US ambassador praises China’s high-speed train again

(ECNS) — U.S. Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns again praised China’s high-speed train on his Twitter account during a trip on Thursday.

Burns tweeted, “Back on 复兴号 and hurtling through the Chinese countryside at awesome speed.”

“The Chinese bullet train is really impressive and a great way to see the beautiful farmlands, mountains and villages,” he added.

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns rides through China on a bullet train, September 1, 2022. (Photo: Twitter @USAmbChina)

The post sparked a discussion among netizens about China’s high-speed rail system.

“I have to say the high speed train is the best surprise I found on my way home. It shortens my trip from the airport to home. I wish the US or California could make it available instead,” one netizen said.

Another netizen said, “When I traveled through China, it was in cars with frilly curtains and trains/plains with curtains…1989. A lot of things have changed.”

This is not the first time the ambassador has expressed his appreciation for China’s high-speed train.

On June 12, Burns posted a photo on Twitter in which he sits by the window of a Fuxing bullet train as it arrived in central China’s Henan, saying, “I just walked through the Yellow River in Henan at the rapid pace of 308/km per hour on this impressive 复兴号 train. Destination #Wuhan.

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns rides a bullet train through China on June 12, 2022. (Photo: Twitter @USAmbChina)

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns rides a bullet train through China on June 12, 2022. (Photo: Twitter @USAmbChina)

Chinese Fuxing trains run at a speed of 350 km/h on 1,910 kilometer lines, including Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Tianjin, Beijing-Zhangjiakou and Chengdu-Chongqing routes.

China is the only country in the world to have commercial high-speed trains that travel at 350 km/h. The network stretches from the northeast forests and snowy plains to the Yangtze River Delta in the south, from the northwest of the Gobi Desert to the east coast of the East China Sea, crossing rivers and mountains to reach all corners of the country.

Jose P. Rogers