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Burmese Vice President Vows to Resolve Dam Dispute with China

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s vice president has vowed to cooperate with China on solving the dispute over its halting of the construction of a $3.6 billion Chinese-backed dam in northern Burma. Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo made the comments Thursday during a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the China-ASEAN meeting in southern […]

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Burma, China Agree to Settle Dispute Over Irrawaddy Dam

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Burma told China Monday it is prepared to “properly settle” a disagreement over Burma’s suspension of work on a Chinese-backed hydro-electric dam. Chinese state media also quoted Burmese Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin as saying during a visit to Beijing that his country hopes to increase cooperation with China on matters of mutual benefit. The […]

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Chinese Firm Warns of “Legal Issues” Over Burma Dam

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese company involved in the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Burma is warning of “legal issues” if the Burmese government decides not to go ahead with the project. Lu Qizhou, president of the China Power Investment Corporation, said in an interview with China’s Xinhua news agency that his company has invested a huge […]

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EU Welcomes Burmese Decision on Myitsone Dam

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union has added its voice to those welcoming the Burmese government’s decision to suspend work on a controversial hydro-electric dam. A spokesman for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said the EU is encouraged to see the Burmese leadership beginning to act on its promise to be a government of the people. Pro-democracy leader […]

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China Urges Talks with Burma Over Stalled Dam Project

Posted October 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China has called for talks with Burma over Burma’s decision to suspend construction of a $3.6 billion hydroelectric dam that many citizens object to. The Chinese government made the call Saturday, a day after Burmese President Thein Sein announced construction would be stopped in a note read to Parliament. He said the Chinese-backed project would […]

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US Praises Burma’s Suspension of China Dam Project

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is hailing Burma’s decision to suspend construction of a hydroelectric dam that had been widely protested. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland Friday called the decision significant because it showed the Burmese government was listening and responding to the concerns of its people. Nuland said the U.S. hopes this kind of positive progress […]

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Burma Suspends China Dam Project

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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Burma’s president said Friday that construction of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam would be suspended. In a note read to Parliament, President Thein Sein said the Myitsone dam, Burma’s largest hydroelectric project, would be shelved during the term of his government. The announcement was a rare gesture to environmentalists and Burma’s opposition pro-democracy movement. Opposition leader […]

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Malaysian High Court Rules Against Tribes in Land Dispute

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 10:11 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysia’s top court has ruled that the government’s seizure of tribal lands on Borneo island to build a large dam does not violate the rights of indigenous tribes people. The ruling ends a decade-long legal battle by villagers in eastern Sarawak state who claim the local government illegally seized land to build a $2 billion […]

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Environmental Group Says Laos Approved Dam Project, Ignoring Neighbors’ Concerns

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 12:55 am (UTC-5)
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An environmental group says Laos appears determined to build a multi-billion dollar dam on the Mekong River, despite neighboring countries’ concerns about the project’s economic and environmental impact. U.S.-based International Rivers says it has obtained a letter sent earlier this month from Laos’ energy ministry to the Thailand-based developer of the Xayaburi dam, saying the […]

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Court Suspends Controversial Dam Project in Chile

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Environmentalists in Chile won a huge victory Monday when a court suspended a huge dam project in Patagonia. The plans had sparked massive and sometime violent protests. The appeals court put the project on hold while it examines the arguments from both sides. A Chilean and Italian consortium plans to build five dams in two […]

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