Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Wants More Chinese Hydropower Investment

YANGON — Despite environmental and sustained public opposition, Myanmar’s main business federation has called for more Chinese investment in hydropower projects on the country’s rivers. Numerous plans have been announced to build major dams Myanmar’s two biggest rivers, the Irrawaddy and the Salween, and harness the huge amounts of potential energy on offer to address […]

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 […]

Drop in Chinese Investment Could Hurt Myanmar Economy, Reform: US Report

Chinese investment in Burma has sharply declined since President Thein Sein’s reformist government took over from the military junta in 2011, says a US-based think tank. It warns that this fall in investment could hurt Burma’s economic development and the success of its nascent democratic reforms. Burmese public opposition against China’s Myitsone Dam and the […]