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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Central Asia rail link closer

Kyrgyzstan has agreed in principle with China and Uzbekistan to build a railway linking them.

The Kyrgyz Transport Minister, Kubanychbek Dzjumaliyev, said it would be the shortest rail link between Paris and Beijing.

He told journalists that the scheme would cost between $1bn - $2.3bn.

Finances had not yet been finalised but construction would begin on a concession basis.

There are three rail links between Paris and Beijing, the most famous being the Trans Siberian Railway which is the longest continual rail link in the world.

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