Nepal requests China to extend the newly built Tibet Rail link upto Kathmandu

काठमाण्डू Kathmandu: CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal has requested the Chinese government to extend the railway system in Tibetan autonomous region up to Kathmandu.

A railway link with China would ease many inconveniences Nepal has been facing as a landlocked country, Khanal said during his meeting with the Chinese leaders in Beijing.  The UML Chairman, who is currently on China visit, met with Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of National People’s Consultative Conference of China and Chen Fengxiang, vice-minister of International Department of Communist Party of China , in Beijing on Wednesday .

Khanal also told the Chinese leaders that the second Constituent Assembly will complete the long overdue task of constitution writing, giving the much-needed impetus to development of the country.  Wang hoped that the Nepali would complete the constitution in time so that the country could catch up in the economic development. ” China is ready to assist Nepal as per the wish of Nepali people and the government,” Wang told Khanal.

Chen emphasised on China ‘s readiness to encourage more Chinese citizens to visit Nepal.  Milan Raj Tuladhar, one of the UML delegation members, said that the Nepali team also visited Xiwang village in Shandong province, which has emerged as an industrial estate.

The delegation that left for a 10-day China visit is expected to return home on Friday.

China’s Jaw-dropping Ambition of Rail link to USA via Russia on the Fast Track

China is considering plans to build a jaw dropping 13,000km high-speed railway line to the United States, the country’s official media reported last week. The proposed “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean, then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the US. It would be almost 3000km longer than the epic Trans-Siberian railroad and the entire trip would take two days, with the train travelling at an average of 350km/h (220mph).

There may be plenty of scepticism regarding the feasibility of what will be an engineering marvel, given the fact that crossing the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska would demand roughly 200km of undersea tunnel. If it materialises, it would be the world’s longest and four times the length of the Channel Tunnel that connects the UK with France. Admittedly, except for an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, no one else has come out in support of the project. However, a dream project like this undoubtedly shows that the centuries-old romance associated with the railways is still going strong.

In all likelihood, speed and efficiency could well forge a common link between a set of the most powerful nations though history and political schisms may pit them against each other. Besides, the reported claims by China indicating that it has the means to accomplish such a grand project indicate the supreme confidence in what is an extremely efficient railway system. The Asian giant boasts  of a high-speed network that is one of the world’s most ambitious public works projects. An intercontinental stride forward could be read as further proof of the growing network. By contrast, the Indian Railways, which is grappling with a declining share of passenger traffic and is in dire need of modernisation and revamp, could look at the Chinese for inspiration and be back on track.