China's Railway Diplomacy

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  1. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Li treats CEE leaders to a ride on the rails
    Updated: 2015-11-26 07:47


    On post-summit trip from Suzhou to Shanghai, premier showcases bullet train technology

    In what could be called the Premier Road Show, Li Keqiang took leaders from 16 Central and Eastern European countries for a trip on a high-speed train to showcase Chinese technology.


    On Wednesday morning, the premier treated the leaders, many of whom are first-time visitors to China, to ride on the world's fastest bullet train, from Suzhou, Jiangsu province, to Shanghai. The trip followed the conclusion of the Fourth Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (16+1).

    From Shanghai, the guests then flew to Beijing for meetings with President Xi Jinping on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The train trip, which lasted about 20 minutes and covered 110 kilometers, was used by Premier Li to show the potential buyers of Chinese technology what the country can offer.

    The outer skin of every train car, painted in high-gloss white, was decorated with the flags of China and the 16 CEE countries, as well as a mathematical formula - 16+1>17 - indicating the strong potential of cooperation between China and the CEE countries.

    Slovenia Prime Minister Miro Cerar stood up to check the stability of the semi-transparent luggage rack, which is made of tempered glass, and then placed his bag on it.

    Nikola Gruevski, prime minister of the Republic of Macedonia, told China Daily after the trip that he was thinking about buying more high-speed trains from China. Macedonia was the first European country to operate a high-speed train that was made in China.

    Li said further such cooperation is likely. "China is in talks with the CEE countries on more transportation projects," and China's safe, fast and inexpensive high-speed trains fit well with the needs of the CEE countries, he said.

    China, Serbia and Hungary finalized documents on Tuesday to allow China to lead the construction and financing of a railway linking Belgrade and Budapest.

    Kong Tianping, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said "China's ties with CEE countries can also help increase their opportunities in the EU".


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    Premier Li Keqiang and most of the leaders participating in the Fourth Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (16+1) pose for a group photo on Wednesday in front of the high-speed train they took from Suzhou, Jiangsu province, to Shanghai. Photos by Wu Zhiyi / China Daily





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    Premier Li Keqiang talks with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic during the trip to Shanghai.


    China Railway Group wins Hungarian railway project
    BEIJING - China Railway Group Limited (CREC) announced one of its subsidiaries has won theHungary-Serbia rail contract with another Chinese company and a Hungarian peer.

    The consortium will jointly construct the Hungarian section of the railway, which links the Serbianand Hungarian capitals.

    The project marks the Chinese rail company's first step in entering the European market and willhelp promote Chinese rail technology going abroad, an official with the CREC said onWednesday.

    The contract is estimated to be worth about 10 billion yuan ($1.57 billion), among which theCREC and its Chinese peer, the international subsidiary of China Railway Corporation (CRC),jointly hold a share of 85 percent.
     
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    New cargo train to link central China, Luxembourg

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    ZHENGZHOU, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- A cargo train will start operating in 2016 between central China's Henan Province and Luxembourg, Zhengzhou International Hub Development and Construction Company said on Tuesday.

    According to the plans, the train will exit China at Alataw Pass in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region before passing through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Germany on its way to Luxembourg.

    Together with two other cargo trains that link China and Russia by way of Kazakhstan and Mongolia, respectively, the new railway line functions to cover more observer and dialogue partner states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    The company said the train line will boost cross-border e-commerce and transport Henan's textiles, mechanical equipment and electronic devices to SCO member states, returning with agricultural products, health food and medicine produced in those countries.
     
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    Launch of Hungary-Serbia Railway Marks New Start of China-CEE Cooperation

    With advanced technology and good compatibility, Chinese railways are safe, reassuring and cost-effective, the official said, adding that choosing Chinese companies to build the railway represents international recognition of the technological strength and comprehensive advantage of Chinese railways.

    The railway linking the capitals of Hungary and Serbia, Budapest and Belgrade, has a total length of 350 km, with 184 km in Serbia. It is designed for electrified passenger and cargo trains with a maximum speed of 200 km per hour.

