Burma_Myanmar :Chinese Weapons maker and Monywa Copper Mine Project

Chinese Weapons Maker Signs Myanmar Deal   June 23, 2010,



China North Industries Corp., a leading Chinese weapons manufacturer, signed a cooperation pact with the government of Myanmar to develop a copper mining project, the latest sign of growing commercial ties between the reclusive Southeast Asian nation and its giant neighbor.


The Monywa Copper Mine Project Cooperation Contract was signed during Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Myanmar in early June, China North Industries, or Norinco, said in a statement on its website. The statement was posted on the company’s website Wednesday, but dated June 10. It didn’t disclose financial terms.

The deal underlines how the isolated military rulers of Myanmar are increasingly turning to the country’s most important political and economic ally for support—and how China continues to seek natural resources from its southwestern neighbor to feed its industrialization.


The Norinco statement said Monywa is “abundant in copper mine resources with excellent mineral quality, which is of great significance to strengthening the strategic reserves of copper resources in our country, and to enhancing the influence of our country in Myanmar.”


YANGON (Reuters) – The Monywa copper mine in Myanmar’s rugged northwest Sagaing region should symbolize all the opportunities of a resource-rich country emerging from nearly half a century of military misrule.

Instead, as thousands of villagers protest against the mine in a rare standoff with authorities, Monywa is a vivid reminder of the festering problems that have long overshadowed Myanmar’s promise – from questions over rights abuses to the opaque dealings of the financially powerful military.

On Thursday, security forces confronted demonstrators armed with sticks and knives at the mine, a day after about 5,000 villagers protested over what they say is the unlawful seizure of thousands of acres of land to make way for a $1 billion expansion of the Chinese-run project.

Its backers, the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (UMEHL), operated with impunity for decades. Now, emboldened by reforms, villagers are pushing back and testing the limits of newfound freedoms, including a relaxation of laws on public protests.

The dispute has halted work at the mine run by a unit of China North Industries Corp, a leading Chinese weapons manufacturer, which signed a cooperation pact with the government of Myanmar in June 2010 to develop the project after Canada’s Ivanhoe Mines Ltd pulled out in 2007.

Win Cho, a Yangon-based activist, said the authorities detained one organizer of the protests and were searching for seven others in Sayhte village, about 750 km (465 miles) north of the commercial capital, Yangon.

“The police on Thursday night tried to raid Sayhte village in their hunt for the remaining seven activists but they gave up after villagers pushed back,” he said.

Police, some armed with rifles, faced down hundreds of angry protesters on an area of disputed land, according to video shot on Thursday by the Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based media group run by exiles. The footage showed police advancing towards the protesters, beating their truncheons against their shields.

There was no violence. But two officers carried what appeared to be a crate of ammunition. The protesters carried signs, one of which read: “This land belongs to the village. No trespassing.” Others burned paper coffins bearing the mining company’s name, while the crowd cheered.

The Myanmar Times newspaper said the protest had delayed the start of a planned expansion aimed at raising capacity from 30,000 metric tons a year to about 100,000, although analysts said this would hardly affect Chinese buyers.

“Most of that will be going to China,” said London-based Deutsche Bank analyst Daniel Brebner. “But 30,000-100,000 metric tons is not a lot of metal, so it’s not going to impact balances within the copper market.”


The 2010 deal with China North Industries, or Norinco, was heralded at the time as a sign of Myanmar’s embrace of its powerful northern neighbor and of China’s insatiable hunger for natural resource to fuel an industrial boom.

But since Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao signed the pact during a 2010 visit Myanmar has seen dramatic changes – from the freeing of hundreds of dissidents to peace talks with ethnic rebels, a loosening of media censorship and signs of pulling back from the powerful economic and political orbit of Beijing. Continue reading “Burma_Myanmar :Chinese Weapons maker and Monywa Copper Mine Project”

This is the result of misinformation distributed by some pro-Rohingya groups such as Mark’s Burma Campaign UK and Debbie’s Alternative ASEAN. They knowingly or unknowingly relayed fabricated and one-sided info engineered by exiled Rohingya groups to international Burma networks. They should realize now that how dangerous their move was.

