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Beijing to the US by train: China outlines plans to connect world by high speed rail network

China has outlined its plan to connect the world by high-speed rail, including an underwater link to the US running 13,000km.

The ‘China to Russia plus the United States’ line proposed by the Chinese Academy of Engineering would start in the north east of China, travel up through Siberia, across the Bering Strait to Alaska and down through Canada before reaching the contiguous US, The Beijing Times reports.

Other planned lines – construction of which has already reportedly began in China – are a link to London via Paris, Berlin and Moscow, along with a second route to Europe following the silk road to reach as far as Germany via Iran and Turkey. The international legs of the lines are currently under negotiation, the state ran paper said.

A fourth Pan-Asian line, connecting China with Singapore via Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, is reportedly already under construction. Proposals for lines running from China to Africa are currently being drawn up, the paper added.

The most structurally ambitious of the proposals is the US-China link, which would require around 200km of tunnels to cross the gap between Russia and Alaska – four times the length of the Channel Tunnel. If completed it would become the world’s longest underwater tunnel and take an unprecedented feat of engineering.

“Right now we’re already in discussions. Russia has already been thinking about this for many years,” Wang Meng-shu, a railway expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering said. The train would travel at 220mph with the entire trip taking two days.

Reporting on the plans, the state owned English language paper China Daily claimed that China already has the technology in place as it will be used to connect the country to Taiwan by underwater high-speed train requiring a 150km long tunnel. Details of this project are also yet to be finalised however.

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Yunnan Governor

代表团名单

李纪恒

H.E. Mr. Li Jiheng

云南省省长

Governor of Yunnan Province

 

卯稳国

Mr. Mao Wenguo

云南省人民政府秘书长

Secretary General, People’s Government of Yunnan Province

 

周  红

Mme. Zhou Hong

云南省人民政府外事办公室主任

Director-General, Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province

 

王喜良

Mr. Wang Xiliang

云南省发展与改革委员会主任

Director-General, Development and Reform Commission of Yunnan Province

 

赵壮天

Mr. Zhao Zhuangtian

云南省人民政府办公厅副主任

Deputy Director-General, General Office of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province

 

林宗钦

Mr. Lin Zongqin

云南省人民政府外事办公室英文翻译

Interpreter, Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Yunnan Province

 

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EXCLUSIVE BUSINESS SEMINAR WITH HON’BLE GOVERNOR OF YUNNAN – H.E. MR. LI JIHENG, 9th MARCH 2014, THE OBEROI GRAND, KOLKATA

“The Indian Chamber of Commerce proposes “West Bengal-Yunnan Cooperation Forum””

In an Exclusive Business Seminar with Hon’ble Governor of Yunnan, H.E. Mr. Li Jiheng, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce today in Kolkata, the Indian Chamber of Commerce proposes to form “West Bengal-Yunnan Cooperation Forum” in collaboration with Yunnan Government that would disseminate necessary information both ways. ICC has further decided to work on a white paper on complementary sectors of Yunnan and Bengal. The initiatives are aimed at shoring up business and cultural ties between West Bengal and Yunnan province in China.

Mr Jiheng called for a greater Yunnan-Bengal trade ties through BCIM cooperation. Elaborating on economic indicators of Yunnan province, Mr Jiheng shared that last year Yunnan’s GDP touched USD 192.1 billion with Y-O-Y growth rate of 12.1% with inflation at  3.5% and unemployment rate  below 4%. With conducive business environment including Industrial Parks, easy custom clearance and robust transport infrastructure, the province is ready to usher in large scale investment from West Bengal and India. The total length of expressways is 3200 Km which will touch 4500 Km in next 3 years while the total length of railways is 3000 Km that would reach 4000 Km in next 3 years. The province has a number of civil airports while Kunming International Airport is the fourth largest airport in the country. Last year the Airport registered gross footfall of 26 million and is expected to touch   30 million this year.

While interacting with investors present in the forum, Mr Jiheng welcomed all of them to be present at 2nd South Asia-China Expo, Kunming  and 22nd Kunming Fair to be held in June. He requested investors to explore the business opportunities and provide with the suggestions and feedback to improve bilateral cooperation between the two regions.

