Despite Myanmar dam blockage, China confident about ties with Suu Kyi government

Beijing is seeking to overcome blockages with a controversial Chinese-invested dam in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday. Outgoing Myanmese President Thein Sein put the US$3.6 billion Myitsone dam on hold in 2011, citing public opposition. But residents and environmental groups have said CPI, the Chinese company behind the project, has tried to […]

Cronies & Coal

YANGON- Cronies have been granted hydropower projects on Ayeyawady and Thanlwin Rivers including the Myitsone dam without public notice. Moreover, 23 firms including cronies’ companies were granted hydropower projects and they were also allowed to generate and distribute power in 84 townships across the nation. The tycoons also received the green light to build natural […]

China’s New Economic Priorities Offer ‘Exit Strategy’ on Myitsone Dam

New financial constraints imposed by Beijing to deal with China’s bloated economy could lead to the controversial Myitsone hydroelectric dam project in northern Myanmar being quietly abandoned. The Naypyidaw government has been under pressure from China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) to lift a suspension of construction imposed in 2011 by President Thein Sein, but new […]

Natural Beauty Blighted by Myitsone Dam, Locals Say

MYITSONE, Kachin State — Sitting along the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Hseng Khun takes a break from her work to point out a white sign bearing a cross. “At the top of that hill, we used to pray every morning. That’s a very important site for us. We respect it. We even planned to […]

Myitsone Dam Project on Hold, but Far From Dead

Back in September 2011 when President Thein Sein issued a decree ordering that construction of the Myitsone dam “be suspended in the time of our government,” the announcement was met with widespread applause both internationally and at home. The ambitious project, which involves building a 152-meter-tall hydroelectric dam at the confluence of the two rivers […]

China lobbying locals for resumption of Myitsone hydropower project

China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) is persuading local people to help push for the resumption of the Myitsone (confluence) hydropower project in Kachin state when a new government takes office in Myanmar after the 2015 elections, according to a source from Mungchying Rawt Jat (MRJ). MRJ is civil organisation made up of local residents displaced […]