Why China Is so Good at Building Railways

  • Published: 13 November 2018
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    [1] https://www.economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network
    [2] https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
    [3] http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/451551468241176543/pdf/932270BRI0Box30ffic020140final000EN.pdf
    [4] https://www.oag.com/on-time-performance-star-ratings-2018
    [5] https://www.export.gov/article?id=China-Aviation
    [6] https://translate.google.com.au/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fpolitics.people.com.cn%2FGB%2F14562%2F10317457.html&edit-text=&act=url
    [7] https://www.ft.com/content/ca28f58a-955d-11e8-b747-fb1e803ee64e
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    [10] https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralf_Wilhelms/publication/280924889_Social_Benefits_As_Part_In_The_Economic_Evaluation_Of_High_Speed_Rail/links/55cb933508aebc967dfe1a03/Social-Benefits-As-Part-In-The-Economic-Evaluation-Of-High-Speed-Rail.pdf
    [11] http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/05/c_137158303.htm
    [12] https://www.economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network

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Comments • 22 181

  • windu eko
    windu eko  4 hours back

    China is the best, love China from Indonesia

    • Splinter- Memes
      Splinter- Memes  5 hours back

      Why are many people so negative about the Chinese rail?

      • surya vardhan
        surya vardhan  6 hours back

        Indian railways has entered the chat.

        • Gary Eleven
          Gary Eleven  7 hours back

          If u have enough babies and teach them well till they graduate from university, then u will have many good engineers and the ability to build something.

          • Jeff Moore
            Jeff Moore  16 hours back

            Nobody cares once a communist always a communist boycott China they are not our friends I hope the go bankrupt!

            • Harry Gruber
              Harry Gruber  18 hours back

              Because their is no red tape. The government says get it done it gets done

              • Bridden
                Bridden  19 hours back

                "The real reason why China is so good at building railways is because they have the one thing that almost every other country lacks.. The political will for high speed trains."
                That and the ability to jail political dissidence. That is a pretty important part of the puzzle. The people of Europe can actually fight against wasteful spending... Not much that Chinese can do about it.

                • Towhid ahamed akash
                  Towhid ahamed akash  23 hours back

                  China next super power

                  • Spencer Graham-Thille
                    Spencer Graham-Thille  1 days back

                    They're good because they have a centralized government, little-to-no property rights, and an extremely large labor force.

                    • Bugatti Boss
                      Bugatti Boss  1 days back

                      Keep the political propaganda out of this

                      • david nichols
                        david nichols  2 days back

                        Coolies got a lot of practice in America!

                        • Chin Kang
                          Chin Kang  2 days back

                          Through reverse engineering, China, without paying patent, will proclaim to the world that she is the best.

                          • thomas b
                            thomas b  2 days back

                            haha. China is way smarter. in western Canada we no longer even have Greyhound bus service! lol.

                            • Shaoyu Jian
                              Shaoyu Jian  2 days back

                              hk-protest.com the TRUTH

                              • Jeremy Ksor
                                Jeremy Ksor  2 days back

                                I’m Montagnard indigenous never bean to China

                                • 马云
                                  马云  2 days back

                                  China is workaholic

                                  • chris
                                    chris  2 days back

                                    most of the western countries send jobs to china

                                    • Ruiting Yu
                                      Ruiting Yu  2 days back

                                      I live in Canada and I go back to China from time to time to visit families and to travel. I can say that high speed trains are so useful and practical. It only takes a few hours from Beijing to Shanghai, while here in Canada, it takes around 7 hours by car from Toronto to Montreal😂 Also, it takes 10 years to even build a highway, I don’t even want to know how many years it takes to build a whole railway line.

                                      • tariq ramadan
                                        tariq ramadan  2 days back

                                        Because it's a communist Nation....

                                        • ETHEREΛL Arts
                                          ETHEREΛL Arts  3 days back

                                          For those who care, they use these Technologies in their train network:

                                          CRCC, China
                                          Max Bögl, Germany
                                          Züblin, Germany
                                          RTRI, Japan

                                          • Time To Destination
                                            Time To Destination  3 days back

                                            Why don't you cover the 2011 train collision accident that killed 40 people?

                                            • 一一
                                              一一  4 days back


                                              • Will
                                                Will  4 days back

                                                china in poor as good as thailand?? Have you been there? the are so weahthy

                                                • Daniel Song
                                                  Daniel Song  4 days back

                                                  Lmao the gpd bruh you realize its the worst way to calculate wealth

                                                  • A K Singh
                                                    A K Singh  5 days back

                                                    Ha ha ha

                                                    • Luca Banks
                                                      Luca Banks  5 days back


                                                      • 待化的冰
                                                        待化的冰  4 days back

                                                        dumb fuk. it seems like you care about the Chinese more than the Chinese ourselves? stop pretending. get lost.

                                                    • JustAn AngryGamer
                                                      JustAn AngryGamer  5 days back

                                                      Fuck you China, FREE HONG KONG!

                                                    • Elin Tem
                                                      Elin Tem  5 days back

                                                      Mistake: you missed Taiwan on the map of China

                                                      • 奇異果大王
                                                        奇異果大王  2 days back

                                                        Taiwan is not a part of China , Taiwan is a independent country !!!!!!!!!