    The project is expected to last two years. Upon its completion, the traveling time by train between the two capital cities will be reduced from eight hours to less than three hours.

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Serbia on the start of the joint railway project in the Balkan country.

    In the message, Li said the start of construction of the Hungary-Serbia railway, a flagship project between China and the two countries, indicated that their trilateral cooperation has taken an important step forward.

    It also showed that the pragmatic cooperation between China and CEE countries has seen a new start, he added.

    China is willing to join hands with Serbia and Hungary to ensure the completion of the project as scheduled and open the railway to traffic as soon as possible, Li said.

    The premier expressed his belief that the railway will not only boost infrastructure construction and interconnectivity in the region, but also enhance the European integration process, better dovetail the development strategies of China and Europe, as well as deepen China-Europe reciprocal and win-win cooperation in production capacity, investment and other areas.

    Addressing a ceremony of starting the project in Serbia's second largest city of Novi Sad, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic expressed thanks for the arduous efforts made by both Chinese and Serbian teams to push ahead the Hungary-Serbia railway project, saying the startup of the project is another breakthrough in pragmatic cooperation between Serbia and China.


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    Ukraine launches cargo train service to China

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    A new port facility for the railway link that connects China and Europe is opened in the Black Sea port of Illichivsk in Odessa region, Ukraine, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov)

    KIEV, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The first cargo train en route to China departed Friday from Ukraine's southern port city of Illichivsk along the famed Silk Road via Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

    "The launch of this train is the result of many years of work. We have managed to build normal partnership relations with all countries along this route," Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko said during the ceremony to mark the launch of the train service, which is carried out on an experimental basis.

    He hoped that establishing of the train service connection would help boost Ukraine's trade ties with China and other countries along the route.

    The 10-car train service, with 20 containers, will first be ferried to Georgia. It will then shift to rail to Azerbaijan and from there switch back to ferry to Kazakhstan before changing to rail and reaching China.

    The entire journey of the train will take 11-12 days.

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    ------------------ So Ukraine can bypass Russia's sanctions. Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan also benefit to collect transit fees. @Akim
     
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    Its really commendable for China.
    What about the project to connect to USA via Alaska?
     
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    Ancient Indian Unplugged Version Senior Member

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    Total waste of money. . .

    When you have ships to transport your goods, why use trains?
    I know about muscle flexing but it goes way over the board. It is not good business.
    Must be a communist thing.
     
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    Razor CIDs from Tamilnadu Senior Member

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    I'm guessing:
    Shorter distances?
    Avoid major constrictions (malacca, bosporus) by passing through friendly countries (Rus, Kaz, belrus, so on.)
    Some countries landlocked.
    Alternate routes in times of crisis?
    More development and consolidation of China's western regions
     
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    In my opinion, it will lead to economic power consolidation. Huge potential in Eurasian market and they can exercise political leverage through business investments. Also, Trains can be faster than ships. Additionally there is no need to unload/ reload at container terminals
     
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    Hope the Indian poster would give it a second thought n talk senses before concluding a total waste of money :biggrin2: In the above series of posts --

    1) the Ukrainian one - was initiated by Ukraine for port facilities and coordination with Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to make it happen with 2 ferrying involved!

    2) It is Hungary and Serbia, both landlocked, who are investing in their rail link, which Chinese undertakes to build with own technology.

    Therefore regardless of what u may have to spit about China, whose "waste" if any would it be? :biggrin2:

    Also for your info why shorter transit time makes sense via rail -Ukraine to cut corn exports by almost 10% in 2015/16 agri-year, to boost supplies to China – ministry
     
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    People should be careful of Chinese economy. Especially Europe.
     
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    @amoy Any information about "China–Russia–Canada–America" railway.
     
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    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    I'm only aware of below. However given currently crude oil lingering around $30 per barrel it's very doubtful if Russia can afford so.:biggrin2:

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    Across China, Yiwu-Madrid train jumpstarts economic engines

    PRICES of red wine and olive oil from Spain have dropped by 15-20 per cent one year after the running of Yiwu-Madrid trains, said the company providing the service.

