02 June 2020 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Taliban Berates UN Report as 'Bigoted Remarks' VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- The Taliban rejected Tuesday an annual United Nations report that questioned the Islamist insurgency's intent to live up to the terms of a landmark agreement with the United States to help find a political resolution to the nearly 19-year-old war in Afghanistan.
- Afghan Interior Ministry: Suicide Bomber Blew Himself Up in a Kabul Mosque, Killing Imam Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- The tense situation in Afghanistan has been worsened by terrorist attacks across the country, with at least ten incidents that left dozens of people killed and injured taking place in April and May.
- UN Monitors: Taliban Maintains 'Close' Ties With Al-Qaeda Despite U.S. Peace Deal RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- The Taliban still maintains close ties with the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, despite signing a peace deal with the United States in which they committed to fight militant groups, a new United Nations report said.
- Bomb attack hits mosque compound near Afghan capital's Green Zone Press TV 02 Jun 2020 -- A bomb attack has targeted a mosque compound near a fortified diplomatic district in Kabul, injuring at least three people.
- Taliban Officials Deny Report That Top Leader Died From Coronavirus RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- Taliban officials have denied a report that its leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, died after contracting the coronavirus.
- Seven Civilians Killed By Afghan Roadside Bomb RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- Officials say that seven civilians have been killed and six others wounded in a roadside bomb attack in northern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on Support to Civil Authorities DoD 02 Jun 2020 -- "The Department of Defense moved multiple active duty Army units into the National Capital Region as a prudent planning measure in response to ongoing support to civil authorities operations."
- Department of Defense Statements on the Department's Response to Civil Unrest DoD 02 Jun 2020 -- Statements by Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Assistant To The Secretary Of Defense For Public Affairs and General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief, National Guard Bureau
- Department of Defense Officials Brief Reporters on the Department's Response to Civil Unrest DoD 02 Jun 2020 -- Two Senior Defense Officials
- Pentagon Answers Criticism Amid Protests Across US VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- The Pentagon is answering criticism following comments by the secretary of defense referring to U.S. protests as a "battlespace" and concern about top Pentagon leaders accompanying the president for a photo opportunity after peaceful protesters were dispersed with tear gas near the White House.
- US House Committee Demands Testimony From Pentagon on Using Military Against Protesters Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- US House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith on Tuesday called on Pentagon leaders to testify about deploying military forces to quell protests across the country.
- Trump Threatens Wide Use of Military Force Against Protesters VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- President Donald Trump is threatening to use the military to end "the riots and lawlessness" that have broken out across the United States following the death of a black man in police custody, prompting harsh criticism from political opponents including likely presidential nominee Joe Biden, who expressed concern "for the very soul of our country."
- Trump Vows End to US Violence; Biden Says Country Needs 'Leadership' VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to end "the riots and lawlessness" across the country, but clashes between police and protesters erupted for a seventh night Monday even as big city mayors imposed curfews to keep people off the streets and National Guard troops were deployed to quell the violence.
- Attorney General William P. Barr's Statement on Protests in Washington, D.C. US Dept. of Justice 02 Jun 2020
- US riots may cause new COVID-19 cases: expert Global Times 02 Jun 2020 -- Massive protests across the US over the death of George Floyd will almost certainly add fuel to the fire of the country's already severe coronavirus outbreak, a US expert predicted, while pointing out that there is a causality between the viral outbreak and the ongoing protests.
- Trump threatens use of military to quell nationwide unrest over Floyd's death People's Daily 02 Jun 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday threatened the deployment of the military to quell the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, the black man who died in police custody last week in Minneapolis.
- Biden slams Trump for his response to protests over racism, police brutality Press TV 02 Jun 2020 -- US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has blasted President Donald Trump response to protests over racism and police brutality, saying Trump's "narcissism has become more important than the nation that he leads."
- Department of Defense Accepts Korean Ministry of Defense's Proposal to Fund Korean National Employee Labor Costs DOD 02 Jun 2020 -- The Department of Defense has accepted the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) proposal to fund the labor costs for all U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Korean National (KN) employees through the end of 2020.
