Pipeline perils on the China-Myanmar border

Fighting on the border between China and Myanmar has endangered China National Petroleum Corp.’s ambitious dual-pipeline project Fighting on the border between China and Myanmar has endangered China National Petroleum Corp.’s ambitious dual-pipeline project.
By James Byrne 28 March 2013 0 5532
Though lightly armed, the Kachin Independence Army has proved difficult to suppress. (PA)

When China started construction on its multibillion dollar Sino-Myanmar gas pipeline in 2010, the military government in Naypyidaw assured Beijing the line would pass unmolested through Myanmar’s restive border regions.

Three years later, however, Myanmar’s new government is having difficulty making good on its promise and is fighting a bitter war against the Kachin people, who inhabit the densely forested hills on the country’s porous border.

Through this territory snakes China’s ambitious dual oil and gas pipeline project, which Beijing hopes will eventually help reroute some Middle...

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