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China-Taiwan Undersea Tunnel to be 3.5 Times Longer than UK-France One

As the China-Taiwan dispute escalates, Beijing is assuming a more aggressive stance in its ambitions to integrate Taiwan into the Chinese Mainland. Can China win Taiwan by a constructing the world’s longest undersea tunnel? Chinese scientists have found a consensus over the construction of this undersea tunnel linking Taiwan to China. The proposed tunnel will have a 135 km long undersea stretch as a part of it. 

If the world’s longest undersea tunnel becomes a reality then shuttle trains would travel through this tunnel at a speed of 250km/hr. The rough plan is to make this tunnel an operational reality by 2030. The Chinese scientists have said their initial plans involving an expenditure of multi-billion Yuans to the Chinese government. The tunnel project would also require the most advanced engineering techniques for constructing an undersea tunnel would be a great challenged.

But the political discontents between China and Taiwan and also the escalating tensions could cause indefinite delays in this project. Experts suggest that Beijing could start working on this project in a unilateral manner. But such unilateralism from China will only intensify the political and military tensions between the China and Taiwan. Experts believe that this tunnel will be the largest and the toughest civil engineering project of the century and will require high-end skills.

The design of the tunnel was completed last year after it received funds from the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In the latest design of the undersea tunnel, the length of the tunnel will be greater than the one envisaged in the year 2016.

As of now the world’s longest undersea tunnel connecting France and Britain is about 38 kilometres long. This tunnel proposed between China and Taiwan will be as much as 3.5 times longer than the current longest undersea tunnel. The undersea tunnel between the UK and France was completed in 1994 for 12 billion Euros.

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