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China’s Vice Premier: Government Credibility Tied to Safety of High-speed Railway

On August 15, 2011, at a State Council’s kickoff on safety issues, Zhang Dejiang, China’s Vice Premier, said that safety checks on China’s high-speed railway network must be conducted to raise the government’s credibility. “An extensive safety check has become … an urgent need in order to raise government credibility and public satisfaction.” Zhang said that if major safety threats are found during the month long inspection from now to mid September, train operations and construction should be suspended immediately.

Source: The Beijing News reprinted by People’s Online, August 17, 2011