A traditional ceremony is held at the Vientiane railway station in Laos on December 2, 2021. The opening of the China-Laos railway has been heavily promoted by the two countries. Photo: Xinhua
A traditional ceremony is held at the Vientiane railway station in Laos on December 2, 2021. The opening of the China-Laos railway has been heavily promoted by the two countries. Photo: Xinhua
Philip J. Cunningham
Opinion

Opinion

Philip J. Cunningham

As China brings Laos into its fold, will the US seek to reset relations to counter Beijing?

  • The China-Laos railway may have all but sealed Laos’ fate as a satellite state, but the resurgence of Cold War rivalry could tempt Washington to compete for influence
  • Laos could benefit from the added competition, as its economy remains fragile and burdened by debt

A traditional ceremony is held at the Vientiane railway station in Laos on December 2, 2021. The opening of the China-Laos railway has been heavily promoted by the two countries. Photo: Xinhua
A traditional ceremony is held at the Vientiane railway station in Laos on December 2, 2021. The opening of the China-Laos railway has been heavily promoted by the two countries. Photo: Xinhua
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