Transitzüge: The German Model in an Argument for Trans-Korean Railways

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A railway connection from Busan to Berlin, connecting South Korea’s southern port city with Europe via the trans-Siberian railroad, is a Korean dream that goes beyond mere political narratives of ‘Peace on the Korean Peninsula’ and ‘Unification of the two Koreas’. The “Iron Silk Road”[i] would entail substantial economic benefits for South Korea’s energy hungry, export oriented emerging economy. As will be shown in this article, however, not only South Koreans have all the reasons to dream of this infrastructure project; in fact all parties involved, including China, Russia, and most importantly North Korea, would benefit from a trans-Korean railroad. The reason that there is no railroad, or any other infrastructure cooperation between the two Koreas other than the Kaesong Industrial Complex, is of course originated in the prolonged Cold War of Northeast Asia, with the bamboo curtain well in place along the 38th parallel.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationNorth Korean Review
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2016


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