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Journalists from Kachin State have recently returned from a tour of China sponsored by the state-owned Chinese Power Investment (CPI) which is trying to resume the Myitsone Dam Project.
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“It’s not an issue of whether it’s worthwhile. Everyone knows, after a ten-year war, the U.S. has limits.” This is the defense President Obama used during a domestic interview for not intervening militarily in the Syrian civil war. It is safe to say that this is no longer the best era for the U.S. to promote democracy. US public opinion is increasingly against the government spending too much energy on foreign, rather than domestic issues. However, there is a consensus about Myanmar in the Washington foreign policy circle: This is a test ground that promotes American values and core interests. As the guest of honor invited by the U.S. East-West Center, NLD Chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi made a high profile claim at a March event in Yangon: “Myanmar does not only want to be a successful state, but also wants to become a global model and the hope for other countries that have not yet succeeded.” However, democratic transitions are full of challenges and US think tanks do not avoid this problem. In the course of the East-West Center program, the Global Times reporters had an opportunity to study the “challenges of democratic transitions” in the US and in Myanmar through “theory and practice.”
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On April 10, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, Zhang Dejiang held a meeting with the speaker of the Myanmar Union Parliament and the Lower House, U Shwe Mann.
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Chinese companies assisted Myanmar in completing the Myanmar national power system studies and designed the country’s power development planning reform. The project has been untaken as a form of grant assistance to Myanmar. Related reports were submitted to the Ministry of Electricity in Naypyidaw in the evening of April 9th.
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Yesterday, Vice governor of Yunnan Ding Shaoxiang met with Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun and his delegation.
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President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Thura U Shwe Mann, speaker of Myanmar’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives, pledging to work with Myanmar for closer China-ASEAN cooperation.
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Japan’s extensive development portfolio in Burma has reached the tourist capital of Bagan, with a 10 April agreement to help develop tourism infrastructure over the next three years.
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Families forced off their land by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone project in Rangoon Division are again urging the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to address their grievances, the fifth time in about six months that the relocated villagers have attempted to engage the Japanese governmental agency.
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Summary: China’s total investment in Myanmar in 2013 was about $20 million, 5% of the volume in 2012 and less than 1% from the peak year of 2010.The rules of the game in Myanmar have changed. In 2011, Myanmar’s civilian government came to power. China’s plummeting investment coincides with the announcement of the 2012 foreign investment law.
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Speaker of the Myanmar Union Parliament and the Lower House, U Shwe Mann, accepted a special interview by Xinhua News Agency. He commented that Myanmar and China have maintained friendly ties and in the future, Myanmar will continue to maintain and develop this friendly and cooperative relationship.
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The Speaker of Burma’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives, Shwe Mann, said Burma is willing to learn from China’s development experience and push forward reform.
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Despite losing out in competitive bidding, ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas arm of state explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp, may still get a stake in a deep-sea block in Myanmar.
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A Burmese government spokesman said Tuesday that during meetings last week officials in Naypyidaw and their counterparts from North Korea did not discuss the controversial weapons trade between the two nations.
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Japan’s development aid is driving Myanmar families into deeper poverty.
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Burma’s government has been irked by a recent op-ed in a Bangladeshi newspaper suggesting that Rohingya-majority parts of Arakan State should hold a referendum on whether to secede from Burma.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said over the weekend that the government must respect and protect its citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence with people of all nationalities in Burma.
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Japan will provide about a ¥24 billion in new loans to Myanmar to help build power transmission grids, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told President Thein Sein on Monday in the capital city of Naypyitaw.
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Google has sent out more warnings that state-sponsored hackers are trying to break into the g-mail accounts of Myanmar journalists covering news about China, including the Kyaukphyu- Kunming Oil Pipeline.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein in 2011 suspended the Myitsone hydropower dam in northern Kachin State amid widespread opposition to the project among Burmese people concerned its social and environmental impacts. The project, which would send most its power to China, remains highly controversial, but Chinese investors want it to resume as soon as possible.
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Hong Kong textile manufacturers have signed a deal to set up their first industrial park in Yangon, which they expect will slash production costs by at least half.
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