外文标题：China-Myanmar gas pipeline becomes operational
BEIJING: China has begun receiving gas from Myanmar as the new gas pipeline connecting the two countries became operational on Sunday.
The pipeline is part of an ambitious $2.5 billion oil and gas pipeline project between the two countries
Making the announcement, the China National Petroleum Corporation ( CNPC) said the gas pipeline will transport 12 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually. It will reduce the country's dependence on coal and reduce its consumption by 30.72 million tons a year.
This project is part of a larger Chinese program to lay a road connecting the country's Yunnan province to the Indian border through Myanmar although New Delhi has not yet accepted the road connectivity plan. China also plans to transport crude oil across the Myanmar border and complete an irrigation project in Myanmar which Naypyitaw has stalled.
Sources said that in terms of business competition, the project signals a major headway for China which is increasing winning major contracts in Myanmar at the expense of companies from India and other countries. But China is also facing business resistance from western countries which have moved in since the country began liberalizing the markets last year.
Work on the pipeline was affected last year as armed clashes broke out between the Myanmar's military and the Kachin Independence Organization in Kachin state. China also witnessed a major inflow of refugees, who crossed the turbulent border from Myanmar.
The major part of the 2,520 km long trunk line runs through China of which 793 km are in Myanmar. Construction on the project began in 2010.
The Chinese official media quoted Wu Hong, general manager of the CNPC's pipeline construction department who said that the trunk line will be linked with internal gas network to transfer the gas received at the border in northwest China to the remote east coast which is a major industrial hub.
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ITALIAN CONGRESS (Location)
This news is bad for India....China is spreading its business ties with India friendly countries like burma, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Morgan (Australia) replies to ITALIAN CONGRESS
Why is China increasing it's business ties with neighboring countries necessarily bad for India?
Good job. It only took China 3 years and US$2.5 billion to build the 2,520 km long trunk GAS pipeline. Anyone can beat it?
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Yang DaWei (Chengdu, China)
Once again,China took a step forward. Long live the people 's Republic of China
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"New Delhi has not yet accepted the road connectivity plan" - strategic suspicions of China aside, why does New Delhi not engage in it's own road connectivity plan both for India and it's neighbors?
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