China planning a high-speed rail network to link Asia/Europe

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China is in negotiations to build a high-speed rail network to India and Europe that would make a trip from London to Beijing last just two days.

The network would begin in London and extend to India, Pakistan and Beijing. It could eventually carry passengers from on to Singapore, a trip that would last three days, according to project consultant Wang Mengshu, as reported in the Telegraph (UK).

A second line would extend from Beijing northward, through Russia to Germany, linking with the European railway system.

A third line would extend southward, connecting Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia…

“We are aiming for the trains to run almost as fast as aeroplanes,” said Mr Wang. “The best case scenario is that the three networks will be completed in a decade,” he added.

According to the Telegraph report, China is in negotiations with 17 nations for the massive project, which would effectively open the Central, East and Southeast Asia to Europe (and vice-versa).

In a way, it’s the Silk Road 2.0: the rail lines would allow China to transport raw materials more directly and efficiently.

According to the report, the system wasn’t China’s idea — it was the other nations, such as India. But it took Chinese know-how and tech to get it done.

China is in the midst of completing a $735.6 billion, five-year domestic railway expansion project consisting of almost 19,000 miles of new railways.

The nation unveiled the world’s fastest train, the Harmony Express, last year. The train has a top speed of almost 250 miles per hour, and will be used between the cities of Wuhan and Guangzhou.

High speed rail isn’t unique, nowadays. Except, of course, if a system was built in the United States. We’d rather wrestle with concrete highways especially as we let them fall apart from lack of maintenance.

We should be able to count on Republicans and Blue Dog Dems to stand around next to the last crumbling interchange and bridge complex and take credit for all the money they’ve saved taxpayers over the years. While food prices triple and our stature in the world of manufacturing moves to last place.

Logistics? Who cares in the GOUSA besides UPS?

Thanks, Mike

5 thoughts on “China planning a high-speed rail network to link Asia/Europe

  1. Charlie says:

    旧中国有句俗话:挖一口井你渴了才 (“Old Chinese proverb : “Dig a well before you are thirsty”)

    • News item: says:

      November 04, 2014: “The government of Mexico announced that it has chosen China Railway Corp to build a high-speed rail line connecting the capital of Mexico City with Queretaro, a manufacturing city 210 km to the north. The project is slated to start in December and the line is expected to begin operation in 2017, according to Mexican government officials, at a cost of $3.75 billion. As the competition heats up to win high-speed rail contracts abroad, China has struck first, winning the first such bid in Latin America. The question is how China managed to win, and what that means for competitors like Japan and Germany.” “Underlying Mexico’s decision to choose China, and what may have made it the only country able to meet to proposal deadline, was its decision to finance 85 percent of the project through the Export-Import Bank of China. While Japan has offered in the past to finance whole portions of larger projects, such as a proposed maglev high-speed rail line connecting the major urban centers of the U.S. East Coast, it has not shown a willingness to finance entire projects.”

      • Railroaded says:

        “Just days after announcing that a group led by China Railways Construction would build a $3.7 billion high-speed rail link from Mexico City to the center of the country, Mexico’s government cancelled the deal, citing the desire to avoid “doubts about the legitimacy and transparency” of the bidding process.” As many as 16 companies were reportedly interested in the project but in the end there was only one bidder – the China Railways consortium, which included four Mexican firms – Constructora Teya, Grupo GIA, Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, and GHP Infraestructura Mexicana. China Railways’ winning bid was 18% higher than the original transportation ministry estimate, the Yucatan Times reports {link}.

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