Regional Outlook, Global Perspective

PROPOSED KRA CANAL NOT CURRENT GOVERNMENT PRIORITY, SAYS THAILAND

The Thai Government has made it clear that the proposed Kra Canal  project is neither a priority currently nor does it have a policy on the proposed man-made waterway which will link the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Seen as an Asian equivalent of the Suez or Panama canals, the so-called Kra canal would save at least 1200 kilometres, or two to three days sailing time, for ships bypassing the narrow, traffic-choked and piracy-prone Malacca Strait, which links China, Japan and other Asian nations to the oil fields of the Middle East and markets in Europe, Africa and India. Until now, Beijing has publicly distanced itself from private Chinese companies which have engaged Thai trade groups to probe the project’s potential, writes Shawn W. Crispin for Asia Times.

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