Montenegro's highway of the century or road to nowhere?

Montenegro's ambitious highway project fuels debate about Chinese influence in Europe

PODGORICA (Montenegro) • Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro's picturesque Moraca River canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe.

The government has described the 165km Bar-Boljare Highway, with its imposing bridges and deep-cut tunnels, as the construction project of the century and a pathway to the modern world.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2018, with the headline 'Highway of the century or road to nowhere?'. Subscribe