China may adopt bullet train technology for rail line

Posted on July 15, 2003

China is "more than 90% certain" to adopt Japan's bullet-train technology to build a new high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai, reported the Agence-France Presse. Although Transrapid International, a consortium comprising German industrial engineers ThyssenKrupp AG and Siemens AG, has not yet given up hope that China will adopt its magnetic levitation (Maglev) train, its prospects look dim, the Economic Observer said. It was expected that Maglev technology would be used for a Beijing-Shanhai line after the successful test run of the new line between Shanghai's Pudong airport and downtown. Competition has been fierce, with France's TGV and Japan's Shinkansen bullet train vying for a contract worth an estimated $12 billion as well as other proposals to connect major cities in China by high-speed rail, said the news service. Japan's Transport Minister Chikage Ogi said she will visit China in August to promote Japan's bullet train system as a choice for the new line.

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