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China’s Dam Problem With Myanmar

Myanmar's suspension of the $3.6-billion Myitsone Dam project in 2011 was a slap in the face to China – not least because the move helped kick-start Myanmar's transition to democracy. But China has not given up, and is now pressuring Myanmar's ten-month-old elected government to resume construction.

BERLIN – China is a big fan of dams. Indeed, over the last 50 years, the country has constructed more dams than all other countries combined. But there is one dam that China never managed to get built: the Myitsone Dam in Myanmar. And Chinese leaders can’t seem to let it go.