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China's projects in Vietnam earn reputation for poor quality, delays

Hanoi stuck with rising costs on 'cheap' projects with poor expectancies

China-backed infrastructure projects have caused public discontent in Hanoi by adding to congestion. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Hanoi's first elevated railway line has had its trial run in September cancelled without an alternative being proposed by the builders from China.

On Monday, Vietnamese authorities told reporters that further work on the project is not possible until China disburses $250 million in official development assistance (ODA) promised last year.

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