China is continuing to expand its high-speed rail network as fast as it can to meet people’s growing transport needs and support the country’s industrial development and economic restructuring, as Han Qiao and Fan Xi with China Features explain.
THE new China Railway Corporation (CRC) has now been launched and China's last railway minister, Mr Sheng Guangzu, has been appointed general manager. This follows the government's decision earlier this month to abolish the Ministry of Railways (MOR).
Despite a two-year setback due to corruption scandals and the fatal Wenzhou accident, China is on course to complete its 18,000km national high-speed rail network by 2015 as planned. Han Qiao from China Features in Beijing investigates the current state of play for the world's largest high-speed network.
It is one year since the fatal Wenzhou high-speed crash seriously dented China's enthusiasm for high-speed. Construction has resumed, but at a slower pace and in a more cautious way than before, and with concerns over spiralling debt China is now turning to the private sector to invest in rail, reports Han Qiao from China Features.