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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #3921
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With your corrections, what I get is 7088 km in service.
Is that right?
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Old April 20th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #3922
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With your corrections, what I get is 7088 km in service.
Is that right?
It depends whether you are counting dedicated high speed rail lines, because lines such as Yichang-Wanzhou are not, they also have 160km/h conventional passenger service on it. If you count that you also have to count the 128km Chongqing-Suining Railway, which was completed in 2006 and runs 200km/h CRH service since 2010.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:48 AM   #3923
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What lines do the makers of 12th and 13th 5 Year Plans count?

Now, lines due to be opened within 2012, between May and December:
Hefei-Bengbu, 131 km
Panjin-Yingkou, 89 km
Harbin-Shenyang-Dalian, 904 km
Wuhan-Zhengzhou-Shijiazhuang-Beijing, 1119 km
Hangzhou-Ningbo, 152 km
Chongqing-Lichuan, 264 km
Hankou-Yichang, 293 km
Nanjing-Hangzhou, 249 km
Longyan-Xiamen, 171 km
Jiangyou-Chengdu-Leshan, 319 km
Wuhan-Xianning, 90 km
Qingdao-Rongcheng, 299 km

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Old April 22nd, 2012, 10:30 AM   #3924
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No.3 of 2012 (General Serial No.110): Follow-up Audit Findings of Construction Project for Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway in 2011

No.3 of 2012 (General Serial No.110): Follow-up Audit Findings of Construction Project for Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway in 2011

According to the stipulations of the Audit Law of People’s Republic of China, the National Audit Office of China (hereinafter referred as the CNAO) carried out a phased follow-up audit on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway Construction Project (hereinafter referred as “Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway”) from June to September in 2011. Now the audit results are announced as follows:

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III. Major Problems Identified by the Audit and their Corrections

A. The civil engineering construction and particular material purchase tender did not comply with relevant regulations. Firstly, in the invitation for tenders for the whole line’s civil engineering construction, the time limit provisions of relevant tender regulations were not complied strictly. In December 2007, in the No.1 to No.6 Tenders for the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway’s whole line’s civil construction, the Ministry of Railways shortened the acceptance time of the application documents for prequalification from no less than 5 working days to 13 hours, and shortened the time between obtaining and submitting the application documents for prequalification from normally no less than 7 working days to 24 hours. Secondly, particular material purchase tenders and tender assessments were not carried out in accordance with regulations, with the amount involved of RMB0.849 billion. For example, since October 2009, the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation purchased the 718, 000 square meters of sliding-layer materials without a tender invitation, involving an amount of RMB 28,337,300. After the open invitation for tender in March 2010, the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation again purchased 1, 303, 500 square meters of sliding-layer materials from a bid-losing enterprise in a way of emergency purchase, involving an amount of RMB49,525,100. Moreover, the supply unit price of 862,000 square meters was higher than that of the bid-winning enterprise by RMB3, 918, 000 in total price. In August 2009, in the invitation for tender for the bridge surface waterproof materials, the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation did not assess enterprises’ maximum contract performance capabilities as required by the tender document, and assigned 12 materials packages to 10 suppliers, with a total amount of RMB0.698 billion, which violated the requirement in the tender document that the winning bidder should be determined in the most economic principle.

As for the above problems, the Ministry of Railways indicated that in the future they would strictly comply with laws and regulations in project construction and materials purchase tenders, and issued the Rules for Implementation of Construction Tender of Railway Construction Projects and the Rules for Bid Section Sortition of Railway Project Construction, in order to perfect relevant regulations and enhance the management of railway construction tender.

