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Apr 10, 2015

Suu Kyi’s political skills tested in pre-election showdown

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – With an historic general election just seven months away, Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government she says isn’t interested in reform.

Some of her supporters within Myanmar’s pro-democracy movement have begun to question whether the country’s most popular politician has the political ability to prevail.

Apr 8, 2015

Russia eyes military sales to Thailand, rubber deals

BANGKOK, April 8 (Reuters) – Russia sees an opportunity to
sell Thailand military planes and other defence equipment,
Russia’s trade minister said on Wednesday, as the two countries
facing Western opprobrium seek to boost trade ties.

Thailand has stepped up engagement with both Russia and
China in response to cooler relations with old ally the United
States and other Western countries since the Thai military
seized power from an elected government last May.

Apr 3, 2015

Interview: Suu Kyi says boycott of Myanmar election an option

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.

In an interview on Friday, the Nobel laureate told Reuters that her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party was “ready to govern” but that President Thein Sein was insincere about reform and might try to postpone the election.

Apr 3, 2015

Suu Kyi says boycott of Myanmar election an option

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.

In an interview on Friday, the Nobel laureate told Reuters that her opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party was “ready to govern” but that President Thein Sein was insincere about reform and might try to postpone the election.

Mar 16, 2015

Myanmar’s student protesters at odds with older activists as reforms stall

YANGON (Reuters) – Kyaw Min Yu’s first political rally was almost his last.

On March 16, 1988, he joined a group of Yangon students protesting against the military junta which then ran Myanmar. They had reached a lakeside spot called White Bridge when police and soldiers attacked.

Mar 13, 2015

Interview: Suu Kyi’s party to compete in Myanmar vote despite block

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the constitution to allow the Nobel laureate to become president, one of the party’s top leaders said on Friday.

The National League for Democracy would have more power to push for an end to the military’s veto over charter changes and remove the obstacles to her presidency if it wins the election, NLD Central Executive Committee Secretary Nyan Win said.

Mar 13, 2015

Suu Kyi’s party to compete in Myanmar vote despite block

BANGKOK (Reuters) – The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the constitution to allow the Nobel laureate to become president, one of the party’s top leaders said on Friday.

The National League for Democracy would have more power to push for an end to the military’s veto over charter changes and remove the obstacles to her presidency if it wins the election, NLD Central Executive Committee Secretary Nyan Win said.

Mar 6, 2015

Thai Airways says could sell assets to cover 2015 losses

BANGKOK, March 6 (Reuters) – Thai Airways International PCL
will sell some of its 15.5 billion baht ($481 million)
of non-core assets to cover any losses this year from one-off
hits for cutting its fleet and workforce, the company’s
president said on Friday.

A sharp drop in fuel costs should save Thailand’s national
carrier around 16 billion baht in 2015 and return it to
operating profit for the first time since 2012, Charumporn
Jotikasthira told Reuters in an interview.

Nov 13, 2014

China offers ASEAN friendship treaty as South China Sea tension bubbles

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang proposed a “friendship” treaty with Southeast Asian countries on Thursday but reiterated that territorial disputes in the South China Sea should be settled directly between the countries involved.

China, Taiwan and four Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have competing claims in the sea where concern is growing of an escalation in disputes even as the claimants work to establish agreements to resolve them.

Nov 12, 2014

ASEAN to pressure China to stick to diplomacy on maritime disputes

NAYPYITAW Myanmar (Reuters) – Southeast Asian leaders will welcome China’s Prime Minister Le Keqiang with fanfare on Wednesday but behind closed doors will push their giant neighbor to take a less bellicose approach to overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

Myanmar hosts summits of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) followed by the East Asia Forum, which U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend.

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      "I am the deputy editor for commodities and energy news in Asia. I help drive our coverage throughout the region from the Singapore C&E desk. Until mid-2010, I was the Senior Energy Correspondent in the Middle East, based in Dubai. I have also covered oil markets for Reuters in London."
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