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Influential Thais in push for Kra Canal project

China's Belt and Road Initiative may kick-start long-envisaged $28bn seaway

Sunset over the Andaman Sea near the proposed entrance to the Kra Canal (Photo by William Mellor)

SIKAO, Thailand -- Fisherman Sittichai Bohmung lounges on a remote pier beside a ramshackle waterfront village in this southern Thai district and recalls the time last year when a bunch of retired generals from Bangkok and businessmen from China came calling.

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