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Laos and China to build bridge to Thailand as part of railway project

Laos and China will jointly build a bridge linking the Southeast Asian nation with northeastern Thailand as part of a U.S. $7.2 billion high-speed railway project that has been delayed by numerous setbacks for more than four years, a Lao government official said. Officials from both ...

Yunnan becomes the first gate for Thailand to enter China

The 12th Thailand Logistics Equipment, Technologies and Services Exhibition will be held from September 2 to 4 in BITEC International Convention and Exhibition Center, Bangkok, Thailand, Royal Thai Consulate General in Kunming has released. Yunnan owns four transnational highways and seven highways in the province. Yunnan ...

New IT system will accelerate registration and licence issuing in Laos

A new information technology (IT) system to be introduced this year will quicken the issuance of registration documents for new vehicles and driving licences in Laos, according to a report. The Transport Department under the Ministry of Public Works and Transport admitted the issuance of these ...

Smuggling cases on the increase at border posts

The number of smuggling cases in Vietnam handled in the first six months of the year rose by 35 per cent compared to the same period last year, reported the National 389 Steering Committee. The statistics were released on 10 July at an online meeting of the ...

World Bank loans Vietnam $507 mln for agriculture, poverty reduction, transport

Vietnam’s central bank and the World Bank on Thursday signed four credit agreements totaling US$507 million to support Vietnam’s priorities in sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, and a bus rapid transit system.   The financing covers four projects: the Sustainable Agriculture Transformation Project (US$238 million), additional financing for ...

Transport system needs $50b over next five years

Viet Nam needs more than VND1,000 trillion (US$50 billion) to develop transport infrastructure by 2020, a conference held by the Ministry of Transport was told. The cost of improving the national road system would take 64.1 per cent of the total capital, railways 11.7 per cent ...

China-Laos military relations deepen as Chinese increase economic, infrastructure investments

China and Laos announced closer military ties on July 8, a development that coincides with China’s growing investment in infrastructure and economic influence. The Laotian defense minister met with Xu Qiliang, the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, and other Chinese military officials Wednesday in Beijing to ...

Road could affect future tiger habitat

Cambodia’s recently approved road project leading to the border with Vietnam in Mondulkiri would do irreversible damage to the province’s protected forest and threaten future attempts to reintroduce tigers to the Kingdom, according to the World Wildlife Fund. In a statement released yesterday, the group said ...

China's alleged ban on Vietnamese contracts irrelevant: transport minister

In response to reports that China has prohibited state-owned companies from bidding on public projects in Vietnam, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said the ban, if true, will have no effect on Vietnam. Thang, speaking to press on the sidelines of the National Assembly meeting, said that many Vietnamese ...

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