On the 16th of October, the first Laos-China Railway passenger train departed from Kunming, headed for Vientiane.
First contract signed between Thailand and China about the construction of a high speed railway between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Yangon New City project will be opened to foreign companies. This means that more European companies will be invited to work on BRI projects in Myanmar.
On 21 August 2018, the newly elected Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir announced the cancellation of three BRI projects in Malaysia, including the “East Coast Rail Link” (ECRL) and two pipelines. But Malaysia is still member of the BRI.
In late August 2017, the Government of Thailand announced that the construction of a high-speed train line between Bangkok and Nong Khai, a border town next Laos, will start next October. The first phase of this project will consist of