China's recent embarrassments surrounding its domestic high speed trains have taken a turn for the macabre, as two of their ultra-modern bullet trains collided on the Beijing-Fuzhou line in Wenzhou. The current official death toll is 35, with more than 200 injured.
Despite the adage that lightning never strikes the same place twice, it has apparently been striking Chinese bullet trains so frequently in the past month that the only viable explanation is a condemnation from the heavens itself; either that, or the Railway Ministry's excuse of “lightning” is becoming code for, “it's none of your damn business why our supposedly state-of-the-art trains stop working for hours at a time.”
The New York Times also reports, disturbingly, that:
Photos on the popular Weibo microblogging service showed backhoes burying the wrecked train near the site. Critics said the wreckage needed to be carefully examined for causes of the malfunction, but the railway ministry said that the trains contain valuable national technology and could not be left in the open in case it fell into the wrong hands.
Given the allegations that the domestically developed trains were based largely on technology stolen from foreign...More >>