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China's $10 bn SEZ project in Myanmar leaves locals spiteful over development and job opportunities

The pipeline is part of nearly $10 bn SEZ, a scheme at the heart of fast-warming Myanmar-China relations

Reuters  |  Kyauk Pyu 

Days before the first supertanker carrying 140,000 tonnes of Chinese-bound crude oil arrived in Myanmar's Kyauk Pyu port, local officials confiscated Nyein Aye's fishing nets. The 36-year-old fisherman was among hundreds banned from fishing a stretch of water near the entry point for a pipeline that pumps oil 770 km (480 miles) across Myanmar to south-west China and forms a crucial part of Beijing's "Belt and Road" project to deepen its economic links with Asia and beyond. "How can we make a living if we're not allowed to catch fish?" said ...

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First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 16:04 IST