tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< September 2010 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

China Prepared to Finance California's High Speed Rail

News reported that China can offer a “complete package,” including financing, to help build California's $40 billion high-speed railway. For the cash strapped state currently under a $19.1 billion budget deficit, this is the kind of offer it cannot ignore.

california high speed rail station image

China to build California's railway? The nation has come such a long way. To take some historical perspective, let's dust off this piece of old news. In 1902, New York Times reported that "Chinese Government Ratifies the contract of the American China Development Company" to build the 750 miles long Canton-Hankow Railway.

New York Times on Canton-Hankow Railway

It was the era of railway. Foreign powers have obtained all kinds of concession in China, among them railroad building. In this race, America is only a small, perhaps a much less evil, player. Unlike the California high speed railway, which is only a business dealing, railway concession in those days are more like land grab by colonial power. This include the exclusive right to build and operate railways in China. In some case it even include right to move goods duty free and unrestricted military use.

China Eastern Railway

One of these is the Chinese Eastern Railway. Completed in 1903 by the Russians, it provides a direct route for the Trans-Siberian railway to reach the far East port of Vladivostok through the Chinese territory. It also allows Russian to assert their power in Northeast China, Korea and the Pacific. The Russian ambition is not to be tolerated by their Japanese rival. After the victory in the Russo-Japanese War (which was fought on the Chinese soil), the Japanese gradually took control of the railway. After the Japanese defeat in WWII, Russian regain a share of the railway. It was only until 1952 did China finally assume full control of this railway.

Those were the long dark age when China was in great peril to be conquered and divided. Who would have though someday China would come around to build the high speed rail in the United States?

2010.09.16 [] - comments

 

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Barcelona attack: Van driver shot dead by police (21 Aug 2017)

 

Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular (21 Aug 2017)

 

Trump to unveil Afghanistan war strategy (21 Aug 2017)

 

Solar eclipse: The day the US went dark (21 Aug 2017)

 

Kim Wall: Torso found amid search for submarine journalist (21 Aug 2017)

 

Gustavo Dudamel: Venezuela star conductor's tour cancelled (21 Aug 2017)

 

Men in South Africa court on cannibalism charges (21 Aug 2017)

 

Earthquake on Ischia leaves at least one dead and 25 injured (21 Aug 2017)

 

Libya crisis: Benghazi shootings video mars 'victory' (21 Aug 2017)

 

Ambushed Ohio judge shoots gunman dead outside court (21 Aug 2017)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

Bay Area News (7 Jan 2012)

 

City Insider (11 Feb 2012)

 

Crime Scene (13 Feb 2012)

 

C.W Newius Column (10 Jan 2012)

 

C.W. Nevius Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

Education News (10 Jan 2012)

 

KALW (11 Feb 2012)

 

Matier and Ross Blog (11 Feb 2012)

 

California power grid survives solar eclipse unscathed (21 Aug 2017)

 

CA officials: Grid is fine despite loss of solar power (21 Aug 2017)

 

Best action camcorders (20 Aug 2017)

 

Chinese video game rakes in cash, draws young rule breakers (20 Aug 2017)

 

Evidence of a toxic environment for women in economics (20 Aug 2017)

 

To fit into Silicon Valley, wear these wool shoes (20 Aug 2017)

more »

 


Site feed Updated: 2017-Aug-21 18:00