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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar clashes stall completion of Southeast Asia economic corridor

Fighting along border with Thailand drives shipping costs to soar 50%

A former member of the Myanmar parliament trains in an area controlled by ethnic Karen rebels.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Fighting between ethnic rebels and the Myanmar military near the border with Thailand has stalled a massive economic development project that aims to promote trade among Mekong Delta countries.

The East-West Economic Corridor, which stretches some 1,700 kilometers across Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, was nearly complete before clashes erupted after the military took control of the government over two years ago. The clashes appear unlikely to stop anytime soon.

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