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Laos Railway (paid for by China)

Posted by caseyprich on 16/1/2014 at 19:56

An interesting article (very short, as these ex-pat rags are known to do it). Basically says the deal is all but done for China to build a railway through Laos.

http://shanghaiist.com/2014/01/15/china_to_build_high-speed_rail_to_s.php

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Posted by mixxat on 17/1/2014 at 05:20

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunming-Singapore_Railway

Maybe someday, but i think not soon.
It would be nice train, Laos mountains etc.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 17/1/2014 at 05:27

Wont happen until 2020

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Posted by mixxat on 17/1/2014 at 05:46

Yes, when its ready its more 2030 or later than 2020

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 17/1/2014 at 08:51

And it's not paid for by China it's paid for by Laos. In fact, this project may very well bankrupt Laos. Read about it here:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/laos/10572583/Chinas-120mph-railway-arriving-in-Laos.html

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Posted by gregmccann1 on 17/1/2014 at 08:53

Quote from link above:

"Yet despite the vast economic disparity between Laos and its giant neighbour, it is Vientiane which will foot the bill for the rail link.
Using untapped minerals as collateral, Laos plans to borrow £4.5 billion from Beijing to pay for its section of the railway. Equivalent to almost 90 per cent of Laos’s annual GDP of £5.2 billion, the loan will instantly make Laos the world’s fourth most-indebted nation after Japan, Zimbabwe and Greece.
Many international financial bodies regard the loan as a disaster waiting to happen. The Asian Development Bank has described it simply as “unaffordable”.

--Furthermore, Laos will essentially be borrowing 90% of its GDP from China to pay for 20,000 Chinese workers to come and work on Lao soil.

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Posted by caseyprich on 18/1/2014 at 00:45

Good point Greg, I should have written a clearer title. Similarly, when I was in southern Laos a few years ago I hung out with a lot of Chinese workers who were doing damn construction projects. The Chinese often handle investment that way, as in Africa. I wasn't taking a stance either way on the development, just found it interesting that the plan I'd been hearing about for years looks to have taken a lurch forward.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 24/1/2014 at 20:10

China's way of taking control of the country.

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Posted by MADMAC on 24/1/2014 at 23:28

"China's way of taking control of the country."

Whatever happened to the simple, old fashion way of sending in the Army?

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