Another Chinese-backed infrastructure construction initiative in Burma has prompted The Irrawaddy to publish a long and detailed report. By the sounds of it, a genuine highway, and not the standard two-lane secondary road, is now planned.

Perhaps, one day the full length of road between Kunming and the Burmese coast will look something like this:

The road from Kunming

…however, in my experience, it will be a long time before all of the important roads in Burma no longer look like this:

Mud on a Burma road

…or, on some days, like this:

Stuck in the mud on a Burma road