Indian ocean Access May open up China’s West

China is on the verge of gaining direct access to a second ocean from its mainland, a geopolitical gain that rarely occurs in an age of generally fixed country borders.

The gain is due to years of infrastructure spending and a targeted international development project in Myanmar. China has been deeply involved with Myanmar’s port system and Irrawaddy River development. At the same time, it has been extending its internal railroad network to a key crossing at the Myanmar border.

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