HONG KONG, May 18 (FAM) – The chairman of Hong Kong’s rail operator MTR Corporation, Frederick Ma Si-hang, said his company “was interested in partnering with China Railway” to bid for the 350-kilometer rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Ma made the statement while attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which convened in Beijing on May 14 and 15, South China Morning Post reported. confirmed the news, reporting that MTR insiders said the company would “provide any assistance” to the Chinese rail giant’s potential bid for the multi-billion-dollar rail line.

If the bid is successful, the project would be MTR’s first attempt to capitalize on China’s global trade and commerce strategy. It would also be MTR’s first investment under the umbrella of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.