Kra Isthmus Canal Project May Have Silently Begun – Kyodo News

Map of the shipping route through Kra Canal. map

Map of the shipping route through Kra Canal (blule line). map

On May 17, 2015, I had a post on the signing of a memorandum of cooperation for the construction of Kra Canal to bypass the Malacca Straight based on Hong Kong media Sky News’ report in Chinese titled “Kra Canal with great strategic importance begins construction”.

There was no further news until now as Thai government must take part in the project, but as the political situation is not stable in Thai history, there is quite a lot of uncertainty in such a large project.

Now, says in its report yesterday that according to Kyodo News’ report on July 28, the huge canal project may have already commenced silently.

Kyodo says that an organization represented by a member of Thai government’s major agency the State Reform Committee published a document titled “Thai Canal Plan” in May.

According to the plan the construction costs of the canal including peripheral facilities will be $50 billion and the canal will be 135 km long, 350 to 400 meters wide and 30 meters deep.

The name of the organization that has published the plan is “Thai-China Industry Promotion Association” with some Chinese enterprises among its sponsors.

Some Southeast Asian diplomats believe that the canal is within China’s One Belt, One Road goal and will bring about tremendous economic and security benefits.

Source: “China and Thailand join hands in making Malacca obsolete, rewriting South Sea geopolitical rules!” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)