LAOS HOPES FOR ECONOMIC BOOST FROM CHINESE-BUILT RAILWAY

© Laurence CHU Graphic on Laos-China Railway, set to open on December 3. A new $6 billion Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos this week, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a project that has seen thousands of farmers evicted from their land.The 414-kilometre (260-mile) route, due to open on December 3, took five y...

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