Monday, 17 January, 2022
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This frame grab from Lao National TV video footage taken recently via AFPTV shows a general view of the exterior of the Vientiane Railway Station in Vientiane. A new 6 billion USD Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos on December 3, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a project that has seen thousands of farmers evicted from their land.

This frame grab from Lao National TV video footage taken recently via AFPTV shows a general view of the exterior of the Vientiane Railway Station in Vientiane. A new 6 billion USD Chinese-built railway line opens in Laos on December 3, bringing hopes of an economic boost to the reclusive nation, but experts are questioning the benefits of a project that has seen thousands of farmers evicted from their land.