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Belt and Road

Thai water project gives Beijing a new Belt and Road foothold

Ruling party veteran says Chinese money means Bangkok does not 'have to spend'

BANGKOK -- Thailand's military-dominated government is paving the way for a Chinese state-owned enterprise to land a water diversion project, the first of its kind in the country and a likely steppingstone for China's Belt and Road Initiative.

The Chinese company has a record of building large dams and has expressed interest in the huge venture, said Veerakorn Kamprakob, a member of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party, in an interview with Nikkei Asia. "It is one of the top five Chinese state enterprises."

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