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Report claims that Beijing-Shanghai railway speed claim faked

/ 06:16 PM June 22, 2011

The Hongqiao High-Speed Railway Center in Shanghai will serve as a major maintenance hub for China's CRH high-speed trains (AP Photo).

SHANGHAI — A report says China’s Railway Ministry has exaggerated how fast the new high-speed railway between Beijing and Shanghai is meant to run and that the country’s own technology is still plagued by problems.

The financial magazine Caijing cites a former top engineer at the Railway Ministry, Zhou Yimin, as saying the trains’ maximum speed should be 300 kph (185 mph), instead of the targeted 350 kph (216 mph).

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Zhou said China lacks its own core technology, despite its claims to have developed the world’s most advanced railways know-how after cooperation with foreign partners.

A Railways Ministry spokesman dismissed the comments, saying Zhou retired too early to know the current situation.

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TOPICS: China, Engineering, Infrastructure, Railway system, technology, Trains, Transportation
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