Approval Near For Vietnam-China Highway – Donald Greenlees
From International Herald Tribune:
On a frontier where Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers exchanged bullets in a short but bloody war three decades ago, construction workers from the two countries will soon join forces to build a highway that promises to bring new wealth to their once heavily guarded border regions.
Plans for a four-lane highway from Hanoi to Kunming are expected to clear the last hurdle Friday, when the board of the Asian Development Bank gives the green light to a loan that will underwrite the Vietnamese side of the project.
By 2012, when the highway is completed, cars, buses and trucks will be able to speed people and goods between northern Vietnam and southern China, opening the prospect of a significant new economic development zone in Asia. [Full Text]