West hails halt to dam

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am

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The Myanmar government has halted the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project that included building seven dams, which would have provided electricity to China. The move was praised by the West. But China is unhappy; it is a close ally of Myanmar and invested a lot of money in the scheme. Green groups said the dam would have flooded an area the size of Singapore close to the Irrawaddy River - displacing at least 10,000 people and irreversibly damaging one of the world's most biodiverse areas.