China high speed train China exports electric bullet trains
Changsha - XINHUA
China's biggest train maker CSR signed a contract on Tuesday with the national railway company of Macedonia to sell six bullet trains to the European country.
It is the first time China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR) has made sales in Europe.
The trains will be made in accordance with national standards of Macedonia and international standards, with a designed maximum speed of 140 km per hour and a life of 30 years, according to Xie Hongbing, an engineer of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.
High-speed rail has become a talisman for modern China. A video of a Chinese bullet train was shown in Times Square, New York this year.
Premier Li Keqiang has promoted high-speed rail technology during his many overseas visits, including his recent visit to Britain.
Behind the "high-speed rail diplomacy" is China's attempt to shift from labor-intensive manufacturing to become an innovation hub for high technology.