Beijing’s bullish bridge to Taiwan and the age of ‘Great China’
Trap atop the hill: omens of China’s decline drive Xi Jinping to aggressiveness
Nikkei staff writersFebruary 1, 2022 17:47 JSTUpdated on February 1, 2022 22:29 JST
BEIJING/TAIPEI/TOKYO — Seemingly stronger than ever before, China has moved to the center of the global stage. But some experts say it now appears to be approaching the “trap atop the hill” — the point where emerging powers suddenly move from rapid growth to decline. They warn this shift could spell danger for other nations as Beijing scrambles to achieve its goals in Asia and beyond while it still can.
China said the 130-km bridge will be completed in 2035. A tunnel under the Taiwan Strait, connecting Beijing and Taipei by high-speed rail or other means, was also proposed at the same time, demonstrating China’s extraordinary commitment to reunification.
After a series of super projects, the Chinese engineering team once again made a high-profile shot and opened up a cross-sea bridge, which is the Pingtan Strait Road-Rail Bridge. It will not only allow the high-speed railway to reach Pingtan Island directly, but also allow the railway to cross the Strait directly to Taiwan by 2035, ending the history of no railway between the China mainland and Taiwan.
Grand Pingtan Strait Road-rail Bridge: the longest of its kind in the world
By China News Service Published: May 26, 2021 06:20 PM
The undated photo shows the Pingtan Strait Road-rail Bridge in southeast China’s Fujian. (China News Service/Wang Dongming)
As the world’s longest cross-sea road-rail bridge, the 16.34 km project connects Pingtan Island in Fujian with four nearby islets.
The upper level of the bridge, opening for trial operation on Oct 1, 2020, is a two-way six-lane freeway with a designed speed of 100 km/h, while the lower level, opening on December 26, 2020, is a two-line railway with a designed speed of 200 km/h.