“Meant to be an iconic route to a more connected and prosperous future, a brand new highway financed and under construction by China has become a headache for the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro.

Although the first 41-km section through difficult, mountainous terrain is not yet complete, the country of 622,000 people is now heavily indebted to China, and doubts abound over how to fund the remaining 136km, needed to complete the link from the Adriatic port of Bar to the Serbian border in the north.

State-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) started work on the first segment in 2015, with completion expected in 2019.

The highway is planned to run from Bar to Boljare on the Serbian border, where it would link to a new Serbian highway to Belgrade, giving the Serbian capital a new route to the Adriatic.” (Global Construction Review)