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The Future of Asia 2023

High-speed rail to China a 'source of pride': Laos president

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Laos President Thongloun Sisoulith speaks during an interview in Tokyo on May 26. (Photo by Shinya Sawai) 

TOKYO -- Laos is "proud" of its 1,000-kilometer railway completed in 2021 under China's Belt and Road Initiative, said President Thongloun Sisoulith as the nation's first railway sparks hopes of fueling economic development.

The high-speed railway connecting the Laotian capital of Vientiane and China's Kunming in Yunnan province "has contributed immensely to our economy and will certainly provide a very better future for us," Thongloun told Nikkei Asia on Friday in an interview on the sidelines of Nikkei's Future of Asia conference.

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