To quote Bob Dylan, there’s a slow train coming.  It’s called the Beijing-Lhasa “express” and it seems just about everybody has an opinion on it.

Newsweek’s Melinda Liu is doing a video blog of her trip on the newly completed Beijing-Lhasa express.  The (first?) segment [link no longer exists] is a bit short, but certainly worth watching.  It comes with an article. I think (but am not sure) that more posts will follow from Ms. Liu and I will post again on this when and if they do.  Another good trip account can be found on the Moderate Voice Blog.

For those wanting additional information and perspectives on this groundbreaking run, check out the Washington Post, Ultima Thule, China Snippets, and Thomas Barnett.  To greatly summarize, the widely divergent views on it range from viewing it as bad for the locals and the environment, to good for China and the economy.  Nobody disputes that its pressurized rail-cars and permafrost stabilization qualify it as an amazing engineering feat.

UPDATE:  The always informative EastSouthWestNorth blog has an interesting English translation of a report on the train from Chinese blogger Fu Jianfeng.

Dan Harris

I am a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

I mostly represent companies doing business in emerging market countries. It has taken me many years to build my network and it takes constant communication and travel to maintain it. My work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

I was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), I am rated 10.0 by (its highest rating), and I am a SuperLawyer.

I am a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and I constantly travel between the United States and Asia. I most commonly speak on China law issues and I am the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog ( Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed me regarding various aspects of my international law practice.

I am licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at my firm, I focus on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.