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Thai 'smart city' to be first of 50 Japan-China joint projects

Planned third-country infrastructure deals span construction, tech and finance

Amata's flagship industrial estate in Chonburi Province. The Thai company plans to work with Japanese and Chinese partners to build an environmentally friendly smart city. (Photo courtesy of the Yokohama Urban Solution Alliance)

TOKYO -- Japan and China are set to agree on promoting roughly 50 private-sector, third-country infrastructure projects this week, setting in motion the first joint deal of building a smart city in Thailand as early as this year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will affirm both governments' commitment to the joint projects when they meet in Beijing on Friday. The two countries see third-country infrastructure as a cornerstone of their growing economic cooperation.

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