Asean infrastructure: Keeping it sustainable

Five years after the launch of China's Belt and Road Initiative, doubts are rising as to whether the world's most ambitious infrastructure plan is delivering the benefits it promises.

From drastically reducing the scale of Myanmar's Kyauk Pyu deepwater port project to suspending the Chinese-funded US$20 billion (S$27.4 billion) East Coast Rail Link in Malaysia, some Asean member states are starting to reassess their social and environmental costs. And yet Asean's infrastructure deficit is a major roadblock to its economic growth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2018, with the headline 'Asean infrastructure: Keeping it sustainable'. Print Edition | Subscribe