Beijing’s revisionist approach to the status quo in Southeast Asia is nowhere more evident than its “land grab” in the South China Sea and “water grab” in the upper reaches of the Mekong River, says renowned Thai commentator Thitinan Pongsudhirak.
(March 23, 2011) Four years ago a World Bank report landed on the desk of the Chinese health ministry containing shocking statistics on pollution-related deaths in the country, so much so that Beijing promptly engineered the removal of a third of it over fears that the findings, if they went public, could spark “social unrest”.
(September 28, 2007) Chinese power companies are investing in large-scale hydropower projects in Burma, without adequate transparency or democratic oversight.
(May 21, 2007) Myanmar, which is facing an acute power shortage, is set to sign a series of deals with neighboring China and Thailand to build hydropower plants in eastern and southern Myanmar, a newspaper reported Monday.
(May 5, 2007) A Chinese firm will help military-run Myanmar build seven hydro-electric plants with combined power capacity likely to be the biggest in the Southeast Asian country, state media said on Saturday.