China plans fast train to Singapore
January 18, 2011 - 5:02PM

The great railway of China continues to grow, with plans to link Singapore and Nanning within five years. Photo: Bloomberg

China's southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region will make building a high-speed rail link from its main city of Nanning to connect to a planned Singapore-bound line its main task in the next five years, the China Daily said.

The construction of the rail link to Pingxiang, a city near China's border with Vietnam, will start in the second half of this year, the paper said citing the local development and reform commission.

The local government wants a railway network to boost its trade with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including Vietnam and Singapore. Asean is the largest trading partner and export market for Guangxi, according to the paper.
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Guangxi will invest 15.6 billion yuan ($A2.38 billion) to build its section of the rail link, the newspaper reported, citing Long Li, a regional transportation official.

The report didn't say whether China has reached agreements with the neighboring countries on the plan.

Thailand's government said it will build a high-speed rail system linking the country with Laos, Vietnam and southern China, according to a report by the Nation newspaper in August, citing Korbsak Sabhavasu, secretary to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.