Home  |  News  |  Photo  |  Video   |  Travel  |  Learn Chinese  |  Opinions  |  EZFM  |  NEWS Plus  |  CHINA PLUS
China and Thailand Sign MoU on Railway Project
   2014-12-19 20:20:50    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: An Jing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) meets with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, December 19, 2014. [Photo:Xinhua/Rao Aimin]

The Chinese and Thai governments have signed a new agreement on cooperation in the railway sector.

The signing of the deal, to be overseen by visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, is part of the Chinese government's broader plans to promote regional connectivity.

CRI's Liu Yan has more.

 

Reporter:
The documents will see China invest in a pair of rail lines connecting northeast Thailand with Bangkok and the Thai port city of Rayong to the south of Bangkok.

The two routes, which will total 870 kilometers, will later connect with the planned China-Laos railway.

The project in Thailand is worth an estimated 10.6 billion U.S. dollars.

Trains on the line are expected to run at over 3-times their current speeds.

Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak is the Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

"Thailand wants to have more infrastructure development and certainly wants to have a role in China's growing influence in Asia, ASEAN and especially in mainland Southeast Asia. This railway project is really ambitious. It will connect southern China to the eastern sea border of Thailand. If it goes ahead, we will see strategic railway network that link southern China to golf of Thailand which is a link to the South China Sea and so on."

The project is part of a broader Chinese initiative to build a 3-thousand kilometer-long high-speed rail link from Yunnan's capital Kunming to Singapore, which would see the line pass through Laos, Thailand and Malaysia.

The ambitious plan is part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's attempt to create a 21st century Silk Road.

Professor Yang Baojun from Thailand's Thammasat University says the joint rail project should go a long way toward helping the Chinese government achieve its goal.

"Thailand is the transport hub of Southeast Asia, especially in maritime transportation. As such, the project has to be designed based on the railway capabilities of Thailand. It should contribute to the economic and transportation development of the country. China is now working to promote the one road and one belt initiatives, so participating in Thailand's infrastructure construction will have a significant impact on China's larger plans."

Aside from the railway project, Li Keqiang is also expected to oversee the signing of a number of agreements with the Thai government connected to agriculture.

Thailand is one of the largest rice producing countries in Asia.

For CRI, I'm Liu Yan.

Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

                         
News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