Let the Bul­let Trains Fly

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On Septem­ber 23, 2018, Hong Kong in­au­gu­rated its first high-speed train link to the Chi­nese main­land. It now takes just 40 min­utes to get from the in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic hub to the south­ern city of Guangzhou, Guang­dong Prov­ince, and just nine hours to get to Bei­jing. Af­ter 18 years of dis­cus­sions, de­bates and de­lays, Hong Kong has fi­nally be­came part of China's high-speed train net­work – which has a length of 25,000 kilo­me­ters – open­ing a new chan­nel for in­ter­con­nec­tion be­tween Hong Kong and the main­land. An­a­lysts say the high-speed rail link will bring eco­nomic ben­e­fits of HK$260 bil­lion (US$33.17B), three times the con­struc­tion costs. The rail link also sug­gests that an over­all sys­tem of pol­i­tics, law, im­mi­gra­tion and quar­an­tine is tak­ing shape un­der the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” frame­work. It now takes less than four hours to get to ma­jor cities south of the Yangtze River, which will help con­sol­i­date Hong Kong's sta­tus as a re­gional cen­ter – and help at­tract main­land tal­ent.

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