B. Particular project managements were inadequate. Firstly, the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation canceled the wind barriers for partial sections of the line, leaving RMB0.413 billion materials unused. In March 2011, it canceled the 177.73 km wind barriers under construction according to the hourly speed adjustment, and adopted the speed limit on partial sections of the line to ensure traveling security in the extremely strong wind time. As a result, the 150,000 linear meters wind barriers worth RMB0.413 billion were left unused. Secondly, till October 2011, the Spare Power Supply Cable Line Project of the Li Ying Traction Substation of the Beijing section of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway line had not been completed. The Li Ying Traction Substation only has one power supply line, which violates the regulation that the power of the railway traction substation should be supplied by two lines, which reduced the reliability of the traction power supply of this section.

After the above problems were pointed out by the audit, the Ministry of Railways and the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation reported that wind monitoring equipment systems had been placed on the whole line of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway and that they would monitor the wind speed well according to relevant regulations and adopt corresponding speed limits for different wind monitoring results so as to ensure the traveling safety of the trains. Besides, they planned to allocate the idle wind barriers to other passenger transport railways for use. The Spare Power Supply Cable Line Project of the Li Ying Traction Substation was speeded up and the spare power supply cable line was completed on December 15, 2011 and started transmitting power, meeting the design requirement.

C. Particular local grassroots units along the line obtained, intercepted and embezzled RMB0.491 billion funds for land acquisition and removal. Firstly, in October 2008, the Management Committee of the Nanjing Jiangning Economic and Technological Development Zone (hereinafter referred as Jiangning Development Zone Management Committee) applied for the land acquisition compensation of RMB0.14 billion, with false materials, in the name of the Nanjing Municipal Handian Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Till the end of June 2011, the Jiangning Development Zone Management Committee had obtained the land acquisition compensation of RMB 40 million. Secondly, in October 2008, the Xibeixie Village of the Zhongbei Town of the Xiqing District of the Tianjin City listed more office building demolition area than its actual area and intercepted a demolition compensation of RMB1.431 million. Thirdly, in 2008, the Beichen District of Tianjin intercepted a demolition compensation of RMB0.34 billion in the land acquisition and remove for the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. In April 2011, the Qingguang Town People’s Government of the Beichen District of Tianjin embezzled the land acquisition and remove compensation for the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway of RMB9.102million for adding sound barriers.

After the above problems were revealed by the audit, relevant local governments paid high attention to them and actively organized forces to investigate and dispose the problems. Till now, the Xiqing District and Beichen District of Tianjin has returned exactly the amount of the overstated and embezzled land acquisition and remove funds. Besides, relevant governments are organizing dedicated forces to investigate the problems that Jiangsu Provincial Jiangning Development Zone Management Committee and the Tianjin Municipal Beichen District obtained and intercepted the demolition funds.

D. The construction companies along the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway line defaulted on materials and project labor service payments. Through the investigation of arrearages of over RMB1 million of construction companies owing single materials suppliers and of over RMB0.3 million of construction companies owing single construction teams, it was found that because the budgetary estimate clearance of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway had not been completed, part of the construction companies had difficulties in funds turnover. Till May 2011, the construction companies for civil construction, station construction, etc. defaulted on RMB5.879billion material payments of 656 material suppliers, and defaulted on RMB2.372 billion labor service payments of 1,471 construction teams.

After the above problems were pointed out by the audit, the Beijing-Shanghai Corporation speeded up the budgetary estimate clearance, actively raised funds, coordinated to solve the construction companies’ difficulties in funds turnover and urged them to accelerate the payments for the arrearages.

