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China says ‘pleased’ at India-Japan rail cooperation

China says ‘pleased’ at India-Japan rail cooperation

Beijing, Sep 13 : As New Delhi and Tokyo take forward their cooperation in building India’s first bullet train, China on Wednesday said it is pleased at the development, and added that Beijing is ready to promote such infrastructure cooperation with New Delhi, including in railways.

“China is pleased to see the infrastructure cooperation among regional countries, including the high-speed railway,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

“And we stand ready to promote cooperation with India and other regional countries to promote regional development,” he added.

“As to the railway cooperation, I can tell you that it is part of political cooperation between China and India.”

The Foreign Ministry’s reaction comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting India on Wednesday for two days, during which he will hold annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both will lay the foundation stone of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.

China and Japan are vying with each other for developing bullet trains in India and the region.

“We have reached important consensus in this regard. According to my information, the relevant competent authorities between the two countries have mainlined communications on promoting, increasing the speed of the railway in the current projects,” Geng added.

China plans nationwide use of bio-ethanol fuel by 2020

Beijing, Sep 13 : China plans to use bio-ethanol gasoline across the country by 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday.

“The plan was unveiled as the country is pushing the use of biofuel, which is renewable, applicable, environmental-friendly and tech-savvy. It is an ideal alternative to fossil fuel,” a NEA official was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

More than 40 countries and regions consume about 600 million tonnes of ethanol fuel every year, accounting for around 60 per cent of the world’s annual gasoline use.

China is the world’s third largest bio-ethanol producer and uses nearly 2.6 million tonnes a year. Gasoline blended with ethanol accounts for one-fifth of its annual gasoline consumption.

According to the plan, China aims to build an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstrative facility that will be able to produce 50,000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol a year by 2020.

China launched corn-to-ethanol pilot programmes in 2004 as part of efforts to cut emissions and advance new energy.

The plan echoes China’s decision to consider a timetable to phase out production and sales of fossil fuel cars to cut emissions, reduce pollution and save fossil fuel energy.

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