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China is beginning yet another mega-infrastructure project. China's official media reports that a high-speed Beijin...
China is beginning yet another mega-infrastructure project. China's official media reports that a high-speed Beijing-US railway could be underway, and according to the state-run Beijing Times, the line would start from north-east China, rush through Siberia, pass under the Pacific Ocean, cut through Alaska and Canada, and arrive in the United States. The rail-line is dubbed “China-Russia-Canada-America.”
Probably the most ambitious part of the project would be crossing the Bering Strait, which the Chinese would tackle by building an underwater tunnel of 200 kilometres (125 miles) between Russia and Alaska. The Bering Strait links the Arctic Ocean with the Bering Sea, separating Asia and North America. This engineering wonder would be four times the Channel Tunnel length, which connects UK and France. However, the officials claim that technology is “already in place.”
Travelling from China to the US would take two days, and passengers would pass 13,000 kilometres, or 8,100 miles, at an average train speed of 350 kilometres, or 220 miles, per hour. The “China-Russia-Canada-America” line’s cost is estimated at more than $200 billion, $52 billion of which is to be spent for the undersea tunnel and $172 billion for the rest of the railway route.
The entire project is said to be financed by China. The country has also been considering other project lines such as a rail line connecting China to London, stopping at Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Kiev, and Moscow, another rail line connecting China to Germany, via Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey and other countries, and a third line linking China to Singapore, which would stop in Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and lastly, Malaysia.
China's very enthusiastic proposed project hasn't been supported by other Chinese railway experts yet, which presents some questions about the project's feasibility.