China, ASEAN to Construct Mekong Railway System

China is planning to construct a railway system on the Mekong River regions with five countries of the ASEAN amid concerns for further transportation integration.

The plan, announced at the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Ministers Meeting, was endorsed by China, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam.

A total of $ 1.9 billion dollars is estimated to cover the overall costs of the construction scheme with additional $ 7 billion dollars for upgrading existing railways. The railway system is said to start its maiden voyage in 2025 with a capacity of roughly 3.2 million passengers and 23 million tons of goods.

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