Land and Sea silk roads being boosted with new high speed rail will boost Eurasian trade

Romanian website Glasul, indicates has awarded the Moscow to Beijing Transsiberian high speed rail project to China Railway High-speed (CRH), a subsidiary of the state-controlled China Railway (CR), which is working in a joint-venture with the local firm Uralvagonzavod. It would reduce a seven day trip to two days and eventually be part of a several high speed rail lines from China to Europe and throughout south and central asia.

A new high speed rail segment from Xian to the coast of China would be an important part of a Maritime Silk Road that would increase trading access from Central and western China to Central Asia.

China is also looking to add another North-south high speed rail segment through the central part of China. It would go from Xian (right in the middle of China to Hainan Island. Hainan Island is beside Hong Kong.

Chinese rail experts are holding meetings in China’s western hub city of Xi’an to discuss the feasibility creating a new high-speed rail line linking Inner Mongolia in the north with Hainan in the south.

The line would cut through six provincial-level regions, including Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi and Guangdong before ending on the island of Hainan.

The idea is to run the line through many of the regions in China home to this country’s ethnic minorities, which are very popular tourist destinations.

Proposals will see the line make stops in the tourist cities if Yan’an, Xi’an, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Yulin and finally in Hainan, after crossing the Qiongzhou Strait between Guangdong and the island province