CHINA - 600 KM/H Maglev Train

Arno Froese

China unveiled a maglev train capable of a top speed of 600 kph [about 373 mph], state media said.

The maximum speed would make the train, self-developed by China and manufactured in the coastal city of Qingdao, the fastest ground vehicle globally.

Using electro-magnetic force, the maglev train “levitates” above the track with no contact between body and rail.

China has been using the technology for almost two decades on a very limited scale. Shanghai has a short maglev line running from one of its airports to town.

While there are no inter-city or inter-province maglev lines yet in China that could make good use of the higher speeds, some cities including Shanghai and Chengdu have started to conduct research.

At 600 kph, it would only take 2.5 hours to travel from Beijing to Shanghai by train—a journey of more than 1,000 km (620 miles).

By comparison, the journey would take 3 hours by plane and 5.5 hours by high-speed rail.

Countries from Japan to Germany are also looking to build maglev networks, although high costs and incompatibility with current track infrastructure remain hurdles to rapid development.

-www.reuters.com, 20 July 2021

Arno's Commentary

China continues to surprise the world, in particular the Western one. This communist nation continues to rise and rise. That’s how an article in Le Monde Diplomatique from November 2020 is headlined. Among other things, they wrote: “There was chaos in China in the first few weeks of Covid-19, from December 2019 to the end of January 2020, but now Beijing seems to have defeated the pandemic—unlike the West.” The article further states, “The US’s aim is to stop the ineluctable rise of a country that has already surpassed it in technologies like 5G and, with the new Silk Roads, is marking out strategic locales. This geopolitical competition is shattering the international order.” 

The real positive news is the phenomenal growth of Christianity in China. The Economist writes: “Protestant Christianity is probably the fastest growing faith, with at least 38 million adherents today, up from 22 million a decade ago.” Here we are reminded of Jesus’ words, “the last shall be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16). In plain words, Western Christianity is waning, while Eastern nations—particularly communist China, which incidentally is the world’s largest Bible manufacturer—are experiencing fantastic growth. That despite crosses being removed from churches, Bibles being confiscated, and pastors locked up. Praise our heavenly Father, the words Jesus spoke continue to be effective: “I will build my church.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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