Inteltrends: Burma Report 30-JUL-2010
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China seals biggest Burma mining deal
DVB, 30 Jul 2010
The largest cooperation project for mining between China and Burma has been agreed, and will see a Chinese metals giant mine northern Burma for nickel. Taiyuan Iron and Steel (Group) Company, the largest steel manufacturer in the world, will operate the project with China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) Company (CNMC) in Tagaung Taung, Sagaing division. Taiyuan consumes 100,000 tonnes of nickel for steel production each year, and will be desperate to secure cheap and reliable supplies for the foreseeable future.
U.S. hypocrisy pulls the sheet on Burma
DVB, 29 Jul 2010
Commentary by Francis Wade. As ever with Washington’s forays abroad, there has been a faction – albeit a quietly spoken one – within Burma’s pro-democracy movement that has questioned the motives of reengagement with the military government. The U.S.’ change of tack on Burma came last year as part of Obama’s ‘extending a hand’ strategy; an approach that has been used to coax hardline governments from Iran to North Korea into ‘softening up’ and ultimately becoming Western-friendly.
Military Cronies Expand Control of Burmese Media
The Irrawaddy, 29 Jul 2010
RANGOON – Family members of the military regime and their associates have extended their control of Burma’s media scene by obtaining permits for the publication of 15 out of 20 news journals in Burma, according to journalist sources.
North Korean FM visits Burma
Mizzima, 29 Jul 2010
North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-Chun kicked off his four-day official visit to Burma after arriving in Rangoon on Thursday. The North Korean delegation led by Mr. Pak Ui-Chun, who attended a Regional Security meeting in Hanoi, arrived in the former capital on a Thai Airways flight. The delegation will also visit Naypyidaw, the seat of the military government. Sources in Naypyidaw have confirmed the meeting between North Korean Foreign Minister and his Burmese counterpart Nyan Win. Another source said that the visiting Foreign Minister may also meet the regime leader Senior. Gen. Than Shwe.
Student Leader Missing After Hotel Raid
Narinjara, 28 Jul 2010
Ko Ni Min Aung, a student leader from Sittwe University, has been missing since 21 July when Burmese military intelligence raided the hotel he was staying at in Rangoon’s Hlaing Township, said a friend of his.
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