POST TIME: 7 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
China-Laos Railway in the eyes of Laotians

China-Laos Railway in the eyes of Laotians

Ami is cooking at the project canteen. (Xinhua

“The China-Laos Railway has given me new hopes. I think my future will be closely related to it,” said a 24-year-old Laotian girl known as Ami among her Chinese colleagues.

An employee of Sinohydro Bureau 14 Corporation Limited for two years, Ami now can speak simple Chinese.

"I've witnessed the construction of the China-Laos Railway," said Ami proudly and happily. She is proud because she has made contributions to the construction of this railroad, and she is happy because its creation has helped her out of difficulties. Ami is a single mother with a three-year-old daughter. She now lives with her mother.

Construction of the China-Laos Railway started in December 2016. It is an important infrastructure project connecting China and Laos, a vital part of the Trans-Asian Railway and a major project along the Belt and Road. It is expected to go into operation in December 2021. When finished, the line is designed to carry freight and passengers at a speed of 160 kilometres per hour.

"My present salary is 1.5 million kip (about 1,200 yuan). I give my mother 200,000 kip to pay for food and I spend 500,000 kip buying sugar, milk and toys for my daughter. The remaining 800,000 kip is enough for my own expenditures," said Ami. "Now I have plenty of money to buy my favourite cosmetics."

“I have learned to cook Chinese food, such as stuffed buns, steamed buns, jiaozi, fried pork with vegetables and black fungi dressed with sauce,” said Ami, who helps at the project canteen. “My home is nearby the planned Kaxi Railway Station. When the railway is completed, there will be many customers near the station. I will open a restaurant there and the business will be good."