East Asia & Pacific

Proper Nouns: Burma or Myanmar? Rohingya or Bengali?
Newly-elected State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has told foreign diplomats they may refer to her country as “Myanmar” or “Burma,” although the…

China's Foreign NGO Management Law
In late April, China enacted a law on the management of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The stated intention of the legislation is to…

Thai Referendum Paves the Way to Future Elections
Thai authorities recently announced that a national referendum on the draft constitution will be held on August 7. Some observers have characterized…

Consular Affairs Bulletins

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Rangoon (Burma), Cyclone Roanu
There is a cyclone system developing in the Bay of Bengal. The storm is currently expected to make landfall in Burma on Saturday, May 21. Rakhine…

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Hanoi (Vietnam), Typhoon Season 2016
The typhoon and severe storm season in Vietnam runs from approximately May through November. Before this year’s season gets underway, the Embassy…