From left: Chinese PM Li Keqiang, Myanmar president Thein Sein, US president Barack Obama, Malaysian PM Najib Razak and Russia Federation PM Dmitry Medvedev at the Asean summit. photograph: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Photo

Competition between China and the United States for regional influence in Asia is one of the big geopolitical stories and is set to remain so.Against (...)

Barack Obama andAung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Rangoon yesterday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Barack Obama yesterday stood side by side with Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon yesterday and said the law barring h(...)

Bustle: Buddhist monks in Mandalay, Burma’s second-largest city. Images of Aung San Suu Kyi are everywhere, from newspapers  to bags and fridge magnets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Inside Burma

On the streets of Rangoon “the Lady” is a fridge magnet. Once banned under the censorship laws of Burma’s former military regime, Aung San Suu Kyi’(...)

A checkpoint leads into the Aung Mingalar sector of Sittwe. Photograph: Tom Farrell

Just beyond the administrative buildings in Sittwe, capital of the state of Rakhine (Arakan) in northwestern Burma, a checkpoint halts all unauthorise(...)

Burmese Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi observes the view from the 350m high  observation deck at the Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower  in Tokyo today. Ms Suu Kyi is in Japan for a seven-day visit. Photograph: Franck Robichon/Reuters

The European Union is expected to lift all sanctions on Burma next week, except for an arms embargo, in recognition of the "remarkable process(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinpin told the annual forum in Boao, on the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, that  protectionism was on the rise internationally. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander F Yuan

China’s new president, Xi Jinping, promised that change and peaceful development would power his country’s economic rise and sustain growth wit(...)

Policemen are deployed to provide security amid riots in Meikhtila. Unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar has reduced neighbourhoods to ashes and stoked fears that last year's sectarian bloodshed is spreading into the country's heartland in a test of Asia's newest democracy. Photgraph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Burma declared martial law in four central townships today after unrest between Buddhists and Muslims stoked fears that last year's sectarian b(...)