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China wants to build a $200 billion underwater train to the United States. The China-Russia-Canada-America line would be the most expensive megaproject in history and take years to complete. The biggest engineering challenge would be building an underwater tunnel through the Bering Strait. The Bering Strait would be the longest underwater tunnel in the world and cost about $52 billion to build. There are other significant hurdles that China must overcome if it hopes to build a high-speed rail line to the United States. Money is no issue but there are environmental concerns and political concerns. The United States and China have a very strained relationship and tensions would have to decrease significantly if the China-Russia-Canada-America line were to become a reality. China’s high-speed rail network has grown significantly in the last 20 years. Today, the country has one of the most comprehensive high-speed rail networks on the planet and new projects are being completed every year. State-owned China Railway began planning the country’s high-speed rail system in 1990. In 1999, China began construction on the first leg of its high-speed rail network, the Qinhuangdao–Shenyang Passenger Railway. The $1.9 billion rail line began service in 2003, and bullet trains that run on the line now reach top speeds of 160 mph. Construction then increased exponentially. In 2012, China opened the 1,428-mile-long Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail line. It’s the longest high-speed rail line in the world and has reduced the travel time between Beijing and Guangzhou to just eight hours. Here’s a look at China’s plan for an underwater train to the United States.
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00:38 Underwater Train
02:38 China’s High-Speed Rail System
04:24 Technologically-Advanced Trains
05:33 China’s First Underwater Bullet Train
06:51 Significant Challenges Ahead”