Can China Connect the World by High-Speed Rail?
Gerald Chan TEDxKFAS
Published on Sep 15, 2015
China international relations expert Dr. Gerald Chan describes in detail how China will be able to connect the world one day by high-speed rail.
With over 16,000 kilometers of railroads, China now has the largest high-speed rail network in the world, and it has started to export its railroads and technologies to other countries through domestic funding.
China’s global high-speed rail development is part of its infrastructure diplomacy, which in turn is the core of its initiative to develop the New Silk Road on land and at sea.
With the potential impact of connecting the world via high-speed world being huge in terms of political economy, geopolitics, power shifts, and social relations, Dr. Gerald Chan invites us to imagine a more interconnected future.
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Dr. Gerald Chan is Professor and Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Professor Chan is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. Before he joined the University of Auckland in 2009, he was Professor of East Asian Politics at Durham University, UK, and Director of its China centre.
He has been publishing widely in the area of Chinese international relations. His latest book is entitled China Engages Global Governance: A New World Order in the Making?
(co-authored with Pak K. Lee and Lai-Ha Chan, Routledge, 2012).
He is curious about how Western classical music can merge with taiqi, Asian experiences can enhance our understanding of international relations, and biological science can inform social science.