Japan India "bullet" against China Hong Kong media: not afraid to play off?

Japan India Andouble Tokyo

guanchazhewang· 2017-09-18 20:42:03

Hongkong "South China Morning Post" website in September 16 journal article said that recently, India's first high-speed railway linking Mumbai and Ahmedabad start. The use of Japanese technology and funds in the railway has strategic significance beyond its economic value.

in India and Japan are struggling to find their foothold in Asia as it symbolizes the increasingly close relations between the two countries, reflects the two countries that want to prevent China balancing act required the influence to expand in asia. As China invests heavily in infrastructure and connectivity, New Delhi and Tokyo are worried about Beijing's growing economic clout in the region.

"on September 13th, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to the Prime Minister of India Modi's hometown of Ahmedabad, launched a 3 day state visit. Andouble has just left the ramp, modi's "bear hug" on the face.

perhaps, in the imagination of the world, no country has more contact with bullet trains than japan. Japan has also been struggling to export bullet train technology. Before signing a contract with India, Taiwan, China, was Japan's only successful customer.

the biggest challenge facing Japan's ambition is that China has become a new king in the field of high-speed trains. In the past 10 years, China's high-speed rail network has dwarfed Japan in terms of size and speed of development. China has a maglev train with a speed of 430 kilometers per hour in Shanghai. Moreover, China's technology is cheaper, which makes it attractive for Asian developing countries and middle-income countries.

"at the beginning of September, Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry Group announced, launched the" high-speed flight train "project, the target speed of 4000 km.

Bangkok has approved the Sino Thai rail project this month. To win the Singapore - Kuala Lumpur and Thailand - Malaysia high-speed rail project contract, China and Japan will once again duel.

also, China still hopes to have one in the big cake that India plans to build 10 thousand kilometers high speed railroad. Not long ago, China's competitive offer and its commitment to rapid construction may have made India inclined to cooperate on some of the high-speed projects.

India's growing unease with its northern neighbours is a strategic opportunity for japan. Tokyo is aware of the need to ally itself against the challenges posed by China, but few existing allies. India is the only powerful candidate in the region that meets its requirements.

"on September 14th, the high-speed railway laying ceremony modi and Abe Shinzo jointly participate in the Ahmedabad to Mumbai. Pictured modi and Andouble personally experience high-speed rail simulator. (Oriental IC)

Tokyo won the Mumbai Ahmedabad contract is not easy. The contract requires 0.1% dollars in interest rates and 12 billion dollars in 50 years, which accounts for more than 80% of the estimated cost of the project. Japan has also supplemented it with generous technical assistance and a package of training programmes.

but in India, concerns about cost and safety persist. Especially profitability, for high-speed rail networks, this is a very demanding requirement. A high-speed rail line to be successful requires high fares and large passenger flow. The Shinkansen fare from Tokyo to Osaka costs about $130 per ride. The line runs more than 350 trains a day, with an average annual passenger volume of 163 million passengers. Whether the Mumbai Ahmedabad line can copy the data is far from certain.

if the project fails, it may indicate that relations between Tokyo and New Delhi may be derailed by other obstacles. In many ways, there is a cultural mismatch between Japan and India.

"on September 14th, Andouble modi and briefed on the railway. (Agence France-Presse)

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