China’s high-speed rail on fast track

An official of China Railway Corporation says the total operation mileage of the country’s high-speed railway will reach 19,000 kilometers at the end of this year.

The length of China’s high-speed rail in operation has reached 18,000 kilometers.

As more high-speed rail lines will be put into use later this year, the total mileage is expected to reach 19,000 kilometers by year-end.

SOUNDBITE: CHENG XIANDONG, China Railway Corporation
“China has built the world’s largest high-speed rail network, with relatively advanced technologies.”

In the past week, two new high-speed rail lines have begun operation.

One of them is an extension of China’s first high-speed railway route, cutting travel time from Beijing to a coastal commercial district in Tianjin, to about 45 minutes.

Another rail line links Hunchun, which borders the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Russia, with Jilin. Both cities are located in Jilin province.

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