China announces strategically important Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand

Kra Isthmus Canal
Kra Isthmus Canal

The following is based on a translation from Chinese media:

A memorandum of cooperation among various enterprises on the construction of Kra Canal in Thailand has been signed in Guangzhou China.

The canal, located at Kra Isthmus, will enable ships to bypass the Malacca Strait so as to shorten their voyage by 1,200 km.

It is an important project of China’s 21st century maritime Silk Road.

The canal will be 102 km long, 400 meters wide and 25 meters deep.

China says it will provide great economic gains for the countries that have to go through the Malacca Strait for their trade with the Middle East and Europe.

Canal planners say that, strategically, it is very important for China to get an alternative route for its energy and trade security, as India has control of the Malacca Strait.

China is also planning a road and rail route through Pakistan, also as an alternative for Middle East trade passing through the Malacca Strait.

Contributed by Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements

Source: Sky News “Kra Canal with great strategic importance begins construction” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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11 replies

  1. Great News.
    Finally Thailand (China’s shorter brother) receives its natural division. All that’s left now is to move all yellows south of the canal.
    Then Thailand gets a chance to join civilization.

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  2. If Kra canal were to materalised, it is important that China secured a long lease of a port along that canal on the side of Indian Ocean as a transit and logistic hub for her maritime shipping to be plying across the whole Indian Ocean to reach Djibouti for another stop before entering to Mediterranean Sea.

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  3. Reblogged this on Dr Alf's Blog and commented:
    This is an interesting read. Personally, I worry about the environmental implications. The Malacca Strait is a dustbin for sea traffic which ends up polluting the beaches of Western Malaysia. Will the Kra Isthmus Canal pollute some of Thailand’s world-famous beaches?

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