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Imagine the splendid Mekong River, as it flows not far from an ancient capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. The river is powerful, with muddy banks, surrounded by lush mountains. Imagine poor villages and old ferry crossings, as well as broken plastic sandals on the feet of local people.
Then suddenly, near the village of Phonesai, you can spot several tremendous concrete pillars. They are growing out from the water, and from both river banks, literally connecting two mountains.
Soon it will be a bridge for high-speed trains. It is being built by China, a nation with the most advanced high-speed rail technology on earth. And a bit below, there will be another bridge, for cars and pedestrians. Both mountains are being drilled, carefully and sparingly. This is where two tunnels will be passing through.
It is, of course, much cheaper to blow the mountains down with explosives. This is the biggest project in the history of Laos, and it is often described as a mammoth engineering task: The Laotian terrain is very complex, its nature still pristine at large, and it is supposed to remain as such.
The railroad will be kilometers long, connecting Boten on the Laos-China border and the Laotian capital Vientiane. It is estimated that 20, Chinese workers will take part in the construction, as well as further tens of thousands of local laborers.
The railroad is expected to be operational inlinking Laos with both China in the north, and Thailand to the south. The Lao government hopes that the completion of China-Laos railway will bring powerful momentum to social and economic development, while the construction of the railway has already brought great changes in many areas along the route.
Nearby hilly villages have over people while some 20 of them have been employed to work for Sinohydro 3. Lao staffs are learning the advanced technology and management from their Chinese colleagues.
Chinese construction companies also donated money to local villages for building bridges and roads. And not only roads, I saw and photographed new workshops, hotels, small factories and hospitals, along the road from Luang Prabang to Phonesai Village.
This is all part of Belt and Road Initiative, an optimistic, internationalist plan of China and its leadership, designed to connect and lift out from poverty, a great number of nations, among them various previously colonized and plundered by the West countries in all corners of the globe.
Mass tourism, mainly from the West, followed. There are a few posh boutiques and high-end hotels in town.
Signs are in English, sometimes in French or Laotian, but very rarely in Chinese.
Official Communist flags of Laos have almost entirely disappeared from the main streets of Luang Prabang. In a local library, I am told by Mr. Seng Dao, who is the main librarian: Foreigners, mainly Europeans, used to come to local people and ask, sarcastically, even aggressively: Within few years, in the center of the city, the proud Communist legacy and identity of Laos has almost been entirely replaced with mass-produced low-quality silk, banal toys and other kitsch catering to the Western cultural fundamentalists, mainly from Europe.
But Laos is a Communist country, and flags are still waving in the wind as a rebellion, from various tuk-tuks and from the houses. A member of the vile British royal family responsible for the horrendous colonialist legacy all over the world including Southeast AsiaMs. I used to work in Laos, on several occasions, but especially inwhen I reported on the activities of the British de-mining agency MAG, in the devastated Plain of Jars.
In a beastly show of cruelty and indifference, the West took millions of innocent human lives in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. We will never know the precise numbers, but combined, the death toll of the civilians most likely reached between 5 to 8 million.
And it got away with it, as it has done in virtually every corner of the world, where it brought genocide, thorough destruction and indescribable misery. International Lao-China Hospital I spoke to dozens of local people in the Plain of Jars, using the services of my patient and deeply compassionate local interpreter, Mr.
There, in a small village of Ban Khai, Mr. We used to hide by the side of the road, in the ditch. Bombs kept falling and once our entire family was buried and we had to dig ourselves out. People were dying all around us. And they used to send small planes which were looking for people on the ground; those flew so low that we were able to see faces in the cockpits.
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