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Myitsone Dam project poses no threat to Myanmar-China ties: Chinese envoy

The Myanmar government, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), has agreed with China to seek a solution to the controversial Myitsone dam project that will satisfy both sides, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Hong Liang said on Tuesday. “We are seriously concerned about the project. We agreed with the Myanmar government to find […]

Myanmar and China may have no choice but to scale back and move their troubled dam project

In late April, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Beijing to take part in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. There China and Myanmar signed three bilateral cooperation agreements, discussed the extensive promotion of their relations and conducted constructive consultations on Myanmar’s peace process and stability in the border areas. […]

Myanmar dam project shouldn’t be politicized

Non-governmental organizations, political parties, and environmental experts from every state and region in Myanmar have been invited to come together in opposition to the China-financed Myitsone Hydropower Dam project, Frontier Myanmar magazine reported. So far, only 44 percent of households in Myanmar have access to electricity. Addressing a nationwide power shortage, Myanmar’s government has set […]

Yangon’s ‘new city’ plan raises a billion-dollar question

On January 12, the Chinese embassy in Yangon issued a statement that mentioned the US$.3.6 billion Myitsone dam project, suspended by the government since 2011, in a manner that aroused indignation in political circles and among the public. The statement, issued after a visit to Myitkyina by Chinese ambassador Mr Hong Liang, attributed Hong as […]

Myanmar’s stalled China-backed Myitsone dam project strained bilateral ties for years — now it could be scaled back or moved

A top Myanmar investment official on Tuesday suggested scaling back or relocating a stalled Chinese-backed hydropower project that has strained ties between the neighbours for nearly a decade. The suggestion follows a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar earlier this month that said civil society organisations in Kachin state supported the planned project. Hundreds […]

IFC report recommends alternatives to high-risk Myitsone

A government-sponsored study warned against restarting the highly controversial Myitsone dam and recommended alternatives to develop the country’s hydropower sector. The final version of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the hydropower sector, supported by the energy and environment ministries and authored by the International Finance Corporation, has been published. The SEA involved a range […]

China seeking concessions from Myanmar power project

HONG KONG: China, it seems, has not given up hope of restarting its hydroelectric power project at Myitsone in northern Myanmar. According to a report published in the Asia Times, Beijing is using the proposed Myitsone power project to push for concessions from Myanmar for a much more important project — the deep sea port […]

China-India rivalry warms up in South Asia

For all the bilateral co-operation and warmth within the BRICS and other institutions, the intense China versus India rivalry remains as competitive as ever in South Asia. Being the stronger and more developed country, China generally takes the initiative in the race for regional supremacy and sets the pace. Its latest move, an offer for […]

Suu Kyi’s dilemma over Myanmar energy mix

YANGON — When Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy was swept into power in 2015, economic development was a key priority and the fledgling government’s social and environmental stance seemed tailor-made for foreign investors. But few foresaw the complexity of adhering to core environmental principles while also dragging a long-neglected economy into the […]

China’s climate aid flows into Myanmar

Than Bayar Khon village sits nested in the foothills of the Bago Yoma forest in central Myanmar. The low mountains, once heavily forested with teak and valuable tropical timbers, are now rapidly balding. Despite being only a few kilometres from the major highway connecting the port city of Yangon with the capital Naypyidaw, the three […]