- Air Force Secretary Gets Update on Kirtland's Mission During COVID-19 DoD News 02 Jun 2020 -- Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett toured Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, to visit various mission partners and explore active mission sets to gain a better understanding of how the base has sustained national security capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Navy Completes Joint and Combined Exercise Vigilant Osprey NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command (NAVNORTH) units completed U.S. Northern Command-led exercise Vigilant Osprey, a major service-integrated homeland defense exercise aimed to strengthen operational partnerships with allied nations, May 31.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Completes Carrier Qualifications NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed carrier qualifications June 2.
- U.S. Navy to Join 18 Allied, Partner Nations in Annual Baltic Exercise NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- The 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 7-16. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the live training events.
- VP-45 "Pelicans" Return from Deployment NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- The Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 "Pelicans" returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, May 29, after an eight-month deployment.
- Carrier Air Wing Eight, Ford Announce Cyclic Operations with Ordnance NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- The Commanding Officer of USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Capt. J.J. Cummings and Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Capt. Josh Sager, announced the largest air wing embark to date, and Ford's first ordnance movement from a lower deck magazine to F/A-18E Super Hornets using Ford's state-of-the-art Advanced Weapons Elevators during a teleconference, June 1.
- Navy Signs Lease to Build Renewable Energy Solution in Norco NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) signed a lease, May 27, with developer Bright Canyon Energy (BCE) to construct and operate a 2.5-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system with 2.5-MW battery storage capacity on approximately 8.3 acres of land at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach (NWSSB) Detachment Norco.
- Agencies Team Up to Save $15 million Annual on Fuel Tank Operations NNS 02 Jun 2020 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast partnered with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), the Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force Civil Engineering Command and Fleet Logistics Center to extend the life span of Navy fuel tanks.
- For third time, Hill AFB fighter wings deploy F-35As to Middle East US Air Force 02 Jun 2020 -- For the third time in approximately 12 months, Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base deployed F-35A Lighting IIs into combat.
- 800th RED HORSE Group activated under Ninth Air Force US Air Force 02 Jun 2020 -- The 800th RED HORSE Group activated June 1 during a ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable, Heavy Operational Repair Squadron, Engineer.
- Spacecom, Space Force Officials Discuss Planetary Defense, Astronaut Launch DoD News 02 Jun 2020 -- It's possible one day an asteroid may threaten the Earth and the threat would need to be mitigated – possibly by the U.S. military. It's a scenario considered in a paper titled "Whither Space Power?" co-authored by two Air Force officers in 2002.
- Putin approves Nuclear Deterrence Policy Framework TASS 02 Jun 2020 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the Fundamentals of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence. The document signed on Tuesday replaces a similar one, adopted 10 years ago and valid until 2020.
- PLA Tibet military command holds nighttime high-altitude drills Global Times 02 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command recently sent troops to a high-altitude region at an elevation of 4,700 meters at night for infiltration exercises behind enemy lines and tested their combat capability under a harsh environment.
- US attacks China's defense sector with more 'lies' Global Times 02 Jun 2020 -- Even as the US political establishment is under siege amid nationwide riots that have plunged the country into chaos, US officials, instead of addressing profound domestic woes, waged a new series of attacks against China targeting Chinese students and companies based on what Chinese officials and experts dismiss as lies about nonexistent links between ordinary students, businesses and the Chinese military.
- Chinese military plans to recruit more university graduates in 2020 PLA Daily 02 Jun 2020 -- The Chinese military will increase the proportion of university graduates in its 2020 recruitment.
- Chinese military's participation in international humanitarian assistance PLA Daily 02 Jun 2020 -- "After the COVID-19 outbreak, the Chinese military has taken an active part in international disaster relief and humanitarian aid, demonstrating the responsibilities of the military of a major country," said Lieutenant General He Lei, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress and chief expert at the PLA Academy of Military Sciences, during an interview on June 1.
- Unmanned helicopter conducts first test flight PLA Daily 02 Jun 2020 -- China's first unmanned helicopter specifically designed for plateau conditions recently conducted its maiden flight, according to the model's developer, Aviation Industry Corp of China, the country's leading aircraft conglomerate.
