Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Revival of road connecting northeast to Yunnan province

Asia Times Online today reports that the Stilwell, or Ledo, Road is set to be restored with the Burmese Government's award of a contract to a Chinese company to reconstruct a 312 km section of the road from Myitkyina in Burma to the Pangsau Pass on the Indo-Burmese border.

Running 1736 km from Ledo in Assam's east to Kunming in China's Yunnan province through Burma and Arunachal Pradesh, the Stillwell Road was built during World War II.  China is reportedly most enthusiastic about the road although each on India, Burma and China stand to benefit from its restoration.

Update (10/2): India apparently still has some reservations about constructing its portion of the Ledo Road.  The BBC ran a story yesterday quoting an unnamed Indian foreign ministry official saying a decision is yet to be made and that factors such as "possible dumping of Chinese products" and "security of trade envoys"  must be taken into account.

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