Construction work on the China-Laos railway. The US$1.78 billion cost to Laos is equivalent to 12 per cent of its GDP. Photo: Bloomberg

China’s Belt and Road Initiative criticised for poor standards and ‘wasteful’ spending

  • Asia Society report warns that Chinese officials’ ‘laissez-faire’ attitudes mean projects are not being properly vetted in Southeast Asia
  • Study also warns that villagers in Laos are being evicted from their homes without proper compensation to make way for a rail link
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Construction work on the China-Laos railway. The US$1.78 billion cost to Laos is equivalent to 12 per cent of its GDP. Photo: Bloomberg
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