Mega rail­way be­gins con­struc­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

A mega rail­way to be built by China was of­fi­cially launched on Wed­nes­day in the Malaysian city of Kuantan, a mile­stone for China-Malaysia ties as China pushed for­ward the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. At a cost of 55 bil­lion ring­git ($12.83 bil­lion), the 688-km East Coast Rail Link will help up­grade pub­lic trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture in the east coast, said Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak when in­au­gu­rat­ing the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of the project. The ECRL is the first artery rail­way built in the east coast, which has been con­nected to the west coast only “via a net­work of roads and high­ways, and small rail lines that were woe­fully in­ad­e­quate.” De­scrib­ing the project as a game-changer for Malaysia, Na­jib said it will sig­nif­i­cantly cut travel time from Gom­bak in subur­ban Kuala Lumpur to Kota Baru in the north­east­ern state of Ke­lan­tan from seven to four hours.

ZHANG TAO / FOR CHINA DAILY

A kid eyes can­dies im­ported from Taiwan prov­ince at a newly opened duty-free re­tail shop in Zhengzhou, cap­i­tal of He­nan prov­ince. Since its open­ing on Tues­day, the shop, which sells only im­ported prod­ucts, has at­tracted more than 100,000 cus­tomers.

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