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Chinese high-speed rail harbors global ambitions


07-08-2015 04:21 BJT

China now has the world's largest high-speed rail network. But its ambitions go beyond its borders. The country has in recent years been pushing its high speed rail technology abroad.

In 2014, the first high-speed railway project built by Chinese companies in a foreign country was completed in Turkey. The 533-kilometer railroad links Turkey's capital of Ankara with the country's most populous city of Istanbul. Later in the year, Chinese companies put the finishing touches on a 1,344 kilometer railroad project spanning the African country of Angola. The line will serve as a significant economic corridor there.

And in May China signed a deal to build a rail link worth 3.8 billion US dollars between the Kenyan cities of Mombasa and Nairobi. It's the first phase of a line that will eventually connect Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

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