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H.E. Mr. Saurabh Kumar, Ambassador of India to Myanmar delivered a talk on “Contemporary India-Myanmar Relations: Challenges and Initiatives” at MISIS this morning. He is a diplomat specializing on China and has served as Desk Officer and Desk Director of China at the Indian Foreign Ministry and also as the DCM in Beijing. Before coming to Myanmar, he was Indian Ambassador to Iran. As in the past, MISIS members, Professors and Lectures from the Universities, IR students and interested persons attended the presentation. This is the third time that MISIS hosted an Indian Ambassador to give a lecture.
Professor Dr. Li Chenyang, Pro Rector of Yunnan University led a delegation from Yunnan University to visit MISIS and exchange views on China-US trade war, its impact on Myanmar’s economy; Indo-Pacific concept; Rakhine issue and CEMEC. In attendance from MISIS are its Chairman and most of the members. Professor Li also informed MISIS that the book on China-Myanmar relations which will be published in Chinese, Myanmar and English will be ready by end of this year. It may be recalled that ten scholars from Chinese Scholars and equal number of Myanmar Scholars contributed to the writing of this book. Next year China and Myanmar celebrate 70th years of establishment of Diplomatic Relations and a commemorative event is scheduled to be to be held in China and Myanmar. On that occasion the aforementioned book will be launched. The Professor invited one MISIS member to Yunnan University to conduct research on a topic to be mutually agreed upon for a period of three months. It may be mentioned here that MISIS Chairman, member Daw Than Than Htay, the former Secretary DG Daw Kay Thi Soe and Joint Secretary -1 U Khin Maung Lynn authored a chapter each in the book.
The 7th Meeting between Myanmar and Bangladesh Experts (Think Tanks and Scholars) convened in Singapore from 8-9 July 2019. The meeting was facilitated by HD Centre Geneva and took place at the Swissotel. It was attended by the following think tanks and scholars - Myanmar Side MISIS a) Chairman U Nyunt Maung Shein Member U Wynn Lwin Member Daw Carole Ann Chit Tha b) U Kyaw Myaing UEHRD, Director of Information and Communications c) Commodore (Retd) Aung Thaw Secretary, Myanmar War Veteran Organization d) Dr. Naing Swe Oo Founder and Executive Director (Thayninga Institute) e) Daw Moe Thuzar Researcher, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) f) U Yan Naing Khant Second Secretary, Myanmar Embassy in Singapore Bangladesh Side a) Major - General A.K.M Abdur Rahman DG, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) b) Ambassador (Retd) Humayun Kabir President, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute c) Major - General (Retd) Muniruzzaman President, Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) d) Professor Dr. Shamsul Bari Chairman, Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB) e) Lt. General (Retd) A T M Zahirul Alam Former, Commandant of NDC Bangladesh f) Dr. Amena Mohsin Professor, IR Department, Dhaka University g) Ms. Morioum Begum Shorna Third Secretary, Bangladesh High Commission to Singapore The meeting exchanged views on the following topics - 1. Current situational analysis 2. Update on (humanitarian) situation in Cox’s Bazar and Rakhine State 3. Discussion on repatriation process and preparations on the ground 4. Addressing mutual security issues 5. The role of the region in addressing the current crisis 6. Discussion on next steps and outcome document The 7th meeting was significant. From now on China will play facilitating / mediating role between Myanmar and Bangladesh Experts. Both Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to invite China for this role as they are both close and friendly neighbors of China. Moreover, China is already playing this role between the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh. From China the following two representatives of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) Beijing attended the meeting - a) Dr. Tang Qifang Associate Research Fellow, CIIS b) Dr. Zhang Jian Assistant Research Fellow, CIIS The Chinese side observed the proceedings of the meeting and stated that they will report back to headquarters and added that China may host the ninth meeting in Beijing towards the end of the year.
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