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Is China Putting Profits Ahead Of Its People?

Is China Putting Profits Ahead Of Its People?
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The deadly crash involving two bullet trains in China’s Wenzhou province in late July was due to design flaws and was “completely avoidable” according to the director of the State Administration for of Work Safety, Luo Lin. The Chinese government had previously attributed the accident, that killed 40 and injured dozens of others, to a signal failure. Luo did not specify if the flaws were in the trains or the wider rail system; he also noted that the accident had revealed “problems in emergency response and safety management after the failure occurred,” says the BBC.

On Friday, the state-owned manufacturer of bullet trains in China, North Locomotive and Rolling Stock Ltd, had said that it is recalling 54 bullet trains. The recall is not directly linked to the crash, which involved trains made by a rival company, says the Guardian. But the recalled trains are from the much-celebrated Beijing-Shanghai line, which was launched on 1 July to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist party.

China has been on a drive to have the world’s largest high-speed train network. It has achieved that, but at such an accelerated pace — it took China seven years to build bullet trains that achieve speeds of 350 kilometers an hour; it took Japan almost 50 years to build trains that achieve speeds of 300 kilometers an hour — that suggests it has little concern for safety protocols and for the protection of consumers. The revelation of a corruption scandal had already cast a shadow over the project and many people have started to accuse Chinese authorities of putting profits and politics ahead of the safety of civilians.

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7:12AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

I'm more bothered by my own country doing this!

11:27AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:27AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Not only China, I suppose.

4:27AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Yvette is right.

6:50PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

The accident was due to preventable errors? Yes, preventable errors, which may have cost a bit of money to remediate. Now the families of the deceased pay the price. Sad.

2:09PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Gee! Has Obama and his fellow RePUBICans changed the name of the country to China?

12:13PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

The other day I went to six stores to try and buy a ceramic soap dish made in America, all I could find was MADE IN CHINA. When will we wake up.

9:30AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Of course, any person in a position of power is going to put their own interests ahead of the greater good. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is just human nature. Any one who believes he or she is incorruptible is almost surely wrong--they just haven't been tried thoroughly enough yet.

6:54PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Gee, they must be turning into capitalists!

6:52PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Gee, they must be turning into capitalists!

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