31 May 2016

News Story: Thai government rejects plan to build southern "Thai canal"

Map of possible plans for Thai Canal
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BANGKOK, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The Thai deputy prime minister Monday denied the need for building a canal to link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea in the south as it would hurt the national security.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Gen Prawit Wongsuwan reiterated that the government would not consider to dig a so-called "Khlong Thai" or Thai Canal in the southern region and to create an artificial island in Songkhla and Krabi provinces despite the proposal by the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) to give the project a new lease on life.

Prawit said that the canal project could spark conflicts between supporters and opponents, noting that any implementation with the possibility of troubling the country's stabilization will be backed away.

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