China has completed construction of a railway which links China’s Yunnan province to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on August 14

The Yuxi-Mengzi Railway has a total length of 141 km with a designed maximum speed of 120 km per hour. It is a part of the Eastern line of the planned Pan-Asia railway network. The railway plan also includes the Western and central lines.

The Yuxi-Mengzi Railway has a total investment of 4.5 billion RMB (709.78 million US dollars). It is funded by the Railway Ministry and the Yunnan government .

The railway is expected to open at the end of the year, and will boost the transport capability between China and ASEAN countries.

The Pan-Asia railway network is designed to start in Kunming, the Yunnan province’s capital. It passes through the cities of Yuxi, Mengzi and Hekou in Yunnan to connect with Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Singapore.-VNA