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|Discussions in Russia about a Bering Strait Crossing|
|By Excerpt from report at Bloomberg.com, April 18, 2007|
|Sunday, November 25, 2007|
Russia plans to build the world's longest tunnel, a transport and pipeline link under the Bering Strait to Alaska, as part of a $65 billion project to supply the U.S. with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia.
"You spend money on bombs, and in 10 years they're out of date, but [if] you build bridges, they last forever." This was Chinese civil engineer Tung-Yen Lin's response to US President Ronald Reagan when presented with the National Medal of Science in 1986. The retired University of California Berkeley professor shocked the US President by presenting him with a design for an "Intercontinental Peace Bridge" across the Bering Strait, linking the US with the USSR. He also proposed a bridge across the Strait of Gibraltar that would have 16,000-foot (4,900 m) spans and 3,000 feet (910 m) tall towers. Before coming to the US in 1946, Tung-Yen Lin was the chief bridge engineer of the Yunnan-Chongqing Railway and oversaw the design and construction of more than 1,000 bridges.