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China, Russia major investors in Myanmar's infrastructure

Khalid Umar Malik
04 Jul 2022, 22:47 GMT+10

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar - China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has arrived in Myanmar for the first time since the military took power in a coup last year.

Wang will attend a meeting of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation group on Sunday in Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with counterparts from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The grouping is a Chinese-led initiative that includes the Mekong Delta countries, which could be a source of regional tensions due to an increasing number of hydroelectric projects altering the flow and raising concerns about ecological damage.

China has constructed ten dams along the upper Mekong, known as the Langcang.

Major General Zaw Min Tun, a military government spokesman, told a news conference in the capital, Naypyidaw, on Friday that the foreign ministers' attendance at the meeting was a recognition of Myanmar's sovereignty and government.

It was unclear whether Wang would meet with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the military government's leader.

Wang last visited Myanmar three weeks before the military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi.

China is Myanmar's largest trading partner and long-standing ally. Beijing and Russia have invested billions of dollars in Myanmar's mines, oil and gas pipelines, and other infrastructure.

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