11. Back to the Future

Trains are important to business and commuters. They are also the preferred method of transportation for an increasing number of people around the world. Trains are not only viewed as convenient and fast, but also as more environmentally friendly. This attribute is a significant factor in both China’s and India’s decision-making processes as their governments seek ways to improve their environmental record without hurting economic growth. The investment cycle in the sector has just started.

In 1980 India and China were each the recipient of 0.1 percent of global foreign direct investment (FDI). By 2008 India had welcomed 2.4 percent of overall FDI, China 6.4 percent.

The United Nations estimates that the top five FDI destinations ...

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