http://www.cnao.gov.cn/main/articleshow_ArtID_1209.htm
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 11:32 AM   #3925
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China, Thailand to work closer on high-speed rail
Updated: 2012-04-19 21:10
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_15094162.htm
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BEIJING - China and Thailand have agreed to beef up cooperation in the land and water transportation sectors, according to a joint statement issued by the two governments on Thursday following Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's first official China visit.
The two countries also signed an agreement on facilitating railway cooperation during her visit, particularly in the area of high-speed rail construction.
According to the joint statement, the two countries agreed to boost cooperation in multiple areas in order to further their bilateral partnership.
They vowed to promote greater cooperation in traditional and non-traditional security sectors and jointly address terrorism, trafficking and illegal migration.
They will facilitate two-way investment and continue to promote the use of local currencies in bilateral trade and investment in order to lower the impact of exchange rate risks, the statement says.
The two countries are also committed to strengthening cooperation in the areas of agriculture, science and technology, ocean and environmental protection, it says.
Both sides plan to set up a joint laboratory for climate and marine ecosystem research and seek closer cooperation in the clean energy sector, according to the statement.
To step up cultural exchanges, the two countries agreed to promote the establishment of Chinese and Thai language and culture centers and encourage more students to study abroad, the statement says.
They also pledged to enhance cooperation in tourism, public health, water resource management, flood and disaster prevention and post-disaster reconstruction, according to the statement.
The statement was issued at the end of Yingluck's visit, which lasted from April 17 to 19.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 11:34 AM   #3926
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CSR's overseas orders 'to rise 50%'
Updated: 2012-04-17 09:43
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_15066267.htm
By Liu Yiyu (China Daily)



CSR products on display at the Beijing International Orbit Transportation Operation and Equipment Exhibition on Nov 1, 2011. [Photo/China Daily]
Wenzhou train crash having little effect on company's business
China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corp Ltd, one of the two largest high-speed train producers in China, said its overseas orders will increase substantially this year as overseas demand for its products outstrips domestic demand.
The company, also known as CSR, said its overseas orders have not been affected by the high-speed train crash that occurred near Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, last year. It expects to see its orders increase by at least 50 percent in 2012, said a senior CSR official, who declined to identify himself.
The company predicted that 20 percent of its revenue will come from overseas by 2015, up from 8 percent in 2011.
CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd, a CSR subsidiary, recently won a bid to supply 20 sets of light rail vehicles to Malaysia's AMPANG (AMG) Line Extension Project, which will extend one of the two lines in the Kuala Lumpur Rail Transit System network.
China will see several countries, including the US, Russia and India, outpace it this year in railway expansion. As a result, CSR is trying to move faster into the overseas market.
It is now talking with its partners in Europe, North America and Australia about the possibility of acquiring new technology and reducing its dependence on the domestic market.
"We are looking for companies that will strengthen our technology," Bloomberg reported, quoting CSR Chairman Zhao Xiaogang.
"Companies in developed countries are experiencing some difficulties and are willing to sell their assets."
CSR's 2011 profits increased by 50 percent year-on-year to reach 5 billion yuan.
Meanwhile, its competitor, China Northern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corp, also reported a 50 percent year-on-year increase in profits in 2011, saying it had 3.2 billion yuan in profits that year. Its overseas revenue increased by 40 percent that year, even though it gets only 10 percent of its total revenue from that source.
China Northern Locomotive has supplied freight trains to Australia, New Zealand, France, as well as to countries in Central Asia and South America. Apart from trains, the company recently exported control system technology to Bangladesh.
On July 23 last year, two high-speed trains crashed on a line near Wenzhou, killing 39 people. The accident was caused by serious signal malfunctions, and CSR has denied that its trains were to blame.
China plans to spend 400 billion yuan ($63.4 billion) this year on railway projects. That was down from 469 billion yuan in 2011 and from more than 700 billion yuan in 2010, a sign that the country is fine-tuning its railway industry.
Plans now call for the country to have 120,000 kilometers of railway tracks by 2020, up from 91,000 kilometers in 2011. According to CSR's estimate, China will have 100,000 kilometers of railway tracks by the end of 2012.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 02:42 PM   #3927
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Now, lines due to be opened within 2012, between May and December:
Hefei-Bengbu, 131 km
Panjin-Yingkou, 89 km
Harbin-Shenyang-Dalian, 904 km
Wuhan-Zhengzhou-Shijiazhuang-Beijing, 1119 km
Hangzhou-Ningbo, 152 km
Chongqing-Lichuan, 264 km
Hankou-Yichang, 293 km
Nanjing-Hangzhou, 249 km
Longyan-Xiamen, 171 km
Jiangyou-Chengdu-Leshan, 319 km
Wuhan-Xianning, 90 km
Qingdao-Rongcheng, 299 km
In total 4080 km.
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I think that list is pretty accurate. All those routes are confirmed to be completed this year.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 08:50 AM   #3929
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Plans now call for the country to have 120,000 kilometers of railway tracks by 2020, up from 91,000 kilometers in 2011. According to CSR's estimate, China will have 100,000 kilometers of railway tracks by the end of 2012.
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Which means that a total of 9000 km railway tracks shall be or has been opened. Since 4080 km of these are high speed railways, the rest, 4920 km, is slow speed railways.

