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Letpadaung Mining Project Restarted: China State Media

4 October 2013

Chinese state media has reported that Burma on Thursday resumed the controversial Letpadaung copper mining project in Sagaing Division. The joint venture between Chinese company Wanbao and the military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings was stalled amid protests from local residents in November 2012. In July, a new contract to operate the mine was signed to give Burma’s government a 51 percent share of the project. Chinese state newswire Xinhua cited sources familiar with the project saying work on the mine has now restarted.