13 May 2016

    Official representative of the Committee for reform and development of the Jilin Province Go Chuan stated that Russia and China were currently negotiating on establishing a branch high-speed railway line linking Vladivostok and the Chinese city of Hunchun, the Data information agency reports, referring to Renmin Ribao.

    Construction of a railway track between Hunchun and Vladivostok is part of the five-year plan for the development of Jilin, where the city of Hunchun is located. According to the representative of the Committee for reform and development of the province, the plan for the railway is currently under development, after which the two countries will discuss a concrete construction programme, work schedule and cooperation agreement.

    Go Chuan stressed that construction of the high-speed railway line would take about five or six years and that it would be 322 kilometres long, including only 40 kilometres in China itself. The line will be a new branch of the Hunchun–Makhalino railway. Chinese investors plan to put CNY 60 billion (about RUB 600 billion) into construction of the railway, which will cut travel time between the two population centres from 8 to 1.5 hours.

    The new high-speed line may become part of the Primorye-2 international transport corridor (ITC), which includes the Chanchun–Jilin–Hunchun–Kraskino–Zarubino Port route and further sea lines, and is, at the same time, part of the bigger Tumangan corridor to Mongolia. The latter is one of the most promising routes in the region and might potentially provide the basis for foreign trade between the province of Jilin and countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

    Primorsky Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky believes that implementation of the project for developing the ITC is of key significance for the region: “It is important for us to meet the needs of the economy and the population for transportation, to improve logistics connections with other parts of Russia and to integrate our transport and logistics complex into the international one.”