By the end of 2012, 11 168 km of high speed railways should be in service.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #3930
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Airlines link up with high-speed rail services

Airlines link up with high-speed rail services
By Wang Wen (China Daily)



A Hainan Airlines Co Ltd airplane at Haikou Meilan International Airport in Hainan province. China's high-speed rail service has had a broad, adverse effect on airlines' domestic business, according to experts. [Photo/China Daily]

After two years of competing with high-speed rail lines, Chinese airlines are trying to find a mutually beneficial solution for both sides.

On Monday, Hainan Airlines Co Ltd launched a joint operating program with Yuehai Railway Co Ltd, which runs the high-speed rail between Haikou and Sanya in Hainan province.

Passengers can buy high-speed rail tickets from Haikou to Sanya when booking tickets on any Hainan Airlines flight to Haikou.

The rail fares will be the same as those offered directly by railways. The airline will eventually sell tickets to other stops on the high-speed rail route.

Hainan Airlines is not the only carrier with such a program.

China Eastern Airlines Co Ltd will start to sell high-speed rail tickets at the end of this month.

Tickets in either direction will be offered between Shanghai and four other cities - Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou and Ningbo.

Ticket sales for high-speed rail lines will expand gradually within the main cities of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai, which are under the jurisdiction of the Shanghai Railway Bureau, said Shen Xiaosheng, deputy director of the carrier's publicity department.

He said fares will fluctuate, but joint tickets will cost less than the total air and rail fares if sold separately.

China's high-speed rail service has been operating for two years and has had a broad, adverse effect on airlines' domestic business.

Areas that are getting high-speed rail service are also the most profitable for airlines. All three major State-owned airlines cited high-speed rail service as a factor affecting revenue in their financial reports.

Joint ticketing for airlines and high-speed rail lines could be a way for air carriers to profit from China's high-speed rail system, analysts said.

"High-speed rail services heavily affect the business of flights of less than 500 kilometers," said Yuan Huifang, deputy general manager of marketing and sales at Hainan Airlines. "But we want to find a way to cooperate with rail systems."

Yuan said joint ticketing can help both sides get more passengers.

However, it's not easy for airlines and railways to work together.

Hainan Airlines took almost one year to prepare for the program, and it was difficult to combine the two different ticketing systems, said Wang Yue, manager of product development at Hainan Airlines.

Also, joint operation requires convenient transfers, but few Chinese airports can meet that need. For that reason, Hainan Airlines will promote the program more heavily on international destinations rather than adding more domestic cities, Yuan said.

"I believe more railway stations and airports will be built together for joint operations," she added.

Carriers must improve their services to deal with the ongoing expansion of high-speed rail service, analysts said.

As much as 3,500 kilometers of new high-speed rail lines will be built in 2012. The four main north-south routes, including one between Beijing and Guangzhou, will be finished this year, the People's Daily reported in February.

The heaviest competition from high-speed rails won't come until 2013 or 2014, as most of the new lines won't go into service until the end of 2012, said Li Lei, an aviation analyst at CITIC Securities Co Ltd.

