China completes manufacturing of first high-speed train for exporting to Europe

China has completed the manufacturing of the first high-speed train for exporting to Macedonia today (Tuesday) in Zhuzhou City of central China’s Hunan Province.

Engineers of the Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., LTD. independently researched and developed the first high-speed train qualified technically for the European Union.

The train was designed with a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, and equipped with the energy absorbing system against possible collision to ensure the security of passengers and drivers.

The train will be delivered to Macedonia, and used in the country’s busiest railway line and improve the transportation capacity of the line.

CHANGSHA – China’s biggest train maker CSR signed a contract on Tuesday with the national railway company of Macedonia to sell six bullet trains to the European country.

It is the first time China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR) has made sales in Europe.

The trains will be made in accordance with national standards of Macedonia and international standards, with a designed maximum speed of 140 km per hour and a life of 30 years, according to Xie Hongbing, an engineer of CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd.

High-speed rail has become a talisman for modern China. A video of a Chinese bullet train was shown in Times Square, New York this year.

Premier Li Keqiang has promoted high-speed rail technology during his many overseas visits, including his recent visit to Britain.

Behind the “high-speed rail diplomacy” is China’s attempt to shift from labor-intensive manufacturing to become an innovation hub for high technology.