8. Kyauk-phyu Deep Sea Port -
China is developing another project for building a deep-sea port at Kyaukphyu in western Rakhine State. Kyaukphyu deep-sea port and connecting highway projects will shorten the overall distance by thousands of kilometers and will save money and time for China by sending their products to the west and Middle East through Myanmar, instead of passing through the Malacca Strait. As the projects, both Dawei and Kyaukphyu, are designed to develop the port with industrial zones and transportation links, they will promote not only trade volume but also foreign direct investment in the region (MPA, 2011). The project, targeted to complete within three years, is to be implemented in line with another ongoing China-Myanmar gas pipeline project from Kyaukphyu to Kunming.