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Preliminary clearance work will lead the way for a $1.2 billion Chinese-financed rail construction project in the Philippines.

China poised to dominate influence in Asia

Solid economy, diplomatic ties attracting allies

By Tyler Marshall
Globe Correspondent / August 13, 2006

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BANGKOK -- The maps spread across the desk of senior Thai Commerce Ministry official Pisanu Rienmahasarn show the progress on a new 1,170-mile-long road project that will run from Kunming in southwestern China through Laos and on to the ports of southern Thailand. (Full article: 2050 words)

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