Construction of Pan-Asian Railway Speeds Up due to China’s Silk Road InitiativePosted: April 27, 2015
CCTV says in its report today that there is great boosting force now to implement the 10-year idle Pan-Asia Railway Network Agreement among Governments thanks to China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.
The Pan-Asian Railways contains east, middle and west lines that all start from Kunming and go respectively through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and merge at Thailand’s Bangkok. It finally go through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to its final destination Singapore.
China is building 7-km Baofeng tunnel in Yunnan-Yuxi Railway, the Chinese part of the network.
Other countries are speeding up the construction of the railways outside China. Laos regards the section in it as a priority project in its eighth five-year plan. China and Thailand entered into a contract for China-Thailand Railway at the end of 2014 and construction of the railway will begin later this year. When the railway opens to traffic, Bangkok will be an important hub of the 21st century maritime Silk Road.
China has formulated and implemented its national standards for high-speed rails, which will provide the standards for connection of various countries’ railways.
Source: CCTV “One Belt, One Road joint construction for prosperity: speeding up the construction of Pan-Asian Railway for connection of ‘One Belt, One Road’” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report I Chinese)