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Construction of China-Laos railway officially commences

Xinhua | Updated: 2016-12-26 10:24

Construction of China-Laos railway officially commences

A ceremony is held to mark the start of China-Laos railway construction in northern Lao city Luang Prabang on Dec 25, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua] 

China-Laos railway is an important part of the pan-Asia railway network and a major route linking China and Laos.

The China Railway Corporation will take the best of its advantages on railway management, technology and resources to lead other enterprises on survey and design, construction and equipment manufacturing among others, as well as cooperate with the Lao government and relevant enterprises in a bid to construct and operate China-Laos railway in a good manner, Huang said.

On behalf of Laos-China Railway Company, Huang pledged to resolutely implement the consensus reached by the two governments on railway construction and operation.

On the basis of initial results, the company will continue to strengthen communication and collaboration with the Lao government at all levels, support each other, follow the plan and requirements so as to ensure high standards of quality and schedule, contributing to promoting socio-economic development of the two countries and prosperity of the two peoples.

The launching ceremony of China-Laos railway construction on Sunday also saw the attendance of Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, former Deputy Prime Minister of Somsavat Lengsavad, Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan Huabing, representatives of Lao ministries as well as representatives of cities and provinces along the railway.

Thongloun also shovelled the earth and struck a gong for the official launch of China-Laos railway construction.

The China-Laos railway has a total length of 414.332 km with over 62.7 percent of bridges and tunnels, linking Mohan-Boten border gate in northern Laos and capital Vientiane.

There are 32 stations along the route. Operating speed on the route is designed at 160 km per hour. Construction of the project is scheduled for five years with investment of some 40 billion Chinese yuan (5.76 billion U.S. dollars), 70 percent of which comes from Chinese investment and the rest 30 percent from Laos.

China-Laos railway is the first overseas route connecting with the railway system in China, using Chinese technology, equipment and investment.


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