The Kra Isthmus, a strategic shortcut
The idea may be more than 300 years old, but now it's back in the news: a canal, similar to those in Panama and suez, cutting southern Thailand in two and thus creating a short cut between the Far east, the Persian Gulf, and Europe.
- Tuesday, 11 August 2015
In May, the Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily News reported that “representatives” of China and Thailand had signed a formal pledge to begin construction. The plan is believed to involve building a canal even further south between the provinces of Satun and Songkhla. This route is longer (102 km) but less mountainous. The proposed two-way, 25m deep and 400m wide canal would take ten years to complete and cost $28 billion (€25.4 billion). The project appeared to be a crowning achievement of the new friendship between Bangkok and Beijing, which have been forging ever-closer ties since the Thai coup in 2014. Instead, both governments were quick to deny any agreement.