China approves around $20 billion in urban rail projects

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  • Trucks drive past piles of shipping containers at the Qingdao port in Qingdao, Shandong province June 8, 2014. REUTERS/China Stringer Network

    Trucks drive past piles of shipping containers at the Qingdao port in Qingdao, Shandong province June 8, 2014. REUTERS/China Stringer Network (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A conductor stands next to a train inside the Beijing West Railway Station, in Beijing, China, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee

    A conductor stands next to a train inside the Beijing West Railway Station, in Beijing, China, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee (Copyright Reuters 2016)

China's state planner has approved urban rail plans costing 133.9 billion yuan ($20.08 billion) in the cities of Urumqi and Xiamen, according to statements published on the National Development and Reform Commission website.

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The projects were a 33.8 billion yuan plan for 41.8 kilometers (26 miles) of subway lines in the northwestern city of Urumqi, as well as a 100.1 billion yuan scheme for 224 kilometres of lines in the coastal city of Xiamen.

(Reporting by Brenda Goh)