Author: Le Minh Khanh

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday highlighted Georgia’s importance in developing the Middle Corridor, a logistics route connecting Central Asia and China to Europe, stressing that “the country is the gateway between Europe and Asia”. In his comments to the media after the panel meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Garibashvili said it was important to participate in today’s panel on the Dialogue on Diplomacy in the Western Balkans, where the developments of the Middle Corridor had been discussed. The large projects, including the construction of Anaklia deep sea port on Georgia’s Black…

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Thailand’s government has pushed back thousands of Myanmar refugees at the border, putting their lives at risk in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today. In late October 2023, the Thai military began forcibly returning refugees who had been sheltering in border areas to Myanmar’s Karenni State. Many soon returned to Thailand, fearful of being trapped or targeted in renewed clashes in southeastern Myanmar. “The Thai authorities should stop pushing back recent Myanmar refugees and allow them to seek protection in Thailand,” said Elaine Pearson, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The return of many of these refugees to Thailand just days after…

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I describe Burma as a ‘tragic nation’ because despite its strategic location and rich human and natural resources, it has been subjected to long cycles of violence and suffering at the hands of a predatory military, most recently in February 2021 when it put an end to the nation’s fledgling democratic experiment. But recent developments may provide a window for the country to turn the corner. The stalemate that had developed since the coup between the regime’s armed forces (known as Tatmadaw) and opposition militias of various ethnic militias (known as Ethnic Armed Organisations or EAOs) as well as the…

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While family offices may wish to retain as much control as possible, balancing costs remains critical and outsourcing has become commonplace in the industry.  Rapid wealth creation in Asia continues to drive demand for the ultra-rich to establish single family offices (SFO). In Singapore, for example, the local regulator said that the number of SFOs that were rewarded tax incentives reached 1,100 at the end of 2022, up from 700 in 2021. According to data analytics firm Handshakes, another 182 family offices were formed in the city-state from January to April 24 this year. Despite the allure of operational control over the management…

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Tensions in conflict-hit northern Myanmar continue amid reports of civilian deaths and displacements.Several ethnic groups are fighting to take control of the administration in the northern Shan State, which borders China. Beijing launched five-day military drills on its side of the border on the weekend to test the “mobility, border control abilities, and firepower capabilities” of its forces. At least three ethnic armed groups, which have united under the so-called “Brotherhood Alliance,” are fighting the junta regime to take control of the region while China has sought an immediate halt to attacks. The groups are attacking junta-forces which rule the…

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Myanmar pro-democracy fighters in a battered pickup truck drive past abandoned and bombed-out houses in the eastern city of Loikaw, on their way to the front lines of the battle to capture their first state capital from the junta. “Our soldiers are from Loikaw township and it’s the main reason we are motivated. We all are doing our best with the hope of going back to our homes”, said Lin Lin, their leader. He belongs to one of the dozens of “People’s Defence Force” groups (PDFs) that sprung up across Myanmar to fight the military’s 2021 coup and are now…

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Copenhagen (14/11 – 40) The massive mobilization and sustained pressure jolted the Sri Lankan presidency of the previously all-powerful Gotabaya Rajapaksa, prompted mass resignations from the government at the time, and solidified existing spaces and created new spaces for dissent and discussions on much-needed reforms. Sri Lanka is facing an exceptional political and economic crisis that has sparked months-long protests across the country. The new leadership under President Ranil Wickremesinghe struggles with the economic situation and seemingly failed to uphold basic human rights and pursue accountability for grave crimes towards the people of Sri Lanka. Despite troubling trends of authoritarianism,…

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Thailand’s exports in October rose at the fastest annual pace in more than a year but less than expected, and the commerce ministry said on Monday full-year exports would still show a small contraction. Customs-based exports, a key driver of Thailand’s economy, climbed 8.0% in October from a year earlier, the fastest since June 2022, compared with a forecast rise of 9.3% on-year in a Reuters poll. “The growth was supported by the gradual recovery of demand during the year-end festive season,” the ministry said in a statement, adding China’s economic stimulus measures were also supportive. The export gains were…

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London (15/11 – 67) Colombo Supreme Court rules that former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother, former Prime Minister Mahinda, were among several government officials whose conduct contributed to Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in decades. The court was ruling on a petition filed against 13 former officials by rights group Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) which said the Rajapaksa brothers and others were responsible for the crisis. “Their actions, omissions and conduct contributed to the crisis,” the ruling said. The court did not order any punishment, according to a statement by TISL. The two Rajapaksa brothers, two former central…

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Vietnam’s prime minister said on Thursday that they are willing to sign a foreign trade agreement with Türkiye as relations between the two countries are at their peak. Speaking at the Türkiye-Vietnam Business Forum organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), Vietnamese Planning and Investment Ministry, and Vietnam’s Embassy in Türkiye’s capital Ankara, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh evaluated his country’s current relations with Türkiye. Pham pointed out the similarities between Vietnamese and Turkish industrialists, as he praised Türkiye, saying: “We saw how your country has rapidly grown sustainably; we have witnessed it. We are aware that Türkiye has…

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