US Decries China’s High-Speed Rail in Laos. Connecting China’s Yunnan to South East Asia | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Decries China’s High-Speed Rail in Laos. Connecting China’s Yunnan to South East Asia

China’s plans to build high-speed rail connecting Kunming in its Yunnan province with the rest of Southeast Asia are already underway. In the landlocked nation of Laos, tunnels and bridges are already under construction.

The United States has, in general, condemned China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) sweeping infrastructure programme, with US and European policy circles accusing Beijing of what they call “debt trap diplomacy.”

Quartz in an article titled, “Eight countries in danger of falling into China’s “debt trap”,” would claim:

Beijing “encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth,” said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on March 6. “Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa’s infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most countries,” he added.

The report continued, stating:

Some call this “debt-trap diplomacy“: Offer the honey of cheap infrastructure loans, with the sting of default coming if smaller economies can’t generate enough free cash to pay their interest down.

While nations should protect themselves from the dangers of being indebted to foreign interests, the US and supposedly international institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are hardly innocent of wielding debt as a geopolitical weapon themselves.

However, while some of China’s projects may be questionable, others offer tangible benefits not only for China, but for the regions they will be interlinking.

Laos’ Escape from Colonial Shadows

The real concern in Washington, London and Brussels is regarding infrastructure projects that are successful, bringing profit and benefits to both Beijing and partner nations, allowing them to collectively move out from under centuries of Western primacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what, pray tell, does the US actually have in the works, to counter this intelligently, and proactively?!?

The answer is, one big, fat, hairy nothing.

Even the desperately needed infrastructure projects right here in the US are not getting done.

The Chinese leadership is thinking long-term; the US government can barely keep its though processes straight through the next elections.

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