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After an accident killing at least 39 people on its new high speed rail system, China has taken the unusual step of burying the wrecked carriages, claiming it needs to protect “national level” technology from being stolen by foreigners, despite widespread accusations that it stole the technology from them in the first place – and the suspicion that it is keen to conceal whatever caused the accident.

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Chinese and outsiders alike suspect the authorities are literally covering up the real cause of the accident, though the government has vacillated between calling the wrecked trains “mere scrap metal” and suggesting they contain secret technology the Japanese or others might try to steal back from them.

Adding to the dismay, although 39 bodies have been recovered from the wrecks, many still remain missing and the government itself admits the death toll will rise – bereaved relatives accuse the government of cynically burying them along with the wrecks.

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What happened to painstakingly investigating the cause of the accident, or for that matter properly disposing of the ruined trains, is not clear.

The earlier explanation that a lightning strike caused the crash seems to have been dropped, and the Chinese government’s main response has been to simply sack various officials involved in managing the line, to halt service on some lines and order nationwide safety checks, although service on the accident stricken line resumed rapidly.

Shares in China’s rail industries have plummeted after the accident, whilst Taiwan’s high speed rail system has been at pains to stress that its system is the same one Japan uses and is thus completely safe.

Aside from issues over technology theft and safety, there has also been some long-standing concern amongst critics of the system that the line itself is useless due to bad station placement and little more than a failed prestige project – one passenger explains his misgivings after riding it:

“I tried using it instead of the bus to get from Zhuhai to Guangzhou, as it takes 30 minutes rather than 2 hours 30 minutes. But even a month after opening there are no maps of where the stations are on the line’s site.

I had to take a taxi to the station, it took 20 minutes and I found myself at the station, out in the middle of nowhere.

Even when I got to Guangzhou, I had to take a 40 minute ride on the subway to get to the city centre. In the end it took the same amount of time as the bus, which was much cheaper. It’s putting the cart before the horse.”

Whilst not exactly shaping up to be a paragon of safety, the competition in this arena is in any case less than fierce – a few days after the accident, a Henan bus exploded killing at least 41 people in a fiery inferno. Authorities suspect the bus had been carrying hazardous materials.

Under the circumstances, it seems only a matter of time before exploding pirated trains hit the headlines.


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    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    02:57 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Only in China would the government think someone would want to steal shit.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    03:24 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    More like a way to cover up the evidence of a "China quality" train so that they could sell it to other countries

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    07:04 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I finally realized what all this China Quality news keeps reminding me of...

    The movie "Pentagon Wars."

    That movie truly made me cry back then, and then want to honestly kill some people. It still does to this day. And I finally realized why these articles have infuriated me far, far more than Ishihara's crusade, which by all accounts should make me far angrier because it's attacking ideas, and this is mere idiocy.

    But now I understand that in every way China now is far worse than anything Japan has done in the past. It has surpassed even respecting itself and treats its own people as savages. Even with the past atrocities Japan committed to them, at least it made the distinction between itself and others. Somehow I think of the Eddie Izzard joke "...the only reason we let them get away with it is because they killed their own people. And we're sort of 'fine' with that." (He wasn't talking about China, but it's a global point.)

    Ironically, China's complete lack of accountability makes me just that much more angry at our own country's (America's) lack of accountability, because we actually have an example of just how quickly things could become that way the minute we let those cocksuckers pretend they're more than the rest of us simply because they had the money to plaster their shit-eating grins on billboards at every corner and spout poetic, meaningless platitudes with no intention of following through.

    Fuck modern America. Make it great again and give me a reason to respect it, or it may as well be China Light in a few more years.

    Avatar of Mauvais
    Comment by Mauvais
    14:11 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, I also sometimes find myself weighing the sleaziness of China in one hand, and my America in the other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And the fact the train is made of human remains oooooOOOOooooh ghost train

    Avatar of Astray Flame
    Comment by Astray Flame
    09:58 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And to hide any evidence of stealing technologies from ex-partners around the world and any possible source code on the trains computer :).

    Avatar of Arya
    Comment by Arya
    17:28 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now we know where Doomtrain hails from. Not from FH. Not from Esthar. Not from Cetra. It's from CHINA.

    Avatar of Neferius
    Comment by Neferius
    11:57 14/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, in the past they built entire sections of the Great Wall out of the human remains of the workers who died on-site, so I wouldn't exactly put it past them...

    Avatar of Azn-Persuasion
    Comment by Azn-Persuasion
    00:42 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sigh, China China China *shakes head*

    when will u ever learn.Burying yur crime wont get rid of it.Your suppose to blow it up

    Avatar of TenguSan
    Comment by TenguSan
    03:23 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "shit" being the key word

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:47 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The train would only be worth scrap.No one in the west would be interested in the technology because they already have access to newer versions of it.
    You can get better high speed train technology to copy by buying a 20 year old TVG from France and reverse engineering it.
    At least then you'd also get the safety systems which the Chinese left out.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    03:52 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The west may not be interested... but what about the Third World countries that are likely to buy these?