                                                      • Nova Introvert
                                                        Nova Introvert  2 days back

                                                        Well, better not talk about this.

                                                        If having Taiwan included, hawk in Beijing will be glad to see, while some people in Taiwan might be infuriated.

                                                        While if, in this case, not having Taiwan included, many people in Taiwan probably will not feel too uncomfortable about this, while Hawks in Beijing will be annoyed.

                                                        Better not get into this politics mess.

                                                      • K Wang
                                                        K Wang  3 days back


                                                      • Josie Jup
                                                        Josie Jup  4 days back

                                                        or did they?

                                                    • xyz
                                                      xyz  5 days back


                                                      • J ds
                                                        J ds  5 days back

                                                        China looks out for its interest and therefore benefits it's populous eventhough they might not be an ideal nation they don't just try and make a profit at every corner such as some western countries *American auto industry *

                                                        • 树先生
                                                          树先生  5 days back

                                                          雄鸡没有台湾 看的不习惯

                                                          • Yali Zhu
                                                            Yali Zhu  6 days back

                                                            With huge population like china, that kind of train is a must-have. With a polulation like USA, an air travel system is faster and more efficient.

                                                            • Don C
                                                              Don C  6 days back

                                                              China poor? Mexico poor? Listen white boy, keep living in your hill-billy bubble while the world around you moves on. So this video was created to downplay the amazing Chinese achievement. What’s next? Trees in the US are greener than anywhere else in the world? Is this Trump on auto-tune?

                                                              • Mkki 3D15
                                                                Mkki 3D15  6 days back

                                                                Yeah obviously you have no comprehension of the type of shottie ass construction China likes to invest in within its borders. Those ppl are gambling with their lives every time they get on board one of those things.. Theres a huge reason they were able to get the cost down so much and you just seemed to glance right over that one; Mr. I ❤ China..
                                                                Quality of Materials. Period.

                                                                • 醒悟的year
                                                                  醒悟的year  6 days back

                                                                  Most countries are too small to have the funds to build high-speed rail. This is the most common country. The simple is that the government has no money to build high-speed rail. The high-speed rail is very expensive, and the loss of people's traffic is not up to standard. There is also a huge burden on the state welfare expenditure, and the government cannot afford to build it. Since high-speed rail is a project that cannot be profitable in the short term, the parliament will only support projects that need to be really funded. People are more concerned about their quality of life and will not cut welfare funds. Therefore, the development of science and technology in many countries has stagnated, money is spent on welfare expenditures, and then the people are becoming more lazy, the people have no incentive, and the general situation in European countries.

                                                                  • TubeYouGuru
                                                                    TubeYouGuru  6 days back

                                                                    China is not poor, dont be fooled.

                                                                    • D 349
                                                                      D 349  7 days back

                                                                      This video missed a major difference. The U.S., U.K., Australia, etc., are representative democracies. There are strict environmental impact studies that need to be conducted, land use laws must be followed even in local jurisdictions, eminent domain is subject to due process. All of this can end up in court if one single person has standing to object. I could go on. A dictatorial government can simply do what it wants, and, in the case of China, it does.

                                                                      • 富首
                                                                        富首  7 days back

                                                                        Please use the correct China map!!!!!

                                                                        • t5grrr
                                                                          t5grrr  1 weeks back

                                                                          This is so funny. The E.U. standard for train availability is 98%. In China the rate is below 56%. The three main suppliers of train stock are all facing bankruptcy and the train system is still losing money, millions per day.

                                                                          • chan zero
                                                                            chan zero  1 weeks back


                                                                            • fei huang
                                                                              fei huang  1 weeks back


                                                                              • Jerry Kuok
                                                                                Jerry Kuok  4 days back


                                                                            • Trevor Graham Welch
                                                                              Trevor Graham Welch  1 weeks back

                                                                              Everything they know was taught to them by the British Engineers and American Engineers and German Engineers. That’s How . It was built with unfair trade with the USA 🇺🇸 China has slave labourers and is a Communist Country

                                                                              • kwanarchive
                                                                                kwanarchive  6 days back

                                                                                You lose the internet by saying something as stupid as "is a Communist Country". China hasn't been communist since Deng.

                                                                            • Anshul Kaushik
                                                                              Anshul Kaushik  1 weeks back

                                                                              China: is the poorest country with high speed rail
                                                                              India: hold my poverty

                                                                            • CrazyCaptain
                                                                              CrazyCaptain  1 weeks back

                                                                              I'm from the Netherlands and the train system here is extremely dated, trains are very loud and vibrate a lot. I like the German and Austrian trains way better

                                                                              • 李寒
                                                                                李寒  1 weeks back


                                                                                • Veranda Tales
                                                                                  Veranda Tales  1 weeks back

                                                                                  kudos to CCP's political will power for high speed rail, fantastic achievement in just a decade.
                                                                                  it shows the value of a long term strategy/plan/execution, Done => Next project, rinse and repeat

                                                                                  • James Broström
                                                                                    James Broström  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Damn, I wonder why they're so amazing at building railroads? 🤔 #imgoingtohell #americasdarkhistory

                                                                                    • Adrian Motley
                                                                                      Adrian Motley  1 weeks back

                                                                                      European budget airlines are complete CRAP and are EXTREMELY dangerous!