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Thailand’s Chinese-financed High Speed Railway Gets Boost After Xi Visit to Bangkok

Deng Xijun is China's ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.)

The long-delayed 609-kilometer China-Thailand high-speed standard gauge railway is once again a top priority for both sides following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Thailand last week, where the project topped the agenda in bilateral talks.

With a price tag of $12 billion, this is one of China’s largest and most expensive BRI projects to date. Thai authorities are hoping to finish the first two stages by 2026 and have the entire project completed no later than 2026 — 14 years after it was first conceived.

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