Friday, April 13, 2012

China-backed hydro dam upsets Burma locals

12 April 2012
In September, Burma's reform-minded President Thein Sein appeared 
to heed environmental concerns and suspended construction of a 
controversial China-backed hydropower dam in northern Kachin State. 

Thein Sein Ripe for Japanese Reward: New Loans to Burma

12 April 2012
BANGKOK — Following the political reforms he has unleashed, 
Burmese President Thein Sein is on the cusp of reaping a financial 
harvest from Japan—new loans for development assistance.
A likely setting for the deal to be unveiled is an upcoming Japan-Mekong 
summit on April 21, when Thein Sein visits Tokyo to join government 
leaders from the four other Southeast Asian countries 
that share the Mekong River.