China, Myanmar Advance Strategic Railway Linking Southern China to Bay of Bengal via Kyaukphyu Port

On January 10, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group (CREEG) and state-run Myanma Railways signed an agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the Mandalay-Kyaukphyu railway project, an important section of Beijing’s long-delayed, $20 billion China-Myanmar Railway plan. The plan envisages a high-speed railway project that would further establish an overland route linking southern China to the Indian Ocean. Specifically, the railway ...

China Begins Work on the Last Section of the China-Russia-East-Route Natural Gas Pipeline, Designed to Bring Russian Natural Gas to Shanghai

On January 6, reports emerged that construction commenced on the last three sections of the 5,111-kilometer, China-Russia-East-Route Natural Gas pipeline. Developed by China Oil & Gas Pipeline Network Corporation, the pipeline is the Chinese extension of Gazprom’s Power of Siberia pipeline network that, once completed, will bring an overall supply of 38 billion cubic meters of gas to China. This would nearly quadruple current annual ...

Russia Announces Launch of Arctic Imaging Satellite for Northern Sea Route in Q3 2021, Weeks After Similar Announcement by China

On December 24, Russia’s TASS News Agency reported that the Russian government has decided to launch the Obzor-R radar satellite in the third quarter of 2021. According to TASS, the satellite is to support navigation, monitoring, emergency response, mineral exploration and environmental management along Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR) – a pathway through the Russian arctic that Moscow hopes do develop into a transshipment route rivaling ...