Dateline: Three Arakanese leaders representing Arakan National Party (ANP) is leaving for China for a filed visit. The ruling Chinese Communist Party had invited the delegates from the newly formed Arakanese political party.
U Hla Soe, one of the visiting ANP leaders, informed Narinjara hours before leaving Sittwe that it would be a 10 day-trip starting from June 16. The delegates are expected to visit Beijing, Kunming and other cities of China and interact with local leaders there.
“During our trip, we will show our willingness for the Chinese projects in Arakan. But at the same time, we will let the Chinese leaders know about the plights of Arakanese people because of Chinese Shwe Gas Project in Arakan,” he added.
Besides U Hla Soe, the delegation to China includes U Aye Tha Aung and U Kyaw Myint. The trip of ANP leaders has been arranged by the Chinese embassy in Yangon.
In the past also, some Arakanese leaders including the former RNDP president Dr Aye Maung visited China but it was materialized with the invitation of the Beijing government.
“Some of our leaders went to China following the invitation of the government. Of course, we are visiting the country following the invitation of the party. Hence, we hope for a detailed discussion about various Chinese projects in our State,” U Hla Soe asserted.
The Chinese government has invested huge amount of money in several projects in Arakan including the gas & oil project, deep sea project and railway & highway project connecting Kyauk Pru with Kunming of Yunnan province of China.
“As the Chinese projects in Arakan are huge in volume, those have sufficient negative implications on the local community and the environment. Contrary to that the common people of Arakan are not getting benefits from these projects. We highlight all these aspects,” wrapped up U Hla Soe.