Vietnam plans to open two new routes towards China
Vietnam Railways is in the process of launching two new train services to China. These services will link the southern area of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with Guangxi and Yunnan provinces in China, offering a delivery time of 5 days to Guangxi and 6 days to Yunnan.
The route heading to Guangxi province will start at Song Than station in Binh Duong province. After crossing Bac Giang Province and Lang Son Province, it will finally reach the Chinese border city of Pingxiang.
Another route shares the same starting point but heads to Yunnan province in China. After travelling across Lao Cai, the train will arrive at the Chinese border city of Hekou, unload the cargo, and finish the rest of the journey by truck.
These two new routes also contribute to the significance of Binh Duong province. According to the Saigon Times, Binh Duong is one of the provinces actively involved in exporting goods to China and Europe, including leather, shoes, textiles, garments, and others. In addition to the new services, investments are also planned for new infrastructure construction that will connect Vietnam, Laos, and China.
Previously, a Vietnamese infrastructure investor and a Laos oil trading company signed a joint venture agreement to conduct a study on constructing a railway between Vietnam and Laos. The planned new railway line will connect to the China-Laos Railway. Furthermore, the railway between Vietnam and Laos could also provide rail access to the Vietnamese port of Vung An, allowing goods arriving there to be shipped directly to markets such as Thailand, China, South Korea, and Japan via sea services. Currently, the agreement is still in the feasibility stage.