Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi visits China, yet to offer clear solution for suspended controversial Myitsone dam project

"…[D]espite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader...suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River...[due to local concerns over its environmental impacts]…topped the agenda for Suu Kyi’s five-day visit.…Suu Kyi promised to find a resolution that “suits both sides’ interests” but refused to give a detailed timetable…Suu Kyi’s [NLD] government established a new commission to evaluate the suspended Myitsone dam and other controversial hydropower projects….[T]he commission’s first report was not expected until mid-November, while a full study of the dam’s potential effects could take three to four years to complete…"

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21 August 2016

As Suu Kyi heads home, solving dam deadlock remains key to improving ties between China and Myanmar

Author: Shi Jiangtao, South China Morning Post

…[D]espite Aung San Suu Kyi’s largely successful visit to China as Myanmar’s de facto leader...suspension of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone project on the Irrawaddy River...in 2011 plunged the otherwise friendly relations between Myanmar and China [due to local concerns over its environmental impacts]…Along with cementing China’s support for Myanmar’s ethnic reconciliation process, the dam project topped the agenda for Suu Kyi’s five-day visit.…But both sides appear to have made little headway on the contentious Myitsone dam.

…Both Xi and Premier Li Keqiang urged the Myanmarese authorities to settle disputes over the dam project properly to avoid possible further damage to the bilateral ties. In response, Suu Kyi promised to find a resolution that “suits both sides’ interests” but refused to give a detailed timetable. …[B]efore her visit to China, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government established a new commission to evaluate the suspended Myitsone dam and other controversial hydropower projects….[T]he commission’s first report was not expected until mid-November, while a full study of the dam’s potential effects could take three to four years to complete…[mentions China Power Investment]

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Author: 德國之聲

緬甸國務資政昂山素季…結束對華訪問之前,兩國聯合發表的新聞稿中強調…推動雙邊關係在相互尊重、相互信賴、平等互利的基礎上取得長足發展。在經貿合作方面,雙方同意加強邊境地區的法制化管理…

….整篇新聞稿中並沒有提及外界尤為關心的密松水電站問題。但是李克強…會見昂山素季時,強調雙方要“妥善推進中緬油氣管道、密松水電站等大項目合作”。 …習近平…指出:“保障現有大項目安全運營,積極推進能源、金融等重要領域合作”。 …“現有大項目”,應該就包括密松水電站在內。

昂山素季…在…回答媒體關於密松水電站問題時表示,剛剛成立的調查委員會的職責就是找到妥善解決方案,自己目前並不能給出答案…[近日]緬甸仰光市大約60個民間團體通過中國使館聯名致信習近平,希望中方能夠妥善考慮緬甸民間對密松水電站的憂慮...

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Author: 德国之声

缅甸国务资政昂山素季…结束对华访问之前,两国联合发表的新闻稿中强调…推动双边关系在相互尊重、相互信赖、平等互利的基础上取得长足发展。在经贸合作方面,双方同意加强边境地区的法制化管理…

….整篇新闻稿中并没有提及外界尤为关心的密松水电站问题。但是李克强…会见昂山素季时,强调双方要“妥善推进中缅油气管道、密松水电站等大项目合作”。…习近平…指出:“保障现有大项目安全运营,积极推进能源、金融等重要领域合作”。…“现有大项目”,应该就包括密松水电站在内。

昂山素季…在…回答媒体关于密松水电站问题时表示,刚刚成立的调查委员会的职责就是找到妥善解决方案,自己目前并不能给出答案…[近日]缅甸仰光市大约60个民间团体通过中国使馆联名致信习近平,希望中方能够妥善考虑缅甸民间对密松水电站的忧虑...

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