Vice premier: high-speed railway project, new highlight of Sino-Kazakh co-op Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Tuesday that a joint high-speed railway project would be a new highlight of cooperation between China and Kazakhstan.

Wang made the remarks at a Sino-Kazakh business luncheon in Beijing.

During the luncheon, Wang and visiting Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev listened to presentations on the development of China's high-speed railway construction and preparatory work of the construction of a high-speed railway linking the central Asian nation's cities of Astana and Almaty .

The high-speed railway, linking the Kazakh capital and its biggest city, will be jointly constructed by China and Kazakhstan and adopt China's advanced rail building technology.

The Astana-Almaty line, with a total length of 1050 kilometers, will enable high-speed trains to run at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour, said Askar Mamin, chairman of national rail monopoly Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ).

Design institutes in both countries will work together on a feasibility study, said Mamin, adding that the project is expected to be completed in 2015.

"The high-speed railway cooperation is an important result of my visit to China this time," said Nazarbayev at the luncheon.

Later Tuesday, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Nazarbayev officially inked a cooperation memorandum to construct the Astana-Almaty high-speed railway.

Editor: An Lu
Source: Xinhua