Influential Thais Push To Build $28Bn Kra Canal
Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:54
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the group includes some of the country’s “most influential figures”.
Thailand is presently led by military junta headed by General Prayuth Chan-ocha, whose regime ruled out building the canal in the immediate future owing to its projected cost and the symbolic effect of dividing the country.
However, the lobby group is arguing that if a feasibility study were to be approved, the canal could be funded by Chinese banks as part of China’s grand One Belt, One Road vision.
The campaign to dig the channel is being spearheaded by a group of retired generals who have formed the Thai Canal Association. The group is working with researchers from Peking University and the Thai–Chinese Trade Association to survey the proposed route and drum up popular support for its implementation.
The group has set up public meetings to promote the project in Thai provinces it could run through, including Trang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Songkhla.
One meeting in May was told that the project would consist of two canals, each 140km long, 400m wide and 30m deep. Development projects would also be undertaken on both sides and deepwater ports would be built at either end. The budget was estimated at around 1.68 trillion baht, or $50.5bn, and the projected income for Thailand would be around $3.6bn a year.
Nicholas Farrelly, a regional expert at the Australian National University, told the Nikkei Asian Review that he did not rule out the possibility of the retired generals winning their campaign, especially as the junta needed to boost the Thai economy and stabilise the country’s precarious political situation.
“These old warhorses are indicating to their protegés that this is something that needs putting on the agenda,” Farrelly said. “Although they are somewhat estranged from direct executive authority, they are serious players. At some stage, I think it is likely to happen.”
The goal of the Kra canal would be to bypass the Straits of Malacca, which lie between the island of Sumatra and the Malay peninsula. These are 890km in length, 2.5km wide at their narrowest point and 25m deep at their shallowest. More than 94,000 vessels pass through the straits each year, making them the busiest in world. Altogether it is estimated that about a quarter of the world's traded goods pass through, including 80% of the oil and gas imports of China, Japan and South Korea.
Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:58
Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:14
First proposed 1677 by King Natraim asked French Engineer da Lamar to carry out what we call today a feasibility study.
Came up again in 1793 the brother of Rama I and again in 1863 when the Brits stuck their (our hehe) noses in after making Burma part of the Colony.
1882 Ferdinand de Lesseps, of Suez fame, visited the area but was refused permission to survey.
1897 Thailand and the British Empire agreed not to build it and the dominance of Singapore would be maintained
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:16
p.s. The Thais in the 1880s didn't want anything to do with the French, since that was the time the Froggies were building their Indo-China colony. I can just see them occupying southern Thailand to defend "their" canal. King Chulalongkorn tried to tried to choose citizens of "non-threatening" countries to work in Thailand - Danes (the police), Germans (the railway and army) etc. Even today the Royal Thai Army uses Imperial German Army drill and ceremony styles.
Posted 14 August 2017 - 19:16
Posted 15 August 2017 - 01:30
Posted 15 August 2017 - 14:10
" persons cut?
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant
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