Terwijl de Chinezen in eigen land nog volop bezig zijn met de aanleg van hogesnelheidslijnen, richt premier Li Keqiang zich alweer op het buitenland. Zo sloot hij een samenwerkingsovereenkomst met het Verenigd Koninkrijk voor het ontwerp en de bouw van nog meer snelle treinen.
As China’s domestic high-speed railway network surpassed 10,000 kilometers (and this is not even counting the tracks still under construction), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, dubbed by some as the nation’s “High Speed Rail Salesman,” has just obtained yet another cooperation project with Britain during his recent three-day visit to the country.
China and Britain released a joint statement stating that the two countries “agree to promote substantive cooperation on rail, including high-speed rail in areas including design, engineering, construction, supply operation and maintenance.”
Even though the British media remains skeptical about the safety level of Chinese high-speed railway, China has nonetheless taken another chunk of the British market.
According to the report released by the International Union of Railways, there are ten countries or regions in the world with high-speed rail operations and another ten that have begun planning to build such networks. By 2025, the number of kilometers of global high speed rail tracks is expected to double.