Tue 20 Aug 2013
Filed under: Business / Trade,News,Regional
Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Yang Houlan stated during an interview with the Irrawaddy magazine that the general trend for the completion of the Myitsone dam project is positive. The project was suspended due to local protests and Beijing is seeking to resume it.
In the interview published on Tuesday, Yang Houlan said that China will only proceed with the permission of the Myanmar government and people.
Ambassador Yang said that the suspension has not damaged the relationship with Myanmar. “The trend is still good”.
He also said that without enhanced power supply, Myanmar cannot improve its agriculture and industry.
The magazine cited Ambassador Yang as saying: “If you want to develop your industries, power supply is the most fundamental requirement. How can you develop industries without electric power?”
“China’s view is that we hope to resume the project. But of course we respect the decision of the Myanmar government and the opinion of the Myanmar people.”
Before such talks, Beijing has launched an obvious charm offensive toward the Myanmar public.
Experts say that the cautious optimism of Ambassador Yang about the resumption of the dam was at least partially encouraged by the success of the Sino-Myanmar gas pipeline, which went into operation two weeks ago.
According to reports, Yang’s predecessor Ambassador Li Junhua also called for the resumption of the dam project last year, but was met with local opposition.