A high-speed train pulls into Vientiane railway station on the China-Laos railway. Photo: Xinhua
A high-speed train pulls into Vientiane railway station on the China-Laos railway. Photo: Xinhua
Laos

As China-backed belt and road railway opens, high-speed change heads to Laos

  • The 1,000km-long railway linking Vientiane to China’s Kunming promises to cut freight costs and bring an influx of Chinese tourists and cash into Laos
  • Its opening is seen as a boon for Beijing’s belt and road plans for the region, but not everyone in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation is on board

Topic |   Laos
A high-speed train pulls into Vientiane railway station on the China-Laos railway. Photo: Xinhua
A high-speed train pulls into Vientiane railway station on the China-Laos railway. Photo: Xinhua
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