» 10/02/2008, 00.00
MYANMAR - CHINA
Myanmar, Kachin rebels oppose dams on Chinese border
The pro-independence group denounces the population's lack of involvementin the construction of new hydroelectric plants. They have blocked the work, but have withdrawn their militias after the payment of a "tax". Environmentalists fear possible damage to the ecosystem.
Damming the Mekong: water and food at risk for millions of people
Vietnam and other countries discuss dam construction on the Mekong River. Experts say construction should be halted to study its impact. The lives of millions of people are at risk. But China and others are hungry for cheap electricity.
China to build its first foreign nuclear plant
China’s nuclear industry is asserting itself by building nuclear power plants as alternatives to polluting coal-powered ones. Its firms are exploring and developing uranium deposits around the world and exporting made-in-China technology.
15/02/2008 THAILAND - MYANMAR
Leader of Burma’s biggest rebel group killed
Mahn Sha, head of the National Karen Union, was shot to death last night at his home in Thailand. Suspicions on the authors of the attack: hit men for the junta or members of the separatist Karen Buddhists group. The leader had recently warned of an increase in violence in the wake of the announcement of a May referendum in Burma.
09/02/2009 RUSSIA - CENTRAL ASIA
Moscow having trouble maintaining role of "hegemony" in Central Asia
In strengthening ties with Uzbekistan - and access to its gas - Russia risks disappointing the demands of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The three states are discussing the use of water resources, and waiting to see what position Moscow will take.
03/04/2008 INDIA - MYANMAR
India and Myanmar: economic cooperation in the millions
In spite of international pressure to boycott the military junta, New Delhi is accelerating its economic plans: the military second in command and the Indian vice president sign an agreement for the construction of a vast network of freight transport, which will guarantee the eastern part of the union access to the sea and to energy resources.
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