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Sino-Japanese cooperation thrown off track over Thai rail project

Fearing losses, private contractors unwilling to follow Tokyo's lead

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to deepen cooperation at their summit in Beijing on Oct. 26. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Japan and China are working to improve ties through joint infrastructure projects abroad, but cooperation on a Thai railroad -- a centerpiece of that effort -- has already suffered.

Two corporate consortia, respectively led by Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group and compatriot BTS Group, a railway operator, entered the bidding on Nov. 12 for a high-speed rail project linking the country's three main international airports.

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