New linklink to Euorope from Asia
Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
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Perhaps Beijing will be the new Rome.
Anyway, the folk in southern China want to increase their importance and economic colonialism - and also save a bit of money transporting goods - by building a road and rail link across Asia to Europe.
Third land link to Europe envisioned
By Li Yingqing and Guo Anfei (China Daily)
KUNMING: China should promote the construction of a third
transcontinental transportation link with Europe, said Qin Guangrong,
governor of Yunnan province
The land corridor, consisting of railways and highways, would boost
trade and provide an alternative transport channel to safeguard China's
energy and economic safety, he said in an interview with China Daily
Under the proposal, the third Eurasian land bridge would start from
port cities in the Pearl River Delta, including Shenzhen, travel west
to Yunnan province, then through Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan,
Iran and Turkey, cross Europe and end at Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The entire route would stretch 15,000 km and run through 17 countries.
A branch line that would also start in Turkey, cross Syria and
Palestine, and end in Egypt, which would facilitate transportation from
China to Africa.
So far, there are two Eurasian land bridges - the 13,000-km route from
eastern Russia to Rotterdam, and a 10,900-km route from Lianyungang in
Jiangsu province to Rotterdam.
But the third land corridor would be "the most convenient channel
for the Pearl River Delta region to reach other parts of Asia, Europe
and Africa," Qin said.
The route would slice up to 6,000-km from the sea journey between the same two ports, he said.
The idea of a third Eurasian continental corridor was first raised
by scholars in 2007, but little progress has been made on any
Economist Yu Guangyuan said earlier that such a continental corridor
faces many difficulties in reality, such as a lack of concerted effort
from countries along the line.
Complicated border procedures between countries could be troublesome and time consuming, insiders said.
Experts believe the government should reconsider the proposal in the face of the global economic crisis.
Duan Gang, director of Yunnan Academy of Economics, said in an
interview with China Daily that the current global economic meltdown
has made people more aware of the advantages of land bridges.
"The sea transport business is seeing a slump in profitability and
suffers frequent attacks from pirates. But land transport, shorter in
length, is growing in both volume and profit," he said.
The project would not be as costly as some think as existing
railways and highways are ready for use. In all, only about 1,000 km of
new railways and highways need to be built, he said.
Yunnan provincial government is suggesting the central government
coordinate various government departments to help Myanmar build more
than 300 km of railways and highways to link the railways in Yunnan
with South Asia's highway network, Qin said.
It will help China pave the way for building a channel to the Indian Ocean, and then for the Eurasian land bridge, he said.