onsdag 22. desember 2021

Sino-Thai High-Speed Rail Project Takes Another Step Forward

Earlier today, the Bangkok Post carried a short report about a meeting between Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and Han Zhiqiang, the recently appointed Chinese ambassador to Thailand. As per the report, the meeting involved discussions on possible Chinese support for a number of transport infrastructure projects, including the MR Map, a Thai connectivity initiative, and the Southern Land Bridge project, which will enable cargo transport between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

But Saksayam said that he had also discussed with the Chinese ambassador progress in the long-delayed Thai-Chinese high-speed railway project. In particular, Saksayam related to the Chinese envoy that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was keen to accelerate the construction of the rail project in order for it to be connected as soon as possible with the Laos-China Railway, which was inaugurated with much fandare on December 3 after six years of construction.