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China to invest US$25b on five new railway lines

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:53
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China has approved construction of five railway projects worth 152.7 billion yuan (US$24.93 billion), the country's top economic planning agency said, the latest sign that the government is lifting investment to tackle slackening economic growth.

[BEIJING] China has approved construction of five railway projects worth 152.7 billion yuan (US$24.93 billion), the country's top economic planning agency said, the latest sign that the government is lifting investment to tackle slackening economic growth.

The plans to build the new passenger lines came after China's recent move to spend US$113 billion to build railways and five airports.

The infrastructure projects should foster investment, the biggest driver in the world's second-largest economy, which has sagged this year as a cooling manufacturing sector and a softening housing market discouraged spending.

The new railway lines would run in the southern province of Guangdong, southwestern provinces of Guangxi and Sichuan, Inner Mongolia and the western province of Gansu, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement on its website (www.sdpc.gov.cn).

Official data last week showed that China's economy lost further momentum in October, with factory growth dipping and investment growth hitting a near 13-year low.

AFP