India, China, Bangladesh and Myanmar plan to connect their volatile frontier regions with a transnational highway – one that Beijing ultimately aims to convert into an “economic corridor”, involving huge investment in industry and tourism.

But amid misgivings in India and Myanmar, China has given up on using the World-War-II-era Stillwell Road, which some said was ideal because it merely required renovations.

Instead, officials from India and Myanmar have confirmed that Stillwell will only be used for limited cross-border trade between India’s Assam and Arunachal Pradesh states and Myanmar’s Sagaing and Kachin regions. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog