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Kra Isthmus

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Source: TOI

Context: The Kra Isthmus, located on the Malay Peninsula in Thailand, has gained strategic importance due to a proposed transit artery that could connect the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

This isthmus, just 44 km wide at its narrowest point, has the potential to impact international trade and security similarly to the historical significance of the Suez and Panama Canals. Recently, the Thai Prime Minister officially presented a multi-billion-dollar land-bridge project.

An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger land masses and is bordered by water on two sides.

The Kra Isthmus in Thailand is the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula. The isthmus is bordered to the west by the Andaman Sea and to the east by the Gulf of Thailand