China winning race to build Amur River bridge with Russia still in the blocks

Chinese contractors on Amur River Bridge

Amur River bridge: Chinese contractors have  finished  two-thirds of their side of the landmark bridge across the River Amur – before  their Russian counterparts even get going. The bridge between Nizhneleninskoye in Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Regionfirst and the Chinese city of Tongjiang will be the first direct rail link between the two countries and will ultimately allow the extension of the Trans-Siberian Railway into China. The bridge was due to completed by the end of the year and the delay on the Russian side has prompted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to order the Ministry of Transport to take urgent measures to speed things up.