Trans­porta­tion deals connect na­tions oceans apart

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINESE TRAIN PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD -

The cheers and bustling in a crowded sub­way car­riage in Rio de Janeiro re­minded me of a sim­i­lar oc­ca­sion dur­ing a re­cent trip to a city in north­east China, nearly 20,000 kilo­me­ters from Brazil.

Work­ers at CNR Changchun Rail­way Ve­hi­cles Co in Jilin prov­ince held card­board signs high in the air to wel­come Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang to their fac­tory.

“Thank you, Mr Sales­man,” the signs read.

Among the fac­to­ries, com­pa­nies and uni­ver­si­ties across China that I’ve cov­ered through­out the pre­mier’s trips, the warm re­cep­tion at the rail man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Changchun were most heart­felt and gen­uine. And there is good rea­son: Work­ers in that com­pany, one of China’s largest rail­way ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing bases, ex­tended their greet­ings to the pre­mier for his hard work pro­mot­ing China’s man­u­fac­ture and ex­port of rail equip­ment.

Li was re­ceived with sim­i­lar hos­pi­tal­ity onWed­nes­day in a sub­way car­riage on Line 4 in Rio de Janeiro.

The car­riages used on this line were made at the Changchun plant that Li vis­ited in April. Ear­lier this year, nearly 100 car­riages were be­ing shipped from Changchun to Rio de Janeiro in a bid to ease the mount­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion in the south­ern and west­ern parts of the city, the next host of the Olympic Games.

The car­riages are de­signed and man­u­fac­tured with higher ceil­ings and wider doors to bet­ter fit larger Latin pas­sen­gers. Safety re­minders printed in Por­tuguese were al­ready on the wall in­side the car­riage be­fore be­ing de­liv­ered. A map showed the route of the sub­way line, which would run through the busy me­trop­o­lis to link the Olympic Vil­lage with com­pe­ti­tion venues dur­ing the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Luiz Fer­nando, gover­nor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, who ac­com­pa­nied the pre­mier on the trip, said the new­line, which could carry up to 300,000 pas­sen­gers each day, will ease traf­fic when the Olympics open.

The sub­way project, among the first suc­cess­ful cases of China’s global strat­egy for rail, went

Lo­co­mo­tives through many dif­fi­cul­ties in bid­ding, de­sign, con­struc­tion and fi­nance.

Benefits to the Chi­nese econ­omy from the Olympics— the man­u­fac­ture of clothes, sou­venirs, dec­o­ra­tive prod­ucts and even the sale of beer— is see­ing new­pos­si­bil­i­ties for equip­ment and con­struc­tion that would in­crease prof­its and help use up over­ca­pac­ity for prod­ucts such as ce­ment and steel.

In that sense, the cheers on Wed­nes­day were from many other peo­ple as well. Con­tact the writer at zhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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