Union minister says cross-border power lines to be built between China and Myanmar

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Union ministers U Maung Maung Ohn and U Aung Naing Oo told reporters from AP, Reuters, South China Morning Post and Straits Times, China Central Television (CCTV), People’s Daily and Xinhua on the morning of the 21st lobby of the union ministers’ offices.

During a meeting between Chinese and Myanmar foreign ministers, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it would be possible to share power if China and Myanmar had a cross-border power line.

Asked for comment by People’s Daily, Union Minister U Aung Naing Oo said neighboring China’s desire to share electricity across the border with Myanmar is a very good solution to the blackout problem. The China-Myanmar cross-border power line project is part of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor Cooperation. It has been learned that the Ministry of Electricity and Energy has plans to build power lines across the border to neighboring countries, particularly China and Laos. Negotiations for a power line project between Myanmar and India are underway. The ministry is working on a project with China and would get power from a cross-border transmission line.

In addition, the resumption of construction work related to the China-Economic Cooperation Corridor will provide more job opportunities for local people. In particular, there are joint ventures between China and Myanmar. For example, Myanmar will receive a lot of qualified help from China in the oil and gas sector. Cross-border power lines will be built soon, added U Aung Naing Oo.

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