PM inspects high speed train operation in China

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BANGKOK, Dec 23 – Thai Prime Minster Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has taken a test ride on China’s high-speed train from southern Beijing to the Tianjin metropolis.

On the second day of his official visit to China yesterday and today, Gen Prayut visited the national railway control centre in the capital and observed how the center separately handles high speed passenger and foreign trains.

Gen Prayut then took a 120 kilometre test ride on the high-speed train from Bejing to Tianjin.

Last week, Thailand and China signed an agreement on cooperation in Thailand’s railway sector, under which China will help construct a pair of rail lines connecting northeast Thailand with the eastern port city of Rayong and the central province of Saraburi north of Bangkok.

Meanwhile, Premier Prayut was scheduled to meet Zhang DeJiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and Chinese President Xi Jinping.