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Chinese Regime Curbs High-Speed Rail Project Amid Safety Concerns

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Barely three weeks after the Wenzhou train crash that killed at least 40 passengers, the Chinese regime is putting measures in place to curb the expansion of high-speed trains. Now the much-publicized bullet trains—once the pride and glory of Chinese regime's technological prowess—raise more doubts about its safety standards.

After the Wenzhou train crash that killed at least 40 people, Chinese authorities have implemented a series of measures to curb the rapid growth of high-speed trains. They suspended all new rail projects and stopped the manufacture of some bullet trains.

According to state-run Xinhua news agency, on Wednesday Chinese leader Wen Jiabao instructed railway authorities to organize safety checks on all high-speed rail lines.

Railway minister, Sheng Guangzu said Thursday bullet trains would reduce the speed by about 25 to 30 miles an hour.

The top speed of the fastest trains was already lowered from 220 to 190 miles an hour in April. Now, the second-tier trains will run at 125 instead of 155 miles an hour.

The July 23rd crash has other ramifications for China's prestige railway project—intended to showcase the Chinese regime's technological prowess.

China North Locomotive and Rolling Stock Limited—a state-owned manufacturer—will suspend its production of the trains used on the Beijing-Shanghai line, pending investigations of equipment failures.

According to Associated Press, state-controlled Xinhua News Agency stated that trains "abnormally stopped" three times due to faulty sensor signals—while the Shanghai Daily newspaper cited more than 40 breakdowns since late July.

The Shanghai Railway Bureau announced train ticket sales for Shanghai-Beijing and Nanjing and Hangzhou would be suspended after August 15 to reorganize schedules.

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