The world’s most expensive gold wall has been announced at a luxury resort in the South China Sea, marking a significant milestone in China’s efforts to modernise its border-crossing infrastructure.
The 10m-high concrete structure is expected to be installed in 2018, when China will begin a process of opening the sea-wall along the southern frontier of the South-East Asian country.
It will be China’s longest border barrier, stretching from the capital Beijing to the eastern provinces of Guangdong and Yunnan.
At the time of the announcement, Chinese President Xi Jinping was reported to be keen on the wall’s completion.
“The Gold Wall will strengthen the ties between the two countries and help us achieve greater stability and prosperity in our region,” he said.
In October last year, China opened a major wall along the disputed Paracels islands and in January this year the border between China and Vietnam was formally opened.
While the construction of the wall has taken place in a series of stages, the country has yet to announce a specific date.
Last year, the world’s biggest gold mine in the country, the Gold Rush mine in Gansu, was sold to Chinese state-owned Xinjiang-based Sino Gold Group, which is already engaged in the construction and operation of the world-leading Great Wall.
China is not the only country to erect a massive border wall, however.
In 2016, a large, concrete barrier was erected along the frontier with Laos, which stretches from the southern port of Phnom Penh in Cambodia to the border with Laos.
A similar wall has already been built along the border in Vietnam, with some countries including the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos being part of the US-led Pacific Command, which oversees the militarisation of the region.