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China tests 500 km/h high-speed train

- December 27, 2011 - Updated 17 PKT - From Web Edition

BEIJING: China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network.


The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd, China's largest train maker, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword, the official Xinhua news agency reported.


It "will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations," it quoted train expert Shen Zhiyun as saying.


But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News.


"We aims to ensure the safety of trains operation," he said.


China's railway industry has had a tough year, highlighted by a collision between two high-speed trains in July which killed at least 40 people. Construction of new high-speed trains in China has since been a near halt.


In February, the railways minister, Liu Zhijun, a key figure behind the boom in the sector, was dismissed over corruption charges that have not yet been tried in court. (Reuters)

Reader Comments
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Mein Azad Hoon
I think this news should shown to Pakistani Rialway Minister Bilour and he may hand over his resignation in shame but I think these are shame proof Ministers of ZARDARI and should be kicked out for good.

Ahmed Sheikh
I request to my countrymen to force our Establishment to handover Pakistan to China for next 25 years on Lease. so, then only there is a definite chance that our people at least will be getting their basic needs without suffering & undignified.

Saudi Arabia
Sense of responsibility is absent in Pakistan right from president/Prime Minister to a sweeper. Despite of being Muslim Pakistanis do not know the theory of life. They do not believe in answering for the responsibility they have.

I recently visited China and got chance to travelled between beijing and Shanhghai on China Railway High-speed (CRH) which runs around 350 km/h. It was wonderful adventure. Now introduction of this 500 km/h train will further testify and solidify how much China have devloped its infrastructure. We also need to improve our railway for cost effective and secured transportation.

you should see the railway minister, his looks justify the railways demise..he is like a freak a deadman talking a zombie, by the way he has made his ministry a point of ego, threatning that his party would quit the coalation if he is forced out of the Railways much for the nationalism...


We pay congratulation to our great friend China to introduce such a high speed train .I think our engineers should also make their minds to introduce new technologies. We hope that china will be super power in the future.

Sabir Hussain sabah
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