Thailand to continue high-speed railway talks with China
Last update: 23/09/2019
BANGKOK, Sept 23 -- The Transport Ministry of Thailand will hold contract talks with China for the joint high-speed railway project between Bangkok and northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province during the ASEAN Summit in November, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported, quoting local media.
Local media quoted Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob as saying on Friday that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will also attend the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits in Bangkok.
Thai officials and their Chinese counterparts have yet to reach a deal on the so-called “Contract 2.3” worth about 50 billion baht (US$1.64 billion), which covers the cost of purchasing tracks, an electricity system, machinery, procurement of train carriages and training.
Contract 2.3 is one of 14 separate deals that are required for the project’s first phase, including the construction of 125-billion baht section stretching 252.5 kilometres from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima.