October 4, 2009

IT WOULD BE TRAINS THAT LEAD THEM OUT OF COMMUNISM:

China launches first-ever private railways (Saibal Dasgupta, 10/04/09, TNN)


Even as Chinese president Hu Jintao was telling an audience in Beijing that the government will stick to the path of socialism on October 1, a quite capitalistic revolution was taking place in distant Sanxi province in north China.

The first-ever private railway project began construction on the 60th anniversary of the Communist revolution. It may seem like a modest beginning for the project’s private owners but the business focus is clear as the project will link coal mines of Sanxi.

Another project that will bring China’s rail network very close to the border of Myanmar went in into operation late September. This project connecting two towns in Yunnan province is now being extended to connect Ruili, the Chinese outpost on the Myanmar border.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2009 8:20 AM
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