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India could look to China for high-speed rail construction

Staff Reporter 2012-12-03 10:57 (GMT+8)
A train on China's new high-speed Harbin-Dalian line. (File photo/Xinhua)

A train on China's new high-speed Harbin-Dalian line. (File photo/Xinhua)

India could court China to construct high-speed railways in the country after it reportedly offered a lower price than Japan, reports the Chinese-language Beijing News.

The South Asian country has shown interest in trying to cram its ballooning population of 1.2 billion into China's high-speed trains for some time, the national Hindustan Times reported in November. India's railway bureau has approved six such programs to date.

The interest comes at a time when China is proving its ability to build an extensive network in a short period of time, despite being new to the sector, in which Japan and France are the old hands, said the newspaper.

Some Indian media have come out against China's involvement in rail infrastructure projects, saying it would enlarge India's deficit in trade with China and the cost of construction will be hard to justify as the majority of the country's public would not be able to afford the ticket prices.

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Lin Jianhua (林建華)

Lin Jianhua is the president of Zhejiang University, an expert in chemistry and education. Born in 1955, Lin is a native of Gaomi in Shandong province. He started his career as a teacher in Inner ...