Alexander Soros, son of the American Billionaire George Soros, had paid a visit to Myanmar’s Capital Nay Pyi Taw, a week before the Chinese President Xi Jinping makes his Official visit at the behest of President Win Myint on January 17 and 18.
Alexander, as stated on his social media account, is “back to work” in Nay Pyi Taw before Xi makes his first-ever trip to Myanmar in 19 years.
George Soros, an influential billionaire that has been criticised as having his hands in many countries’ politics, had blasted Xi as an enemy to ‘Open Society’ at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, January 2019.
Similar to the “coincidence” of the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Myanmar before State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to defending against the ICJ lawsuit, Alexander Soros is here in Myanmar before the Chinese chief gets here.
George Soros, now 89 years old, has also been criticised as manipulating Myanmar’s politics with him supporting over 100 organisations through the Open Society Foundation (OSF), as stated on the foundation’s website.
The OSF has been spending billions of US dollars in over 100 countries across the world under differently labelled projects, be it human rights, education, women’s rights, children’s rights, democracy and peace. It has also spent 57.6 million dollars in funds across four countries, including Myanmar, in the Asia-Pacific during 2019.
George Soros has also been blamed for heavy-handed swings in the financial markets of countries, with one instance being in 1997 where he was the one that started the financial crisis in Thailand which led to the ruin of many Thai businesses in some cases leading to suicide. He had also been pointed out of his potential to be one of the parties that will brew trouble in Rakhine State in order to slow down China’s Belt & Road Initiative.
“I worry that it would get too personal when I speak. This also has to do with business. I think he, back during 1993-1994, played with finances in Thailand which led to a great deal of trouble for business owners.
A lot of construction businesses buckled some committed suicide. So I think one of his objectives is that China’s economy is growing rapidly. The GDP is going through the roof. He plays with finances. It is in his interest to keep trouble afoot in Rakhine so that the One Belt One Road will slow down so that his investments will be protected.
All of our government, citizens, ethnicities must tread carefully when dealing with this. History will show who is right and wrong,” said Zaw Aye Maung, Minister of Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, in his interview by Akonthi Media on November 7, 2018.
Ex-Union Minister and currently a parliamentarian Soe Thane had also said that George Soros has been pouring large amounts of funding for Bengali affairs. As stated on OSF’s website, it had raised 10 million dollars in emergency funds in 2015 for Bengalis.
After the 10 million dollars for Bengalis/Rohingyas, the foundation had also funded Kofi Annan’s foundation, a key member of the commission formed to investigate the attacks by ARSA in 2017, as stated on Kofi Annan Foundation and OSF websites.
DVB, Yangon Journalism School, Thabyay Education Foundation, Mal Daw Clinic, Equality Myanmar, Myanmar Observer Group Media Group, Institute for Strategy and Policy: Myanmar, Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, Pen Myanmar, Myanmar China Pipeline Watch Committee, Myanmar Center to Empower Regional Parliaments, Network for Human Rights Documentation Burma (ND-Burma), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Irrawaddy Publishing Group are amongst many that have been stated as partners by the OSF.
The OSF had also stated that Fortify Right group, a group fighting for Bengali rights under the title human rights, was also funded by it once.
Observations and speculations abound that out of over 100 organisations connected to the George Soros in Myanmar, many of them are connected to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the organisation behind the lawsuit initiated by the Gambia at the ICJ. Due to data leaks following a hack in 2016, it was also found that the OSF had paid between 50 thousand to 300 thousand dollars per organisation to around 50 groups, media and political activist groups.
The book written by Soe Thane, ‘Myanmar’s Transformation and U Thein Sein: An insider’s account by U Soe Thane’, also claims that George Soros, as per his modus operandi to paint the image he wants through lavish funding across the world, had also tried to do the same with the Myanmar government.
The Author, Ex-Union Minister Soe Thane, of the book, recounts on how George Soros and the then-president Thein Sein began to contact all the way to the social projects that were carried out in cooperation.
And that George Soros had tried to extract information that he wants from the government, later going onto put in a large number of funds into the Rohingya (as originally stated in the book) affairs.
It says that Thein Sein and George Soros met in 2012 where the latter helped with education and health projects. In 2013, George Soros met with the president and Aung San Suu Kyi as well as other Ministers. The book also stated that he only ever met with Aung San Suu Kyi and other Ministers at Nay Pyi Taw’s Myat Taw Win Hotel where he stayed.
Again in 2014 and 2015, he met with the president again, later meeting with the author Soe Thane himself asking the author to request of the President for appointing Thaung Tun as the Minister to go around the world to invite investments into the Country.
That request was rejected by the president later, according to the book. The book also goes on to state that on January 13, 2017, George Soros again came to Nay Pyi Taw to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi and the next day, Thaung Tun was appointed as the National Security Adviser.
When Thaung Tun was to be given the position of Union Minister, Soe Thane had objected to it.
“I’ve been working since the previous administration. I know very well how Thaung Tun, the previous Government & George Soros are connected”
“I am the witness. But time was short, and I only had myself as evidence. The other thing is that when Thaung Tun submitted his detailed information, everything related to working with Soros has been deleted.”
“The other thing was that I’ve sent an email to America. If the reply comes then that can be used as evidence but as it stands, it won’t make it in time. He knows himself best. He has to show that he had worked with George Soros before if he is honest and I take that he is dishonest because he had withheld that information.”
“George Soros is influential in the US and even if it’s just for the National Security Adviser position, one day it will come to harm China-Myanmar relations. I am on good terms with Thaung Tun and it will be fine if I didn’t say anything.
But I have to say so for the nation because I know about these things the most. For now, the evidence is hard to come by. It’s not like I didn’t want him to land that position. I’ve said my message for the MPs and the people,” said Soe Thane in reply to the media regarding his objection.
OSF is legally allowed to open offices in Myanmar despite the need to cut off some of the OSF’s tendrils in over 100 organisations in Myanmar as George Soros’s widespread accusations that he, through the OSF, is manipulating in the politics of nations.
While the exact purpose of Alexander Soros’s visit to Myanmar is yet to be made clear, his social media page had shown that he had met with the Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi.