China and Russia have now both approved the $242 billion Beijing to Moscow High speed rail project

China will build a 7,000-kilometer (4,350-mile) high-speed rail link from Beijing to Moscow, at a cost of 1.5 trillion yuan ($242 billion), Beijing’s city government said on the social networking site Weibo.

The rail line seeks to facilitate travel across Europe and Asia, Beijing’s municipal government said Jan. 21 in a post on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. The journey from Beijing to Moscow would take “two days” on a route passing through Kazakhstan, the post said.

It will take take eight to 10 years to build.

Moscow is 1000 miles from Berlin. So the Beijing-Moscow high speed line will make it easy to connect China to Europe.

This line will also make it easy for China to connect to India and Central Asia for Silk Road segments