Militaries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations began their first-ever joint exercises on Tuesday in Indonesia, with a Myanmar junta representative present despite the bloc's ban on its senior leaders.
Several Southeast Asian air force commanders will shun an upcoming meeting chaired by Myanmar's military rulers, officials told Agence France-Presse, deepening the junta's regional isolation as it struggles to crush resistance.
Democratic Party (Myanmar) leader U Thu Wai is used to fighting uneven fights. In the 2010 election he unexpectedly lost in Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt, when pre-votes in favor of then Minister of Labour U Aung Kyi suddenly appeared after midnight. In Sunday’s election he had to battle it out with a National League for Democracy opponent.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.