Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Basta dare una rapida occhiata alla cartina per comprendere quanto la linea ferroviaria ad alta velocità Kunming – Bangkok sia strategicamente importante. Collegando il porto di Bangkok alla Cina consente di avviare le merci cinesi saltando il periplo dell’Indocina.
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«The Boten–Vientiane railway (often referred to as the China–Laos railway) is a 414 kilometres (257 mi) 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge electrified railway under construction in Laos, between the capital Vientiane and the small town of Boten on the border with China. It is the most expensive and largest project ever to be constructed in Laos.
In the north the line will be connected to the Chinese rail system in Mohan, through the Yuxi–Mohan railway. In the south it meets the existing metre-gauge railway in Thanaleng, linking it via Nong Khai in Thailand to Bangkok. A high-speed, standard gauge extension to Bangkok is also under construction. When finished, the Boten–Vientiane railway will form an important part of the Kunming–Singapore railway.
China aims to build a 5,500-km trans-Asia railway, which begins in Yunnan’s provincial capital Kunming and travels through Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, before ending in Singapore, according to Ding He, a deputy project manager for the China–Laos railway project. The Boten–Vientiane railway is part of the Belt and Road Initiative.» [Fonte]
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«It will be on December 2 when we are to complete the railway construction and make it ready for full operation»
«In the southern end of the railway in Vientiane, the China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group (CREC-5) has completed the construction of the main structure of the longest bridge along the China-Laos Railway, the Phonethong super major bridge with a length of 7,528.56 meters and 231 piers»
«an operating speed of 160 km per hour.» [Fonte]
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All the 10 China-Laos railway stations in Laos have concluded their debut shows, the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. (LCRC) told Xinhua on Friday.
According to the LCRC, a joint venture based in Lao capital Vientiane in charge of the construction and operation of the railway, the last station in Luang Prabang, some 220 km north of Vientiane, built by China Railway Construction Group Co., Ltd. (CRCG), completed its outer facade decoration on Wednesday.
The Luang Prabang Station, the second largest station after the Vientiane Station, consists of two platforms with four track lines.
With abundant experiences of station construction in China, the CRCG engineers combined the classic Chinese architecture’s door style with elements of Lao national flower of Dok Champa in the design and building of the station’s door posts, door beams and facade, reflecting the aesthetic culture of the two countries.
The China-Laos Railway is a docking project between China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert itself from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.
The electrified passenger and cargo railway is built with the full application of Chinese management and technical standards. The construction of the project started in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed and open to traffic in December 2021. Enditem
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