China and Myanmar agreed a deal on a crude oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries.

The countries signed an agreement on a partially-completed crude oil pipeline between western Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port and southern China’s Kunming city.

Myitsone dam
The two leaders also discussed the development of the controversial Myitsone dam, a $3.6 billion Beijing-backed project on hold since protests in 2011.

Reason behind the protests
At the time Myitsone — originally designed to supply most of its electricity to China — was seen as emblem of Beijing’s economic dominance over its southern neighbour.

China has been pressing for its resumption ever since, despite speculation that the project might be scrapped altogether.

(Adapted from The Hindu)