Although a 770-km pipeline complex between the Kyaukpyu port in Myanmar to Yunnan in western China has begun to deliver oil and gas across the country, issues of compensation, environmental degradation, safety and adequate compensation remain. In many ways, the story of the pipeline illustrates the price countries pay for participating in China’s ambitious One Belt-One Road (OBOR) plan to develop trade routes for railways, power grids, ports, roads and other infrastructure across half the planet. The projects are designed in China to benefit China. Benefits for the participating nations are secondary.
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