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The HS2 wei networkBritain’s controversial high speed rail link between London and the North could be partly funded or even built by China, the Independent reported (2 December).

The story received wide coverage in other newspapers, including the Evening Standard, Financial Times, and Daily Telegraph, and follows the announcement that a Franco-Chinese consortium is to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. The Chinese high speed rail programme is perhaps best known for graft scandals, incompetent construction, and reverse engineering of Western and Japanese technology.

[‘China emerges as potential leading partner for controversial HS2 rail link’, Oliver Wright, The Independent, 2 Dec 2013]

The Chinese premier Li Keqiang made the surprise announcement after talks with David Cameron in Beijing.

Li Keqiang said Britain and China had agreed to “push for breakthroughs” on high speed rail cooperation.

Mr Cameron added that “no country in the world is more open to Chinese investment than the UK”.

HS2 Ltd issued a press statement ‘welcoming the prospect of Chinese investment in HS2’, although the word “Chinese” appears only once in the text, and for some reason, the name of the spokesman (Ben Ruse) seems to have been removed.

2 December 2013
HS2 spokesperson, said:

“HS2 Ltd welcomes the prospect of Chinese investment in the country’s new £42.6bn north-south railway. In addition to possible foreign investment, like Crossrail, HS2 will provide hugely significant opportunities for British firms – large and small – in the supply chain and opportunities for British people to fill the 400,000 jobs that delivery of HS2 will support. HS2 is being planned and will be built to the highest construction, environmental and performance standards already in place.”

HS2-statement on potential Chinese-investment in UK high speed rail, 02 Dec 2013


Written by beleben

December 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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  1. Could it be in China’s interests to see the UK waste tens of billions on a vanity project?


    December 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

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