Thailand has sought a loan from China to build a highway network to link parts of Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and China.

The proposed network will connect the eastern Vietnamese city of Danang with Myanmar’s sea port of Moulmein, passing through Thailand.

The road will also link Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi to Myanmar’s deep-sea port of Tavoy and provide a route from China’s Yunnan province to Singapore via Bangkok.

The loan has been sought from China’s $15bn Southeast Asian infrastructure loan programme.