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  • YANGON, Myanmar— From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— A court in northern Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on Wednesday after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing. Chinese loggers in Myanmar send wood to China even though timber exports were banned in 2014. Analysts say the timber can be exported because the...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat each after finding them guilty of violating the country's media law by insulting the president. Nine other staff members of the weekly Myanmar Herald were acquitted in the case, which was filed by the Information Ministry last November after publication of an...

  • *Myanmar currently unrated by top 3 agencies. HONG KONG, July 17- Citigroup Inc and Standard Chartered Plc are set to advise Myanmar on its first credit rating, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, paving the way for the country to issue its maiden international bond. "Getting a credit rating is of the first importance for Myanmar, helping it to...

  • YANGON, July 13- International brewers are trickling into Myanmar, betting that higher incomes and economic reforms will whip up a thirst for foreign beer in a market that has long been dominated by state-owned firms. Myanmar's beer industry is dominated by state-backed Myanmar Brewery, and beer consumption rates are some of the lowest in Asia at just 3.2...

  • Behind Beijing's meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 9:36 PM ET
    Behind Beijing's meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi

    Curtis Chin, former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank from 2007-2010, says the meeting between Chinese leaders and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi indicates the "triumph of pragmatism."

  • Why Aung San Suu Kyi's China visit matters Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 7:47 PM ET
    Why Aung San Suu Kyi's China visit matters

    Jonathan Bogais, adjunct associate professor at University of Sydney, discusses the significance of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's meeting with Chinese leaders.

  • Meth cheaper than a Whopper meal in much of Asia Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 2:36 PM ET
    Bags of methamphetamine pills seized by the Thai narcotic police department are seen on display before being incinerated in Ayutthaya on September 17, 2011.

    Even Asia's most destitute peasants can now afford meth if they're willing to forego food for a day, GlobalPost reports.

  • Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 mass graves Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:05 AM ET
    Malaysia Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks to the media during press conference announcement of a suspected mass grave site of ethnic Rohingyas between the Malaysia-Thailand borders.

    Malaysia uncovers 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants scattered around suspected human trafficking camps.

  • The good and bad of investing in Myanmar Monday, 11 May 2015 | 6:21 PM ET
    The long road to investing in Myanmar

    CNBC's Eunice Yoon speaks to Dale Jones, country manager at RMA Myanmar, about the investment opportunities and challenges in Myanmar.

  • THILAWA, Myanmar, May 8- From the banks of the Yangon River rises Myanmar's great economic hope, a $1.5 billion manufacturing complex designed to lure investment and help the impoverished country compete in the global marketplace. "The Myanmar government is serious," said Takashi Yanai, president of Myanmar-Japan Thilawa Development, which has a 49 percent...

  • SIM sales soar as Myanmar races to catch up in telecoms Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    YANGON, May 6- Myanmar, long one of the world's least connected nations in terms of telecommunications, is now racing to catch up, providing a boost to the foreign mobile companies allowed into the country last year. "The Myanmar economy has had more money in circulation than we had originally expected," said Telenor Chief Executive Jon Fredrik Baksaas on Wednesday,...

  • Top Japanese bank moves into Myanmar Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    Top Japanese bank moves into Myanmar

    Go Watanabe, Managing Executive Officer, CEO-Asia & Oceania at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, explains the bank's decision to open a branch in Yangon.

  • How Myanmar balances its ties with the West and China

    In this episode of "Inside China," CNBC heads to Yangon - Myanmar's biggest city - to see how the country's foreign relationships are changing.

  • Myanmar's economic relations with China Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:45 AM ET
    Myanmar's economic relations with China

    In the Chinese border town of Ruili, Beijing is trying to use its economic clout to foster stronger ties with its neighbor, Myanmar. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.

  • The hidden conflict between China and Myanmar Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 5:40 AM ET
    The hidden conflict between China and Myanmar

    A conflict between ethnic-minority rebels from the Kokang region and the Myanmar army is undermining relations between China and its longtime ally.

  • But people worry about her political manoeuvring and strategy, "said Aung Zaw, a former political exile and 1980 s student activist who now edits Myanmar's leading independent news agency. Aung Zaw and others, including some current student activists, say Suu Kyi made a critical mistake when she stood for parliament three years ago in a by-election, becoming a...

  • SINGAPORE, March 23- Dozens of Asia's best and brightest government officials each year join what has become known as the "Mayors' Class"- studying good governance, economic management and how to make their countries work like Singapore. As a result, dozens of countries are sending civil servants to study the Singapore way. "For China in particular, Singapore is...

  • Why HSH remains positive on Myanmar Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 8:38 PM ET
    Why HSH remains positive on Myanmar

    Clement Kwok, CEO at Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, says Myanmar remains one of the most exciting developing markets.

  • Political instability: A threat for Myanmar? Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 9:38 PM ET
    Political instability a threat for Myanmar?

    Sean Turnell, senior lecturer at Macquarie University, says instability due to recent student-led demonstrations compounds Myanmar's outlook, which has been dogged by stalling reforms.