Vientiane, 25 July 2022 (TDI): A medical crew of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China arrived in the capital of Laos.

The group consisting of 149 troops came for ”Peace Train-2022”. Peace Train-2022′ was a joint humanitarian medical rescue & services drill of the PLA and Laos People’s Army. The drills were conducted in Phon Hong train station in Laos.

The purpose of this event was to allow the exchange of health care expertise between the two forces.  In addition, to strengthen the two militaries’ capacity to carry out combined medical services exercises.

Moreover,  the forces practiced the ways to respond to emergencies and encourage the development of a global healthcare community for everyone.

Additionally, the collaborative exercises featured a range of medical equipment. The featured pieces of equipment included a special medical train of the armed forces of China, innovative hospital tent structures, IV compounding robots, and disinfection drones.

Economic Relations between China and Laos

The relationship between China and Laos is not limited to the domain of military collaboration only. The two countries have very close economic ties. China is the largest investor in Laos.

China has invested over US$ 16.4 billion in 833 projects, in a wide range of sectors and in state-owned companies, and private enterprises. Therefore, China and Laos collaborated jointly work together to target the small, medium, and big industries.

In 2015, China started to invest in the Boten–Vientiane railway. This railway route connects Laos with the province of Yunnan in China. Finally, the construction of the railway was completed in December 2021.

The Vientiane-Boten Highway is also built with the investment of China. It connects Boten, which is on the border of Laos and China, with Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Lastly, China is also looking to construct a platform for better interaction between the Laos government and investors. The platform will help government officials comprehend the challenges that Chinese enterprises confront in Laos.