Translation: The Curse of the Security Check

Anyone who has boarded an airplane in the last 20 years knows what stands between arrival at the terminal and waiting at the gate: shoes off, laptops out, water bottles emptied …. In China, similar checkpoints also await railway...

Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road

At The New York Times, Keith Bradsher describes the revival of an ancient trade route: Azamat Kulyenov, a 26-year-old train driver, slid the black-knobbed throttle forward, and the 1,800-ton express freight train, nearly a...

China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China’s State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People’s Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims...

China Approves Series of Infrastructure Projects

Aiming to boost its economy, China has recently approved huge budget allocations for railway and subway projects. From Reuters: China has approved construction of two city subway projects worth 49 billion yuan ($7.87 billion),...

China’s Railway Network of Corruption

Liu Zhijun, formerly China’s Minister of Railways, was removed from office on charges of corruption in 2011 and expelled from the party earlier this year. Liu’s return to state media coverage has led to speculation...

Railroad Court Drama Looms

One of China’s highest-ranking officials to face corruption charges, ousted Railway Minister Liu Zhijun is soon to face trial. From James T. Areddy at The Wall Street Journal: State media in recent days have begun running new...

CCP Casts Out Former Railway Minister

China’s Communist Party has expelled former railway minister Liu Zhijun, who was removed from his post as minister more than a year ago amid allegations of corruption, according to a decision by the Central Commission for...

Rail Stations to Use Face Recognition Systems

Facial recognition systems are to be installed at three stations on China’s high-speed rail network in order to help catch fugitives, according to Shanghai Daily. Media reports said yesterday the project’s biding...



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