Chinese Investors Scrambling to Buy Into Laos’ Boten SEZ Ahead of Railway

Laos’ Boten Specific Economic Zone (SEZ) is enjoying strong interest from Chinese investors as the Lao-China railway nears completion, but local villagers are fearful of the rapid change. They say that the development will be good for the Chinese, but not for the Laotians who currently live there.

Located in Luang Namtha province, the zone is adjacent to border town of Mohan in China’s Yunnan province. The Lao government expects that when work is completed and the railroad opens in 2021, millions of Chinese tourists will flock to the area.


RFA’s Lao Service