Archive for the ‘Laos’ Category

Laos – China Railway

Via Asia Times,  an article on the China-Laos railway which will open on December 2: Laos will never be the same again on December 2, the day the first high-speed train on the Belt and Road Initiative-built railroad is scheduled to roll into the capital Vientiane arriving from the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. Running […]

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Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?

Via Geopolitical Monitor, an article on China’s investments in Laos: Around mid-August, the final tracks will be laid on a 420 km high-speed railway in Laos, enabling the first trains to be tested on the Chinese-built line. Work on the project began in 2016, seeking to link the southern Chinese city of Kunming with Laotian capital Vientiane, […]

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Boten: The Renaissance of Laos’s Golden City

Via The Diplomat, an article on the one-time casino boom town on the Laos-China border is on the rise again, powered by billions in Chinese investment: A thick morning mist covers the empty buildings as Lao workers lazily walk towards construction sites and Chinese businessmen, waiting for noodle soup, frantically shout into their mobile phone. […]

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China-Laos Rail Link on Track

Via Belt and Road News, a report on the China-Laos rail link: Modern railways benefit a country’s economy in many different ways. To name a few, they make it easier for bulky goods to be transported over long distances, reduce travel time between villages and cities and provide varying degrees of comfort for travelers. For […]

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Chinese Casino Magnate’s Empire Set to Expand in Laos

Via The Diplomat, a report on a Chinese casino magnate’s interest in expanding into Laos: A secretive, sanctioned Chinese casino mogul is looking to expand his economic empire in Laos, unfurling plans to develop tourism projects and other business ventures in remote corners of the country. According to a report by Radio Free Asia (RFA)’s Lao service, an indispensable […]

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Laos Grants 25-Year Power Grid Concession to Chinese-Majority Firm

Via The Diplomat, an article on a deal which deepens China’s involvement in the Lao government’s goal of transforming itself into the “battery of Southeast Asia”: Earlier this week, the government of Laos and a majority Chinese-owned company signed a 25-year concession agreement that allows the company to build and manage a large part of the […]

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