The intense secrecy surrounding the move has fueled speculation over its motives, with one popular theory -- talked about on the streets of Yangon as well as by Myanmar-language radio news services abroad -- being that it was because the new capital would be easier to defend if the United States attacked.Full article.
Washington is a major critic of the ruling junta for its poor human rights record and its failure to hand over power to a democratically elected government.
Work on the new capital reportedly began in earnest around the time that the United States invaded Afghanistan and as it geared up for a war in Iraq, in the wake of the September 2001 terrorists attacks on its soil. . . .
The military government quietly began building the new capital more than three years ago, and it is believed to host a prime minister's residence, diplomatic quarters, an airport, hospital, a golf course, hotels and nearly 40 buildings for each ministry -- each of which can accommodate 500 people -- and a separate complex that houses military headquarters and bunkers.
The government apparently left the old capital at precisely 6:37 a.m. on Sunday -- some have speculated that the move is made on the advice of astrologists. News flash for the junta: we couldn't invade you guys now if we wanted to.