BER­ING STRAIT LINE TO US POS­SI­BLE, EX­PERTS SAY

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

Chi­nese rail­way ex­perts are urg­ing the govern­ment to con­sider the fea­si­bil­ity of a rail line that con­nects the na­tion with the United States.

Wang Meng­shu, a tun­nel and rail­way ex­pert at the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing, said schol­ars and re­searchers have been dis­cussing the seem­ingly unimag­in­able rail­way for a long time.

He said the 13,000-km-long line was ex­pected to start in north­east­ern China and go through Rus­sia’s east­ern Siberia, the Ber­ing Strait, Alaska, Canada and then reach the con­tigu­ous US.

“In the past, the tech­nol­ogy in tun­nel con­struc­tion was not good enough to ma­te­ri­al­ize this idea, but with the rapid de­vel­op­ment of en­gi­neer­ing tech­niques, it is now pos­si­ble to build a tun­nel be­neath the Ber­ing Strait,” Wang said.

Once the line is put to use, bul­let trains can run at 350 km per hour, en­abling pas­sen­gers to travel from north­east­ern China to the US in less than two days, ac­cord­ing to Wang.

He added that Rus­sia, which is heav­ily de­pen­dent on rail trans­port like China, is also pro­gres­sively ad­vo­cat­ing the idea.

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