Airlines might abandon some feeder flights, which can be replaced by high-speed rail service, while adding flights to other routes, Li said.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_15124568.htm
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Old April 24th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #3931
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Lines to be opened over the rest of 12th 5 year plan, from January 2013 to December 2015:
Xiamen-Shenzhen, 502 km
Xian-Baoji, 148 km
Xuzhou-Zhengzhou, 357 km
Hangzhou-Changsha, 926 km
Changsha-Kunming, 1175 km
Datong-Xian, 859 km
Guangzhou-Guiyang, 857 km
Guiyang-Chengdu, 519 km
Lanzhou-Xinjiang, 1776 km
Hefei-Fuzhou, 806 km
Xian-Chengdu, 510 km
Nanchang-Putian, 604 km
Guangzhou-Nanning, 577 km
Nanping-Longyan, 247 km
rest of Wuhan Metropolis Intercity Railway, 70 km
Beijing-Tangshan, 160 km
Harbin-Qiqihar, 286 km
Beijing-Zhangjiakou, 174 km
Chongqing-Wanzhou, 250 km
Shenyang-Dandong, 208 km
Chengdu-Chongqing, 305 km
Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan, 95 km
Hangzhou-Huangshan, 262 km.

Is this correct?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #3932
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Airlines link up with high-speed rail services
By Wang Wen (China Daily)

A Hainan Airlines Co Ltd airplane at Haikou Meilan International Airport in Hainan province. China's high-speed rail service has had a broad, adverse effect on airlines' domestic business, according to experts. [Photo/China Daily]

After two years of competing with high-speed rail lines, Chinese airlines are trying to find a mutually beneficial solution for both sides.

On Monday, Hainan Airlines Co Ltd launched a joint operating program with Yuehai Railway Co Ltd, which runs the high-speed rail between Haikou and Sanya in Hainan province.

Passengers can buy high-speed rail tickets from Haikou to Sanya when booking tickets on any Hainan Airlines flight to Haikou.

The rail fares will be the same as those offered directly by railways. The airline will eventually sell tickets to other stops on the high-speed rail route.

Hainan Airlines is not the only carrier with such a program.

China Eastern Airlines Co Ltd will start to sell high-speed rail tickets at the end of this month.

Tickets in either direction will be offered between Shanghai and four other cities - Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou and Ningbo.

Ticket sales for high-speed rail lines will expand gradually within the main cities of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai, which are under the jurisdiction of the Shanghai Railway Bureau, said Shen Xiaosheng, deputy director of the carrier's publicity department.

He said fares will fluctuate, but joint tickets will cost less than the total air and rail fares if sold separately.

China's high-speed rail service has been operating for two years and has had a broad, adverse effect on airlines' domestic business.

Areas that are getting high-speed rail service are also the most profitable for airlines. All three major State-owned airlines cited high-speed rail service as a factor affecting revenue in their financial reports.

Joint ticketing for airlines and high-speed rail lines could be a way for air carriers to profit from China's high-speed rail system, analysts said.

"High-speed rail services heavily affect the business of flights of less than 500 kilometers," said Yuan Huifang, deputy general manager of marketing and sales at Hainan Airlines. "But we want to find a way to cooperate with rail systems."

Yuan said joint ticketing can help both sides get more passengers.

However, it's not easy for airlines and railways to work together.

Hainan Airlines took almost one year to prepare for the program, and it was difficult to combine the two different ticketing systems, said Wang Yue, manager of product development at Hainan Airlines.

Also, joint operation requires convenient transfers, but few Chinese airports can meet that need. For that reason, Hainan Airlines will promote the program more heavily on international destinations rather than adding more domestic cities, Yuan said.

"I believe more railway stations and airports will be built together for joint operations," she added.

Carriers must improve their services to deal with the ongoing expansion of high-speed rail service, analysts said.

