Chinese Transportation Infrastructure Far Outstrips that of the United States

China Investment Magazine, which is supervised by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, ran an article by Schiller Institute founder and president Helga Zepp-LaRouche in its May issue. It was distributed both in Chinese and in English to every participant in the May 14-15 Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, which Zepp-LaRouche attended and during which she addressed the “think tank exchanges”.

The fact that this prestigious Chinese investment magazine chose to feature the Schiller Institute’s view of the shape that cooperation between the United States and China should take and to widely distribute the issue at that historical forum, is in itself highly significant.

In her article, which is reprinted in full here, Zepp-LaRouche notes that the “infrastructure requirements of the United States are enormous, due to decades-long non-investment by the previous administrations. Except for those who have actually been to China, most Americans have no idea how much better infrastructure is in China than in the United States.

Zepp-LaRouche notes, for example, that the “average speed of the Washington-Boston 736 km Acela ‘high-speed’ line is only 105 km/h, with only very short segments at 145 km/h. This is by no means high speed, compared to the… high-speed rail in China.” Indeed, China has approximately 22,000 km of high-speed rail, which it defines as 250 km/h and over.

“U.S. roads are in terribly dangerous condition, and so are the bridges, and sanitation systems — but their use is still expensive. For a trip between Washington and New York, one has to pay the substantial amount of $115 in tolls and gas per car.”

But the proposals to cover the costs with a small amount of public funds leveraged through private investment and the private equity market cannot work, Zepp-LaRouche observes. China has vast experience in building infrastructure systems, both at home and abroad. Therefore the Chinese could help to build not only urban infrastructure in cities such New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., but could also help to connect all major cities with high-speed rail systems, such as China is now doing.

Zepp-LaRouche proposes in her article that an integrated infrastructure system be put into place for the region New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia, similar to the “Integrated Transport Development” of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. “While it takes only five hours to travel the distance of 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai at an average speed of 185 mph (298 km/h), it takes 19 hours from New York City to Chicago, about the same distance!”