Thai - Lao Mekong Bridge # 3???

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  1. DavidFL

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    FUNDING for the the next Thai / Lao Mekong Friendship bridge has been announced today...

    011406 - ThaisNews - Thailand and China will share the construction cost of the
    3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge

    14 January 2007
    Thailand and China will share the construction cost of the 3rd Thai-Lao
    Friendship Bridge

    Thailand and China have reaffirmed they will each pay half of the construction
    cost of the third Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge estimated at around 33 million US
    dollars. The bridge will be built across the Mekong River. The commitment was
    made at the meeting between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian
    Nations (ASEAN) and the People's Republic of China in Cebu, Philippines
    today. The bridge will link the Thai northern province of Chiang Rai with
    Laos's Huay Sai Province. Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said China is
    considered a pillar supporting regional stability and an important mechanism for
    ASEAN's growth. He welcomed Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabaoa's proposal to
    help support communication and logistics development within the region during
    the next 10 to 15 years, in order to facilitate future investment and tourism
    between ASEAN and China. At the meeting, the Chinese Prime Minister also
    proposed ASEAN-China cooperation in bird flu suppression, public health and
    natural disaster mitigation. At the end of the ASEAN-China meeting, Prime
    Minister Surayud witnessed the signing of three economic agreements between
    ASEAN and China. They are the Agreement on Trade in Services of the Framework
    Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation, the Action Plan under Beijing
    Declaration on Partnership in ICT cooperation and the Memorandum of
    Understanding on Agriculture signed between the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture
    and the ASEAN Secretariat.

    So now they just have to sign a contract for the bridge & get cracking. It could be in place in about 3-4 years at guess. I wonder if the bridge will be ready before they finish asphalting the road Huay Sai - Luang Nam Tha?

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