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World’s fastest train among accolades accruing to China’s rail industry

CHINA, Beijing: -- A new ultra-fast passenger train with a top speed of 350km/h began services from the capital Beijing to global business hub Shanghai last month, becoming the fastest railway in operation in the world.
International Department of China’s Academy of Railway Sciences deputy director of Mr Zhao Zhangshan told Asian journalists recently that high-speed trains are now is running across the country, most at speeds of up to 300km/h.
“This high-speed train is travelling from Beijing to Shanghai province in about four hours and a half, making it both the fastest in China and the world,” he said.
By the end of 2016, China’s railways had reached 124,000km in length, of which high-speed lines had made up more than 22,000km.
It comes as the length of high-speed railway in operation in China is set to reach 30,000km by 2020, permitting access to over 80 percent of the large cities in China.
China’s high-speed rail currently accounts for over 60 percent of the total track length worldwide.
The initiative to jointly build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road proposed by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013 offers the new opportunities for deepening cooperation and seeking benefits of common development among all countries along these corridors, with railways playing a pivotal role.
China cannot hope to develop much needed regional railways on its own.
On the other hand, more and more countries around the world can increasingly attribute increasing improvements to their railways to both technical cooperation and componentry from the world’s largest country.
China always attaches great importance to cooperation with other countries in the rail sector and will, as always, actively participate in international railway construction and equipment projects, as well as share the fruits and experiences of its sector’s development with the rest of the world.
While seeking to reap the benefits of rapid development domestically, China’s railway sector has also been playing a significant part in implementing the the nation’s global initiatives.
The sector has directed it’s efforts to supporting the Belt and Road spirit of peaceful cooperation, openness and inclusivity, mutual learning and mutual benefit, fostering international collaboration and exchange and sharing in the fruits of its achievement of development with other countries.
Up until now, China has joined hands with more than 40 other countries and regions in railway planning, design and construction.
Chinese railway technologies and equipment now have a presence in more than 100 states and territories around the world.
China has also strengthened cooperation with relevant countries in proactively promoting iconic railway construction projects, such as Indonesian Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway, China-Laos Railway and the Pakistani Lahore Orange Line Light Rail Project.
The Hungary-Serbia Railway, China-Thailand Railway and other cooperation projects have also seen ongoing progress in their respective preliminary works.
With more passengers and goods being moved worldwide thanks to China’s locomotive know-how, the sector is enjoying an increasingly important role in promoting the progress of railways around the globe.

By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update
October 24,

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