- China is keen to establish a high speed rail link between Kunming and Kolkata as part of its efforts to revive the ancient silk route, traversing through Myanmar and Bangladesh.
- The proposal, which found a mention at the recently held Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) meet here, seeks to give a boost to the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) multi-model corridor project initiated by China.
- Li Ji Ming, vice-secretary of Yunnan provincial government said,they are in favour of it. The high speed corridor would help the economies of Myanmar and Bangladesh as well.
- The 2800 kilometer rail route could be a critical component for the BCIM corridor that seeks cross border trade and flow of people.
- China has pledged $40 billion for the silk route, having a trade potential of $132 billion.
- China has been endeavoring for a revival of teh silk route with a visionary plan to establish wide ranging connectivity from Kunming to Kolkata.
- Yunnan enjoys crucial geographical location, involving in GMS and BCIM regional cooperation.
- It is one of the major provinces engaged in construction of China-India-China peninsula economic corridor and BCIM economic corridor.
- As part of efforts to strengthen connectivity, Ming said Shandong Airlines would start flight services between Kunming and New Delhi from next month.
- Currently Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan province, is only connected to Kolkata.
- Talking to reporters following the just concluded China south Asia trade fair here, Ming sought “active participation” from India in taking ahead the BCIM and China-India peninsula corridor projects.
Source:The Times Of India