Thailand to begin building railway to China this year

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After nearly two years’ discussion, Chinese and Thai officials are finalizing details of a massive railway project to connect the two countries. 

Construction on the railway, which will be a key segment of China’s new silk road, is expected to begin before the year ends. CCTV America’s Martin Lowe filed the report from Thailand.

Thailand railway to begin construction this year

After nearly two years' discussion, Chinese and Thai officials are finalizing details of a massive railway project to connect the two countries. The railway will be a key segment of China's new silk road. Construction is expected to begin before the year ends.CCTV America's Martin Lowe filed the report from Thailand.

Highlight:

  • The network will be built in four stages. Phases one and two will see a new line from the Thai capital Bangkok to Kaeng Khoi, and on the seaport of Map Ta Phut.
  • Phase three will link Kaeng Khoi to the important eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima.
  • Phase four will continue north to Nong Khai, at the border with Laos.
  • New trains capable of carrying passengers and freight at speeds of up to 180 kilometers an hour.