Train cars belonging to the Kunming metro wait to undergo maintenance in Kunming, Yunnan province
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For the southwestern city of Kunming, China's plan to extend a high-speed rail link 3,000 km south to Singapore is already a boon: pristine expressways, a gleaming station and something of a real estate boom, as young buyers crowd property showrooms.InThe country, one of the region's poorest, could struggle to finance even part of the $7 billion cost and has yet to agree financial terms with China.Beijing's negotiations have soured there as well, in part over financing, adding to a growing headache for China and highlighting the sort of problems Beijing may face as it develops its economic highways beyond Southeast Asia and across Asia under its "One Belt, One Road" project.Across the Southeast Asia border, China is facing the most complex and possibly most significant obstacles to its ambitions, as its neighbors protest what they say are excessive Chinese demands and unfavorable financing conditions.Leaders from both countries agreed to speed up construction – China offered to loan most of the project funds.Without significant help from China, Laos lacks the financial muscle for the project, diplomats said.
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