The China-Laos railway, a key project connecting Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan Province with the Laos capital Vientiane, will begin operations today, according to a statement by the China State Railways Group. The 1.035-kilometer-long railway is an important step in the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China and Laos' strategy to transform itself from a landlocked country into a land-connected hub.
The railway, which consists of two parts, was built completely according to Chinese technical standards. Construction of the section from Laos' border town of Boten to Vientiane started in December 2016. Construction of the Chinese section of the railway, which connects Yuxi city and the border town of Mohan, began in December 2015.
With a maximum operating speed of 160 kilometers per hour, the trains will take passengers from Kunming to Vientiane in about 10 hours, including customs clearance time. China State Railways Group sözcüChina-Laos railway operations are of great importance for bilateral economic, social and cultural exchanges and are expected to accelerate the construction of the China-Laos Economic Corridor.
Source: China International Radio