26 Jul '11, 8am

The significance of China's high-speed train crash: Despite my recent misgivings, I still generally consider hig...

For the past month, I have been a regular commuter on China’s high speed trains, zipping up and down the country between major cities including Nanjing, Wuxi and Shanghai. On my first ride, I marvelled at the sleek, white carriages, the spotless interiors, the warmth of the service staff, and above all, the smoothness and comfort of the journey. This is the way to travel! This is the face of progress! The United States (where I have been working since mid-2009) should get its act together and build its own high-speed rail network, I remember telling myself as I snapped a picture of the monitor in the cabin showing the train’s speed hitting 300km/h. Then last Saturday night, two high-speed trains near Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province collided, killing at least 35 passengers and injuring over 200. The crash took place several hours before my own scheduled train journey from...

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