Beijing’s Fengtai Railway Station will resume service today after a four-year reconstruction. The expanded station will serve as a terminal
Beijing’s Fengtai Railway Station will resume service today after a four-year reconstruction.
The expanded station will serve as a terminal for several train lines, including the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway line and the Beijing-Kowloon railway line. According to the local government, the expanded station will become one of the biggest rail transport hubs in Asia.
The renovated station is part of China’s effort to develop one of the largest high-speed rail networks in the world. The development of the network has also led to greater integration in terms of trade, especially in the deepening of China-Europe freight train connectivity in recent years. With supply chain disruptions in recent years, high-speed railway upgrades between China and Europe have become essential for trade.
In the short term, expect China to continue rail expansions across Eurasia and Southeast Asia. As China invests in rail networks such as the Boten-Vientiane railway, China will likely position itself as an exporter not only of infrastructure but also of technology. In the long term, expect these rail developments to provide an alternative to maritime supply chains, bolstering China’s position as a global trade leader.
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