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China planning to connect high speed rail lines to US   


2014-05-08 15:09 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Yao Lan
(Photo source: Beijing Times)

(Photo source: Beijing Times)

(ECNS) -- China is planning to build a railway that could reach the United States, allowing travelers to take a train to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, according to Wang Mengshu, a tunnel and railway expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The 13,000-kilometer line would go from China's northeast all the way to the US via Russia and Canada, Wang told the Beijing Times on Thursday.

With a planned speed of 350 km per hour, the train would take approximately two days for travelers to get from China to the US.

Since the line will cross the Bering Strait, which links the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Sea of the Pacific Ocean, a 200-kilometer underwater tunnel would be needed.

China has the expertise to build the undersea high-speed rail link, and the same technology will be applied to the construction of a rail line linking Fujian and Taiwan, Wang said.

Negotiations are underway with countries along the railway line to develop the project, according to the expert.

Financing and planning for this monstrous project will be provided by China, and in return the partnering nation will provide resources, Wang added.

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