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China and Japan set for another high-speed railway fight

Thailand, Malaysia to start talks on 1,500km route

China displayed this model of a high-speed train at a railway cooperation ceremony in Thailand's Ayutthaya in December 2015.

BANGKOK -- Thailand and Malaysia are set to start talks on the construction of a 1,500km high-speed railway that would connect the two countries' capitals and enhance regional connectivity.

Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Thailand's transport minister, told the Nikkei Asian Review that he hopes to meet with his Malaysian counterpart soon. "We will discuss how we can get foreign countries involved in the project like 'China or Japan' or 'China and Japan,'" he said. "But Malaysia seems to have more favor toward China."

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