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Protest in Myanmar against China-backed Myitsone dam ahead of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Beijing trip

Thousands of people in northern Myanmar have protested against the China-backed Myitsone project, saying the US3.6 billion mega-dam project will cause major environmental damage. The march in Waimaw township came days ahead of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s planned trip to Beijing for a summit on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Myanmar's former military junta signed a deal with Beijing in 2009 to construct the Myitsone dam proposed for the Ayeyarwaddy (Irrawaddy) River in Kachin state…

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