• Monday, Oct 18, 2021
  • Last Update : 05:18 pm

China to fund Myanmar projects in agreement with junta

  • Published at 04:52 pm August 11th, 2021
Kachin Independence Army KIA Myanmar attack
This handout photo from local media group Kachinwaves taken in May 18, 2021 and released on May 20, 2021 shows a burning private fuel tanker truck following an attack by Kachin Independence Army (KIA) ethnic rebels along a highway in Kutkai township in Shan State near the Myanmar and China border AFP

Unlike Western countries that have condemned the military take-over, China has taken a comparatively softer line saying its priorities are stability and not interfering in its neighbour

China will transfer over $6 million to Myanmar's government to fund 21 development projects, Myanmar's foreign ministry said, in a sign of cooperation resuming under the junta that overthrew an elected government on February 1.

Unlike Western countries that have condemned the junta for cutting short democracy and the killing and imprisonment of its opponents, China has taken a softer line and said its priorities are stability and not interfering in its neighbour.


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A foreign ministry statement said the funds were to be transferred from China for projects within the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation framework. It said those included animal vaccines, culture, agriculture, science, tourism and disaster prevention.

An agreement was signed on Monday with China's ambassador to Myanmar, the statement said. The Chinese embassy's Facebook page confirmed the signing.

Opponents of Myanmar's junta have accused China of supporting the military takeover, in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted and detained. Beijing has rejected such accusations and said it backs regional diplomacy on the crisis.

Western countries have continued to provide some emergency aid to Myanmar, including $50 million announced by Washington on Tuesday to support relief groups in Myanmar dealing with the fallout from a surge in Covid-19 infections.

China's influence had grown in Myanmar in recent years, with the opening of oil and gas pipelines that cross the country and plans for economic zones and a major port development.

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