Another Link in the Eurasian Landbridge Plan: Japan to Russia

17 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Another Link in the Eurasian Landbridge Plan: Japan and Russia Agree to Bridge Hokkaido and Sakhalin to the Mainland</h1><p>May 17 (EIRNS) Speaking at a meeting of the Russian Federation Council Commission for Natural Monopolies held today in Irkutsk, Vladimir Klimenko, head of the state-run Russian Railroads department for liaison with federal and regional authorities, announced that Japan is ready to invest about 300 billion rubles (some US$12 billion) to construct a railroad link between Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, and the Russian island Sakhalin. Plans already exist for a tunnel under the 43-km wide Laperouse Strait. There are also plans for a tunnel or bridge to link Sakhalin to the Russian mainland, a distance of 7 km. Klimenko said that Russian Railroads and the Sakhalin authorities are preparing applications for funding from the Russian Investment Fund. This rail link is a prominent part of the famous Eurasian Landbridge map published in the 1997 EIR Special Report on the thealong with the recently activated.</p><p>At the same meeting, Klimenko said that Russia would need to spend 61.2 billion rubles (about US$2.5 billion) to upgrade the Baikal-Amur Railroad(BAM) until 2020, where cargo traffic is expected to double by 2015. "The capacity of the Baikal-Amur Railroad may be insufficient, especially between Khani and Sovetskaya Gavan," Klimenko said. Some sections will have to be double-tracked and electrified, he said. Russian Railroads can allocate only 2 billion rubles to invest in the BAM 2007- 2009, and needs investors.</p></div></body>