Myanmar-Yunnan railway scrapped due to public opposition

Railway dead endConstruction of a railway connecting Kyaukpyu in Myanmar and Kunming in China was cancelled n July 18 due to public opposition, the Myanmar Ministry of Rail Transportation announced.

China signed a memorandum with Myanmar in April 2011 to build the Kyaukpyu-Kunming railway. The planned line would pass through Rakhine state, the Magway region, the Mandalay region and the Shan state before crossing the border into Yunnan province in southwestern China. The line has significant strategic importance to China as a alternative to the Strait of Malacca as a route to the Middle East.

Under the agreement, China earmarked about $20 billion for the railway’s construction and would have the right to manage and operate the railway for 50 years.

The project has drawn domestic opposition from the public as well as civic organisations however and construction, which China Railway Engineering Corporation expected to take three years, has never got underway.

Myint Wai, director of Myanmar’s Ministry of Rail Transportation, said China has not renewed the Kyaukpyu-Kunming railway project and let the memorandum of understanding on the project expire. A source from China Railway Engineering Corporation told China’s Global Times that Beijing will fully respect the public opinion from Myanmar regarding construction of the railway, though no official response from the Chinese government has been reported.



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Construction of a railway connecting Kyaukpyu in Myanmar and Kunming in China was cancelled n July 18 due to public opposition, the Myanmar Ministry of Rail Transportation announced. China signed a memorandum with Myanmar in April 2011 to build the Kyaukpyu-Kunming railway. The planned line would pass through Rakhine state, the Magway region, the Mandalay region and the Shan state before crossing the border into Yunnan province in southwestern China. The line has significant strategic importance to China as a alternative to the Strait of Malacca as a route to the Middle East. Under the agreement, China earmarked about $20...

Railway dead endConstruction of a railway connecting Kyaukpyu in Myanmar and Kunming in China was cancelled n July 18 due to public opposition, the Myanmar Ministry of Rail Transportation announced.

China signed a memorandum with Myanmar in April 2011 to build the Kyaukpyu-Kunming railway. The planned line would pass through Rakhine state, the Magway region, the Mandalay region and the Shan state before crossing the border into Yunnan province in southwestern China. The line has significant strategic importance to China as a alternative to the Strait of Malacca as a route to the Middle East.

Under the agreement, China earmarked about $20 billion for the railway’s construction and would have the right to manage and operate the railway for 50 years.

The project has drawn domestic opposition from the public as well as civic organisations however and construction, which China Railway Engineering Corporation expected to take three years, has never got underway.

Myint Wai, director of Myanmar’s Ministry of Rail Transportation, said China has not renewed the Kyaukpyu-Kunming railway project and let the memorandum of understanding on the project expire. A source from China Railway Engineering Corporation told China’s Global Times that Beijing will fully respect the public opinion from Myanmar regarding construction of the railway, though no official response from the Chinese government has been reported.



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