next-generation bullet train unveiled last year by East Japan Railway.
China is in talks with Japanese firms about potentially lucrative orders
for advanced bullet train technology for a new high-speed link to its
northern cites, a report said Monday. [AFP]
Tokyo - China is in talks with Japanese firms about potentially lucrative
orders for advanced bullet train technology for a new high-speed link
to northern cites, a report said Monday.
railways ministry has approached companies including East Japan Railway Co.,
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd. about high-speed rail technology
suitable for extremely low temperatures, the Nikkei daily said.
Japanese firms may win sizeable orders from China over the project if the
deal is concluded, the business daily said, quoting unnamed sources close to the
The planned 950-kilometre (590-mile) railway will run between the northern
cities of Harbin and Dalian, where temperatures can plummet to minus 40 Celsius
(minus 40 Fahrenheit) during the winter.
The Chinese ministry envisions a 300 kilometre-per-hour train travelling the
route, about as fast as a Japanese bullet train, that would be able to operate
at temperatures of minus 50 Celsius.
Japanese bullet trains, known as Shinkansen in Japan, can operate at minus 25
The three firms -- East Japan Railway, Kawasaki Heavy and Hitachi -- declined
to confirm or deny the report.
"We are not in a position to comment on the reported Chinese request," an
East Japan Railway spokesman said.
The Nikkei said China was expected to have also approached European and US
firms about possible technical assistance.
China plans to build a 7,000 kilometer high-speed rail network by around
2010, but orders to foreign firms, including in Japan, have been limited as
Beijing has opted to use its own rolling stock and technology on major