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Thailand & Cambodia reopen rail and sea links as ties blossom

Thailand and Cambodia have ramped up efforts to bolster diplomatic and economic ties with the aim of doubling bilateral trade by 2020.

The neighbours revived a cross-border train link on 22 April after it laid unused for 45 years. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen took a ceremonial ride across the border from Aranyaprathet in eastern Thailand to the Cambodian city of Poipet on a train donated by Bangkok.

In 2015, Prayuth and Hun Sen signed an agreement for US$15bn worth of bilateral trade by 2020, through expanding road and rail links. According to the Bank of Thailand, the neighbours traded goods worth 245 billion baht ($7.7bn) in 2018, a 35 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

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