China plans to rebuild Burma's World War Two 'Stilwell Road'

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China is to rebuild Burma's historic 'Stilwell Road', the route from India used by British and American forces to supply Chinese troops in the battle against Japanese occupation during the Second World War.

The road was named after American General 'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell by nationalist China leader Chiang Kai-shek to honour his determination to find a faster way to get more military supplies from India to Chinese troops in Kunming.

Allied forces had been hampered after Japanese troops seized the Burma Road, and were forced to transport supplies to their Chinese allies by air over the Himalayan mountains. US Army engineers started work on the 478 mile road from Ledo in Assam (now in Arunachal Pradesh), India, to Mogaung in Burma in 1942.

The road is now set to be rebuilt by the Yunnan Construction Engineering Company in a joint venture with the Burmese military-backed Yuzana Group....

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