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China defends Myanmar copper mine project

Published on Nov 30, 2012 1:42 PM
Burnt Buddhist monks receive treatment at a hospital after police fired water cannon and gas during a pre-dawn crackdown on villagers and monks protesting against a Chinese-backed copper mine, in Monywa northern Myanmar on Nov 29, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - China has defended a copper mine project in Myanmar following protests at the site and called for society to respect the law.

The Monya Copper Mine Project, a joint venture between Myanmar and Chinese businesses, "will bring benefits to both sides," China's Embassy in Yangon said in a statement posted on its website today, Bloomberg reported.

Issues regarding relocation, compensation, environmental protection and profit-sharing were settled through negotiations, it said.

"We hope all levels of Myanmar society can create a favorable environment for the project's smooth operation based on respect for laws and regulations of Myanmar," the statement said.