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Thein Sein and Chinese Premier discuss strategic cooperation

Myanmar President Thein Sein and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met on Monday in Nanning, in southern China, according to Myanmar's state-owned broadcaster.

The President travelled from Nay Pyi Taw to China yesterday morning to attend the 10th China-ASEAN Expo and the ChineseASEAN Business and Investment Summit, according to the web page of Presidents Office.

Thein Sein and Li Keqiang exchanged views on comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries and Myanmar's relationship with other countries, according to government sources.

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Ethnic leaders urge inclusive agenda for Panglong-like conference

Some ethnic leaders of Myanmar have said that a Panglong-like conference which the government plans for 2014 must include an inclusive political agenda.

On the 31 of August the Karen National Union presented a report in a meeting with the Union Peacemaking Work Committee urging the government to implement a nation-wide ceasefire with all the ethnic armed groups.

"As it is not easy to address decades of differences in political ideologies at one sitting, an all-inclusive political agenda is required with an exact timeframe," the report suggested.

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MP's argue against rights afforded to temporary citizens

Rights offered to temporary citizenship card holders (or white cards) to vote or establish political parties are a threat to Myanmar's sovereignty, according to some MP's.

Critics argue that white cards were issued to Bengalis in Rakhine State by the previous military regime for them to pass the 2008 Constitution. Some estimate white card holders to number over 500,000 in Rakhine State.

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Vice-President to meet ethnic armed groups in Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar's Vice-President will meet leaders from two major ethnic armed groups for peace talks in in Nay Pyi Taw on August 31.

Vice-President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham will lead the Union Level Peacemaking Implementation Committee in meetings with the Rehabilitation Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA)and the Karen National Union (KNU).

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Chinas Troubled Myanmar Policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of Chinas presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
People from Myanmar living in Malaysia shouts slogans during protest against Myitsone dam project, near Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur

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