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Report: China mulls Japan bullet train for new high-speed rail line

Report: China mulls Japan bullet train for new high-speed rail line

The Chinese government is considering using Japanese-style bullet train technology on a high-speed rail line slated to be launched next summer, a Japanese news report said Wednesday.
Beijing initially planned to only use trains developed by German conglomerate Siemens AG, Japan's main business daily The Nikkei said in a Beijing-datelined story in its evening edition.
However, it has decided to also use Japanese-style "shinkansen" trains, partly in an apparent bid to improve bilateral relations with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda scheduled to visit to China on Thursday, the paper said, without identifying its sources.
CSR Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. is manufacturing the trains using technology from the Hayate-series of bullet trains that has been licensed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and five other Japanese companies, the paper said.
About 10 eight-car trains _ which can travel at up to 300 kph (186 mph) _ will be used for the 120 kilometer (74 mile)-long route between Beijing and Tianjin, which is scheduled to be opened before the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
Half will be the "shinkansen" type and the remainder will be provided by Siemens, the paper said.
CSR Sifang Locomotive plans to produce 60 trains modeled on Japan's bullet trains, which will also likely be used for other routes, including one that will link the cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan, it said.
The Chinese government apparently concluded that the anti-Japanese sentiment among the public _ which came to a head during nationwide demonstrations in 2005 _ had subsided and that the adoption of Japanese-style trains would not ignite a backlash, it said.
Kawasaki official Katsuhiro Sato said the company has been providing CSR Sifang technological support toward developing a 300-kph bullet train since April 2006.
However, he refrained from commenting on whether any decisions had been made regarding their use in China, saying any announcements would be Beijing's prerogative. He added that Kawasaki had earlier provided support on a 200-kph (124-mph) Japanese-style bullet train already in operation in China.
China's Railway Ministry did not immediately respond to questions submitted to it by fax as requested. Phone calls to CSR Sifang Locomotive went unanswered.


Updated : 2021-06-15 11:26 GMT+08:00