No entry to Indian Ocean: Myanmar-China rail project cancelled

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014 11:57 hrs

Rangoon: A planned rail project to give China access to the Indian Ocean through Myanmar has been cancelled, say reports Tuesday.

In 2011, Burma signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese state-owned enterprise to construct a railway from Kyaukphyu, on the Bay of Bengal, to the Chinese border and on to Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province—also the route of Chinese-built oil and gas pipelines.

A report in The Irrawaddy Magazine claims that no progress has been made on the rail project since 2011.

“We haven’t had any detailed agreement to implement this railroad since 2011,” the magazine quoted a senior Myanmar Railways official in Naypyidaw, who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to talk about the project.

“We just made a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. Now, we haven’t made any new agreement to start operations, so what I can say is that we aren’t working on this project.”

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