China says it will continue to talk to Burma about the controversial, stalled Myitsone dam project, after Burma’s new energy minister cast doubt over the scheme.
A second report covering the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River will soon be submitted to the Burmese president for his consideration.
China has shifted its position in a lengthy dispute with Burma over the building of the $3.6 billion dam, signalling its willingness to abandon the project in exchange for other economic and strategic opportunities in Burma.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s diplomatic skills will be put to the test as she heads to Beijing to meet Chinese leaders eager to restart the Myitsone dam project in Kachin State.
An editorial in the state-run daily Kyemon calls for a permanent suspension of the controversial Chinese-backed Myitsone hydropower dam project.
China’s refusal to acknowledge the ethno-political dimension of opposition to the Myitsone dam could mean that the project is doomed to failure.