China’s ever-expanding high-speed rail

16 Jul

One of China’s more impressive achievements is its train network, especially its high-speed rail which has expanded across much of the nation since being started in 2007. It seems like China has gotten so confident and enthusiastic with high-speed rail that it is seriously proposing high-speed rail networks going from China to neighboring countries, as well as across the Asian continent all the way to Europe! It sounds very ambitious and suggests China is a rail power, but it is important to remember that China’s high-speed rail lines cost a ton of money and may not be earning much profit, if at all, and that it was, at least formerly, based on foreign technology. Of course China seems to excel in large-scale infrastructural projects such as highways and dams, and that before its high-speed rail, it also boasted an extensive regular train network which is still in use today.

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2 Responses to “China’s ever-expanding high-speed rail”

  1. Ray H July 17, 2014 at 12:32 am #

    We’ll see how this works out in the future, and this is China so there’s sure to be problems. But so far I rather like the high-speed rails. Better than flying!

    • hcyip July 18, 2014 at 5:42 am #

      I like the high-speed rail as well and I think it is definitely a great achievement for the country. But like you say, this is China and there’s bound to be issues. I posted a Foreign Policy article a while back, which maybe you saw as well, that highlighted potential problems in the future.

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