China builds up rail connections with neighbouring countries

BEIJING: China’s high-speed rail network has become a new brand of “made in China” with advantages including fastest speed, lowest-cost, longest operating mileage.

The website of the economic department of Chinese Embassy in Iran recently quoted Iranian media’s report and said that China participated in the construction and electrification project of the Tehran-Mashhad railway. After its completion, 70 China-made locomotives will be traveling on this section of the railway at a speed of 250 kilometers per hour. By 2016, China is expected to enter markets including the United States, Indonesia and Russia.

According to the Railway Work Conference held by China Railway in mid-January 2016,China will further promote overseas railway infrastructure projects including Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway in Russia, the West Express in the U.S. and a high-speed railproject linking Malaysia-Singapore.

In 2009, China first proposed the “going out” strategy for high-speed rail and set three strategic directions: a Eurasian high-speed rail line passing through Russia, a Central Asianline starting from Urumqi and terminating in Germany, and a Trans-Asian Railway network starting from Kunming to connect Southeast Asian countries, ending in Singapore.

After more than ten years’ efforts, China’s high-speed rail has processed independent intellectual property rights and core technology and mastered high-speed railway bearing technologies including design, construction, equipment, manufacturing, train control,systems integration and operations management.

China’s export market for railway equipment has been covering all over Asia, Europe and America. The export of railway equipment has changed from the exporting of single products to a full range of output including products, engineering, technology and standards.

The success of Chinese high-speed rail has not only increased the country’s GDP, but more importantly, greatly improved China’s international image. It will also enhance China’s international influence and status.

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