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The Lane Xang train passes through villages and fields on Dec. 3, 2021 in Xaythani District, Vientiane, Laos. (RFA)

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Officials attend the Dec. 3 handover ceremony of the high-speed rail project linking the city of Kunming, China, with Vientiane. (Reuters)

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Laos' President Thongloun Sisoulith and China's President Xi Jinping attend the ceremony via video. (Reuters)

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A worker in protective gear waits next to a train at the Vientiane station. (Reuters)

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Vientiane train station is seen during the handover ceremony. (Reuters)

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A passenger train on the China-Laos Railway arrives at Yuxi Railway Station in southwestern China's Yunnan Province on Dec. 3, 2021.(Associated Press)

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Passengers line up to board a train on the China-Laos Railway at Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan Province on Dec. 3, 2021. (Associated Press)

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