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China Takes Over Strategic Port in Pakistan

Chinese Overseas Port Holdings Limited took over management of the Pakistani port of Gwadar on Monday, amid suspicion of China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean. From Reuters: China financed more than 80 percent of...

China Advances High-Speed Rail Amid Concerns

For National Geographic, Ian Johnson takes stock of the current situation of China’s high-speed rail network and the many issues involved with its further development: The project symbolizes China’s 21st-century...

China Punishes 54 Officials Over Rail Crash

Following the crash of the high-speed train in Wenzhou in July, netizens and others roundly condemned authorities for their response and actions on the wake of the disaster. Now, the State Council has released a report looking...

China Rail Chief’s Firing Hints at Trouble

The New York Times investigates what the corruption scandal surrounding former Railway Minister Liu Zhijun means for the safety of China’s much-acclaimed high-speed rail network: Speaking on Monday in Beijing, the official...

China to Bid on US High-speed Rail Projects

China has been exporting the technology for high speed trains to Europe and Latin America and may soon do so in the U.S. From AP: China has built 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) of high-speed rail for its own train system and...

The Shrinking of China

Duncan Hewitt of Newsweek writes on how an expanding rail system is having an impact on China: For decades, rail travel in China meant an arduous overnighter in a crowded East German–designed train, riding along a rickety old...

China Puts Railways At Heart Of Stimulus Plan

From Reuters: China is preparing steps to boost domestic demand, including more spending on railways, to help cushion the impact of the global credit crisis, a senior official said on Saturday. The package of measures will be...

Maglev Project To Begin Construction In 2010

From Xinhua: Government authorities in Zhejiang province on east China’s seaboard have finally announced that the construction of its section of a much-discussed magnetic levitation train route linking the eastern cities...

China Says Speeding Caused Deadly Crash

From AP: Investigators on Tuesday blamed speeding for China’s worst train accident in a decade, a disaster that killed at least 70 people and injured more than 400. The finding was announced by an investigation panel set...

Trains Collide in China, Media Reports Controlled

“Two passenger trains have collided in eastern China.” From Reuters: Dozens were injured or killed when two passenger trains collided in eastern China early on Monday and 10 carriages toppled into a ditch, the...

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