China, Myanmar face Myitsone dam truths

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China, Myanmar face Myitsone dam truths

Debate between China and Myanmar over the suspended US$3.6 billion Myitsone hydro-electric dam project recently reached a new pitch.

A war of words between their governments erupted after China Power Investment launched a renewed public relations campaign to promote the mega-project. This included a corporate social responsibility report released in December beautifying the dam and its supposed wondrous contributions to local livelihoods and development.

The report was quickly slammed by Myanmar activists as "propaganda" aimed at garnering support for what is a widely unpopular project. Soon after, mainstream media on both sides joined the polemical debate.

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This op-ed appeared in Asia Times on February 19, 2014.

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