On the 16th of October, the first Laos-China Railway passenger train departed from Kunming, headed for Vientiane.
The Indonesian government will partly finance construction of the Jakarta-Bandung railway line, a major BRI project.
First contract signed between Thailand and China about the construction of a high speed railway between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Even if the BRI projects in Europe are slowing down because of Covid19 pandemic, a Sino-European partnership remains a priority for both parties.
The implementation of the BRI in Kenya has been facing some obstacles. However, Kenya and China share many interests in jointly developing this initiative.
The China-Southeast Asia Economic Corridor is an important component of the BRI and will link Yunnan Province to Singapore.
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 September 2018, a Sino-Japanese committee on public and private investment along the new Silk Roads might be held in Beijing.