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The Road to East: From India’s Moreh to Myanmar’s Mandalay

Sixteen years after India, Myanmar, Thailand agreed to build a 1,300-km highway, to bind the three countries together, and bring Delhi closer to ASEAN, two crossings were opened on August 8.

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Sixteen years after India, Myanmar, Thailand agreed to build a 1,300-km highway, to bind the three countries together, and bring Delhi closer to ASEAN, two crossings were opened on August 8. The Indian Express travels down a road hiccuping its way through a country central to the region’s power games and churning with change. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

The Road to East Trilateral highway that connects India, Myanmar and Thailand

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The Indo-Myanmar friendship bridge joining Moreh with Tamu in Myanmar, the first of 69 bridges on the newly constructed India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. The stretch is scheduled to be completed by 2021, which aims to boost trade and commerce in the ASEAN free trade area. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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Old wooden bridges between Moreh and Tamu in Myanmar are a part of the stretch. Local people on both sides, and traders from as far away as Mandalay in Myanmar (468 km) and Imphal (110 km) and other parts of the Northeast have been trading with each other at this point for centuries. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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A traditionally dressed shepherd is seen on the stretch. A joint estimate in December 2017 by the World Bank and Myanmar government stated that 32 per cent of the people were poor, with 38.8 per cent of them living in rural areas in comparison to 14.5 per cent in cities. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

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Since the violence broke out in 2013 between the Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims, seven out of the 14 mosques in the city of Meiktila have been shut down. Three madrasas and an Arabic university were also shut. (Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

The Road to East Trilateral highway that connects India, Myanmar and Thailand