The proposed rail link would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Bering Sea through Alaska and Canada to reach the continental US. The journey from China to the United States is expected to take two days, according to the report in the state-run Beijing Times on 8 May, 2014. The story was carried in The Guardian of the same date. (View a short video report here)
The idea may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. As reported in Yale Global Online on 5 November, thanks to the melting of Arctic ice, Alaska and Chukotka Province on the Russian side separated by an 88-kilometer stretch of the Bering Strait are now virtually face to face as the so-called "Ice Curtain" is lifted by climate change.
If this apparently fanciful idea becomes reality, it would extend China's already ambitious One Belt, One Road infrastructural blueprint inking China with continental Europe through Central Asia to the other side of the globe.
Perhaps this vision of the seemingly impossible has been inspired by Robert Kennedy when he said, "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not"