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Planned Updates to Southeast Asia’s Rail Network

Laos has fewer than two miles of rail, linking the area of Vientiane, the capital, to Thailand, operated by the Thai government. Construction of a line that would link Vientiane to Kunming, China, is under consideration.

The Chinese-financed railway is to snake its way through dozens of tunnels and bridges, eventually linking southern China to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, and then on to the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar, significantly expanding China’s already enormous trade with Southeast Asia. - Read more.