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The new link brings the length of China's high-speed rail network to 7,431 km - the longest in the world and more than three times that of Japan. Last month, the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed line stunned the world when a train hit a speed of 416.6 km/h in a trial run, a world record.
Here’s a finding that will have any red-blooded American spluttering into his cornflakes. According to the Conference Board, a highly respected economic research association, China will overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy by 2012, or within two years.
China is poised to be the driving force behind the development of Green energy like wind and solar to fuel its rapid economic development, the New York Times reported. The International Energy Agency’s annual energy outlook released on Tuesday predicts that Chinese energy demand will soar 74% by 2035, accounting for more than a third of the growth in global energy consumption, reported the Times. With $735 billion in investment plans over the next decade in nuclear, wind, solar and biomass projects, China is becoming a world leader in low carbon energy output, according to the report.