Chinese Rail Accident Strengthens Safety Concerns, Could Affect Exportation Plans

Chinese Rail Accident Strengthens Safety Concerns, Could Affect Exportation Plans
Yomiuri Shimbun: 安全面に不安、輸出に影響か…中国高速鉄道事故”>安全面に不安、輸出に影響か…中国高速鉄道事故
Yasushi Kōuchi reporting from Beijing 11:01 AM July 24, 2011

The July 23 accident in Zhejiang, China was an actualization of the building chorus of whispers about the insecurity of Chinese high-speed rail.

The cause of the accident is still unknown, but it could affect the breakneck pace of the country’s rail construction and exportation.

Construction of high-speed rail began in China in 2007; by the end of 2010, some 8000 kilometers of track were already laid. Over 16,000 kilometers of extensions are planned to be completed by 2020.

China is pushing high-speed rail abroad as well as at home: it is already participating in rail construction in Turkey. State-owned China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. Ltd. (CSR), which previously received engineering techniques from Japanese magnate Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is applying for 21 rail car and technology patents in Japan, the US, and other countries.

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