Will Doig is a journalist covering urban development. He has been an editor at the Open Society Foundations, Next City, and The Daily Beast, and is a recurring guest on NPR. His book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia, was published by Columbia Global Reports in May 2018.
The project’s arduous progress even in a pliable country like Laos reflects the scale of the challenge of this marquee belt and road project. When it comes to international development, China is still moving up the learning curve.