Thanlwin

Thanlwin

(thänlwēn`) or

Salween

(săl'wēn`), Chin. Nu Jiang, Tibetan Chiama Ngu Chu, river of SE Asia, c.1,750 mi (2,820 km) long, rising in E Tibet region of China, and flowing SE through Yunnan prov. in deep, narrow gorges parallel to the Mekong, Chang, and Ayeyarwady rivers, into Myanmar, where it cuts through the Shan Plateau and Karenni Hills and then empties into the Gulf of Martaban, E Myanmar, near Mawlamyine. Because of rapids, it is navigable only for about 75 mi (120 km) upstream. Flowing through gorges for nearly its entire length, the Thanlwin is an obstacle to east-west transportation; it is crossed by the Burma RoadBurma Road,
in China and Myanmar, extending from the railhead of Lashio, Myanmar, to Kunming, Yunnan prov., China. About 700 mi (1,130 km) long and constructed through rough mountain country, it was a remarkable engineering achievement.
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 and several road ferries. The river's depth varies c.65 ft (20 m) between wet and dry seasons, making it useless except for floating logs downstream. In the 21st cent. both Myanmar and China proposed building a string of hydropower dams along the river's course; in Myanmar the preliminary work at proposed dam sites aggravated tensions between ethnic minorities and the government.
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The government signed agreements with 3 Chinese firms and a Thai company to build 4 hydropower projects on Thanlwin river.
Myanmar 's Oil & Gas Landscape: Awards Process & Contracts James Finch, DFDL Mekong Group/ Mynmar Thanlwin Legal Services, Yangon
Three people were killed and two others injured when ethnic Kayin rebels attacked a boat on the Thanlwin River in eastern Myanmar on Tuesday, state-run newspapers in Myanmar reported Wednesday.
The boat was steaming along the Thanlwin River on its way back to Hpa-an when it came under attack near Tagaung Boe village, it said.
Coherence to this variety is provided by the courses of three great rivers, the Chindwin, Ayeyarwaddy and Thanlwin.
Myanmar's Oil & Gas Landscape: Awards Process & Contracts James Finch, DFDL Mekong Group/ Mynmar Thanlwin Legal Services, Yangon
A senior official from the Ministry of Electric Power s Department of Hydropower Implementation on March 20 said that China and Thailand are keen in investing in hydropower projects in the Thanlwin River.
YANGON - Three people were killed and two others injured when ethnic Kayin rebels attacked a boat on the Thanlwin River in eastern Myanmar on Tuesday, state-run newspapers in Myanmar reported Wednesday.
Than Shwe, chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development Council, attended the opening ceremony Saturday to inaugurate the 3,223-meter-long Thanlwin River Bridge, the paper said.