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SEA Games: Myanmar 'open for business' with lavish ceremony

Myanmar staged a lavish spectacle of lights and pyrotechnics at the opening ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday, as the impoverished and formerly reclusive state displayed a dazzling face to the world. Fireworks exploded above the 30,000-seat, purpose-built Wunna Theikdi stadium and a series of screens beamed a dramatic lights show during the Chinese-backed extravaganza in the country's capital Naypyidaw.

Myanmar businesses call for better deal from China

Leading Myanmar firms called on China Wednesday to improve investment practices in its impoverished neighbour, amid increasing scrutiny of Beijing's sometimes controversial projects. China is a long-term ally of former military-ruled Myanmar. It accounts for the lion's share of the country's foreign direct investment -- about 33 percent -- and is considered a crucial trading partner. But a series of political reforms have seen Western sanctions against Myanmar swept away, raising hopes of a boom in international investment.

Chinese VP attends SEA Games opening ceremony, meets Myanmar president

Chinese VP attends SEA Games opening ceremony, meets Myanmar president NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the opening ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games held in Myanmar and met with Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Vice Presidents Sai Mauk Kham and U Nyan Tun separately over Tuesday and Wednesday. Liu said her attendance to the opening ceremony not only aimed to share the grand event but also to implement the important consensus of both sides to push forward China-Myanmar friendly cooperation.

SEA Games: Myanmar 'open for business' with lavish ceremony

Myanmar staged a lavish spectacle of lights, dance and pyrotechnics at the opening ceremony for the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday, as the impoverished and formerly reclusive state displayed a dazzling face to the world. Fireworks exploded above the 30,000-seat, purpose-built Wunna Theikdi stadium and a wall of screens beamed majestic Myanmar landscapes and intricate animations during the Chinese-backed extravaganza in the country's capital Naypyidaw.

Myanmar releases 41 political prisoners

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar freed 41 political detainees on Wednesday, a government spokesman said, bringing the country close to fulfilling a pledge by President Thein Sein to release all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year. The amnesty, announced by government spokesman Ye Htut on his Facebook page, was one of at least a dozen the reformist, quasi-civilian government has granted since taking over in March 2011 from a military leadership.

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

Myanmar on Wednesday freed 44 political detainees, a presidential adviser said, the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country's reformist regime. There are still thought to be dozens of activists behind bars in Myanmar, which has won international acclaim for dramatic changes since the end of outright military rule nearly three years ago. "In total 44 political prisoners have been released around the country today," Hla Maung Shwe told AFP.

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

Myanmar on Wednesday freed 44 political detainees, a presidential adviser said, the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country's reformist regime. "In total 44 political prisoners have been released around the country today," Hla Maung Shwe told AFP. President Thein Sein has pledged to release all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar by the end of the year.

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

Myanmar on Wednesday freed 44 political detainees, a presidential adviser said, the latest in a series of prisoner amnesties by the country's reformist regime. "In total 44 political prisoners have been released around the country today," Hla Maung Shwe told AFP. President Thein Sein has pledged to release all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar by the end of the year.

SEA Games: Myanmar aims to dazzle with Games opening ceremony

Final preparations were underway Wednesday for the opening ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, with organisers hoping the glitzy Chinese-assisted event will thrust the once reclusive country onto the world stage. China, which capped its own international re-emergence with the Beijing Olympics in 2008, has offered nearly $33 million in technical assistance including for the opening and closing ceremonies, presidential spokesman Ye Htut told AFP.

Myanmar considers joining EITI

Myanmar considers joining EITI YANGON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar is preparing to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI), an international standard aiming to the transparency in the mining industry, state media reported Wednesday. It was discussed when Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting Chair of the EITI Board Clare Short in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday. President U Thein Sein acknowledged the need for better governance of Myanmar's natural resource wealth.
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