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Transportation deals connect nations oceans apart

Zhao Yinan
Updated: May 20,2015 9:37 PM

Premier Li Keqiang visited a railway company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 20 and took a ride on a train made in China.

Premier Li was received with cheers and bustling in a crowded subway carriage on May 20 in a subway carriage on Line 4 in Rio de Janeiro.

The carriages used on this line were made at the Changchun plant that Li visited in April. Earlier this year, nearly 100 carriages were being shipped from Changchun to Rio de Janeiro in a bid to ease the mounting traffic congestion in the southern and western parts of the city, the next host of the Olympic Games.

The carriages are designed and manufactured with higher ceilings and wider doors to better fit larger Latin passengers. Safety reminders printed in Portuguese were already on the wall inside the carriage before being delivered. A map showed the route of the subway line, which would run through the busy metropolis to link the Olympic Village with competition venues during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Premier Li said that the Rio Olympics will be a test on the quality of China-made equipment. And he said the Chinese manufacturer should well accomplish the cooperation project, and make the carriages a “golden namecard” of Made-in-China equipment.

Luiz Fernando, governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, who accompanied the Premier on the trip, said the new line, which could carry up to 300,000 passengers each day, will ease traffic when the Olympics open.

The subway project, among the first successful cases of China’s global strategy for rail, went through many difficulties in bidding, design, construction and finance.

Benefits to the Chinese economy from the Olympics — the manufacture of clothes, souvenirs, decorative products and even the sale of beer — is seeing new possibilities for equipment and construction that would increase profits and help use up overcapacity for products such as cement and steel.