Terrorists killed in US- led operations in Philippines; Cambodia- China to promote strategic partnership; US waives some sanctions imposed on Myanmar; Myanmar government approves Aung San Suu Kyi’s participation in elections; Indonesian economy reaches fi
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  • According to reports, a joint US-Philippine anti-terror operation in Sulu Island of the Philippines killed a dozen armed men including two Jemmah Islamiya bombers and a senior Abu Sayyaf leader. The operations happened on Febraury 2 in the terrorist infested Sulu Island, and are considered a major success in Philippine government’s anti-terror operations. Noted terrorists, Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, and Indian Abdullah Ali, alias Muawiyah, were killed in the operations. 1

    In another development, in a meeting between the top Chinese political advisor Jia Quingling, and Cambodian Prime minister and foreign minister Hor Nam Hong on February 6, 2012, the two sides pledged to enhance bilateral strategic partnership. Hor Nam Hong was invited by foreign minister Yang Jiechi to visit China for two days starting February 5. 2

    According to reports, the United States waived some sanctions imposed on Myanmar on 6 February 2012. The decision will help Myanmar government to work with the World Bank and other global financial institutions to revitalise its economy. 3

    Reports noted that on 6 February 2012, the election commission of Myanmar officially approved the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidature, stating that she would be allowed to contest for the elections, which are scheduled for April 1, 2012 to fill 48 seats in the parliament. 4

    In other developments, according to the reports, the Indonesian economy grew by 6.5 percent in 2011, its biggest expansion since 1997-98. The size of the Indonesian economy was Rp 7,427.1 trillion at the end of 2011. The major reason behind strengthening of the economy is an increase in household consumption. 5