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This is the result of misinformation distributed by some pro-Rohingya groups such as Mark’s Burma Campaign UK and Debbie’s Alternative ASEAN. They knowingly or unknowingly relayed fabricated and one-sided info engineered by exiled Rohingya groups to international Burma networks. They should realize now that how dangerous their move was.

Indonesian in bomb plot over Rohingya treatment
Posted: 10 September 2012 1852 hrs
JAKARTA – An Indonesian terror suspect has surrendered himself and confessed to a suicide bomb plot against Buddhists in Jakarta to protest against Myanmar’s treatment of Muslim Rohingya, police said Monday.

A man who identified as Muhammad Toriq turned himself in on Sunday, national police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar said. The suspected militant fled his house in a Jakarta suburb last week after neighbours reported seeing smoke rising from it.

Police had launched a manhunt for him after discovering detonators, boxes of nails, sulphur and other explosive materials…

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ILO wants to help with the affairs of Prisoners of war

KIO’s spoke person U La Nan said that ILO has offered to help return to their homes, 40 prisoners of war, including child soldiers from government forces, which have been captured by the Kachin Independence Army.

“It is difficult to implement. This is because it has two parts. The first part is that they are child soldiers; they have to go back to their parents. The next part is that these soldiers left their battalion camps because they did not want to fight anymore. According to government military law, they broke military law. So, due to military law, the government could punish them. We need to be aware of this issue too.” said U La Nan.

If the government takes responsibility for these children’s security, the ILO will help to send them to their parents. KIO requested to independence organizations to help these war’s prisoners and to take responsibility for them in the middle of June. http://phophtaw.org/burmese/index.php/news/local-news/1868–kia-.html

Furthermore, it has been difficult to implement because the government has not yet allowed ILO to meet with KIO, said U La Nan.

“This issue is a bit difficult. ILO could not come and meet with KIO personally. The government has not allowed ILO to meet with us inside Myanmar. We are happy to find out that they wish to help. They also tell us that they are still trying to find a way to meet with us.” said U La Nan.

ILO’s office did not inform KIO officially that they would help the prisoners of war, but a person representing ILO contacted us privately.

The prisoners of war want to go back to their homes; it is not safe yet, so they are afraid to return. Those war’s prisoners are worried that they will be seriously punished by government troops.

Children_in_Burmese_ArmyxxThe government held a ceremony for 42 child soldiers to be returned to their parents and gave them national Identification Document (ID) cards. The ceremony was held at No.1 inspection camp Bayint Naung Road, Hlaing township Yangon, on 3rd September.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that according to an estimation from 2005-2006, there are around 70,000 child soldiers in Myanmar. The government, however, says that child soldiers in the Myanmar Army are almost gone and they did not mention the number of child soldiers in the list.

The Myanmar government signed an agreement with ILO that there will be no child soldiers in Myanmar by 2015. Thus, they are returning child soldiers within their troops back to their parents.


Sittwe: The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Mr. Joseph Yun and his U.S. delegation have met regional officials as well as local Arakanese Buddhist monks, other religious leaders, politicians, students and other youth in the Capital Sittwe when they visited the region from the 8th to the 9th of September.

The U.S. delegation investigated the violence which recently took place in Arakan State and also consulted locals in order to find ways to ensure future peace and stability in the region during their visit.

Ven. U Aryar Wantha, the abbot of the Shwe Zaydi Monastery, and U San Kyaw Hla, a central committee member of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, were included among those who were met by the delegation in Sittwe.

Ven. U Aryar Wantha said he was met by the delegates on the 8th of September in his monastery and was asked about his opinions on the violence.

“They were three people, including American Deputy Foreign Secretary Mr. Joseph Yun and Ambassador Mr. Derek Mitchell who came and met me. We discussed mainly matters of stability and rehabilitation in the aftermath of violence in Arakan State during our meeting”, said U Aryar Wantha. Continue reading “US-deputy-foreign-secretary-and-delegation-meets-arakanese-buddhist-monks-and-politicians-in-sittwe”