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China & Germany Cooperate for High Speed Rail Development

China, Germany to cooperate on designing high-speed rail technology

BEIJING, June 8 (AFP) - China's Ministry of Railways said Wednesday it had signed a cooperation agreement with Germany's transport ministry for joint development of high-speed rail technology.

In a statement, the ministry said the two countries will strengthen cooperation on "designing and constructing passenger railway lines with designed speeds of 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour and higher."

Both sides will also improve cooperation on railway equipment design and manufacturing, railway lines and equipment maintenance, information technology and other technologies in the sector.

State media said the agreement signals that Germany's Maglev train builder has made a breakthrough in competition for high-speed rail orders from China against its French and Japanese rivals.

Maglev technology was developed by Transrapid International, a consortium comprising German industrial giants ThyssenKrupp AG and Siemens, and allows trains to barrel at speeds of up to 430 kilometers (270 miles) per hour.

China currently operates a short Maglev line linking Shanghai's new airport to the city.

China planned last year to invest some 130 billion yuan (16 billion dollars) to build a high speed link between Shanghai and Beijing -- a top priority project for the nation.

China has invited tenders from German, Japanese and French firms to build the 1,300-kilometer (810-mile) link.

Preliminary reports last year that Japan's technology was being strongly considered met with fierce criticism from anti-Japanese websites in China.

Japan's "Shinkansen" Bullet Train technology and France's TGV high-speed trains were once thought to be leading candidates for the bid as maglev technology was considered too expensive.

Vice-Premier Huang Ju Tuesday told visiting German Transport Minister Manfred Stolpe that China will strengthen international cooperation to improve construction, equipment and management of the railway sector.

Huang said that China needs to increase railway construction to meet the demands of a fast-growing national economy and will work with other countries to do so.

China has been conducting a massive railways construction program nationwide with the aim to extend its operational track from 75,000 kilometers (46,500 miles) to 100,000 kilometers (62,000 niles) by 2020.

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Shenzhen Invites Tenders for Grand Rail Terminal

Shenzhen invites tenders for new station that will link three major rail lines
Celine Sun in Shenzhen
27 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Shenzhen has invited tenders from Chinese and international design institutes and companies for a new train station, local media reported yesterday.

The new station, to be located in the Longhua area of Baoan district, will serve as a transport hub for the city, linking three major mainland railway lines.

According to the Jing Bao newspaper yesterday, the bidding parties include companies such as Arup from Britain, Nikken Sekkei from Japan, Obermeyer from Germany, Parsons from the United States and survey and design institutes under the mainland's Ministry of Railways.

The new station will serve as a point of convergence for the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen line, the Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen line and the new Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express line. For local traffic, it will be linked with the Shenzhen subway system.

In addition, the Longhua station will help supplement Lowu Station, which is often overcrowded on holiday weekends, and will serve as an entry port for Shenzhen.

It will adopt the simplified customs arrangements proposed for the Huangguang border checkpoint.

"The new station will definitely excel [over] Lowu Station both in terms of its scale and capacity for passenger traffic," said Arup designer Ma Hui.

The media reports did not give an estimate of the cost of the project but said the new station would have an area of about 240 hectares. It will have an annual designed capacity of 44.5 million passengers.

Mr Ma said the location of some stations on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong express line is still being discussed by officials from the Ministry of Railways and Shenzhen and Hong Kong authorities.

"The ending station for the line must be set up in the Kowloon area, but how the line exactly goes has not been decided yet," he said.

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China to build high speed railways in 2005

Ministry of Railways announced in Beijing Wednesday that China will begin building high speed railways, which carry trains traveling at 200 kilometers per hour or faster, in 2005.

The ministry opened a two-day international seminar on passenger-dedicated line engineering in Beijing attended by 16 foreign consultant companies.

The Chinese government has approved the building of 3,000 km of railways, said Chinese Vice Minister of Railways Lu Dongfu.

All the railways will transport trains that run above 200 km per hour, but the track from Wuhan to Guangzhou and Zhengzhou to Xi'an will carry trains traveling at 300 km per hour.

He Huawu, chief engineer of the ministry, noted that the designed speed of the railways is 350 km per hour and the operating speed in initial stages will be 300 km per hour and 200 km when passing flyovers.

According to the ministry's program, China will build 10,000 km of special passenger railways and 2,000 km of high speed railways at the end of 2020.

The 3,000 km of track includes railroads from Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, to Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province; Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, to Xi'an, capital of northwest Shaanxi Province; Beijing to Tianjin Municipality; Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, to Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

Japan built the first high speed railway in 1964; currently trains there run at 300 km per hour.

The "China Star" is the fastest train china ever produced, capable of running at an hourly speed over 300 kilometers.

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gaoanyu said:
I am not amused if these were actually made in Nippon
They are. The first batches are made in Japan the rest will be made in China. Whats wrong with Japanese products? Don't tell me you have none from them. I know relations between Japan and China has been sour but theres no reason why they shouldn't buy the train from them and learn their technology(besides they agreed to transfer it to us). Japanese are excellent in technology and we should be humble and learn from them so in the future we may excel in that field.
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