All aboard: China's railway dream

How the new silk roads will change trade patterns for a long time to come enriching China and Asia without crippling Cabal Military budgets. North America is starting to look very tired in transportation times and is held back by the truck crowd. The inefficiencies are paid for by the consumer. America is faltering badly now.

China has already spent billions to improve its railway networks and intends to increase its efforts

BBC News
By Carrie Gracie
14 July 2014

At Asia's biggest rail cargo base in Chengdu in south-west China, the cranes are hard at work, swinging containers from trucks onto a freight train. The containers are filled with computers, clothes, even cars.

Until last year, all of it would have first gone more than 1,000 miles east to Shanghai and then to Europe by sea.

But now the journey's been cut from six weeks to two. The trains are bound straight for Europe via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. They will be unloaded in Poland and distributed to their final destinations.

Chinese media called their prime minister the country's top railway salesman, and when he went to London last month and trumpeted the prowess of China's railway builders, enthusiasts back home were quick to observe that China was turning the tables on one of the world's first great railway nations.

They pointed out that the nation which had brought the first rail to China 150 years ago is now agonising over its first 120-mile stretch of high-speed track between London and Birmingham, while China has already spent £300bn ($514bn) building 8,000-miles of track and intends to double that before the end of the decade.

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