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China 'considering' building high-speed rail line from Beijing to the United States

Entire trip would take two days and run through Siberia

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2014, 10:26am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2014, 8:19am

China is considering plans to build a high-speed railway line to the US, the country’s official media has reported.

The proposed line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the continental US, according to a report in the state-run Beijing Times newspaper.

Crossing the Bering Strait in between Russia and Alaska would require about 200km (125 miles) of undersea tunnel, the paper said, citing Wang Mengshu, a railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

“Right now we’re already in discussions. Russia has already been thinking about this for many years,” Wang said.

The project - nicknamed the “China-Russia-Canada-America line” - would run for 13,000km, about 3,000km further than the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350kmh (220mph).

The reported plans leave ample room for scepticism. No other Chinese railway experts have come out in support of the proposed project.

Whether the government has consulted Russia, the US or Canada is also unclear. The Bering Strait tunnel alone would require an unprecedented feat of engineering - it would be the world’s longest undersea tunnel - four times the length of the Channel Tunnel which connects France and England.

According to the state-run China Daily, the tunnel technology is “already in place” and will be used to build a high-speed railway between the south-east province of Fujian and Taiwan.

“The project will be funded and constructed by China,” it said. “The details of this project are yet to be finalised.”

The Beijing Times listed the China-US line as one of four international high-speed rail projects currently in the works. The first is a line that would run from London via Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Kiev and Moscow, where it would split into two routes, one of which would run to China through Kazakhstan and the other through eastern Siberia.

The second line would begin in the far-western Chinese city of Urumqi and then run through Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey to Germany.

The third would begin in the south-western city of Kunming and end in Singapore. The routes are under various stages of planning and development, the paper said.

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richard.barnes.528
I would hope that the US and Canada are wise enough in light of the Actions that China is taking in the Pacific to see that allowing them to have ground based access to our continent is not wise. Sure we could destroy it quickly, but would we be vulnerable to a first attack?
michaelhctam@gmail.com
Get off your Sofa and go outside Grandpa. Cold war is over.
sipsip1238
I believe that we should start considering building one to the moon....
DinGao
Headline: Downpour in Shenzhen cripples rail link from Hong Kong to Guangzhou
jiawang@adb.org
In the future, there will be peace between Russia/USA; China/USA.
Someone is smoking crack in China.
536ea2f3-df94-4163-b715-52be0a3209cb
Actually it makes perfect sense and here is why.
1) China is into "exporting its ability to play a strategic role on the world stage."
2) Permafrost in Russia is melting away; due to climate change, making it possible for new routes.
3) China is not counting on humans to fund the train. Just think what will happen to shipping if China corners the market on alternative transport of Chinese good landing in America in two days?
4) How many Americans love to travel? And have the money NOT to want to fly. And how many hate flying.
5) By having Russia, Canada, China and the US involved, China's cost of transporting good in capital outlay is 1/4th of the amount if it funded it by themselves.
6) How does equipment and good get to Alaska? How many times can China send goods to Alaska via rail instead of the US driving trucks all year round.
To me its not only highly feasible but Russia has already been hot on this idea. You have two major powers and the land mass for 1/2 the project already.
dunndavid
Here's a quiz boys and girls, how many high speed rail lines around the world actually make money? Actually just one Tokyo to Osaka. Why? Because there you have the unique combination of two very large cities not too close for alternative and not too far away to make it too costly with lots of people living close to the station in a very rich country. Does a line of 13,000 kilometers make sense to anybody but Chinese rail cronies? I think not.
Carparklee
This is something called, "I have a dream!" and even more importantly, they want to sell it as "We have a dream." It is always better to have some common topics talk about aside from those "tough" global issues.
zmgzmgzmg
Doesn't sound viable, there cannot be much need to connect those very northern areas with high-speed rail. There must be many other better opportunities out there.
ejmciii
Why wouldn't every nation want hoards of our friends from the north coming to them via high speed rail. Could you imagine what the washrooms would be like after two full days of that. Better put the MTR on this one, North America.

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