Express Railway Between Hong Kong And Southern China

New line would significantly reduce travel time between the Asian financial hub and booming industrial cities over the border.

An express rail link will be built between Hong Kong and southern Chinese cities Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang said Aug. 2. Tsang said the new line would significantly reduce travel time between the Asian financial hub and booming industrial cities over the border in mainland China. Train travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou currently takes two hours.

"This will...help strengthen Hong Kong's status as the regional transportation hub and as the 'southern gate' for traveling to and from the mainland," Tsang said.

Both sides reiterated their commitment on reducing emissions, mostly from booming industries in the province, often blamed for air pollution in Hong Kong.

Guangdong authorities also promised to toughen checks on food supplies coming over the border into Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been plagued by health scares over imported produce mainly from mainland China which is the city's principle source of foodstuffs. Imports of farmed fish, eels and eggs were banned last year after cancer-causing chemicals were found in some samples.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2007

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