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  1. July 13, 2014

    Lenders seek Myanmar banking entrée

    Dozens of foreign banks are pushing to launch licensed operations in Myanmar, in a bid round closing on Monday that reveals...

  2. July 9, 2014

    No fairytale ending for poor, divided Myanmar

    Myanmar is a story just waiting for a fairytale ending. The beautiful daughter of an assassinated national hero faces down...

  3. The World

    June 29, 2014

    Xi harks back to China's 1950s foreign policy

    By Lucy Hornby It was a vintage 1950s moment as foreign diplomats based in Beijing streamed into the Great Hall of the...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    June 27, 2014

    Forming the line

    Wang Zhao/AFP Chinese honour guards prepare for the arrival of Myanmar President U Thein Sein and Chinese President Xi...

  5. June 26, 2014

    The opaque world of Myanmar’s oil industry

    A Kazakh gas magnate, a furniture maker and two brothers once under international sanctions are part of a colourful cast...

  6. June 23, 2014

    Fall in Myanmar drug seizures causes concern rather than relief

    Drug seizures in Myanmar have plunged as traffickers hide refineries and laboratories in lawless border areas, in an early...

  7. beyondbrics

    June 23, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt | Cairo trial delivers guilty verdict to three journalists working...

  8. June 23, 2014

    Myanmar’s Kachin state at the heart of illicit economy

    Kachin: Myanmar’s alternative economy As the convoy of trucks laden with precious Burmese teak and sandalwood snakes its way...

  9. May 23, 2014

    Great Walks: Into the hills of Myanmar

    This is a tale of two breakfasts. The first took place in a monastery, although it looked more like a glorified shed on...

  10. May 21, 2014

    Why topsy-turvy Asia is not the place it used to be

    The Philippines may have better medium-term growth prospects than China. From Beijing to Kuala Lumpur, cheese is in greater...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    May 13, 2014

    Full moon day of Kasone festival

    Ye Aung Thu/AFP The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    May 8, 2014

    Starving baby in Myanmar

    Andre Malerba/Getty Rosheda holds her two-month-old child in front of her hut. She is too poor to afford enough food, and...

  13. April 30, 2014

    March of intolerance threatens to trample on modern Asia

    In January Alexander Aan, a 32-year-old Indonesian data analyst, was released on parole after 19 months in jail. His crime?...

  14. April 28, 2014

    India needs a jolt – and Modi is a risk worth taking

    There is something thrilling about the rise of Narendra Modi. Indian politics has been dominated by the Gandhi dynasty since...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    April 28, 2014

    Woman with her babies at Dar Paing camp

    Minzayar/Reuters Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins on her lap at the Dar...

  16. April 25, 2014

    Race is on to find new treatments for malaria

    Mao Zedong may seem an unlikely hero of the battle against malaria. During his leadership of China in the 1960s,...

  17. April 22, 2014

    A white-knuckle ride in Myanmar

    Thura Soe-Paing is Myanmar’s accidental entrepreneur. Arriving back home in 2010 thanks to his Brazilian diplomat wife’s...

  18. April 21, 2014

    Myanmar journalist Win Tin dies at 84

    Win Tin, the Myanmar journalist who became the country’s longest-serving political prisoner, has died aged 84 after seeing...

  19. April 21, 2014

    Myanmar media criminal cases put spotlight on human rights

    A flurry of criminal cases against Myanmar journalists is stoking wider fears of a human rights clampdown in the run-up to...

  20. April 17, 2014

    US to help companies invest in Myanmar

    The US will open its first commercial service office in Myanmar to help US companies invest in the southeast Asian nation,...

  21. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2014

    Guest post: China's investment to shape Asean's destiny

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential China’s two-way trade with the 10 nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

  22. April 13, 2014

    Myanmar youngsters clamour for language lessons

    Foreign language study is booming in Myanmar as political change fuels young people’s hopes of opportunities at home and...

  23. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2014

    India elections: daily wrap

    A slew of new economic data out of Friday signalled just how badly India’s economy is doing. Industrial production in the...

  24. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2014

    India elections: foreign policy? What foreign policy?

    India’s neighbours tend to think that its leaders spend much time plotting to influence events in their own countries. South...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    April 2, 2014

    Home at the Rohingya refugee camp

    Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters A boy at in a temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar, where the government is...

  26. FT Photo Diary

    April 1, 2014

    Displaced children in Myanmar

    Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images Muslim children rest inside their tent during a census at an internally displaced people’s...

  27. March 28, 2014

    Myanmar’s mobile phone revolution

    Even the white cattle are fading from view in the gathering dusk of this riverside Myanmar village, the tiny lamps hanging...

  28. March 25, 2014

    International schools bet on Myanmar’s transition

    Leading international schools have launched a flurry of ventures in Myanmar in a bet that the political risks of the...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 21, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Sanctions hit Russian shares and rouble | Legal experts warn that European and US companies who do business...

  30. March 21, 2014

    Villagers count cost of Myanmar dam project

    The looming flood in Myanmar’s Paunglaung river valley has forced thousands of residents out to higher ground, leaving...

  31. March 14, 2014

    The Diary: Martha Kearney

    The Irrawaddy Literary Festival isn’t exactly like Cheltenham or Hay. For a start, it’s unlikely that a British literary...

  32. March 13, 2014

    Fears Myanmar census could stoke tensions

    An internationally funded census in Myanmar threatens to undermine the former military dictatorship’s efforts to end more...

  33. beyondbrics

    March 12, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Russia dashes diplomatic hopes | Ukraine’s parliament urged the US and UK to use all “diplomatic, political,...

  34. March 11, 2014

    Group of Hong Kong garment makers to open factories in Myanmar

    A group of Hong Kong clothing manufacturers are poised to become the first foreign companies to invest in Myanmar’s flagship...

  35. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2014

    Investing in Iran: not such a far frontier

    Last week this blog looked at the investment case for Iraq under the headline: “A frontier too far?” So we were struck by a...

  36. March 10, 2014

    Oxford study warns developing countries against dam projects

    An ill-advised splurge on large dams across the developing world is likely to saddle countries with big debts, according to...

  37. beyondbrics

    February 23, 2014

    The week ahead, Feb 24-28

    The week ahead in emerging markets: some big EM GDP numbers out, including India, Brazil and South Africa; HSBC results; and...

  38. February 21, 2014

    The Dhaka Art Summit

    A young man stands motionless with his back to the wall. On his shoulder rests a pole, which tilts diagonally down to the...

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