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Diplomats: Burmese Prisoner Release May be Imminent

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Diplomats inside and outside Burma say the new Burmese government may be preparing to start releasing political prisoners jailed by the country’s former military junta. No details have been provided. But a Norwegian Foreign Affairs official and Burmese authorities were quoted Monday as saying a prisoner release would take place within days. The French news […]

Burma Censorship Chief Calls for Press Freedom

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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The chief of Burma’s state censorship body has called for press freedom in the repressive nation, even suggesting his own department should be shut down. Tint Swe, director of the Press Scrutiny and Registration Department, told Radio Free Asia Friday that censorship should be abolished as part of the reforms by the new army-dominated civilian […]

Thai PM Pays One-Day Visit to Burma

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Thai and Burmese leaders discussed closer economic and political cooperation Wednesday in Burma’s administrative capital, Naypyitaw. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Burma’s President Thein Sein also witnessed a signing ceremony on border road construction. Before the visit, a Thai government source said discussions would focus on economic cooperation such as energy cooperation, as […]

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Thai PM Pays One-Day Visit to Burma

Posted October 5th, 2011 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is in Burma for a one-day visit aimed at enhancing diplomatic ties and economic cooperation. Ms. Yingluck arrived Wednesday in the Burmese administrative capital, Naypyitaw, for talks with Burma’s top leaders. The Thai English-language newspaper The Nation said Burmese President Thein Sein was hosting a dinner for the Thai leader […]

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Thai PM to Visit Burma

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is expected to visit Burma Wednesday at the invitation of Burma’s President U Thein Sein. News reports from the region say the two sides will have discussions on enhancing relations and economic cooperation during the one-day visit. The Thai English-language newspaper The Nation says the Thai prime minister will meet […]

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Chinese Firm Warns of “Legal Issues” Over Burma Dam

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese company involved in the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Burma is warning of “legal issues” if the Burmese government decides not to go ahead with the project. Lu Qizhou, president of the China Power Investment Corporation, said in an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency that his company has invested a huge […]

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EU Welcomes Burmese Decision on Myitsone Dam

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has added its voice to those welcoming the Burmese government’s decision to suspend work on a controversial hydro-electric dam. A spokesman for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said the EU is encouraged to see the Burmese leadership beginning to act on its promise to be a government of the people. Pro-democracy leader […]

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China Calls For Talks Over Burma Dam

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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China has called for talks with Burma after the Burmese government suspended a controversial dam project. In a statement posted on the agency’s website Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei called on Burma to hold consultations to handle any problems with the Myitsone dam project. The statement notes that both countries agreed to undertake […]

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China Urges Talks with Burma Over Stalled Dam Project

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China has called for talks with Burma over Burma’s decision to suspend construction of a $3.6 billion hydroelectric dam that many citizens object to. The Chinese government made the call Saturday, a day after Burmese President Thein Sein announced construction would be stopped in a note read to Parliament. He said the Chinese-backed project would […]

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US Praises Burma’s Suspension of China Dam Project

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is hailing Burma’s decision to suspend construction of a hydroelectric dam that had been widely protested. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Friday called the decision significant because it showed the Burmese government was listening and responding to the concerns of its people. Nuland said the U.S. hopes this kind of positive progress […]

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