    Over the past year, 17 trains carried 794 TEU to Europe. Three trains sent 146 TEU containers of imported goods back, said Zhou Xufeng, chairman of the Zhejiang Mengde Trade Co Ltd.

    Yiwu's small commodity centre witnessed a surge of 46.2 per cent year on year in its foreign trade volume, hitting US$25.66 billion in the first three quarters of 2015, reports Xinhau.

    For the whole of 2015, China's total export and import values continued decreasing by seven per cent year on year, falling for the first time in six years.

    Jiang Yufeng, inspection official with Yiwu Customs, attributed the growth to the Yixin'ou freight train, which turned Yiwu into a local transport hub, attracting exporters from coastal economic heavy weight Shanghai, who can now ship goods like television components and computer motherboards using the train.

    Besides Yiwu, other cities like Hefei and Suzhou in east China, Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan, Changsha in west and central China as well as Harbin in far northeast China have launched similar freight train services to Europe, which run non-periodically.

    Freight trains between Europe and Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, for example, transported US$87 million worth of goods in the second half of 2015 after the service was launched in June.

    The trains have carried more than 1,300 containers from Harbin, reaching Hamburg via Russia and Poland.

    "Beer from Germany, ham from Spain, pizza from Italy as well as industrial products and daily necessities have become more accessible to ordinary Chinese," said Cheng Yao, vice head of the economic research institute of the Heilongjiang provincial academy of social sciences.

    Taking 15 days, the 9,820-kilometre journey facilitates trade from China, the Republic of Korea and Japan to European countries including Germany, Poland, France, Spain and Italy.

    The cargo is mostly electronic components and automobile parts, said Tu Xiaoyue, general manager of HAO Logistics, which runs the service.

    The inter-continental train services have not only boosted trade but also assisted China's manufacturing firms in expanding overseas business along the rail line.

    Zhejiang-based automaker Chery Auto has sought to set up a completely knocked down (CKD) auto plant in Belarus with an initial production capacity of 120,000 units.
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    now that is big really very very big project and almost impossible and economically very costly but if some how china can do then forget the so called western world order but very good for china and russia but ti dont think germany and france will allow it as it would mean end of there ecnomies
     
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    one route from yiwu china to mumbai port india . 100% economical n safe then CPEC and 1000 time bigger business.
     
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    Chinese are crazy about Infrastructure, whether useful or not. They constructed Karakoram highway(how many use it!! except PLA guys) just to prove to the world Chinese muscles and bare hands can outdo JCBs. Same is the case with border roads along Arunachal Pradesh. Six or seven Sukhois laden with glider bombs fly out & phew !! the silky-smooth roads are gone.:india:
     
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    Samsung - Sea-rail multimodal transportation from S.Korea to Europe
    Maiden rail freight service leaves Dalian with goods for Russia
    2016-01-28 14:09:36

    A giant "block train" left Dalian in Northeast China's Liaoning province on Wednesday morning, headed for the first time to Kaluga in Russia.

    The new international freight service was carrying 100 standard containers packed with goods produced by Samsung Electronics Co, which had arrived at Dalian Port from South Korea.

    The train is expected to take half as long as a conventional maritime service to reach its destination. It will arrive at Manzhouli, a Chinese border city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, on Thursday.

    Officials said the departure marked the launch of a new international logistics channel jointly developed by China, South Korea and Russia, which will help diversify regional trade and multi-model transportation.

    Dou Guangpeng, deputy-general manager of Dalian Jiyi Logistics Co Ltd, a subsidiary of Dalian Port Group Co, said even though the cost of the new sea-rail service is similar to just maritime, it takes 20 days fewer to deliver goods to destinations in either Russia or Europe.

    It is claimed that other major companies, including Daimler AG, LG Electronics, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co, are already lined up to use the service.

    Dalian Port now plans to build three more such "sea-rail channels" to allow direct connections to Europe.

    "The port will not only connect with Pusan Port in South Korea, but other major ports including those in South Korea, in Japan, and some Southeast Asian countries, to deliver this multi-model transportation service," said Dou.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2016-01/28/c_135053603.htm




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