Chinese rail passengers already zip between cities on trains traveling three times faster than the average train in the States, and a 217-mph line linking Wuhan and Guangzhou will soon be the fastest train on Earth. But not content with screaming-fast trains linking cities within its borders, China now plans to extend its high-speed network all the way to London with a rail line that will fly through 17 countries at speeds reaching 200 miles per hour.
Article says that China will make all the necessary investments in infrastructure in all the countries that will be carrying this fast pass train. What's in it for China? - In exchange they will ask for a share in natural resources of those respective countries have - Oil, Natural Gas, Minerals, etc. Very Interesting!
I live in Alpharetta, GA. I know that for many years local and state officials in Atlanta and Georgia are talking about connecting Atlanta to Chattanooga, TN with fast rail. Main purpose is to divert some of the air traffic from Atlanta International airport (The busiest airport in the world) and provide passengers an easy, fast, non-stop transit. Similar plans are in talks (again, not much action!) to connect L.A. and San Francisco. I am not sure if either of this plan will materialize anytime soon, but looking at China's astonishing speed of project execution over last couple of decades, no one should be surprised if they finish this project before 2020. Watch out India!