- Make in India gets a big boost; MoD places indent for supply of 156 upgraded BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles of value Rs 1,094 Cr on OFB India PIB 02 Jun 2020 -- In a major boost to 'Make in India' initiative of the Government, Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) with the approval of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, has today placed an Indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for supply of 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army.
- Operation Samudra Setu - INS Jalashwa Arrives at Tuticorin with Indian Citizens Embarked from Sri Lanka India PIB 02 Jun 2020 -- INS Jalashwa, deployed by the Indian Navy for "Operation Samudra Setu", entered Tuticorin harbour on 02 June 2020 with 685 Indian nationals evacuated from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- France Affirms its Commitment to Ensure Timely Delivery of Rafale Jets, Indian Defence Minister Says Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- India is set to receive a portion of its Rafale jet order in July 2020 under an inter-governmental agreement signed between New Delhi and Paris. The Rafale jets will come with various India-specific modifications, boosting India's combat capabilities.
- President Tsai christens Taiwan's largest coast guard ship 'Chiayi' CNA 02 Jun 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) broke a bottle of champagne over the bow of a 4,000-ton coast guard vessel on Tuesday, naming it the "Chiayi" (嘉義), at the christening of Taiwan's largest patrol ship, in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.
- Russia Expects Turkey's Final Decision on 2nd Delivery of S-400 Missile Systems Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- Russia began delivering the first batch of S-400s to Turkey in July 2019. Washington, unhappy about the deal between Moscow and Ankara, has demanded that Turkey cancel all purchases of the S-400s, threatening to delay or cancel deliveries of fifth-generation F-35 jets to the country. However, the Turkish cabinet has refused to scrap the agreement.
- The Philippines Suspends Withdrawal From Defense Pact With US Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- The Philippines has suspended its plan to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, Manila's top diplomat announced Tuesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte in early 2020 threatened to pull his country out of the bilateral agreement.
- 2 June 2020 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Jun 2020
- Analysis: Is China Preparing to Declare an Air Zone Over the South China Sea? Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- Reports of Chinese plans to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone over the disputed South China Sea have resurfaced in news media amid rising tensions in the region. But experts remain skeptical that China would take such a provocative, hard-to-enforce measure.
- Yemen: new UK aid will help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) UK FCO 02 Jun 2020 -- A new package of funding for Yemen is to be announced today by the Foreign Secretary.
- Yemen Hangs on as International Aid Dries up VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- The United Nations warns Yemen is hanging by a thread as more than five years of war have sapped the country of its energy and destroyed its economy and the well-being of its people. The U.N. and Saudi Arabia are hosting a virtual pledging conference to raise $2.4 billion to assist millions of Yemenis.
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Announces USD 500 Million to Yemen during the Opening Ceremony of Yemen High-Level Pledging Event 2020 SPA 02 Jun 2020 -- Upon directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Yemen High-Level Pledging Event 2020 is virtually kicked off. This event is organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with the United Nations.
- Yemen: 'Hanging on by a thread', UN chief requests funding to meet staggering humanitarian crisis UN News 02 Jun 2020 -- More than five years of conflict have left Yemenis "hanging on by a thread, their economy in tatters" and their institutions "facing near-collapse", the UN chief told a virtual pledging conference on Tuesday, calling for a demonstration of solidarity with some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable.
- Uzbek President To Visit Eastern Region Following Ethnic Clashes RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev will visit the eastern region of Ferghana following ethnic clashes near the country's Sokh exclave within Kyrgyzstan's Batken region, Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov says.
- Kyrgyz National Hospitalized In Fresh Incident On Kyrgyz-Tajik Border RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- A Kyrgyz national has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound in another shooting near a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border.
- China-India border situation generally stable, under control: FM spokesperson Global Times 02 Jun 2020 -- China and India have maintained smooth diplomatic and military channels for communication over issues of their border areas where the overall situation is stable and under control, a Chinese spokesperson said Monday.
- 'We'll Not Back Off': Chinese Troops Crossed Into Indian Side, Admits India's Defence Minister Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- India and China have been engaged in a border stand-off since the last week of April, which is the longest since the 2017 Doklam stand-off. The ongoing situation in the eastern Ladakh region erupted after Beijing accused New Delhi of building defence infrastructure on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.
