The construction of a crucial 141 km-rail link between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was completed Tuesday.
This is part of the SKRL (Singapore-Kunming Rail Line) that is a high priority for ASEAN in getting ready for the Asian Economic Community that ASEAN is due to morph into by 2015, turning the entire Greater Mekong Sub-region into one big free-trade zone. Basic travel infrastructure is a huge issue in places like Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos yet.
I've been watching this story for months and this is a major portion of the project. Details on the ASEAN Connectivity Plan are here.