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April 18, 2024 (EIRNS)—While China’s BRI is planning to build a canal from Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to the Gulf of Thailand, which will allow the goods from the capital region to get to the sea without going down the Mekong River through Vietnam, Vietnam itself is planning two high-speed rail lines into China, one to Yunnan Province to the Northwest and a second to Guangxi Province to the Northeast, from the Hanoi region in the far north of Vietnam.

Vietnam’s National Assembly chairman, Vuong Dinh Hue, met with executives of Chinese railway companies on April 8 during his visit to Beijing, where he was hosted by Xi Jinping. This came after Vietnam and China had signed dozens of cooperation agreements, including on railways, during a visit to Hanoi by Chinese President Xi Jinping last December.

Vietnam is also planning a Hanoi-to-Ho Chi Minh City high-speed rail line in the future.