India-Japan Bullet Trains Initiative Piques China’s Interest
China is pleased to see the infrastructure among the regional countries including the high-speed railway. 
China is pleased to see the infrastructure among the regional countries including the high-speed railway. (Photo Courtesy: BloombergQuint)

India-Japan Bullet Trains Initiative Piques China’s Interest

China today evinced interest in reviving its proposal to build high speed railway projects in India which has chosen Japan as a partner for the country's first such venture.

China has been aggressively marketing its high-speed rail technology abroad and in the past lobbied hard to get the first contract in India. It had taken up a feasibility study for the New Delhi-Chennai corridor but no headway has been made in this regard so far.

The Chinese side showed interest in the projects in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe prepared to lay the foundation for India's first bullet train project.

China is pleased to see the infrastructure among the regional countries including the high-speed railway. We stand ready to promote cooperation with India and other regional countries for regional development. As to the railway cooperation, it is part of the practical cooperation between India and China. We have reached important consensus in this regard. Relevant competent authorities between the two countries maintained communication and increasing speed of railway in the current projects.
Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman told at a media briefing

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India and China have worked out a number of cooperative agreements for the development of railways under which the Indian Railways engineers are getting trained in China in heavy hauling.

China is also cooperating with India to set up a rail university. China has undertaken work to renovate some of the railway stations in India.

China has the world's longest high-speed rail network and has connected most of its cities with high speed trains reducing the travel time drastically.

(This article was originally published in an arrangement with PTI)

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