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China considering building high-speed railway to U.S.

China Considering Building High-Speed Railway To U.S.

Imagine you're on a nice, long train ride in the United States. You close your eyes for a quick nap and wake up in... China? Yup. That could happen if China goes through with a proposed high-speed railway linking it to the U.S.

The project, nicknamed the "China-Russia-Canada-America" line, would be over 8,000 miles long and was first reported in China's state-run Beijing Times newspaper. The paper interviewed a railway expert from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The Economic Times reports that, according to the expert, the "bullet trains can run at 350 km per hour, enabling passengers to travel from northeastern China to the US in less than two days."

According to Discovery one of the biggest challenges for the ambitious proposal would be building a tunnel to cross the Bering Strait, a 125-mile stretch of arctic water between Russia and Alaska.

​But according to China Daily, another state-ran newspaper, the technology to build the tunnel is already in place and will reportedly be used on a tunnel linking China to Taiwan - a distance of nearly 94 miles.

So, is it possible that we'll be taking a train over to China anytime soon? Not quite. There are more than a few skeptics out there, especially on a tunnel that runs four times the length of the Channel Tunnel - which runs from Great Britain to France.

The Economist's "Gulliver" is one skeptic, writing that "Although a 200km tunnel is probably feasible in theory, the cost versus the potential return would surely make it one of the world's most spectacular follies."

The Guardian, one of the first outlets to pick up the story, writes that "No other Chinese railway experts have come out in support of the proposed project. Whether the government has consulted Russia, the US or Canada is also unclear."

And according to Quartz, the astronomical cost might be what keeps the project from happening.

"The ... line could cost north of $200 billion-$52 billion to construct an undersea tunnel to cross the Bering strait and $172 billion for the rest of the railway across land.That would account for well over half of China's already massive high-speed rail budget of $300 billion."

​While it may be a while before the U.S. and China are connected via railway, the country has already started work on both a Pan-Asian and Eurasian railway

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gordonrobroy May 11 2014 at 6:12 PM

when the train isnt in the tunnel it can be used to pump american oil to china.....

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Jay May 11 2014 at 7:39 PM

Just what the USA does not need......A ChiComm rail system that will send us millions of Chinese people we do not want.

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jmcd500 May 11 2014 at 7:40 PM

It puts the phrase, "going out for Chinese" in a whole new context.
I wonder if they will hire unemployed American coolies to lay the track.

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Iselin007 jmcd500 May 11 2014 at 7:52 PM

It will be just like the EB-5 buy your way in then hire your own.

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rothhammer1 May 11 2014 at 7:46 PM

Gee.... nobody's 'blaming' this on Pres. Obama?

I must not have read far enough through the posts.

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Dr. Cal Harris May 11 2014 at 7:48 PM

Hmmmm, how in the world would that ever pay for itself? I assume it would be mostly a freight system like our railroads. Carrying people just doesn't pay.

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bigred8690 Dr. Cal Harris May 11 2014 at 7:56 PM

I agree that no one would take a two-day supertrain ride across two continents. But there are lots of people who really believe in trains as a form of passenger transport--problem is they tend to confuse short trips which make sense with long journeys which can't possibly compete with air travel.

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sunchaser53amo bigred8690 May 11 2014 at 8:45 PM

The cheapest ticket from LA to Beijing is over $1300, and despite their advertised max capacity, even the largest among the jumbo jets can't take more than 500 or so on board. The E1 class high speed train in Japan could take up to over 1200 passengers. Now, if I pay only $800 to go to China by train, and I am a family of four, I save about $2000, plus I get to see a good part of the world through the window of my carriage. Considering the fact that the train will take thousands of passengers per trip to destinations along the China-America route, it will be actually very profitable to run it, especially with the price of gas going through the roof. To that we must add that all the studies show these trains are extremely good to the environment when compared to cars and planes.

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ernie May 11 2014 at 7:53 PM

Or, passing through one of the earthquake hotspots in the world too.

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ran8879842 May 11 2014 at 7:54 PM

All of you "pro-tunnel" guys : you are so naive and this also proves how much Americans understand Chinese and their dirty minds ,this high speed train system is nothing but Chinese scheme to peacefully and cheaply invade the USA. They will be coming by train loads ,they also will cross the Canadian-US borders thousands at a time.
Yes 200 billions is much cheaper than going to war with the US.
Look at what they are doing in the South China Sea .
Are we ready to post Home land Security agents and troops along that high speed rail road from the Canadian borders to Los Angeles ?

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ronniesusan May 11 2014 at 7:57 PM

would not the tunnel be passing through one of the most active earthquake area in the world.

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kmcc895370 May 11 2014 at 7:57 PM

Ah, don't we have anything to say about this . . . . like NO!?

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taxandgardening May 11 2014 at 8:00 PM

What is the next thing they want to do??? pouring a massive chinese population and beat the 'hell' out of the 'white anglo saxon americans' from the face of earth and 'dominate' the entire world as the ' chinese wanted to do??? So be it!!!!!!!

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Big D taxandgardening May 11 2014 at 9:09 PM

wake up people..thats why the government wants us to give up arms..dont do it and stand up for your rights

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sabinaha taxandgardening May 11 2014 at 10:50 PM

paranoid much

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