Beijing’s Fengtai Railway Station will resume services today following a four-year reconstruction. The expanded station will serve as a terminal
Beijing’s Fengtai Railway Station will resume services today following a four-year reconstruction.
The expanded station will serve as a terminal for multiple train lines including the Beijing-Guangzhou High-speed Railway and the Beijing-Kowloon Railway. According to the local government, the expanded station will become one of the largest rail transport hubs in Asia.
The renovated railway station is part of China’s efforts to develop one of the largest high-speed rail networks in the world. The network’s development has also brought about more integration in terms of trade, especially in the deepening of China-Europe freight train connectivity in recent years. With supply chain disruptions in the past years, high-speed railway upgrades between China and Europe have become essential to trade.
In the short term, expect China to continue with its railway expansions across Eurasia and Southeast Asia. As China invests in rail networks such as the Boten-Vientiane railway, China will likely position itself as an exporter of not only infrastructure but also technology. In the long term, expect these railway developments to provide an alternative to maritime supply chains, strengthening China’s position as a global trade leader.