Bullet train from China reaches Laos

The Lane Xang EMU train arrived in northern Laos' border town of Boten, after passing by the China-Laos borderline inside the Friendship Tunnel on Oct. 15, 2021.

Vientiane, 16 October 2021 (TDI): The electric multiple unit (EMU) train Lane Xang arrives at China-Laos Railway Vientiane Station, capital of Laos. Chinese Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Zhang Run, stated that the EMU Border Train has a speed of 160 km/h via Twitter.

At the station, Jiang Zaidong, Chinese Ambassador to Laos, and Viengsavath Siphandone, Lao Minister of Public Works and Transport, witnessed the official handover of the EMU Train to the Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Laos’ capital Vientiane, supervising the construction and operation.

Ambassador Jiang addressed the Saturday ceremony, where he stated that Laos’s first modern train was a significant landmark in her history. He noted that this is also a major milestone in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to transform a land-locked country into one with land-linked centers.

Minister Viengsavath at the ceremony addressed that the Laos China Railway’s design and manufacturing of EMU train is an important part and a key concern for Laos government. Thongloun Sisoulith, general secretary to Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and Lao president, organized design plans whereas Phankham Viphavanh, Laos Prime Minister, chose the train’s name.

The Lao minister said that the delivery and completion of the Lane Xang EMU marked Laos’ creation period and also said that Laos entered a new age on railway transport.

Viengsavath said that both sides will cooperate after the completion of construction on the Laos-China Railway. This is to enhance the development of the railway and make it a landmark project for bilateral friendship.

Two Lao ladies take photos with the Lane Xang EMU train in the China-Laos railway Vientiane station in the Lao capital on Oct. 16, 2021.

The Lane Xang EMU uses advanced technology, is safe, comfortable, and reliable. It can carry large numbers of passengers, and it has low operating expenses. It fulfills all requirements for the China-Laos railway operation.

Its construction began in December 2016, and the project is expected to be fully operational by December 2021.