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Thailand, Germany Extend Railway Cooperation

 

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BANGKOK, Dec 4 (TNA) — The Ministry of Transport of Thailand and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure signed an agreement to extend their railway cooperation covering railway research, human resources development and technology transfers.

 

The extension concerns the countries’ joint declaration of intent (JDI) on further cooperation in the development of railways. The cooperation was aimed at developing Thailand to be a base of railway-related production, maintenance and knowledge.

 

Full Story: https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-595433

 

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Without Germany, Thailand probably wouldn't even have a railway network. Or at elast would have acquired it much later than it actually did.

 

The country's first railway line connecting Bangkok and Chiang Mai was being built by the Germans while WW1 was already raging in Europe. Then, in 1917, Siam "conveniently" declared war on Germany, expropriating the line and basically getting it for free. The last stretch of track to Chiang Mai was finished by Danish engineers just after WW1.

 

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1 hour ago, Misterwhisper said:

Without Germany, Thailand probably wouldn't even have a railway network. Or at elast would have acquired it much later than it actually did.

 

The country's first railway line connecting Bangkok and Chiang Mai was being built by the Germans while WW1 was already raging in Europe. Then, in 1917, Siam "conveniently" declared war on Germany, expropriating the line and basically getting it for free. The last stretch of track to Chiang Mai was finished by Danish engineers just after WW1.

 

I wonder if that would work with the Chinese when the line they're building is nearly finished?    "We declare war on China".  Splat!   🤣

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