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Canceled $10.5bn Malaysia port project plays down China role

Melaka Gateway faced scrutiny amid rising number of Belt and Road deals

The entrance to the Melaka Gateway project has been blocked. (Photo by Prem Kumar)

MALACCA -- On a vast artificial island off the coast of Malaysia where a $10.5 billion development has been taking shape, barricades bar entry to all but a select few private vehicles.

Inside the perimeter of the Melaka Gateway project, reclamation works are underway to complete a modern cruise terminal for extra-large ships. Other land allotted for a ferry terminal, commercial and property developments has been reclaimed from the Straits of Malacca, one of the world's most important seaways.

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