Bangkok to be hub of ASEAN high-speed rail network


According to John Chan

As the foreign ministers met in Kunming, the adjacent Guangxi province’s development and reform commission announced plans to build a $2.36 billion high-speed railway linking the provincial capital Nanning with Hanoi in Vietnam, Vientiane in Laos, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Bangkok in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and, ultimately, Singapore.

The high-speed rail is part of a 300 billion yuan ($45 billion) program over the next five years to create a “Nanning-Singapore Economic Corridor”. Construction of new tracks from Nanning to the border with Laos is due to commence in the second half of this year.

The designated commercial hub of this railway network is Bangkok. The Thai capital will serve as a gateway to new markets for Chinese exports among South East Asia’s 600 million people as the Chinese government seeks to offset declining sales to the US and Europe. Bangkok is the site for a planned Chinese-financed $1.5 billion wholesale trade centre for Chinese goods. The centre will have a total floor space of 700,000 square metres, the size of 100 football fields.

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  1. Excellent. I would like to see the entire planet connected via high speed rail. Consider the following project:
    Is the Proposed Trans Global Highway a solution for future population concerns and global warming?

    One excellent solution to future population concerns as well as alleviating many of the effects of potential global warming is the Frank Didik proposal for the construction of the “Trans Global Highway”. The Didik proposed Trans Global Highway would create a world wide network of standardized roads, railroads, water pipe lines, oil and gas pipelines, electrical and communication cables. The result of this remarkable, far sighted project will be global unity through far better distribution of resources, including heretofore difficult to obtain or unaccessible raw materials, fresh water, finished products and lower global transportation costs.

    With greatly expanded global fresh water distribution, arid lands could be cultivated resulting in a huge abundance of global food supplies. The most conservative estimate is that with the construction of the Trans Global Highway, the planet will be able to feed several billion more people, using presently available modern farming technologies. With the present global population of just under 7 billion people and at the United Nations projection of population increase, the world will produce enough food surpluses to feed the expected increased population for several hundred years.

    Thomas Robert Malthus’s famous dire food shortage predictions of 1798 and his subsequent books, over the next 30 years, failed to take into consideration modern advances in farming, transportation, food storage and food abundance. Further information on the proposed Trans Global Highway can be found at .

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