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*an article from the NYTimes:
history repeats itself...150 years ago the chinese were fooled to come to america to dig GOLD instead they were (coolies) diggin & forced to build the pacific railroad in exchange for 3 meals a day  

By KEITH BRADSHER
Published: April 7, 2010

BEIJING — Nearly 150 years after American railroads imported thousands of Chinese laborers to build rail lines across the West, China is poised once again to play a role in American rail construction. But this time it would be an entirely different role: supplying the technology and engineers to build high-speed rail lines.

The Chinese government has signed cooperation agreements with the State of California and General Electric to help build such lines. The agreements, both of which are preliminary, show China’s desire to become a big exporter and licensor of bullet trains traveling 215 miles an hour, an environmentally friendly technology in which China has raced past the United States in the last few years.

“We are the most advanced in many fields, and we are willing to share with the United States,” said Zheng Jian, the chief planner and director of high-speed rail at China’s railway ministry.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California has closely followed progress in the discussions with China and hopes to come here later this year for talks with rail ministry officials, said David Crane, the governor’s special adviser for jobs and economic growth and a board member of the California High Speed Rail Authority. China is offering not just to build the a railroad in California but to help finance its construction, and Chinese officials have already been shuttling from Beijing to Sacramento to make presentations, Mr. Crane said in a telephone interview.

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