Old 05-05-19, 05:01 PM
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China "knows" authoritarianism. If they decide a high speed train from point A to point B is useful, they simply commandeer the land and allocate the resources - no public hearings, no voting on it, not much worry about those displaced, etc.

As for Europe and Japan - I don't know. Maybe it's because they had a rebuilding phase after WWII that enabled new railway systems. Maybe it's a cultural thing (less car culture than USA), or maybe geographical (USA having more spread out big cities put the focus on air travel).
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