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Politics

Ambitious Thai canal would link Pacific and Indian oceans

Waterway to bypass congested Strait of Malacca could open within five years

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 group of retired generals from Bangkok and businessmen from China came calling.

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