First road through Laos to connect Yunnan and Thailand
June 22 (LPAC) China, Thailand and Laos agreed on June 21 to build a bridge across the Mekong River that will directly link Yunnan province with Bangkok by road through Laos for the first time, the Asian Development Bank said. To be completed in 2011, the bridge will be jointly financed by China and Thailand. The bridge will cross the Mekong at Chiang Khong, in northern Thailand near the Myanmar border. It will be the third bridge across the Mekong to be built under a 15 year-old regional cooperation program to link the economies of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
It is also the final link in a north-south road system through the Mekong region being developed by nations in the area and the ADB since the Greater Mekong Sub-region initiative was launched in 1992.