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China Wants Arctic Railway

Published onsdag 16 juni 2010 kl 18.22
Infrastructure minister, Åsa Torstensson

There is growing Chinese interest in developing an Arctic rail link to transport goods from China to Europe and the US, according to Swedish infrastructure minister Åsa Torstensson.

“It may quite soon become a reality,” Torstensson told news agency TT, at a meeting in Haparanda in northern Sweden to discuss the plans.

Following a visit to Sweden last year by China’s railway minister, there has been growing interest in a rail link which would run from China through Russia and via Haparanda on the Swedish-Finnish border to Narvik, the Norweigan port on the North Sea. From there goods would be transported by ship to the US and elsewhere.

However one stumbling block still remains: bureaucracy, particularly in the Russian leg of the journey.

“If that can be resolved then the travel time can be shorted from 15 days to 8,” said Torstensson.

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