The prospect of tourism was also discussed in detail in the forum. Yunnan boasts of 5 UNESCO cites and there is a compelling need to promote Yunnan amongst the travel freak Bengalis. Similarly, Govt of China should also promote the rich cultural heritage and natural landscape of West Bengal amongst Chinese, observed Mr Jiheng.

Mr M K Saharia, Chairman, CPICC & Chairman, North East Initiative, ICC, observed that India- China trade volume, which grew at a CAGR of 40% in last decade and touched $73 billion USD,  is a tip of the iceberg.  Although India and China have significant level of Technology transfer in fields like climate change, agriculture and health, the volume of Chinese investment is very low despite the fact that India  flaunts a transparent FDI policy regime. Mr. Saharia urged  to take a step ahead and opined that Mayors of Kolkata and Yunnan should ink deals identifying areas of mutual cooperation. Apart from trade and investment, Bengal-Yunnan cooperation has enormous scope to evolve around education, healthcare and culture, observed Mr Saharia.

Stressing on the fact that one-third of global population live in China and India together, Mr Shrivardhan Goenka, President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, opined that cooperation in strategic areas like agriculture with focus on world famous pure tea and Arabica coffee of Yunnan can be mutually gainful.

Highlighting the similar kind of advantages shared by Kunming and Kolkata like each of them being the transit route of the entire region, Mr Sanjay Budhia, Past President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, stressed on taping the locational advantages the sister cities offer.

The programme was also graced by the presence of H.E. Mr Wang Xufeng, Hon’ble Consul General of China in Kolkata, Consulate General of the Peoples’ Republic  of China, Mr Roopen Roy, Senior Vice President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, amongst others.

To conclude, Mr Budhia proposed a Vote of Thanks.

 

Kolkata

March 29, 2014

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THE 6TH CHINA-SOUTH ASIA BUSINESS FORUM HAS KICKED OFF IN KUNMING, JUNE 5, 2011

Wang Jinzhen(王锦珍), vice chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and representatives from 8 South Asian countries attended the forum to promote cooperation on new energy, tourism, agriculture transportation, IT, metals and infrastructure etc.

Rishad Bathdeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka presided over the forum.

The bilateral trade exceeded $2.8 billion between China and South Asian countries, which is a 40% increase compared to that of 2009. A breakthrough of $100 billion is expected to achieve between China and South Asian countries this year.

Pakistan is announced to be the next rotating chairman of China –South Asia Business Forum (CSABF).

A cooperation memorandum, in which several consensuses have been reached, is signed between China and South Asian countries yesterday afternoon (June 5) at Yunnan Convention Center.

The cooperation consensuses are as follows:

1. The common goal is to build the win-win cooperation relations and improve economic development standards and lives of people both in China and South Asian countries.

2. The regional economic development, bilateral and multilateral trade exchanges in new models will be promoted between China and South Asian countries.

3. Countries should strives to improve the trade opportunities, reduce barriers blocking the investment risks and eliminate relevant barriers on both tariff and non-tariff areas.

4. Countries should strengthen the mutual visiting and exchanges to develop business trade.

5. China-South Asia Business Forum website and China- South Asia Business Council website should be fully used.

6. Related coordinator from each country should be confirmed to enhance communications.

7. Exchanges and trainings on laws and seminars should be held regularly.(Reporter:Lynn,editor: Minnie Mao)

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INDIA INVESTMENT GUIDE

India Investment GuideIndia Investment Guide ” 大国商机——印度经贸投资指南”.bilingual publication Edited by Mahesh Saharia launched at Kunming on 5th June, 2011. Book will be released in July 2011.

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Publications

Stilwell Road - A Road To Prosperity

The mere thought of connecting Ledo in India with Kunming in China in the midst of war with most of Burma under occupation of Japanese was outrageous. It needed a person like General Joseph W Stilwell with determination of steel, not only to conceive but accomplish the impossible task. From all counts it appears that the go signal was given to Joe Stilwell for want of a better alternative and not because it was thought possible.