Burma's president has suspended construction of a Chinese Dam

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  1. Galaxy

    Galaxy Elite Member Elite Member

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    Burma's president has suspended construction of a Chinese Dam

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    In a letter read out in parliament on Friday, Thein Sein said the $3.6bn (£2.3bn) Myitsone dam was contrary to the will of the people and lawmakers.

    Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi recently joined the anti-dam campaign.

    The Myitsone dam project was being developed jointly by Burma and China at the head of the Irrawaddy river, the confluence of the Mali and N'Mai rivers in Kachin state, in an area currently the scene of conflict between government forces and ethnic minority insurgents.

    The vast majority of the electricity produced on the dam would benefit China, and the dam had served to inflame growing anti-Chinese sentiment in Burma, our correspondent says.

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    Read Complete story @ BBC News - Burma dam: Work halted on divisive Myitsone project
     
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    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    china may disregard peoples wish in their own country but when they deal with other nations they should remember that getting leaders on their side do not guarantee peoples's support. every country is not pakistan.
    also im happy that democracy in myanmar is getting mature and moving in right direction.
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Burmese are actively considering transitioning from China-dependent country to a country with balanced economic and military policies. We need to give them more incentives to wean them off China and consider Indian alternatives more. Burma is a fertile nation; we should offer many agricultural solutions for better and effective irrigation, tap into its waterfalls and rivers to generate hydel power, consider reducing trade with Pakistan and substitute Burmese consumables like fruit, vegetable and crop. I've been to southeast Asia and their consumables are really delicious in taste.

    Apart from this, military card is also there. We must make sure that Burma, Nepal, Bhutan, Seychelles and Mauritius are our top friendly neighbors in the region.
     
  5. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    It is interesting that China is initially welcomed with both arms, after some time, they impose themselves so much that the people see through their game and then dislike them, as is happening in Africa.

    I will say this that China does help countries, but then maybe they impose their Han arrogance (since they cannot adjust to the easy way the host country works or ekes a unfettered and unambitious living), and their good work goes waste.

    And who knows, maybe the Myanmar Govt has found out that in the guise of building a dam, the Chinese are actually laying fertile grounds for the Kachin rebels to take on the Myanmar people!
     
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