- Militant Killed in Encounter With Indian Troops in 'Continuing Infiltration Attempts in Kashmir' Sputnik 02 Jun 2020 -- On Monday, the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir and killed at least 10 armed militants alleged to have been trained in Pakistan. Army sources claimed that they have also destroyed suspected launch pads along the Line of Control dividing the disputed region of Kashmir between the nations.
- Bangladesh Records First Rohingya COVID-19 Death Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- A 71-year-old Rohingya man who died on the weekend has posthumously tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first resident of crowded refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh known to have succumbed to the disease, health officials said Tuesday.
- First Rohingya Refugee in Bangladesh Dies of Coronavirus VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Bangladesh has confirmed the first coronavirus death among the nearly one million Rohingyas living in the country's overcrowded refugee camps.
- Myanmar Army Rejects Cease-fire Proposal From Arakan Army And Allies Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- The Myanmar military has rejected a proposal by three ethnic armies to begin cease-fire talks in a bid to kick-start the country's stalled peace process, instead vowing further retaliation for armed offensives and ambushes, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
- Greece Protests Turkish Drilling Plans in Mediterranean VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Greece has lodged strong protest with Turkey over Turkish plans to expand oil and gas exploration in in areas of the Mediterranean Sea that Greece considers its own. The Greek government has warned that any drilling in Greece's continental shelf areas will spark a heated response. Analysts warn that could spell a war between the two NATO allies.
- Recent Attack in Western Niger Sends More Then 1,000 Fleeing VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports more than 1,000 people have fled a site in western Niger following an attack by unidentified armed men on Sunday. The group – a mix of Malian refugees, displaced and local Niger nationals – has arrived in the town of Telemces, some 27 kilometers away.
- Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Limiting the CCP's Ability to Steal U.S. Technologies and Intellectual Property US Dept. of State 02 Jun 2020
- Not Rocket Science? Some In Kremlin Orbit Greet SpaceX Success With A Dose Of Derision RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- When two NASA astronauts blasted off on May 30 under American - albeit commercially produced - power for the first time in nearly a decade, much of the world celebrated the achievement.
- Last oil tanker in Iranian flotilla reaches Venezuela IRNA 02 Jun 2020 -- The oil tanker 'Clavel,' the last of a five-tanker Iranian flotilla, has made it to Venezuela's shores to deliver much-needed gasoline.
- Fifth Iranian tanker carrying fuel sails into Venezuela's territorial waters Press TV 02 Jun 2020 -- The fifth and last tanker in a flotilla of ships carrying Iranian fuel has entered Venezuela's territorial waters, with the Latin American state's president announcing a plan to visit Tehran for even more cooperation deals between the two nations.
- Venezuelan President Says He Will Visit Iran To Sign Energy Agreements RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he will visit Iran shortly to sign cooperation agreements in energy and other sectors after Iran sent five fuel tankers to the South American country.
- The United States Targets Maritime Entities for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime in the Venezuela Oil Trade US Dept. of State 02 Jun 2020 -- Today the United States imposed sanctions against four companies for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.
- Treasury Targets Maritime Entities for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime in the Venezuela Oil Trade US Treasury 02 Jun 2020 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four companies for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy. Additionally, OFAC identified four vessels as blocked property. The United States reiterates that the exploitation of Venezuela's oil assets for the benefit of the illegitimate regime of President Nicolas Maduro is unacceptable, and those that facilitate such activity risk losing access to the U.S. financial system.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on June 2, 2020 PRC MofA 02 Jun 2020
- Hong Kong Leader Accuses US of 'Double Standard' Over Protests VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the violent protests across the United States are an example of foreign governments applying a "double standard" when it comes to China's approach to quelling a year of anti-Beijing protests.
- HK chief executive to visit Beijing, prepare for national security legislation Global Times 02 Jun 2020 -- The chief executive of Hong Kong and senior officials who are in charge of law enforcement, public security and justice will visit Beijing on Wednesday, and analysts in the Chinese mainland said that coming only five days after the NPC passed a decision on national security legislation for the city, this move shows that China wants to push the legislation as soon as possible.
