Chinain talks to sell high-speed trains to US: officials
State-ownedChinese firms are in discussions to sell high-speed trains to the UnitedStates, senior officials said on Thursday, a deal that would be likely toignite controversy.
China'sleaders have been promoting the country's fast rail technologies in meetingswith foreign politicians as they seek to move the country's exports up thevalue chain, and Chinese companies are building high-speed rail networks inTurkey and Venezuela.
But acontract for a Chinese-led consortium to build a high-speed rail line in Mexicowas scrapped only days after it was signed, and a deal to supply subway trainsto Boston also generated controversy.
ForChina to build infrastructure in the United States -- where a number ofhigh-speed rail proposals have come to naught -- or supply it with rollingstock would be politically sensitive.
ButZhi Luxun, a senior official with the commerce ministry's foreign tradedepartment, told AFP Thursday: "There are currently discussions with theUnited States."
He wasresponding to a question about possible Chinese exports of high-speed trains.
Officialsdid not provide further details and said it was a matter for the companiesconcerned.
Anumber of high-speed rail projects are under consideration in the United Statesincluding in Texas and Florida, but only one has entered the early stages of construction-- in California, under a Spanish consortium -- while others have fallen by thewayside.
Onlybegun in 1999, China's high-speed rail network has quickly become the largestin the world, with more than 16,000 kilometres of track in service last year,Zhi said during a briefing.
Thecountry is also negotiating with Russia, Laos and Thailand on construction ofhigh-speed rail lines there, said Zhou Zhenwu, an official with the commerceministry's department of outward investment and economic cooperation.
China'srailway equipment exports increased by 34.7 percent annually from $80 millionin 2001 to $3.74 billion last year, Zhi said.
Samuel11 hours ago
Highspeed rail has a problem in the US. Several problems. There is little interest,as shown by the low volume using Amtrak. We don't have adequate rails for thetrains we have, and little is done to upgrade. Hi speed requires new tracks(money) more land (government land grab) and interest. If rail is cheap, andpoint A to point B is popular, then rail may succeed. But what value is highspeed rail that stops every 5 miles for passengers? Where is the interest for expensivecross country rail? There are a few markets, using existing lines at 80 MPH that have some business. Costs areabsorbed by several rail companies.
RobertA 12 hours ago
What aGIANT mistake that would be. Why do we let the enemy even think they can sellus their #$%$. If anything go with Japanese or French that is who the ChineseSTOLE the technology from and yes they did steal it, ok more like they licensedit from them then the reverse engineered it and sell it as their own, that is aFACT and they can not be trusted. Americans should protest any high speed railfrom the Chinese.
Perseus14 hours ago
Chinahas built over the last 10 year what is basically equivalent to 70 New YorkCites, we can't even repair the roads and bridges and China is putting up whatis basically a new york city every 3 months, their high speed rail is has moretrack, more trains the the entire world combined now. We are getting our azzeskicked and most don't even know it. Most are still talking about the footballgame!!! Amerika has gone to hel in a handbasket and few even notice or care!!!!