UN Rights Expert Warns Myanmar Military Planning Sham Elections

The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar warned Tuesday that two years after its coup, Myanmar’s military will try to legitimize its hold on power through sham elections this year, and he urged the international community not to recognize or engage with the junta. “They have been unsuccessful in securing legitimacy,” Tom Andrews said of the military leadership during a news conference on the eve of the anniversary of the coup, which ousted the democratically elected National Unity Government. “So, what they are attempting to do is create this faux/fake election,…

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Four-Eye Meeting

His Majesty proceeded together with Yang Amat Berhormat the Prime Minister of Malaysia for a Four-Eye Meeting.   During the meeting, His Majesty and Yang Amat Berhormat discussed bilateral relations between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, as well as efforts to further enhance cooperation between both countries including through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of investment. Both leaders also discussed the exploration of new opportunities for cooperation that will be mutually beneficial for both countries.     Source: Radio Television Brunei  

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His Royal Highness Audience Ceremony

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, received in audience His Excellency Dr. Sujatmiko, outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam. The Audience Ceremony took place at Qashr Al-Meezaan, yesterday morning.   His Excellency presented his Letter of Credence to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on 7th July 2018.     Source: Radio Television Brunei  

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Prime Minister of Malaysia Official Visit

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab. Rahaman were at the Brunei International Airport yesterday afternoon, to welcome the arrival of Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and spouse, Yang Amat Berbahagia Dato’…

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China: Will work with Philippines on ‘friendly’ handling of maritime issues

Beijing said it would work with Manila to resolve maritime issues amicably as Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday amid bilateral tensions over the South China Sea. China also noted it was ready to resume talks on joint oil and gas exploration in the contested waterway, while Marcos said that Manila hoped to announce the resumption that it had earlier terminated due to Beijing’s territorial claims in the sea region. “China will work with the Philippines to continue to properly handle…

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Philippines’ Marcos seeks peace, development during China state visit

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. left for his first state visit to Beijing on Tuesday to focus on strategic cooperation, amid calls by Filipino fishermen demanding a halt to Chinese harassment in the disputed South China Sea. Marcos said he hoped to oversee deals in agriculture, energy, infrastructure and trade and investment when meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. “As I leave for Beijing, I will be opening a new chapter in our Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation with China,” Marcos told reporters at the Villamor Air Base in Manila before departing…

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Philippines’ Marcos to raise South China Sea dispute during Beijing state visit

Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will raise the South China Sea dispute and assert Manila’s sovereignty over its territorial waters when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping next week during his first presidential visit to Beijing, officials said Thursday. Marcos is embarking on the Jan 3-5 state visit weeks after Manila accused Chinese boats of  “swarming” in South China Sea waters within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. He will bring up issues “affecting bilateral relations, among them the issue [of the] WPS,” said Neil Imperial, the Philippine assistant foreign secretary…

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