- Hong Kong's Lam Hits Out at US Threat of Sanctions Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam hit out at recent moves by the United States to reevaluate the city's special status as a separate legal jurisdiction and trading entity, saying any sanctions would hurt U.S. interests.
- Civil Code, China's landmark law to protect people's rights People's Daily 02 Jun 2020 -- China's long-expected Civil Code was adopted on May 28 before the wrapping up of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress, the top legislature, and will take effect on Jan.1, 2021.
- Echoing Their Government, 'Wolf Warriors' Howl on China's Internet Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- Chinese officials have been engaging in an aggressive "Wolf Warrior" style of diplomacy in recent months, and this aggressive mindset has now spread to China's internet, with online commentators lashing out at the United States and posting images of a simulated Chinese invasion of the self-governing island of Taiwan.
- China-Africa Blanket Debt Forgiveness Not in the Cards VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- As China tightens its belt economically in response to the coronavirus, African leaders are anxious about the future of infrastructure projects, trade and, in some cases, are requesting debt relief.
- 73 percent of Taiwanese say China's government not a 'friend': survey CNA 02 Jun 2020 -- 73 percent of Taiwanese say the Chinese government is not a "friend" of Taiwan's, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to the results of a survey released Tuesday.
- North Koreans Learn South Korean-Style Sarcasm From K-Dramas, Upsetting Authorities Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is cracking down on the use of a specific sarcastic phrase uttered in a South Korean drama on the grounds that it is disrespectful to leader Kim Jong Un, amid an ongoing effort by authorities to eliminate South Korean cultural influences on the reclusive country.
- EU should react to US' illegal moves on JCPOA, Iran's president says IRNA 02 Jun 2020 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday called on the European Union (EU) to live up to its obligations regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Rouhani: EU must take stand against illegal US moves against Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2020 -- President Hassan Rouhani has once again censured the unilateral American sanctions that are disrupting imports of medical supplies into Iran, renewing a call for the European Union to take a stand against such illegal US moves.
- Pompeo 'Confident' Iran Arms Embargo Will Be Extended Radio Farda 02 Jun 2020 -- U.S. Secretary of State says he is confident that the United Nations arms embargo against the Islamic Republic of Iran set to expire in October will be extended.
- Iran's Majles: A Parliament Of IRGC Commanders Radio Farda 02 Jun 2020 -- The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) is an IRGC brigadier general, some two thirds of the Majles Presidium members are IRGC and Basij militia commanders and so are many of the influential MPs.
- Former Iran Lawmaker Says Nobody Dared Disclose November Protests Death Toll Radio Farda 02 Jun 2020 -- After a sitting member of the Iranian Parliament on Monday made an announcement about the death toll of the November protests, a former lawmaker said members of the previous of the parliament did not dare disclose the numbers because it was treated as a "security issue".
- After Crushing Anti-Government Rallies At Home, Iran Expresses Support For U.S. Protesters RFE/RL 02 Jun 2020 -- Iran is using the killing in the United States of an African-American man at the hands of a white policeman and the angry wave of protests it has caused as a propaganda tool to settle scores with Washington, which has imposed a campaign of "maximum pressure" on Tehran that includes crippling economic sanctions.
- Hardliner Lawmaker Claims Less Than 200 Protesters Killed In Iran's November Unrest Radio Farda 01 Jun 2020 -- An influential conservative lawmaker in Iran has tried to minimize the death toll of the protests that followed a gas price hike in November 2019.
- Iranian Lawmaker Says 230 People Were Killed In November Unrest RFE/RL 01 Jun 2020 -- A senior Iranian lawmaker said on June 1 that 230 people were killed in anti-government protests in Iran in November, state news agency IRNA reported.
- As Iran's Exports Drop, Pressure Rises On Its Currency Reserves Radio Farda 02 Jun 2020 -- The Islamic Republic customs data for the first two months of the new Iranian calendar year (beginning March 20, 2020) shows that the country's non-oil exports fell 49 percent to $ 4.3 billion.
- Military MPs Motion to Impeach Myanmar's Speaker of Parliament Fails Radio Free Asia 01 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's Speaker for the Lower House of Parliament T Khun Myat will remain in his position after an impeachment motion filed by the military-aligned opposition party failed in a secret vote Monday.
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