China has the largest high-speed railway in the world, with 22,200 miles of track and most major cities covered by the network. They will have 43,000 miles of HSR by 2035. China accounts for 2/3 of the world's high-speed rail (HSR).
"Shanghai Maglev trains are currently the fastest trains commercially operated in the world, with a top commercial speed of 431 kph (268 mph) and a top non-commercial speed of 501 kph (311 mph)."
The U.S. has no HSR. Our fastest train, the Acela, can reach 150 mph for a paltry 34 miles of its 457-mile span. We have zero miles of high-speed rail, in addition to collapsing rail infrastructure. This is not to speak to our collapsing roads, water management systems, waterways, drinking-water systems and wastewater systems, schools, hospitals, bridges, airports, etc. Infrastructure, as Abe Lincoln, and Alexander Hamilton, knew, is vital for a strong industrial economy. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our infrastructure a D+ in 2017, in their report card; see https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/
. This collapse, of our physical economy, has happened over decades. No one did it to us. No country attacked us. We did it to ourselves. We have no one to blame but ourselves. It's a national disgrace, much like giving our suffering people $600 dollars, while handing out billions to other countries.