SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown got a firsthand look on Thursday at the world’s most extensive high-speed rail system and praised the initiative that created the Chinese railway, saying he was anxious to start building similarly ambitious projects in California.

During a five-hour ride covering more than 800 miles, the governor also touted the possibility of Chinese investment in the $68 billion high-speed rail project he is pushing in California.

Covering the cost of the unpopular rail system is one of the project’s biggest unknowns.

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