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Chinese view on the Silk Road Cities Forum
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is an honor for me to address the participants of the Forum of the cities of the New Railway Silk Road. Modern high-tech technologies allow me to address you from thousands of kilometers from Turin. But I hope that in the future it will be as easy as taking a few stations of the metro.
Today, I will take this opportunity to briefly introduce the following three parts to the guests of the Forum.
Fisrt, the development process of the HSR in China
Since the 1980s when China began to study high-speed rail technology till 2003 when construction of high-speed rail was commenced, several stages were experienced: reconstruction and acceleration of existing railway, construction of high-speed rail test line, national high-speed rail network development plan, and high-speed rail construction and operation.
In January 2004, China approved its Long-Term Railway Network Plan. In November 2008, Long-Term Railway Network Plan (2008 adjustment) was officially released, specifying medium-term and long-term construction goals and tasks of China’s railway network.
According to China’s long-term railway network plan, by 2020, the total operation mileage of China's railway will reach 120,000 km or more. Among them, mileage of passenger express transport railway network consisting of passenger dedicated line, intercity urban transit line and passenger & freight mixed rapid line will be over 50,000 km. The mileage of the passenger dedicated line connecting provincial capitals and cities with a population of over 500,000 will surpass 16,000 km.
Next, I want to make brief introduction about the “Combination of Railways with “Silk Road” and “Interconnection between Asia and Europe”:
With the deepening of One Belt and One Road Strategy, China and countries along the Silk Road open a new window in the fields like infrastructure construction, energy and investment. The development of the “Economic Zone of Silk Road ” and the connection with Europe through Russia and Central Asia could be in favor of China and regions along the Silk Road building a new structure of “mutual development of the West and the East”, and integrating the domestic and international resources together, so as to promote the mutual connection among China, the Central Asia and Europe.
Eurasian Continental Bridge has been the artery of the communication between the East and the West since the ancient time, and it stimulates the communication and integration of various civilizations. Along with the development of economic globalization and social informationization, it is urgent time for Asia and Europe to strengthen our mutual connection and communication. As the fastest and safest transportation method, railways would undoubtedly become the major driving force to realize the strategy of “Silk Road” and “Interconnection between Asia and Europe”. That is why we support the idea of creating the Eurasian high-speed metro and establishing the Railway Silk Road Cities Forum that is aimed at supporting mobility development in the region.
At last, I want to make brief introduction about the Combination of “Railway Silk Road” Strategy and “Russia-China HSR”
At present, both Asia and Europe are building or improving their HSR network, which makes it imperative to construct the HSRs to connect the Euroasian Continent.
In May of this year, China and Russia signed the MOU on Beijing-Moscow Eurasian High-Speed Transport Corridor. Two countries also cooperate on the concrete Moscow-Kazan HSR project and both the Chinese Side and Russian Side had reached a preliminary consensus on investment & financing cooperation within the project. On June 18, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co., Ltd and their Russian partners signed Survey And Design Contract for Moscow–Kazan HSR, which marks the beginning of the implementation stage of the Russia-Chinese HSR, and the gradual realization of the strategic concept of the “Railway Silk Road”. Together with our Russian partners we are ready to cooperate with the European partners on the development of the new transport corridors. We also think that the Railway Silk Road Cities Forum should become an important tool in the implementation the idea of Eurasian corridors idea.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Finally, as early as the 13th century, Marco Polo went to the East far away from the West along the ancient Silk Road. At that time, the Silk Road meant “communication and fortune”, and now the construction of the “New Railway Silk Road” would inject more vitality and bring more opportunities for the cities within the region.
May the meeting successful!
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