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Thai 'land bridge' project caught in Sino-U.S. tug of war

Will Japan join the fray to help contain China's advance in Indian Ocean?

The government of Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is expected to complete by next year a feasibility study on a "land bridge" across the Kra Isthmus to connect ports on either side of the Malay Peninsula. (Nikkei montage/Reuters/Getty Images)

BANGKOK -- The favorite candidate site for Thailand's envisioned new gateway to the Indian Ocean is a small peninsula jutting out into the Andaman Sea.

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