China opens the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train service

China opens the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train service to the public. The $33-billion, 1,318-km railway line links the nation’s capital with the financial centre. China also opens the world’s longest sea bridge (36,48 km), which connects Qingdao to Huangdao, to traffic. The $2.3-billion bridge is expected to boost the development of an industrial zone in Huangdao and to facilitate the rise of foreign trade. Chinese officials also announce the completion of a 9.47-km-long undersea tunnel that runs parallel to the bridge.

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