外文标题：China, Russia mull high-speed Moscow-Beijing rail line: Reports
BEIJING: China and Russia are considering building a high-speed rail line thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Beijing that would cut the journey time from six days on the celebrated Trans-Siberian to two, Chinese media reported today.
The project would cost more than $ 230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres long, the Beijing Times reported — more than three times the world’s current longest high-speed line, from the Chinese capital to the southern city of Guangzhou.
The railway would be a powerful physical symbol of the ties that bind Moscow and Beijing, whose political relationship has roots dating from the Soviet era and who often vote together on the UN Security Council.
They have strengthened their relationship as Western criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin mounts over Ukraine and other issues.
The two signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this week during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Moscow in which Beijing expressed interest in building a fast rail link between the Russian capital and Kazan in the oil-rich Tatarstan region, state broadcaster China Central Television reported.
The 803-kilometre line would be the first stage of the route to Beijing, CCTV said.
till they will finish this project some new ways of transport will be invented cheaper, easy and fast than railways. anyway China have much money so they can survive for some years but what about russia? this is stupid project and i can say even senseless.
Gabbar Singh (USA) replies to subodh
This may be for quick transfer of goods from china to Russia and vice versa. Cheaper than trucks.
Akash gupta (Unknown)
This would set a brilliant example for world.
stupidity to spend $230 billion on train that will 2 days to reach what would be the fare ?? any idea how many million people travel between russia china air travel still will be prefered very few will want to waste 2 days
maddy patel (mumbai)
The paper cited a research report that put the cost of one kilometre of Chinese-built fast rail at $ 33 million.