Despite COVID-19 Crunch, China-Mekong Integration Continues

Earlier this week, Myanmar and China formally agreed to begin work on an important section of a long-delayed railway project running from Yunnan province to the Indian Ocean.

On January 10, the state-run Myanmar Railways and the China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group (CREEG) signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study for a stretch of the line running from Mandalay in central Myanmar to the port of Kyaukphyu on the Bay of Bengal.

The announcement, which came a day before Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the capital Naypyidaw on a four-nation tour of Southeast Asia, follows the completion of a similar feasibility study for an initial section of the line in 2018-19.

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Sebastian Strangio