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Pingtan Strait Road-Rail Bridge in E. China fully connected; Fujian-Taipei infrastructure connectivity planned: Taiwan Affairs Office
Published: Nov 24, 2021 01:53 PM
A railway staff member cleans the fence along the railway near the Pingtan Strait Road-rail Bridge in southeast China's Fujian Province, May 25, 2021. (Photo by Duan Yanan/Xinhua)

A railway staff member cleans the fence along the railway near the Pingtan Strait Road-Rail Bridge in East China's Fujian Province, May 25, 2021. (Photo by Duan Yanan/Xinhua)



The Pingtan section of the Pingtan Strait Road-Rail Bridge, the world's longest cross-sea road-rail bridge in East China's Fujian Province, has been fully connected. The national outline on a comprehensive transportation network has planned construction of a branch route from Fuzhou in Fujian to Taipei on the island of Taiwan, a spokesperson from the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson with the Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council, made the remarks to respond to a reporter's question about the development of the infrastructure connectivity between the mainland and the island. 

Early in 2019, Fujian authorities released a guideline in exploring a new path for cross-Straits integrated development, in which it mentioned promoting infrastructure connectivity. 

The mainland is planning and promoting cross-Straits transport infrastructure construction related work, which is in line with the need to deepen the cross-Straits integration and development, and also conforms to the fundamental interests of Chinese people from both sides of the Taiwan Straits, Zhu said.

China's National Comprehensive Transportation Network Plan, which set the long-term construction goals from 2021 to 2035, was issued on February 24, 2021. The outline has planned construction for a branch route from Fuzhou to Taipei, according to Zhu.

The Pingtan section of the Pingtan Strait Road-Rail Bridge has been fully connected. A preliminary technical proposal for building bridges with Kinmen and Matsu has been completed, the spokesperson said Wednesday.

A song called "Go to Taiwan in 2035" has gone viral online recently. The song reflects the good wishes of cross-Straits people to realize the vision of the high-speed railway from Fujian to Taipei, Zhu said at a previous press briefing. "I hope that the two sides of the Taiwan Straits will enjoy more convenient exchanges, more beautiful scenery and delicious food. I believe that this wish will certainly come true." 


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