China and Laos are set to commence work on the first high-speed rail link between the two countries, as part of a project to link China and Southeast Asia.
The entire rail project is expected to eventually connect the southwest Chinese city of Kunming with Singapore, passing through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.
Currently, landlocked Laos has only 3.5 kilomaeters of train track. China already operates a high-speed rail network spanning 7,531 kilometers.
China, Laos Plan to Start Key Rail Link [Wall Street Journal, 8 December 2010]
Bullet train to connect Thailand, Laos [Global Times, 9 December 2010]