The new plan announced in his annual report by Rail Minister Liu Zhijun, still following the basic ideas of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, is to have an overall passenger and freight rail network of 110,000 km by 2012, up from 86,000 now. This will grow to 120,000 km by 2020.
The current system is inadequate. Per capita, China has only 6 cm of rail per person. China’s leaders now recognize that a nationally directed rail network is the only transport system to deal with the immense numbers involved.
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