China's Controversial Gas Pipeline Opens in Burma

Natural gas has started flowing to energy hungry China via a controversial 793-kilometer pipeline from Burma.

The gas pipeline, and a parallel crude oil pipeline that is still under construction, connect the Bay of Bengal with China’s Yunnan province. The new pipelines will allow China to avoid shipping through the Straits of Malaca and the South China Sea.

China-Burma analyst U Aung Kyaw Zaw said the project is vital for Beijing.

“China is in great need of energy, especially …

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