China has reached an agreement with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the construction of a railway bypassing Russia

China has signed an agreement with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for the construction of a 454 km long railway, as reported by the railway journal Railway Supply, citing Rail.insider.

Thanks to this agreement, the route from China to the Middle East and Southern Europe will be shortened by 900 km and seven to eight days.

The contract was signed at the “Central Asia – China” summit held on May 18-19 in the city of Xi’an, China. The event was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, as well as the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

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During the summit, the parties emphasized the need to elevate the status of Central Asia as one of the key trans-Eurasian transportation hubs and to enhance the development of the “China-Central Asia” transport corridor. They discussed the promotion of multimodal transit and transportation routes, such as China-Central Asia-South Asia and China-Central Asia-Europe, particularly utilizing the Trans-Caspian routes through the seaports of Aktau, Kurik, and Turkmenbashi.

The summit participants agreed to collaborate on the development of transportation infrastructure, including the construction of new railways and the modernization of existing railway and road networks from China to Central Asia.

“The parties emphasize the importance of completing the technical and economic feasibility study for the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project and strive for its prompt commencement. They also highlight the significance of constructing the Ayagoz-Tacheng railway between Kazakhstan and China, ensuring uninterrupted transportation links.”

As previously reported, China had planned to build a railway bypassing Russia.

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