Kyaukphyu Port

Myanmar is a long-time friend of China and so it is no surprise that the newly emerging democracy is seen as key part of China’s maritime silk road strategy – to this end China signed a deal to develop an industrial park and deep water port in Kyaukphyu in Myanmar. This port in the Bay of Bengal gives China another route which goods and energy can flow to the Chinese heartland while avoiding the Straits of Malacca – currently dominated by the US 6th fleet. However this route is dependent on a new rail line from Kunning in Southern China to Kyaukphyu, not on the table right now – but a long term ambition for both nations. However over the longer term Myanmar’s new government could move away from China and closer to India, raising doubts over the reliance of this friendship.

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