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Book review: Thai, Myanmar militaries bounded by politics,...

Myanmar's junta chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, presides over an Armed Forces Day parade in Naypyitaw on March 27. Like Thai lead...

Thai PM and Myanmar junta chief stay engaged via back chan...

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, and Myanmar Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing: Min Aung Hlaing was the first Southeast Asian military l...

Failed state: Myanmar collapses into chaos

By one count, over 700 citizens have been killed in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup. But the international community remains paralyzed, even as the cy...

China treads lightly on Myanmar coup with billions at stak...

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in Naypyitaw. Wang traveled to Myanmar in January to s...

Myanmar embraces Russian arms to offset China's influence

Under Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar has bought Russian weaponry including MiG-29 jet fighters and the Pantsir-S1 missile system The military conv...

Beijing expands Indian Ocean FTAs westward with Mauritius

Port Louis, the Mauritian capital, is getting busier as the free trade agreement with China comes into play, but observers are concerned that t...

Seychelles in crosshairs of India's maritime security axis

Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs island and archipelago nations to come on board with India for maritime security in the vast Indian Ocean Wav...

India and China compete over Indian Ocean debt-relief dipl...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping. India and China see a chance to deepen their geopolitical influence in...

Sri Lanka assured of China's help in burying post-war obli...

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, left, pictured with his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is turning to China to help deflect...

Thailand's embattled prime minister has no plan to quit, f...

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha doesn't "know how to handle the situation," a Thai military expert said, "so [he] resorted to the us...

India on board with US-Maldives alliance to counter China

India's approval for a new defense agreement between the US and the Maldives counters China's recent incursions into the region A defense agreeme...

China poised for diplomatic windfall in Sri Lanka election...

Chinese President Xi Jinping, pictured here next to Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president of Sri Lanka China is cultivating a wide swathe of poli...