Chinese Railways, Why? Part 8 of 9

Chinese Railways, Why? Part 8 of 9

9/19/2014 Umut Türker 1920 Times Read

My conclusion is that the Chinese government views rail transport as being under-utilized and that there is tremendous potential and opportunity here. There is also the factor of fuel. All of the other means of transporting cargo requires enormous amounts of fuel, the costs of which are bound to go up in the future, and which will disappear by 2060 according to an HSBC economist and 2050, from another source.


If China is planning on building this railway to the United States in anticipation of the disappearance of oil, petroleum and gasoline then they have good foresight. If they can actually start, build and complete the project before the demise of oil then they have great resources.


Other options


The bottom of the first linked article provides these potential, and other, options. One option is through several of the ASEAN nations (again, a very significant trading partner of China), taking a seemingly twisted or zigzagging journey through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and ending up in Singapore.


Another option is to go to the European Union (the largest trading partner of China) with stops in Moscow, Berlin, Paris and ending up in London (perhaps using the already-built Chunnel). The last of the options mentioned is that to the Middle East, such as Iran and Turkey, where FreightArea is located. Another source indicates that this line will also go through central Asia and end up in Germany.


I am somewhat surprised that there was no mention of a possible railway to the continent of Africa. As I mentioned earlier, I do not have special insight into the minds of the Chinese leaders and have not conducted interviews with them, but I do frequently come across news articles stating that China is keen on expanding its influence there. A high-speed train to it would do wonders.