The People's Daily reports, from a Xinhua source: People's Daily Online -- Second Thai-Lao bridge to be opened in December:
"The second bridge linking Thailand and Laos across the Mekong River will be opened in December, Laos' Radio Vientiane announced on Friday.
Construction on the bridge, linking Mukdaharn province in northeastern Thailand to Laos' southern province Suvannakhet, began in December 2003, and will be completed by this December, the radio reported.
The project, which costs about 69 million U.S. dollars, was partly financed by the Japanese government and half by the Lao government.
It will be the second bridge to link Thailand and Laos across the Mekong River, which is the common border of the two countries.
The first Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge was completed with Australian assistance in the early 1990s, linking the Lao capital Vientiane with Nong Khai province in northeastern Thailand."
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