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Burma: Full report by Washington Post on govt. decision to halt China Power Investment's Myitsone dam over displacement, environment concerns

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7 November 2011

Chinese-funded hydropower project sparks anger in Burma

Author: Andrew Higgens, Washington Post [USA]

...China has hunted far and wide in recent years for sources of power — and of profit — for state-owned corporate behemoths such as CPI. The result is a web of deals with often-repressive regimes...Amid a dramatic...opening in Burma after decades of harsh repression, public anger has swamped China’s hydropower plan...Beijing still has big interests in Burma, including a multibillion-dollar oil and natural gas pipeline that is under construction. But a partnership forged with scant heed to public opinion has been badly jolted by a barrage of no-longer-taboo questions...In October 2009, the Kachin Development Networking Group, an opposition group, sent an open letter to CPI demanding that it halt the project...CPI, according to the group, did not reply. The company declined to comment for this article...

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25 November 2009

Burma: Kachin Development Networking Group calls for halt to Myitsone dam

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Kachin Development Networking Group released a report, "Resisting the Flood -- Communities Taking a Stand on the Imminent Construction on Irrawaddy Dams", calling for a halt to the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River, a joint venture of the China Power Investment Corporation, Asia World Company and the State Peace and Development Council of the Burmese military government. Concerns raised include forced displacement, damage to livelihood, and environmental harm. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited China Power Investment Corporation and Asia World Company to respond to the report as well as the following items...Asia World Company responded. China Power Investment Corporation could not be reached for a response.

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