Welcome, neighbour-China hosts another tinpot dictator from next door

HALF a century ago, when China’s place on the world stage was smaller, its relations with Myanmar (then called Burma) were a priority. China’s first Communist prime minister, Zhou Enlai, visited his neighbour at least nine times between 1954 and 1965. Since then, as China has grown, the pace of cross-border diplomacy has slowed. Yet Myanmar’s bountiful resources and strategic location still command Beijing’s attention. On September 7th China welcomed General Than Shwe, leader of Myanmar’s ruling junta, for a four-day official visit. (He was hot on the heels of a fellow Asian dictator, Kim Jong Il of North Korea.)

The general’s trip came as economic activity between the two countries is picking up. This year alone China has invested over $8 billion in Myanmar—mostly in gas, oil and hydropower ventures—about two-thirds the total of the previous two decades combined. The volume of bilateral trade has also surged. read all     http://www.economist.com/node/16996935?story_id=16996935&fsrc=rss

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today releases the Burmese video trailer, “Ar-Yone-Oo-Mar SHOCK Shi-Tae” (Sunrise Shock).

Dear Friends,

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) today releases the Burmese video trailer, “Ar-Yone-Oo-Mar SHOCK Shi-Tae” (Sunrise Shock).

We are humbled to present the preview of our work, “Ar-Yone-Oo-Mar SHOCK Shi-Tae” (Sunrise Shock) video which is the collective efforts of the Burma democratic activists from UK. We hope that this piece could be one of the corner stones when we could write the true Burma history.

We will share the video with all the democratic activists and organizations around the world as well as people inside Burma so that we can have the opportunity to see two different perspectives compare with junta’s propaganda video, Ar-Yone-Oo-Mar-Phu-Tae-Kyar which is full of wrong and misleading information.

We are well aware of the challenges ahead trying to distribute our video inside Burma but we will use the modern internet technology believing that it could help us promoting the good news inside Burma.

For more information please contact Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) http://www.bdcburma.org

Thank you very much for your unwavering support.

Best regards,

Myo Thein

Regional commander gives instructions to strengthen security around Shan army

Yet again Burma Army’s security forces based in areas surrounding main base of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’’s First Brigade is soaring after the newly promoted regional commander of the Northeastern Region Command, issued orders to tighten security and to secure all pathways to the SSA bases, according to sources from the Sino-Burma border.

However, the reason for Burma Army’s reinforcement is not clear, said a source.

The instructions passed on 7 September, when Brig-Gen Aung Kyaw Zaw, the new commander of the Northeastern Region Command (he succeeded former commander Aung Than Htut in late August) and Tangyan area commander Colonel Khaing Zaw, visited their strongest base, Loi Panglong, northwest of the Wa headquarters Panghsang, and west of Manghseng.

“They later went to inspect Takawng-at Bridge on the Salween, west of Tangyan,” the source said.

Afterwards, the two continued inspection battalions and hospital in Mongkao, Shan State North’s Tangyan township, facing the SSA ‘North’’s Brigade No 1 and ordered all local militia units to safeguard all roads and bridges to the SSA and areas along the Salween River in cooperation with Burma Army troops. Continue reading “Regional commander gives instructions to strengthen security around Shan army”