From China to Turkey Speed Train Project: China Xinjiang will start from 6 thousand kilometers long high-speed railway line in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey will extend.
First of all, a geopolitical compromise between Central Asian countries is essential for the realization of the giant project that will reach Europe via Istanbul.
For the Chinese government to extend to Turkey from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region sacrifices speed rail line was 150 billion dollars. China's largest manufacturer of locomotives and wagons Şiaoyang CSR chairman Zhao, Xinjiang will start from 6 thousand kilometers of high speed rail line in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey would extend.
Speaking to the China Daily newspaper, Zhao said the line, which requires a total investment of $ 150 billion, could be largely put into service in 2020 and be finished in 2030. Defining the line as 'New Silk Road', Zhao stated that the cruise speed would be 200 kilometers per hour for passenger trains and 160 kilometers per hour for freight trains.
It is known that the Beijing administration gave priority to the project called “Iron Silk Road” by Chinese experts and is ready to act openly about financing. However, it is stated that geopolitical reconciliation must be achieved among the Central Asian countries before the giant project that will reach Europe through Istanbul is to be implemented. In addition, numerous financial and technical problems related to the project must be overcome.
RAILWAY IS IMPORTANT
Having the second largest economy in the world, China makes nearly half of its foreign trade exceeding 4 trillion dollars with its countries with Europe, Middle East and Central Asia. But this trade is heavily dependent on sea routes. The Beijing administration attributes first degree strategic importance to the railway project, due to the potential risk posed by sea disputes, including the United States.
China and its neighboring neighbors Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam have sovereignty problems, including the risk of hot conflict, and these problems are getting serious day by day.
YHT LINES IN TURKEY
In Turkey, currently 212 kilometers and 355 kilometers of Eskisehir Ankara-Konya-Konya high-speed train lines serving. The high-speed train line, which is planned to reduce Ankara-Istanbul to 3.5 hours, is expected to open on July 11. The 533 km Ankara-Eskişehir section of the 245 km Ankara-Istanbul YHT line was opened in 2009.