New railway project links Laos and China

Construction of a railway linking Laos and China, destined to stretch to ASEAN neighbours, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, should begin in November this year.

Vientiane Times quoted Minister of Public Works and Transport Bounchanh saying if things go as planned construction of the railway could start as early as November and take about five years to complete.

The project will connect the Lao capital of Vientiane with the Chinese border, near Luang Namtha, at a distance of 417 km. It will pass through Luang Prabang and through mountain ranges providing the Chinese construction teams with a formidable challenge.

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