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Kunming – a strategic “bridgehead city” facing Southwest Asia


April 29, 2013 / By Chi-Han Ai

Kunming occupies a strategic position. It is the Chinese city which is nearest to several ASEAN countries (479 km from Vietnam, 789 km from Laos, and 858 km from Myanmar). Because of this geographical advantage, the Chinese government has put a great deal of effort into the construction of transportation networks connecting Kunming with its foreign neighbours.


In 2011, the construction of the Trans-Asian Railway (with Kunming as a starting point) was officially begun. This is the first high-speed railway connecting China and Southeast Asia. Its four routes include the eastern line (from Kunming to Singapore), the mid-eastern line (from Nanning to Vientiane), the middle line (from Dali to Bangkok), and the western line (from Kunming to Yangon). This network also links up with railway lines in Burma and India. The terminal stations on these lines (Ho Chi Minh and Singapore on the eastern line, Bangkok on the middle line, and Yangon on the western line) are all international ports. The economic impact of the railway will also boost the economy of the Indo-West Pacific area, and as a result, Kunming’s economic importance in Southeast Asia will increase.1.



> source: Train Routes in S.E. Asia : http://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm#.VESemMHTnIU


In addition to the railway, all the highways in Yunnan connecting with South-East Asia start from Kunming. The Kunming-Bangkok Expressway, built jointly by the governments of Laos, Thailand and China, was open to traffic in 2012.2. The China-Vietnam highway (from Kunming to Hanoi) is expected to open in 2013. Other highways (from Kunming to Kyaukpyu, Myanmar and from Kunming to Ledo, India) are also in the planning stages.3




In 2010, with the launch of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, China’s average tariff for ASEAN countries dropped significantly from 9.8% to 0.1%, and the commercial relationship between China and the ASEAN countries became closer. Because of the important position of Kunming, the Chinese government sees Kunming as a strategic “bridgehead city” facing Southwest Asia.


> http://urbachina.hypotheses.org/4289


BKK to Chiang Mai :: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1425302&page=7

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The Singapore to KL Link




The Kuala Lumpur - Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project was announced by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib in September 2010 and is proposed to connect Penang[citation needed], Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru with Singapore.[1] On February 19, 2013, Singapore and Malaysia have officially agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2020 at a meeting between Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Singapore. [2]

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Plan details

The KL - Singapore section will be about 400 km and the travel time will be 90 minutes.[9] The construction cost will be MYR 40 billion.[10][9] The project will request the construction of a brand-new line with dedicated tracks, which will allow trains to travel at least 250 km/h.[2] YTL and SPNB will co-ordinate the project for the essential construction within the Malaysia corridor, whereas LTA will be in charge for Singapore corridor


> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_Lumpur%E2%80%93Singapore_High_Speed_Rail


Singapore side terminal is still not determined




The rail link was proposed at the retreat in Singapore in February last year. Yesterday, Mr Lee said Tuas West is being considered due to its closeness to the border while Jurong East is set to become a "major transportation, economic and financial zone for Singapore". The city centre would be "ideal", but is the most challenging due to the cost and size of the land required, he added. Mr Lee noted that many areas of the rail project need to be settled: from design, finance and governance, to security and immigration requirements. "These are things we must work at, and the officials must work at, in a very focused way to get all of the pieces to fall into place in good time in order to get the project done." When asked if there was a need to push back the 2020 target date, Datuk Seri Najib said it was too early to revise it. The target was intentionally set at the start "to be ambitious" so as to get both sides to focus on it, he added.


- See more at: http://ifonlysingaporeans.blogspot.hk/2014/04/spore-lists-3-sites-for-high-speed-kl.html#sthash.iKayq76v.dpuf

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Chinese to Build High Speed Rail from China thru Thailand, Malaysia to Singapore



Building a high-speed railway through Thailand
10-13-2013 10:34 BJT



By CCTV correspondent Tony Cheng
The basic agreements to build a high speed rail network linking China and Thailand have been in place for some time. But, construction has not yet started after disagreements over the exact route of the railway. As CCTV’s Tony Cheng reports from Bangkok, there appears to be renewed momentum now in getting the megaproject underway.

Catching the slow train to nowhere.

Thailand’s rail system has fallen into disrepair over recent years. A lack of investment in infrastructure and rolling stock, and the popularity of road and air travel. But that could all be about to change.

Chinese Premier Li Ke Qiang arrives to open an exhibition about the high speed rail network which could connect China to Thailand, and on to Singapore. The project appeared to have lost momentum but the Chinese government is keen to push ahead. And at the highest levels of the Thai government consensus that it is time to get moving.


> http://americankabuki.blogspot.hk/2013/10/chinese-to-build-high-speed-rail-from.html

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This article is fairly recent, but there are reports that the Express Train to Chiang Mai

has been "delayed" since the coup in the first half of 2014


Two routes okayed in B741bn scheme
  • Published: 30/07/2014 at 06:03 AM by The Bangkok Post

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has approved two high-speed train projects at a total cost of 741.4 billion baht. The two routes approved are intended to serve as a transport link between Thailand and southern China.


Permanent secretary for transport Soithip Traisuth, however, said the maximum speed of the trains to be operated on the new routes, between Nong Khai and Map Ta Phut and between Chaing Khong and Ban Phachi, would have to be reduced to 160 kilometres per hour from 200 km/ph.

A study would be carried out to explore ways to bring the construction cost of the dual-track rail system from about 500-600 million baht per km to a range of 350-400 million baht per km, she said.

“The high-speed train dual track standards will be maintained even though the maximum speed of the trains will have to be lowered from 200km/ph to 160km/ph. This is to allow a possible shift to a higher speed train system at a later date after more investment in the future,” said Ms Soithip after meeting the military about the country’s infrastructure development scheme.

The Nong Khai-Map Ta Phut route will be 737km in length and cost 392.5 billion baht while the Chiang Khong-Ban Phachi route will be 655km long and cost 348.8 billion baht.


> http://chiangmaiproperty.sg/2014/07/30/high-speed-train-gets-go-ahead/

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High-speed train continued

Date : 17 กรกฎาคม 2557

BANGKOK, 17 July 2014 (NNT) - The high-speed train project has been continued with the Bangkok-Chiang Mai route expected to begin service in 2026. Three-hour trips between the two provinces are expected to cost around 1,000 baht/person.

The working committee of the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed train project phase 2 said the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had given the green light to the project to move forward. High-speed trains from Bangkok to Phitsanulok is set to operate in 2024 and from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 2026. The project’s budget for construction and expropriation are estimated at 380 billion baht.

The fare of a three-hour Bangkok-Chiang Mai trip is estimated at 1,074 baht.

According to the committee, officials and the private sector in Chiang Mai expressed concerns over the expropriation and asked the committee to carefully study the matter to prevent future problems. They also called on the committee to connect high-speed train stations with other transportation systems.

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