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China’s CPI offers to meet Kachin NGO after Myitsone war of words [Myanmar]

Author: Colin Hinshelwood, Democratic Voice of Burma, Published on: 25 January 2014

…Chinese Power Investment (CPI) has offered to discuss issues “face to face” with the Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG) after the NGO slammed the Chinese firm’s recent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report related to the…seven-dam project on the Irrawaddy River…the focal point of which is a 3,600MW mega-dam located at Myitsone…[It] was suspended…after environmental groups and activists had protested…saying the dam would irrevocably damage the river and its surrounding landscape and would provide benefits only for China, not for the local population…KDNG has criticised the company’s lack of transparency…Furthermore, the NGO said that local Kachin groups were never consulted about the project and that many villagers were forcibly relocated to make way for its construction. CPI denies both these accounts. It said its subsidiary company…has “attached great importance to the stakeholders’ rights to know and to participate.”…

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Related companies: China Power Investment