• “Eye For an Eye” — Arakan Army Chief to Tatmadaw

    NAN LWIN HNIN PWINT | The chief of the Arakan Army, Tun Myat Naing, recently spoke to media on his group’s policies and accusations by the President’s Office that it has ties to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army or ARSA. What is the situation like in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung (Township) after the President’s Office instructed the Tatmadaw to use aircraft against the Arakan Army ? Tun Myat Naing — We predicted this after (the Tatmadaw) declared (a unilateral ceasefire) on December 21. But we didn’t expect that the President’s Office would also get involved. So we can see that the national reconciliation policy of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government has made great progress. We have seen (Tatmadaw) troop deployments both by air and… …. 


  • Hasina’s Adroit Sino–Indian Balancing

    SREERAM CHAULIA | SHORTLY after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's record third successive win in Bangladesh's general elections, both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping rushed to congratulate her effusively. The Iron Lady, who vanquished her domestic opponents on Dec. 31 through a mix of economic development and tight repression, is having the best of both worlds. In a South Asia hobbled by incessant struggle between India and China, she has positioned… ….