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China to build another railway to west

November 27, 2008

November 25, 2008

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- China says it will spend about $17.6
billion for a second rail link to northwestern Xinjiang Uighur, its
major coal production region near Tibet.

Construction on the passenger rail link project is expected to begin
next year, with finances coming from the federal and local
governments and other sources, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The rail line will go through Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces
and will facilitate the transport of agricultural products and coal,
relieving congestion on the existing 1,175-mile line from Gansu's
capital Lanzhou to Xinjiang. When the project is completed, the
existing railway will become a cargo line, the report said. The
announcement comes in the wake of the discovery of a 23-billion ton
coalfield in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang province with total estimated coal reserves of up to 2.19
trillion tons accounts for 40.5 percent of China's total coal
reserves. The province is near Mongolia to the east, Russia to the
north and Pakistan and India to the west.
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