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     Aug 20, '14


China still backing Lao high-speed train
By Radio Free Asia

China is still keen to finance a US$7.2 billion high-speed railway project planned by cash-strapped Laos that would link the two neighboring countries, a Lao official said, even though Beijing has remained silent over its role in the project.

The project was discussed between Lao deputy prime minister and foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith and high-ranking Chinese officials at the sidelines of a regional meeting in Myanmar earlier



this month, the railway official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese side said at the talks that Beijing would speed up studies on the financial implications of the project to pave the way for its launching soon, according to the Lao official. No specific date was given. More

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