Thailand's ruling junta approves China rail links worth $23bn

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    Thailand's ruling junta approves China rail links worth $23bn

    Thailand's ruling junta has approved a $23 billion (£13.6bn) transport project that will see two high-speed railways link up directly with China by 2021, in a move seen as a further consolidation of Chinese power in the region.

    The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), headed by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha - who took control of Thailand in a bloodless military coup in May - unveiled plans this week connecting the northern border town of Nong Khai with Map Ta Phut, located south-east of Bangkok. Chaing Khong, just south of the Laos capital Vientiane, will also be connected to Ban Phachi, in the central Ayutthaya regions.

    The railway lines will link up directly to Kunming, in China's southern Yunnan province, in what analysts have termed Chinese "high-speed railway diplomacy".

    China is looking to build a 3,000km (1,860m) high-speed line from Kunming all the way down to Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia — a project that would increase China's GDP and those of the involved nations by $375b, a former Chinese railway chairman told the China Daily.

    According to China Railway Corp, it appears the Kunming-Singapore line will be constructed in four stages, from Kunming to Vientiane, Vientiane to Bangkok, Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, and Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Construction of the Thai lines is planned to begin next year as part of the new eight-year 741.4 billion baht ($23.3bn) infrastructure development project connecting Bangkok and other key cities with airports, seaports, border areas and cargo depots, the Bangkok Post reported, with some 106 new trains added to the existing fleet. Six dual-track railway lines will also be constructed under the same scheme.

    The two routes comprise nearly 1,400km in total but unlike many other high-speed trains, which generally run at a speed of 200 km per hour, will only be able to run at 160 km per hour until further investment would allow a higher-speed system.

    Chinese officials involved in the project have described the deal as a major scoop for the Chinese government, which had earlier struck a deal with former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra — only to see the project initially rejected by the junta when it came to power.

    Now the military government has approved the project, "there will be huge room for cooperation [between China and Thailand]," Yang Yong of the China Railway Corp told China Daily, adding that Chinese engineers had been involved in feasibility research for the high-speed lines, and Chinese companies were directly helping to modernise Thailand's railway system.

    The effect of high-speed rail is likely to change South-east Asia and the way it does business for good, says Geoff Wade of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

    "When the people of the mainland countries soon find, through the convenience of [high-speed railways], that Kunming is their 'closest neighbour' but a few hours away, the Yunnan capital will gradually emerge as the hub of the Greater Mekong Region and will eventually become, in effect, the capital of mainland Southeast Asia," Wade wrote on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute Blog.
     
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    Thailand-China railway project to commence in October: PM
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    Good for China. It is easier to bribe the dictators and get the deal.
     
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    Sounds familiar.

    Mexico Suspends Multibillion Dollar High-Speed Rail Project At Center Of Political Scandal

    Underlying Mexico’s decision to choose China, and what may have made it the only country able to meet to proposal deadline, was its decision to finance 85 percent of the project through the Export-Import Bank of China.
     
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    It is end of August now, how long do you think it will take to suspend it.
     
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    The rail link to Thailand is different from the Mexican project, for suspension of which Mexico has to compensate bidders. The latter is sheerly business. However the Kunming-Thai one is part of the grand trans-Asian network of strategic importance that gives ASEAN a penetrating.

    Look at the landlocked Laos who's wrapped up among China, VN, Cambodia and Thailand.

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    BTW political correctness aside, Latino is never known to be trustworthy biz partners :biggrin2: There must be good reasons Mexico is a 3rd world country nextdoor to US and Canada.
     
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    Didn't understand the question. Please elaborate.

    Frankly man, I am rooting for this rail network because someday in future India may find itself connected to Vietnam via road or rail and Laos is a big piece of that puzzle.
     
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    I've been Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, and hope to fill the void of Laos.

    Lat Krabang Laos' ancient capital is said to be a charming place.
     
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    I was planning a visit to Thailand but now I am partial towards Vietnam and Cambodia. What's your opinion?
     
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    Vietnam of course, more diverse of cultural heritage and natural attractions. Ha Long Bay near Haiphong, and intriguing alleys, boulevards and beautiful lakes of Hanoi ~ all must-see destinations.

    Besides, on people, Vietnamese look more upbeat spiritually than buddhist Thais (overly commercial) and Cambodians (lethargic).

    ~Tapa talks: Orange is the new black.~
     
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    Thanks man.........

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