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May 13th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

China mulls building high-speed train from China to U.S.

It's an engineering feat that could make the great wall look small: a high-speed train from China to the U.S.

According to a report in the Beijing times, Chinese officials are considering building a high-speed rail line that would start in northern China, go up through Russia and connect through Canada into America.

The proposed line would be more than 8,000 miles long. That's like travelling from New York to Los Angeles almost three times.

It would have an underwater tunnel that stretches 125 miles - four times longer than the tunnel connecting England and France.

Is China really about to overtake the U.S.?

CNN's Tom Foreman takes a closer look at how the construction of high-speed rail from China to the U.S. could be done.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Harry

    First build high speed trains in America. The stinking Republicans don't want it. Oil compaies won'tmake money.

    June 23, 2014 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  2. Paul

    I think it is a great idea, very realistic, especially if it could be built on several nations financeing CHINA, RUSSIA, CANADA, U.S.A. through thier country,s , it could cross alaska across north west territorries, nunavet and drop down south through the canadian provinces, it would open north america up to higher markets of manufactured goods , mineing, forestry, farming, tourism, China is driveing the world market and advanceing quickly, with riseing sea levels , china will be building desalination facilities and energy from the sea like california is building now, This will create a massive amount of employment in canada and U.SA., These are the developements we need with a massive growing world population, with it will come masses of rich asians and within a few years we will not be able to buy land,

    June 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  3. pelo si

    Nancy Pelosi said we need to build it to see how wonderful it will be. We should run the tracks all the way to California, if only so that Nancy get can on the train and run away to China.

    June 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  4. Jesse Douglas

    I seriously doubt the Chinese are considering this project for the transport of tourists. Something like this would be a benefit only in the transporting of materials and product. China could care less about the people impact. This is all about business and cutting losses. A lot of items fall off ships during storms, diesel costs are high and that's what transport ships run on. It takes on average 11 days for cargo to cross the Ocean (with an additional 10 to 15 days being processed by customs). Using the example given in the first comment of a 40 hour trip which I doubt is realistic but is doable you would be looking at a tremendous speed up in deliveries with a cut back in loss of product due to whether and a diminished diesel cost (possibly) depending on number of generators required and/or any other method of power generation attached. Even if the train only ran at 35 Mph you would be cutting travel of 11 days down to 9 days. Keep in mind, also, that we are not Chinas only customers.

    Cost would be significant but definitely not China's major concern. Political concessions would be their greatest problem along with logistics. Ultimately it won't even be built unless China gives up control of it because no country is going to be stupid enough to allow China a direct transport line into their backyard that could just as easily be used for troop transport.

    May 27, 2014 at 3:48 am | Reply
    • otontisch

      This is a Chinese joke. Betweenn many other, the Artic winter and the record high sno in the NE of Russia.
      see http://www.viralnova.com/kamchatka-snow/

      May 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • otontisch

        By the way, the winter climate duration being about 10 month!!

        May 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  5. otontisch

    China has not a lot of money to bur!! There official overall debt are already the highest in the world in GDP percentage. in spite that that they declare a assets trillions of non performing operations and the underlying statistics are manipulated, in many case plainly invented. Also, contradictory figures between between the declared amount of the foreign bond holding seem to show that they have disposed, without declaring so, a large percentage of these.

    Factually, all the Chinese Government statistics are are not verifiable and the western companies and banks which publish more often than not totally contradictory figures ultimately are based again on the same so manipulated.

    As I have already repeatedly stated, China is a gigantic POTEMKIN's Village, which the US and Europe simulate not to realize, as they need a stable China to make huge profits and maintain price stability in the West!!

    The jitters on Wall Street each time the news from China are not good, in spite that the exports from the US are smaller
    as to mexico, EU, Canada, South America show the great Angst!!

    May 21, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • otontisch

      And this absurd railroad alleged project is a really stupid intent to mask the real situation of the country!

      As the company in danger of bankruptcy by a Rolls Royce shortly before!!!

      May 21, 2014 at 12:41 am | Reply
  6. Charlie

    Well...China apparently has lots of money to burn! But IMO it seems to be so inefficient when you can just hop a jet and get where ever you want.

    May 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  7. Ken

    Forget about terrorist, do you know how unstable that part of the pacific and artic plates are?

    May 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  8. Ted Ward

    8000 miles at an average speed of, say, 200 miles per hour is 40, repeat, 40 hours! Who iwants to spend that long on a train passing through uninhabited tundra? There is a reason they build jet airliners. Although it would be just long enough for a murder mystery...

    May 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • sugarmiao

      Cheaper way for illegal Chinese aliens to enter Europe, Canada and USA.... they will have three chances. Tons of them would love to come to Europe, Canada, and, first of all, the US of A... Also, cyber thieves can peacefully and leisurely take American secret samples back to China. Not to say, for them to sneak in their imitation counterfeit goods... containers after containers (cheaper than by maritime way)...

      May 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  9. ALIEN1X

    We have Euro Tunnel, High speedrail 1 in developement process in uk and High speed rail on the cards. We have also the Cross Rail project.
    So anything is possible, think its a great idea compared to flights. I would feel safer on a rain then a plane, especailly one thats lost.

