KIA bans cement imports from China

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has banned the transporting of cement from the China border to Kachin State, Northern Burma, KIA officials said.

The ban is aimed to stop construction of a huge dam at Mali-N’Mai Zup (Myitsone in Burmese), the Confluence of the Irrawaddy River (Mali Hka Nu in Kachin).  The dam site is also one of the historic birthplaces of Kachin civilization, said KIA officials at its Laiza headquarters.

A KIA officer told the Kachin News Group, “The Myitsone dam construction is a threat to the public.  Chinese workers transport construction materials from the border.  We mainly banned cement.”

Other construction materials including metal, pipe and limestone powder are also banned by the KIA, according to border traders.

However, passenger travel and food imports from China are not banned, added the traders. Continue reading “KIA bans cement imports from China”