Building bridges together

How the Chinese can help reshape U.S. infrastructure, Zhang Yuwei reports from New York.For the past few years, China has been rapidly building its infrastructure. The pace has been so fast, in fact, that many people say the United States could learn a thing or two from China.High-speed rail lines, airports and train stations are springing up nationwide, while in Beijing alone four new subway lines will start operation this year, taking the city’s network past the 450-kilometer mark.By contrast, U.S. infrastructure is crumbling.Two years ago, New Jersey canceled a project to build a tunnel between the state and New York’s Manhattan district because of short-term budgetary gaps. Commuters instead take trains that share a tunnel under the Hudson River with Amtrak, the national rail carrier, running on tracks built in 1910.Nearly one-third of roads in the U.S. are in poor or mediocre condition, and one-fourth of its bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which rated the U.S. transit system “D” in its annual infrastructure report.The World Economic Forum’s economic competitiveness ranking showed the overall U.S.

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