China-Laos railway to commence

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The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos

Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal.

The Chinese are lending Laos $7 billion for the project, which must be repaid and doesn’t take into account environmental costs. The loan amounts to a significant sum of money in the vastly undeveloped country and is nearly equal to Laos’ nominal GDP of $8 billion.

Although the railway has been met with some opposition from developmental groups, it is expected to continue ahead as planned because of its utility as a strategic instrument to rope the region into China’s orbit of influence.

Northern Laos will be receiving 200,000 Chinese workers soon to begin the enormous project that will see the construction of dozens of tunnels and bridges through the mountainous land.

China is expected to benefit tremendously from the new rail work, boosting trade between the economic powerhouse and continental Southeast Asia, opening up an alternative commercial conduit to India and the Middle East via Dawei, if the project’s initial infrastructure demands ever break ground.

Further condemnation for the project has come from the United Nations Development Program, which accuses the loan as bearing terms that will be so onerous to Laos that it will place the country’s “macroeconomic stability in danger.”

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The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos

Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal.

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The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos

Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal.

The Chinese are lending Laos $7 billion for the project, which must be repaid and doesn’t take into account environmental costs. The loan amounts to a significant sum of money in the vastly undeveloped country and is nearly equal to Laos’ nominal GDP of $8 billion.

Although the railway has been met with some opposition from developmental groups, it is expected to continue ahead as planned because of its utility as a strategic instrument to rope the region into China’s orbit of influence.

Northern Laos will be receiving 200,000 Chinese workers soon to begin the enormous project that will see the construction of dozens of tunnels and bridges through the mountainous land.

China is expected to benefit tremendously from the new rail work, boosting trade between the economic powerhouse and continental Southeast Asia, opening up an alternative commercial conduit to India and the Middle East via Dawei, if the project’s initial infrastructure demands ever break ground.

Further condemnation for the project has come from the United Nations Development Program, which accuses the loan as bearing terms that will be so onerous to Laos that it will place the country’s “macroeconomic stability in danger.”

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