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UN proposal seeks arms embargo and democracy in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution calling on Myanmar’s junta to restore the country’s democratic transition and for all countries “to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar,” diplomats said. The draft resolution...

China pledges further COVID-19 aid to Southeast Asia

Jun. 08, 2021 06:23 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday pledged further assistance to Southeast Asian nations in battling the coronavirus pandemic as it seeks to boost influence with the region where the United States is also looking to strengthen ties. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told...

China hosts Southeast Asian ministers as it competes with US

Jun. 07, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is hosting foreign ministers from 10 Southeast Asian nations this week amid heightened competition between Beijing and Washington for influence in the region. Chinese state media said the meeting Tuesday in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing...

ASEAN envoys meet Myanmar junta leader to press for dialogue

Jun. 04, 2021 21:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with Myanmar’s junta leader on Friday, six weeks after an emergency regional summit on the coup in the country drew promises of progress toward a solution but produced no tangible results. ...

Indonesia urges ASEAN to quickly appoint envoy for Myanmar

Jun. 02, 2021 05:13 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s foreign minister on Wednesday urged the Association of Southeast Asia Nations to immediately appoint a special envoy on Myanmar in response to its military coup, and reiterated a call for the safety of civilians as the ruling junta cracks down on...

UN envoy warns of possible civil war in Myanmar, seeks talks

May. 24, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Monday of possible civil war in the country, saying people are arming themselves against the military junta and protesters have started shifting from defensive to offensive actions, using homemade weapons and training from some...

Thai PM tells UN envoy he won't push back Myanmar refugees

May. 14, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha promised a United Nations special envoy on Friday that he will not force back people fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar, where the military ousted a democratically elected government in February. U.N. Special...

100 days in power, Myanmar junta holds pretense of control

May. 11, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, it couldn’t even make the trains run on time. State railway workers were among the earliest organized opponents of the February takeover, and they went on strike. ...

China's UN envoy: Myanmar violence could lead to civil war

May. 03, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China’s U.N. ambassador on Monday urged stronger diplomatic efforts to resolve the confrontation in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup, warning that further violence could lead to a chaotic situation “and even a civil war.” Zhang Jun also...

UN calls for return to democracy in Myanmar, end to violence

Apr. 30, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday again demanded the restoration of democracy in Myanmar and the release of all detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi and strongly backed calls by Southeast Asian nations for an immediate cessation of violence and talks as a first step...