onsdag 1. april 2020

China-Laos Relations in Focus with New Railway Project Milestone

Last week, China and Laos began track laying work in the China-Laos railway project between the two countries, which, once built, is set to be the longest railway in Asia outside of China. The milestone spotlighted the development of a key infrastructure project within the broader bilateral relationship between the two countries.

While China and Laos established diplomatic relations back in 1961, tensions continued to persist through the Cold War and ties began to warm following its conclusion in the 1990s and 2000s, with ties elevated to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership back in 2009. While challenges continue to remain for ties today – be it local discontent in some Chinese infrastructure projects or worries about Vientiane’s strategic overdependence on Beijing – the relationship has nonetheless continued to progress across various realms.