As much as 3,500 kilometers of new high-speed rail lines will be built in 2012. The four main north-south routes, including one between Beijing and Guangzhou, will be finished this year, the People's Daily reported in February.

The heaviest competition from high-speed rails won't come until 2013 or 2014, as most of the new lines won't go into service until the end of 2012, said Li Lei, an aviation analyst at CITIC Securities Co Ltd.

Airlines might abandon some feeder flights, which can be replaced by high-speed rail service, while adding flights to other routes, Li said.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/busines...t_15124568.htm
So, in other words, it'd be like buying a ticket from Beijing to Nanjing, and simultaneously a train ticket from Nanjing to Shanghai? Is that where they're going with this?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #3933
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Lines to be opened over the rest of 12th 5 year plan, from January 2013 to December 2015:
Xiamen-Shenzhen, 502 km
Xian-Baoji, 148 km
Xuzhou-Zhengzhou, 357 km
Hangzhou-Changsha, 926 km
Changsha-Kunming, 1175 km
Datong-Xian, 859 km
Guangzhou-Guiyang, 857 km
Guiyang-Chengdu, 519 km
Lanzhou-Xinjiang, 1776 km
Hefei-Fuzhou, 806 km
Xian-Chengdu, 510 km
Nanchang-Putian, 604 km
Guangzhou-Nanning, 577 km
Nanping-Longyan, 247 km
rest of Wuhan Metropolis Intercity Railway, 70 km
Beijing-Tangshan, 160 km
Harbin-Qiqihar, 286 km
Beijing-Zhangjiakou, 174 km
Chongqing-Wanzhou, 250 km
Shenyang-Dandong, 208 km
Chengdu-Chongqing, 305 km
Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan, 95 km
Hangzhou-Huangshan, 262 km.

Is this correct?
If yes, I get the total of 11 473 km.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 07:53 AM   #3934
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So, in other words, it'd be like buying a ticket from Beijing to Nanjing, and simultaneously a train ticket from Nanjing to Shanghai? Is that where they're going with this?
I don't know. It might just a dream pipe, or they might have something similar to the German Rail&Fly program.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #3935
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Moreover, by the year 2020, China will finish construction on 16,000 km of high-speed railways, said a special plan for the country's high-speed train technology development during the 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015) period, which was posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday.
Total, as of December 2012 - at least 11 168 km
completed either 2012 or 2013:
Longhua-Futian - 14 km
completed from January 2013 till December 2015 - 11 473 km
total by December 2015 end of 12th Five Year Plan:
22 655 km.
Where are the 6655 km which do not belong in the plans?
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Old April 28th, 2012, 01:15 AM   #3936
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I don't know. It might just a dream pipe, or they might have something similar to the German Rail&Fly program.
Well, it sounds nice to say the least. Instead of bearing the cost for a full length direct flight (or train journey) opt for a shared, cheaper one.
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Old April 28th, 2012, 08:28 AM   #3937
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China, Thailand to work closer on high-speed rail
Updated: 2012-04-19 21:10
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_15094162.htm
(Xinhua)

BEIJING - China and Thailand have agreed to beef up cooperation in the land and water transportation sectors, according to a joint statement issued by the two governments on Thursday following Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's first official China visit.
The two countries also signed an agreement on facilitating railway cooperation during her visit, particularly in the area of high-speed rail construction.
According to the joint statement, the two countries agreed to boost cooperation in multiple areas in order to further their bilateral partnership.
High speed railway cannot be bilateral because China and Thailand have no border. A third party has to be involved - most conveniently Laos.

When is China opening first high speed railway into Yunnan?
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High speed railway cannot be bilateral because China and Thailand have no border. A third party has to be involved - most conveniently Laos.

When is China opening first high speed railway into Yunnan?
"the two countries agreed to boost cooperation in multiple areas in order to further their bilateral partnership"


They are boosting their bilateral partnership. I.e. the partnership between two countries. China and Thailand don't require a third country to have a partnership between just the two of them
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