China Rail to Unite Asia
According to a recent article by NPR, China has plans in the works to expand its rail system beyond its borders. The Chinese are negotiating with Laos, their nearest neighbor, to install a high-speed rail system in northern Laos. Once established in Laos, the rail system would head south in order to intersect with Thailand’s rail system. The Chinese are rumored to be commencing negotiations with the Thai regarding routes and financial arrangements. Ultimately, the rail system will connect to Singapore. While a massive investment, a China – Singapore rail system could unleash unparalleled travel between the Asian financial powers. As China builds infrastructure and diversifies its financial future, the United States is embroiled in wars and mired in ever-polarizing politics.