China will continue talks over Myitsone


File - A Christian religious cross seen near the unfinished Myitsone dam project on a bank of the Irrawaddy River at Irrawaddy Myitsone, near Myitsone dam project, Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar, 28 October 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

China has said it would continue to talk to Myanmar about a controversial stalled dam project, after Myanmar's new energy minister cast doubt over the scheme, according to a Reuters report.

Valued at $3.6 billion, the Myitsone dam project in the north of the former Burma has been a sticking point between the two countries since the Thein Sein government suspended work in 2011.

Reuters reported in April that officials in China and Myanmar were discussing alternative options that would allow Myanmar to scrap the massive project amid environmental concerns. Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar's strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, Energy Minister Win Khaing told Reuters on Tuesday, according to the report.

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