China willing to share hi-speed railway tech

15:23, March 23, 2010      

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With 6442 kilometers of high-speed passenger railway, China currently has world's longest high-speed rail operations mileage. China is willing to share its mature technology with other countries to boost the development of high-speed railway worldwide, said He Huawu, chief engineer of China's Ministry of Railway (MOR).

High capacity and low energy conservation

China's high-speed rail lines operate at a top speed of 350 km/h (220 mph). Meanwhile, as one passenger train can carry over 1,000 passengers and the minimum wait-time was only 3 minutes, China's high-speed railway system has a remarkable capacity. Weather has also very limited impact on the operation of the high-speed railway.

"The high-speed trains are 'green' and meet the calls of energy conservation and emission reduction," He said.

Independent intellectual property rights

With the principles of "Advanced, mature, economic, practical and reliable", China has got considerable technological innovations targeting world advanced level.

"We now possess a package of advanced high-speed railway technologies, from construction to operation and management, and have built up a high-speed railway technology system with independent property rights," He noted.

High-speed railway was originated in Japan, Germany and France. However, China's high-speed railway technology is more complex and there has been none intellectual property right disputes between China and foreign companies, said He, adding that China has filed 946 patent applications in this field.

Currently, China's high-speed railway system has the world's most comprehensive technologies, highest integration capacity, longest operation mileage, highest operation speed and largest construction scale.

"Going out"

In recent year, China's achievements in the modernization of its railway system and the development of the high-speed railway have had great influence worldwide, and created an excellent opportunity for the "going out" of China's rail constructors.

He disclosed that China has been in contact with the US, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela in cooperation in the high-speed railway field. "They hope that China could take part in their domestic high-speed railway projects."

Chinese enterprises now have contracts with over 50 countries and regions, and the total contract value is over $26 billion. China's railway equipment has been exported to over 30 countries located in Asia, Africa and Oceania. It is believed that the widening export of rail equipment will boost the transformation of "Made in China" from low-end to high-end and from labor intensive to technology intensive.

The US, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Poland have expressed that they want to cooperate with China's railway constructors in their domestic high-speed railway projects. China's MOR has already signed MOUs with the US and Russia.

"China is willing to share its mature technology with other countries to boost the development of high-speed railway worldwide," He iterated.

By People's Daily Online
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