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Xinjiang to be linked by rail with Central, South Asia

Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is expected to build nine railways covering more than 2,000 km of track to link the Muslim area with other parts of the country and central and south Asia before 2020, a local railway official said on Thursday.

They included a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, a China-Pakistan railway and seven railways linking the region with neighboring Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, said Wu Jian, the Urumqi Railway Bureau deputy head.

The new lines will provide a faster link between western China and central Asia and improve the southern passageway of the new Euro-Asia continental bridge.