The site of the Myitsone dam project in Myanmar’s Kachin State. Photo: Oliver Slow

As Myanmar embraces China, can it reap the rewards?

  • Myanmar pulled the plug on its controversial Beijing-backed Myitsone dam project in 2011 but has since opened the floodgates to cooperation on other large-scale infrastructure
  • Now a major part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the task for officials is to win over a sceptical public, and make sure the benefits trickle down to all
Topic |   Myanmar

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The site of the Myitsone dam project in Myanmar’s Kachin State. Photo: Oliver Slow
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Graffiti on a stone at Myitsone. Photo: Reuters

With China-backed Myitsone project, Aung San Suu Kyi is damned if she does ...

  • If Myanmar’s leader goes ahead with the long-stalled, multibillion-dollar dam she will face the wrath of displaced communities at the ballot box
  • Back out, and she risks driving away the Chinese investment on which her country has become increasingly reliant
Topic |   Myanmar's changing ties with China

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Graffiti on a stone at Myitsone. Photo: Reuters
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