View Full Version : Thailand-China railway construction framework

Kanok Karn
26th October 2010, 15:55
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The joint parliamentary meeting has approved the signing of an MOU between Thailand and China in connection with the construction of high speed rails.

The parliament has approved the proposed MOU pertaining to the construction of five rail routes.The five rail routes agreed on are Bangkok-Nong Kai, Bangkok-Ubol Ratchatani, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Rayong, and Bangkok- Padang Besar.

Working procedures will include railway improvement and management of the train services.

Before the voting, Transport Minister Sopon Zarum explained that, with co-operation from China, the Kingdom would have trains that run at least 100 kilometers per hour by 2014, adding that the MOu would not be legally binding to both countries as it was simply a memorandum of understanding; not a contract.

295 members of the meeting approved the proposal while 10 rejected it; 61 abstain and 21 did not vote. The constitution requires that cooperation, regardless of nature, between Thailand and another country must first be approved by the cabinet.

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