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Belt and Road

China digs Laos in deeper with flurry of SEZs

With Vientiane's hunger for investment, debt-trap fears mount

Beijing is promoting special economic zones in Laos as part of its Belt and Road Initiative. (Nikkeimontage/Source photo by Reuters)

BANGKOK -- After opening its borders to China's dam builders and railway engineers, Laos is looking for Chinese companies to invest in the special economic zones (SEZs) mushrooming up all over the country. But observers question these projects, and worry about the small communist nation's mounting debt.

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