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  1. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar protesters defy orders to end mine rally

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 03:40pm by Associated Press in Monywa

    ... Associated Press in Monywa Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay ... and a company controlled by Myanmar’s military. “We strongly condemn last night’s order from the Home Ministry,” said Thwe Thwe Win, one of the protest leaders. “We will not stop our protest until our ...

  2. West hails halt to dam

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff writer 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 ...

  3. Myanmar pulls plug on dam project

    Posted Oct 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff reporter What? What has happened? Myanmar has suddenly decided to stop building a series of dams known as the Myitsone project. The project comprises seven dams that would supply 90 ... to lose a lot of that. But, more importantly, it is a shock to Beijing. It could signal that Myanmar is moving away from China's influence. Who? Who is involved? On the one side, there's ...

  4. A rare victory for environmentalists

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to the views of local residents and conservationists. The dam project became a key issue for Myanmar as it began to build closer ties with the United States and other Western nations, after previously co-operating with China on development schemes. The perception that Myanmar relies on China might not be correct, says Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun, a researcher at the Institute of Southeast Asian ...

  5. Locals left out of Myanmar's energy boom

    Posted Jan 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Graeme Jenkins

    ... Energy reserves off Myanmar's northwestern coast will bring huge benefits to the country's ruling junta and its Chinese allies, but not to the people who live there, writes Graeme Jenkins in Kyaukpyu Huge gas deposits off Myanmar's coast have sparked an international scramble for a slice of the action, which strengthens the military government but brings only ...

  6. China Power offers to buy out Kachin loggers

    Posted Mar 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com A major Chinese power firm, which plans to build a US$3.6 billion hydroelectric dam in northern Myanmar, has voiced interest in buying all the logging ... of an average-sized nuclear power station. But last year, Myanmar's government, led by President Thein Sein, suspended the project to 'respect the people's will' for at least the duration ...

  7. Parts of lush Irrawaddy coastline blown off the map

    Posted May 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter in Bangkok Entire chunks of Myanmar's Irrawaddy delta coastline have disappeared from the map- not just inundated by floodwaters but washed into the sea ... into the Indian Ocean, only to discover coastal fringes entirely washed away. 'The maps of Myanmar will have to be redrawn,' one aid worker said. 'It is not just flooding. We are talking ...

  8. A lesson dam lobby looks set to ignore

    Posted Oct 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was unexpectedly halted in Myanmar late last month. The suspension of the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River was seen as a rare victory in a nation long ruled by an authoritarian military regime. It was also read as the latest step in a diplomatic balancing act by Myanmar aimed at wooing the West and its Southeast Asian neighbours by showing the country is no longer so dependent on China. ...

  9. A Myanmese famine spreads unchecked

    Posted Sep 15th 2008, 12:00am by Ian Holliday

    ... Ian Holliday The spectre of famine is looming over Myanmar's Chin state. Early this year, a rare species of bamboo that flowers roughly every half-century produced a bumper harvest ... people, is not unique to western Myanmar, where Chin state is located. Indeed, the current devastation started across the border in northeastern India, in 2006, spread to Bangladesh in January ...

  10. Damming up the flow of information

    Posted May 05th 2006, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... by central government authorities on the final shape of the project will affect countries downstream, namely Myanmar and Thailand. Yet the plans are shrouded in official secrecy. The issue ... a remote mountain region of southwestern China before entering Myanmar. There, it is known as the Thanlwin, or the Salween in English. The river forms Myanmar's border with Thailand for 120km, ...




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