Burma Hydro Project a Cover for Chinese Gold Mining?

8 May 2012 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

The Thai-based Shwe Gas Movement claimed at the end of April that Chinese companies are planning to extract gold from Peophru Island in the Laymro River in western Burma’s Arakan state "under the guise of constructing a hydropower project on the island." Other reports said Myanmar had complained to the Chinese government over unauthorized gold mining along the Laymro River, where Chinese workers were said to be bringing in equipment used for gold mining, not hydropower plant construction. The Shwe Gas Movement and other local groups are flagging water-dependent projects that could have an impact on local supply or quality, amid signs that the international community may consider easing sanctions imposed against Burma’s junta after the National League for Democracy, led by 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, won contested seats in the recent parliamentary elections...

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