Asia’s next great commercial hub?

China envisions a port, pipelines and special economic zone could transform Myanmar's Kyaukpyu backwater into a modern entrepot to rival Hong Kong and Singapore. Local residents, however, oppose the plan

Yangon, May 30, 2017 2:15 PM (UTC+8)
Local residents' houses in front of buildings of a Chinese oil pipeline project (pink roof) on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. The wider project, part of China's One Belt, One Road initiative, envisions twin oil and gas pipelines, a deep sea port and special economic zone. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Local residents' houses in front of buildings of a Chinese oil pipeline project (pink roof) on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar. The wider project, part of China's One Belt, One Road initiative, envisions twin oil and gas pipelines, a deep sea port and special economic zone. Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
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