Burma / Myanmar

  • Illicit Activity

    Vietnam improves in human trafficking fight

    Radio Free Asia For the second year in a row, Vietnam’s ranking improved in the United States’ annual Trafficking in Persons report, and the country is no longer considered among Asia’s worst for human trafficking, a list that includes the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Cambodia, Myanmar and North Korea. The June 2024 report from the U.S. State Department focuses…

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  • Global Commons

    Thailand seeks to boost humanitarian aid to Myanmar

    Benar News Thailand is looking to expand humanitarian aid to Myanmar as fighting between military junta forces and rebels intensifies across the border in Kayin state, a Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman said recently. The Thai government will collaborate with international organizations to deliver aid, spokesman Nikorndej Balankura said. “As a neighboring country, Thailand supports dialogue for reconciliation, leading to…

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  • Climate

    Scientists Identify 380 More Species in Mekong Region

    Radio Free Asia An aggressive color-changing lizard, a venomous snake named after a goddess in Chinese mythology and a camouflaging green frog found only in the forested limestone mountains of northeastern Vietnam were among the hundreds of plant and animal species discovered in the Mekong River region in the past two years, researchers announced in May 2023. Hundreds of scientists…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Human rights groups decry PRC’s continued abuses

    FORUM Staff Human rights groups are reiterating concerns over the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) treatment of Chinese citizens and those of other countries. Organizations including Human Rights Watch (HRW), the United Nations Human Rights Office and Safeguard Defenders, a Madrid-based human rights organization, recently published reports covering a range of abuses, from “collective punishment” of Chinese citizens to funding…

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  • Features

    Unified Resolve

    FORUM Staff With the practiced steps of a choreographer, Australian Army Col. Ben McLennan traversed northeast Queensland, careful not to crush the enemy at his heels. Striding across an 8-by-16-meter map dotted with red and blue plastic models of tanks, warships, aircraft and troops, McLennan outlined the unfolding maneuvers of Talisman Sabre to Warrant Officer Ken Robertson, the senior enlisted…

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  • Features

    Unifying efforts Against The Military Junta

    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd/Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Two years after seizing power in a coup, the Myanmar military is on the verge of collapse. Coup plotters have failed to gain control of the country since they overthrew its democratically elected government and detained its leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and other high-ranking…

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  • Climate

    PRC’s hydroelectric dams threaten Mekong River

    FORUM Staff The Mekong River stretches nearly 5,000 kilometers from the Tibetan plateau, winding through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and, ultimately, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The river, the longest in Southeast Asia, carries nutrient-rich sediment essential to the livelihoods of those who rely on the waterway for agriculture and fisheries. But the river is drying up. In recent years, its water…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    ‘Malacca Dilemma’ drives PRC policies, aggression

    FORUM Staff The People’s Republic of China (PRC) remains heavily dependent on foreign energy imports, more than 70% of which must pass through the congested Malacca Strait. Beijing has sought to develop alternative trade routes to mitigate this vulnerability, defined as the “Malacca Dilemma” in 2003 by then-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Hu Jintao. Blockades of the channel connecting…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Myanmar junta arrested more than 1,300 people for online criticism

    Radio Free Asia Myanmar’s junta arrested more than 1,300 people over the past 20 months for online criticism, an independent organization reported, highlighting the military rulers’ intolerance of dissent and freedom of expression. Many of those arrested were first targeted by junta supporters who put private information about the critics on the internet, making it easier to identify them, residents…

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  • Conflicts - Tensions

    Myanmar junta still targeting civilians with deadly airstrikes, shelling

    Radio Free Asia Casualties continue to mount in Myanmar as junta forces make increasing use of airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments on civilian targets. Authorities have killed at least 4,131 people since the military seized power in a February 1, 2021, coup and embarked on a nationwide offensive to root out opposition. Data show that 44 civilians were killed and…

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