The USD 6 Billion Thousand-Km-Long China-Laos Railway is Made History Today03/12/2021
China on Friday launched the first cross-border train of its multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from Laos, which Beijing says will help the small and only landlocked country in South East Asia turn into a land-linked hub, boost regional connectivity and supply chain resilience.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Laos’ counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith jointly witnessed the opening of the China-Laos railway via video link on Friday.
The first train of the China-Laos Railway left Vientiane soon after the cross-border railway was officially put into operation, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Besides China, Laos shares borders with Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia which offered Beijing to extend the train project to those countries.
The 1,035-km electrified passenger and cargo railway, connecting Kunming in southwest China's Yunnan Province with Laos’ capital Vientiane, fully adopts Chinese technical standards and consists of two sections, the report said.
Construction of the section in Laos from the border town of Boten to Vientiane started in December 2016, and construction of the section in China from the city of Yuxi to the border town of Mohan started in December 2015.
This is the first cross-border project under the BRI, China’s multibillion-dollar project in different countries.
The railway will shorten travel between Vientiane and the China-Laos border from two days to just three hours, and the trip from Vientiane to Kunming can be done overnight.
The First Expedition of the Thousand-Km-Length China-Laos Railway is Made Today - According to the statement made by the China State Railways Group, Kunming in Yunnan Province in southwest China will be transferred to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.