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PAKISTAN:

  • A car bomb blast ripped through a luxury hotel’s parking area in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, where China’s ambassador to Pakistan was staying. It was not clear whether the envoy or members of his delegation were a target of the attack, but Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been attacked before by Taliban militants and nationalist insurgents. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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MYANMAR:

  • The United States imposed sanctions against Myanmar’s state-owned timber and pearl industries as the Biden administration seeks to cut key financial resources to the military junta as it violently cracks down on protesters opposing its February coup. The sanctions were imposed two days after the European Union sanctioned 10 people and two entities, which the United States had previously targeted.

SOURCE: UPI


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MYANMAR:

  • The leaders of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Brunei have confirmed their attendance at the April 24 meeting in Jakarta to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar. It reflects the awareness that the deepening crisis in Myanmar risks impacting the region not only in terms of the increased refugee flows and the expansion of Myanmar’s conflict economy, but also in terms of ASEAN’s credibility and standing in the eyes of its international partners.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT


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HONG KONG:

  • Hong Kong’s electoral reform bill has been introduced in the city’s legislature, setting in motion changes that will give Beijing greater control over the process while reducing the number of directly elected representatives. The bill is part of efforts to rein in political protests and opposition in Hong Kong, which is part of China but has had a more liberal political system since the 1997 handover from Britain.

SOURCE: IRISH EXAMINER


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MYANMAR:

  • Russia is increasing arms sales to Myanmar’s military and steadfastly standing by Myanmar’s coup leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, an alliance that will further Moscow’s foreign policy ambitions across Southeast Asia through future weapons sales, analysts said. They said they are not surprised Russia and China were backing a proposed ASEAN summit on the crisis.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


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MYANMAR:

  • The European Union is preparing to impose new collective sanctions on the Myanmar military targeting its business interests. Russian Foreign Ministry warned Myanmar sanctions could lead to civil war.

SOURCE: STRAIT TIMES


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MYANMAR:

  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin have called for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to convene an emergency summit to discuss the turmoil in Myanmar. How much ASEAN can do to resolve the crisis remains to be seen, however.

SOURCES: THE DIPLOMAT


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ASEAN:

  • Asean military chiefs met to discuss regional and international security challenges and made plans to boost cooperation between their armed forces. They had “profound concerns” about the situation in Myanmar. Myanmar has been embroiled in political instability since the junta seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCE: STRAIT TIMES


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INDO PACIFIC:

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be visiting India, at a time when the U.K. is seeking to recalibrate its strategic footprint and focusing on the Indo-Pacific following its exit from the European Union. News agency Reuters has noted Johnson’s office as stating that the Indo-Pacific “tilt” is part of a new Integrated Review of defense and strategic policy. It seemed that in the Johnson government’s mind there is a Britain’s return to the “east of Suez”, that must be matched with deeper ties with India. Another sources remarked that BRITAIN wants to expand its influence among countries in the Indo-Pacific region to try to moderate China’s global dominance.

SOURCES: THE DIPLOMAT EASTERN EYE


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CHINA:

  • China is willing to maintain regular communications with Russia about their policies towards the United States. Zhang Hanhui also defended the military cooperation between the two countries. Experts said China viewed such cooperation as critical because both Beijing and Moscow needed to respond to the rising threats of colour revolutions and their influence in Central Asia and Southeast Asia, where the two neighbours shared common development and strategic interests.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST


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