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Laos' logistics vision for ASEAN: All rails lead to Vientiane

Government eyes capital as link from Southeast Asia to China

Laotian President Thongloun Sisoulith has high hopes for a high-speed railway linking the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming with Vientiane. (Source photos by Reuters) 

NONG KHAI, Thailand -- Laos, a small one-party state in Southeast Asia, is developing into a regional logistics hub, thanks to its rail connections with its neighbors.

The construction of a railway to connect the Laotian capital, Vientiane, with the Port of Vung Ang in central Vietnam, will start soon, possibly in November, according to the Vientiane Times newspaper. The move is the Laotian government's latest effort to turn the capital into a logistics hub by forging rail links with China, Vietnam and Thailand.

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