The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative have major commonalities. Both envisage transport connectivity as a way of bringing countries closer to one another, facilitating better access to trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Similar to the BRI project, AMPC calls for a system of roads and railways to link contiguous members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with one another, as well as a system of ports for vessels and short shipping routes to link Southeast Asian countries with one another. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Given this shared vision, it is evident that this would pose a great benefit to developing ASEAN. Also, the Chinese initiative is sure to support the ASEAN nations in advancing regional connectivity. China has been seeking the advancement of trade and investment with its economic partners. The BRI embodies and projects the reaching-out … [Read more...] about China’s Belt and Road, and implications for ASEAN connectivity
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SHANGHAI: China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104-metre vessel, equipped with an advanced electric propulsion and control system for navigating sea ice, was expected to be completed by August 2019, Xinhua reported. China released its first official Arctic policy white paper in January, in which it revealed plans to encourage companies to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages with the goal of building a "Polar Silk Road". The Belt and Road initiative aims to boost China's global role by connecting China to countries in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere through large infrastructure projects. … [Read more...] about China touts ‘Polar Silk Road’
Phuket takes its turn to launch a road and marine accident prevention campaign for the new year season yesterday (December 27). At Provincial Hall Phuket’s Governor Norapat Plodthong hosted the launch of the campaign and led a parade that gathered officials from several Provincial departments, together with local foundations and volunteers. “New Year is the festive time when people travel or head back to their hometown, making the traffic more congested and raising the risk of more accidents. From the statistics, the accidents are mainly caused by drunk driving, exceeding speed limit, improper condition of the vehicle, overtaking dangerously and exhaustion from driving. The three vehicle categories that have the highest accident numbers are motorcycles, pickup trucks then sedans. We expect to reduce the amount of accidents from last year and would like all departments as well as people to help strengthen the traffic law enforcement,” said the Governor. The Governor … [Read more...] about Provincial Hall makes road safety top priority during holiday season
caption A train runs during the groundbreaking ceremony of a high-speed rail development — a Belt and Road project — in China and Thailand. source Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters China is currently undertaking what it considers the largest project of the century – building a network of railroads and shipping lanes linking itself with 70 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The main focuses of the “Belt and Road” initiative – also known as “One Belt, One Road” – are in infrastructure, transportation, and energy. Countries including India, Pakistan, Russia, New Zealand and Poland have all joined in the project. Together they make up at least a third of the world’s GDP. Scroll down to learn more about it. “Belt and Road” is a massive trade and infrastructure project that aims to link China — physically and financially — to dozens of economies across Asia, Europe, Africa, and … [Read more...] about Inside ‘Belt and Road,’ China’s mega-project that is linking 70 countries across Asia, Europe, and Africa
Societies that forget to adjust their ways to changing circumstances, sooner or later pay a price. Back in the old days, when traffic was light and not so fast, it was forgivable to pass over safety principles in road design, disregard driver education, and condone dangerous driving behaviour. Sure, accidents happened and people died, but on the whole losses remained within reasonable bounds. Fast-forward to the present day. Thailand has evolved into a highly motorised and mobile society. The country's 69 million inhabitants now own close to 40 million (registered) cars and motorbikes. Every day, a motley collection of trucks, buses, cars, motorbikes, and the occasional cyclist or pedestrian battle for space and priority on the kingdom's increasingly crowded roads. Travel speeds have gone up too, thanks to the introduction of more powerful vehicles.The increased ease of moving around has brought the country and its people many benefits. Yet, important downsides have presented … [Read more...] about Road slaughter: Are we at breaking point?