Project undertaken by: Center of Excellence for Mekong Studies, Institute of Asian Studies
- East Asia Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
- Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters
About research: The role of China in the GMS is directly linked with the North-South transport corridor, a transportation route where the improvement of regional infrastructures and road construction are currently underway, including the construction of Road R3 in Laos. Overall, the North-South transport corridor has instigated extensive cross-border movements of goods, people and capital. The prominent role of China is apparent from the investment in the construction of a large dam in Myanmar, and from the influx of Chinese goods into major points in the Mekong region, such as Vientiane and Thailand’s bordering towns of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.