    May 18, 2014 at 8:30 am | Reply
  10. youpeoplearestupid

    Wow.Idiots.This will open a huge influx of unwanted immigration. Either that or they will take over socially..financially.There population outnumber ours by a great amount. The news has been talking nonstop about the a rise of Chinese elite buying property in the US. Its only a matter of time..fellow Americans we need to wake up. Now. Globalization, due to the structure of our government (we are not the EU) will be the death of us. And I am speaking as a first genration and proud American.

    May 18, 2014 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • youpeoplearestupid

      I apologize for the grammatical mistakes. The iphone is not my grammar friend.

      May 18, 2014 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • ak63

      This project will never get built, just look at the environmental impact studies that would be needed, though they would only take 10 minutes in China and Russia they would take 10 years in the US and Canada to complete.

      May 20, 2014 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • sugarmiao

      Right on the dot, buddy!

      May 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  11. Bill

    This from the same central planning mentality that brought you literally empty cities that were built because a government official thought it'd be a good idea. Everyone worries about what we're going to do about China's rise. We really should be worrying about what's going to happen to the world economy when they crater.

    May 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  12. Paul

    Great Idea , Russia is about 60 miles from ALASKA with the closest land in the bering straight, Do you,s forget SARAH PALIN can see russia from her back porch?? Any way under the bering straight and up, across alaska, yukon, north west territories, nunavet, they can swing south through each canadian province and into the united states, Great idea and will open mining, agriculture, tourism, container traffic, but watch out for land prices as all those rich asians coming over here, our poor and middle people will not be able to afford land,

    May 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • laslavic

      she never said that, it was that less attractive faux comedian on that failed show called SNL. Do any leftist even bother to read?

      May 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  13. john

    Great, another fancy, new-age marvel that terrorists can target.

    May 17, 2014 at 11:52 am | Reply
  14. Balan Iyer

    A great and marvelous engineering feat going to be put in action by the Chinese, who deserve to be admired at least for picking up guts to conceive it.

    May 16, 2014 at 3:00 am | Reply
  15. Love

    National Security can have another opportunity to get bigger tax.

    May 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  16. candys isaac

    bad idea ever, what if sumthing goes wrong on the railway, the distance is too long,flights will just do

    May 15, 2014 at 1:50 am | Reply
  17. Cameron

    I'm guessing this would cost tens of billions of dollars. How foolish, just stick to flying from China to USA. Why waste all this money when another faster, safer alternative is used countless times each day: air travel.

    May 15, 2014 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • Roy Costanza

      It's not foolish at all. The cargo transport capacity would increase and cost would significantly decrease. It would open up many more trade destinations as well, for china and the U.S.

      May 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  18. Mac

    América ? I think you mean USA. Canadá is already in América .

    May 15, 2014 at 12:21 am | Reply
  19. summer strickland

    let me just say this its not going to happen even if they could pull it off not going to happen i am sure i speak for the whole lot of us! no one in the USA would stand for dat we have not lost our minds yet! dats not smart at all ppl! nope!!!!! no can do!

    May 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  20. Digerati

    That would be so awesome. I'm surprised something like this hasn't been considered before now.

    May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  21. Ros Simbulan

    Hell no! How is that even possible? I mean, island to island moves like an inch or two in a year. And I see a lot of accidents here. I'm not saying it's impossible, but too risky, takes a lot of time (about 20 years), and the cost can feed and shelter a lot of people. Well, it may be possible, but this should be studied first. Maybe in the UN, or somewhere. If that's possible, then we must connect every country in this world. Travel will be a lot easier, ans hopefully, the fare is less costly than to ride a plane.

    May 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  22. Andy Nguyen

    Are you guy stupid or pretend that you don't know? Do you want 1.3 billions Chinese immigrate to North America? Their population is more than 4 times of USA and Canada combined. Plus do you think about the security aspect of the problem? China will form a coalition with Russia and their troops will be here in no time if war or conflict would occur.

    May 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • jkflipflop

      This article seems to have drawn out the AAA thinkers in the comment section. People sound like cavemen.

      May 22, 2014 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • otontisch

        Really it is very strange that the comment here are aoutt illegal immigration instead about its imbecile like absurdity
        If you want wmigrate legally to the US, it can be done rapidly via airlines!!

        And the soldiers of an invasion expedition would die by boredom during the weeks the train will need to arrive to Nrt America

        May 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  23. EJW

    I have to agree with "shinyobjects", this has "bad idea" written all over it. . .NEXT!!

    May 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  24. Bo Zuendel

    Gotta love Asian chicks..

    May 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  25. Ryan

    Some misinformation in this video. The distance between the US and Russia is 2.2 miles, the distance from Little Diomede Island, USA to Big Diomede, Russia. So it's quite easy to see Russia from Alaska at sea level.

    May 14, 2014 at 7:07 am | Reply
  26. shinnyobjects

    Absolutely not. I do not want a train going. From China to the US. We cant remain civil and meetings with our presidents without a show of power. What will happen when we connect our countries? They have 4 for ever 1 person here. I dont like it, i dont trust it, and doesn't sound like a good idea... Next..

    May 14, 2014 at 2:07 am | Reply
    • what

      are you stupid

      May 15, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Dbpvr

      Too bad its connecting through Canada then cus the only say the us has is whether they can enter the US via Canada

      Unlike USA we're not as close minded and paranoid up here lol

      May 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Reply

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