplomatic trip May 6 by meeting with Burmese president Thein Sein to discuss ...

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Who’s afraid of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative?

Who's afraid of China's One Belt One Road Initiative?


A month ago China unveiled an action plan for China’s controversial One Belt, One Road initiative. The action plan introduces a series infrastructure development projects and trade related agreements along three Silk Roads emanating from China and reaching as far ...

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Kunming party chief falls to corruption probe; held post for less than 8 months

Kunming party chief falls to corruption probe; held post for less than 8 months


  It’s official: there is no government posting more inauspicious than that of Kunming Communist Party Secretary. On April 10, the Yunnan discipline inspection commission announced that current Kunming party chief Gao Jinsong (高劲松) is being investigated for “serious violations of party ...

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Gen. Prayuth: Taking aim at the haters

The best of Thailand's PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha, a true April Fool


Yesterday, Thai government officials announced that starting next month, officials other than Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, would be giving weekly press conferences to make sure the media "accurately" covers the government's actions. Gen. Prayuth commented: "We want to explain ...

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