According to Academician ZHAI Wanming, a railway expert, China had completed at the end of 2020, “four longitudinal and four transverse” high-speed rail routes, with a total length of 38,000 kilometers, accounting for about 69% of the world’s total. By 2035, China’s “eight-vertical-eight-horizontal” high-speed rail network is expected to reach 70,000 kilometers. The number of high-speed trains currently deployed in China is 3,590, accounting for the majority of the world’s total. According to ZHAI, the next-generation trains such as the CR450, are already under development and will travel at a speed of 400 km/h and integrate next-generation information technology (“smart trains”).
Japan JST China news, May 31, 2021