China will encourage its enterprises to discuss cooperation on upgrading Myanmar's power grid in order to help ease power shortages in the country, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a routine press conference.
Demonstrations against the country's power cuts have taken place in several towns in Myanmar this week, the news agency reported, citing the reports. Protesters accused the Myanmar government of selling energy resources to China, which, they say, has led to frequent power outages in the country.
"The Chinese government has always demanded that its companies conduct economic and trade cooperation with Myanmar in line with the principle of mutual benefit, so as to benefit the people of both countries," the news agency reported Hong as saying.