YANGON (Reuters) – Anyone reading Myanmar’s independent media ahead of next month’s historic election might be unaware over 90 political parties are competing, as online platforms and newspapers are plastered with the image of one candidate – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Just five years ago, newspapers that reported on or published pictures of pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi were penalized by the ruling military junta. Suu Kyi was freed by the junta in 2010 after house arrest for 15 of the previous 21 years.
YANGON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Rights groups on Friday condemned
this week’s arrests of two activists in Myanmar who had mocked
the army, warning that an escalating crackdown against free
speech ahead of elections could derail hopes for the country’s
The elections on Nov. 8 are seen as a test of the country’s
transition from military rule. After ruling for 49 years, the
military in 2011 established a semi-civilian government, freed
hundreds of political prisoners and opened up the economy.
KYAUKPYU, Myanmar, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A powerful ethnic
nationalist politician from one of Myanmar’s poorest and most
volatile regions said Chinese officials made him an irresistible
offer during a recent visit to the country: Ask for anything,
and we’ll give it to you.
Beijing’s courting of Aye Maung, chairman of the Arakan
National Party (ANP), underscores how China is taking steps to
protect its most strategic investments in Myanmar – twin oil and
gas pipelines and a deep sea port – ahead of an unpredictable
election in the Southeast Asian nation next month.
YANGON (Reuters) – A top negotiator in Myanmar’s peace talks with ethnic rebels has accused neighboring China of derailing a nationwide ceasefire deal last week that would have brought Japan and Western nations in as observers to monitor an end to decades of conflict.
Beijing has denied the accusation but the rare public criticism exposes growing tensions between China and the Southeast Asian nation, which has sought to reduce its dependence on Beijing and build relations across the globe since a reformist government took power in 2011.
GENEVA (Reuters) – In a café lounge at the United Nations complex in Geneva, a Tibetan fugitive was waiting his turn earlier this year to tell diplomats his story of being imprisoned and tortured back home in China.
The 43-year-old Buddhist monk, Golog Jigme, had broken out of a Chinese detention center in 2012, eventually fleeing to Switzerland. But his Chinese government pursuers hadn’t given up.
BEIJING, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Faced with a patchy image
abroad, China is adopting an unusual tactic in its propaganda
campaign: using bright-eyed foreign students to burnish its
The problem is that most people appear not to buy it.
A new video, released on Tuesday on the YouTube and Facebook
accounts of People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s
official newspaper, has been ridiculed on the Internet for the
interviewees’ fawning praise of President Xi Jinping.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China hailed the return by the United States on Friday of one of China’s most prominent fugitives wanted for corruption as good progress and a foundation for cooperation days before President Xi Jinping begins a landmark U.S. visit.
The repatriation of Yang Jinjun marked the first time that China has succeeded in getting a person back from the United States who was on a list of 100 wanted corruption suspects published in April, the graft-fighting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.
BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States has repatriated one of China’s most wanted economic fugitives, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, signaling that Washington is cooperating with Beijing in China’s corruption crackdown.
The repatriation of Yang Jinjun marked the first time that China has succeeded in getting a person back from the United States since Beijing published a list of 100 wanted economic fugitives in April, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese authorities on Tuesday released on bail a prominent activist and academic who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng flee to the U.S. embassy three years ago after he had spent 11 months in detention, the scholar’s wife said.
The release of Guo Yushan, founder of a think-tank that did research on business regulations, reform and civil society, comes days before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the United States.
BEIJING (Reuters) – A young Tibetan who vanished two decades ago after he was chosen by the Dalai Lama as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism is “living a normal life” and does not want to be disturbed, a senior Chinese official said on Sunday.
The remarks are a rare admission of the fate of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, now 26, who was six years old when he was taken away after exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama named him as the Panchen Lama.