fredag 6. januar 2017

Clearing for Lao-China Railway Begins, but Questions About the Project Still Remain

Work began on the controversial Laos-China railway as crews started clearing the right-of-way in the ancient Lao city of Luang Prabang late last month, but questions over who will get the bulk of the jobs building the $6 billion project and how much people displaced by the construction will get paid still linger.

“After the construction was officially opened in a ceremony on Dec. 25, the company is gearing up for construction,” Fasanan Thammavong, director general of Luang Prabang province’ public works and transport department told RFA’s Lao Service. It was not clear if the company he was referring to is the main Chinese partner, the state-owned China Railway Corporation, or the bilateral project. 

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