Hong Kong: first high-speed train to mainland China departs

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Bullet train to link southern China and cut journey times to Beijing from 24 hours to nine hours

A new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China has launched amid criticism the multi-billion-dollar project gives away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing.

Chinese security has been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new “special port area” that is subject to mainland law.

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