09-02-2008 11:25

The Beijing-Tianjin Express takes just half an hour for a one-way trip, and draws on some of the very latest technology in high speed railways. And experts say innovation is the key, in order for China to stay ahead of its rivals.

Experts say the successful completion of the Beijing-Tianjin express is a big boost for innovation in the country. 
Experts say the successful completion of the Beijing-Tianjin
express is a big boost for innovation in the country.

He Huawu, chief engineer of the Ministry of Railways, said development of China's railways has been slow over the last 2 decades. It only grew at 1 percent every year while China's GDP grew at 16 percent annually.

He Huawu, Chief Engineer of Ministry of Railways said "What should we do? We should develop high speed railways that meet the world's most advanced models."

In January 2004, the state council passed the first mid and long term railway development plans. If things go according to plan, China's railway will reach 100 thousand kilometers by 2020. While passenger lines with speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour should reach 12 thousand kilometers. The Beijing-Tianjin express is part of this plan.

He Huawu said "We learned from foreign technology and innovated on our own. It only took a short time to build this high speed railway."

Experts say it is a massive system, and can only be put together by a country with a huge amount of resources, like China.

Zhang Shuguang, Deputy Chief Engineer of Ministry of Railways said "No other country could help us finish such a huge system. In addition, to build such a system, you must be very familiar with conditions in China. High speed railways, with large industrial value, are a driving force for the economy. We should try to make sure we are able to cope with the development needed."

Experts say the successful completion of the Beijing-Tianjin express is a big boost for innovation in the country. It involves technology from many industries such as smelting, metal processing, and the electrical industry.


Editor:Xiong Qu