Misaligned rails keep SE Asia de-linked from China

Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative has inspired a flurry of SE Asian railway-building but few of the lines are actually designed to connect to China By Peter Janssen Last month’s launch of a 70-kilometer rail line between Sisophon and Battambang in northwestern Cambodia, a region that hasn’t seen a running train since the 1975-79 Khmer … Continue reading Misaligned rails keep SE Asia de-linked from China

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Marco Polo in reverse: how Italy fits in the New Silk Roads

Italian engineers and Chinese traders are looking to transform Venice into a key hub with an offshore-onshore port system, known as Voops, to rival northern European ports such as Rotterdam By Pepe Escobar The Chinese economy is bound to surpass the 19-nation eurozone before the end of the year. You don’t need to be an analyst … Continue reading Marco Polo in reverse: how Italy fits in the New Silk Roads

Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

TEHRAN- Iran and India agreed to sign railway deals worth $2 billion, Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi announced   In an interview with IRNA in New Delhi, the minister who visited India in a three-day trip from January 10 to 12, said in his meetings with the Indian officials three important issues have been discussed … Continue reading Tehran, New Delhi agree to sign $2b railway deals

New China-Russia CR929 plane will depend on Russian technology

The passenger jet, which the PLA may well adapt for military use, is likely to draw on expertise from the Russian side, some of it dating back to the Soviet era Efforts by Beijing and Moscow to develop a wide-body passenger jet known as the CR929 are reportedly off to a good start following the … Continue reading New China-Russia CR929 plane will depend on Russian technology

Sino-Thai high-speed railway project gets go-ahead

Way cleared for the first 253km portion of the railway that will ultimately connect Bangkok to China's sprawling express rail network By Frank Chen Bangkok has given the green light to Thailand’s first high-speed railway, spearheaded by China, an on-again-off-again project that was once hailed as the crowning project of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Thai … Continue reading Sino-Thai high-speed railway project gets go-ahead