Sometimes Trains Just Don’t Run On Time

From The Telegraph blog:

One train from Beijing managed to arrive in Hong Kong exactly 24 hours late, which puts being stuck at Clapham Junction for 30 minutes in rush-hour in its proper perspective.

Since those millions are all trying to go home for Chinese New Year, it’s a big deal. But how big?

Here is what Susan Shirk, an American academic, former Clinton state department official on China and author recently of “China: The Fragile Superpower” had to say on the subject of police being called in to control the crowds, some 200,000 strong apparently, at Guangzhou station.

“When large numbers of people are upset about the same problem at the same time, there is a risk of large scale collective action that could threaten Communist Party rule. Will the travelers blame the weather or the government?”


January 28, 2008 11:52 PM
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