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    08:06 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ironic... considering we get China quality products more than anyone. If I see Made in China, I cringe... but there's almost nothing I can do. Like 90% of everything we have now is made in china. I shop almost exclusively at Trader Joe's, and they own everything procedure of every food they sell, and even there I have to be wary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *burying chinese products in backyard*

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few months ago, a plane made in china crash in Irian, Indonesia.

    They bought the plane because it is the cheapest one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    why would third world country try to buy these? most of these countries still dont have economical stability. it'll be a waste of tax money

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bzzzt!! *mouse stops working*

    Huh?

    *looks down*

    Made in China

    .....crap

    *Trys to click add comment*

    Doesn't work

    *Press Tab and Enter*

    Avatar of Zanber
    Comment by Zanber
    03:58 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well any Third World foolish enough to to buy technology from China is in for a ride.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    04:02 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well that is how "Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics" work. It is likely that the poorest Third World countries will suffer the brunt of China quality products.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    remember : it's a country where people steal bricks. they can't be too cautious

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no one wants to steal the blue prints of a train that crashed

    Avatar of Rakshasa
    Comment by Rakshasa
    10:55 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just wait a few weeks, that place will be swarming with salvagers.

    Not to mention the land owner can't be happy with shit being buried in his field.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see the lulz in your comment.

    But in seriousness. This is the mentality of every government in the world. Governments from every country is always trying to steal shit from other countries. Then tell other to stop stealing their shit.

    Avatar of Azn-Persuasion
    Comment by Azn-Persuasion
    00:52 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    china when would you understand that the world wants original goods. It should be pretty obvious to ya now. Think about it. Gunpla modelist only buy from bandai, k. Not TT hongli, Model GD or this gao gao crapthing. We want good quality gundams not some random scrap of plastic that barely even look like a head. either ya stop now or return that $20 i used to buy that kerberos becue hound. TT^TT it broke in two days

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't want exploding trains?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are not exploding trains. They are flying trains. There's a difference.

    Avatar of Mauvais
    Comment by Mauvais
    14:16 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean ICBMs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    china galaxy express 999?

    Avatar of Justin iZ Here
    Comment by Justin iZ Here
    08:04 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    just imagine flying trains....then imagine the Chinese knockoff version...

    o.o

    Avatar of Entangler
    Comment by Entangler
    09:05 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not exploding trains.... everything else there seems to blow up alot. Just search sancon for explosion and china...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolololol, You fail China.... You fail hard.

    Avatar of paimei
    Comment by paimei
    03:02 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Pai Mei sez:

    "Now I have a train buried in my backyard? I already have a shaolin temple's worth of monks buried back there!"

    Avatar of papuanewguineapunk
    Comment by papuanewguineapunk
    03:07 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I like how they think we foreigners won't dig some shit up. I'll start digging right now in my backyard in USA and meet you in your backyard in China and we'll see what's up!

    Avatar of kanbanmusume
    Comment by kanbanmusume
    03:27 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They'll probably have 100 soldiers guarding the pit. No shortage of troops in the PRC.

    Avatar of Archibald Roach
    Comment by Archibald Roach
    03:49 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yeah, and you'll have to fight through the land of the lost and the mole people at the center of the earth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Don't forget Spartacus and the Sun Beneath the Sea.

    Avatar of Archibald Roach
    Comment by Archibald Roach
    08:38 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess that's true, although I think Fred Flintstone fucked a dinosaur once, and I had sex with a girl with a lot of moles one time, I don't know if that counts or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:03 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well it would be an opertunity to fuck a mole person and tie a dinosar into submission and fuck it too...

    who can say they have ever doent that... i mean there are people who can say the fucked a monkey, or a dolphin, but who can say they fucked a mole person or a dinosaur

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    make sure to fuck the earth's molten core too

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf are mole people... has that ever been a thing???

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    21:18 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pai Mei speaks the truth!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    dont think ya wanna stick anything there

    Comment by PhillB
    05:33 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's a shame. The same thing they did to Terracota army and the Mausoleum of Shi Huangdi. Chinese have an inherent instinct of burying anything to protect it from "greedy" foreigners.

    Waiting for poetic justice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 18/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @PhillB : "Waiting for poetic justice."

    Their Enviroment.

    Avatar of Azn-Persuasion
    Comment by Azn-Persuasion
    00:46 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see the ending-keima katsuragi
    yeah , i really can. The governments actually tryed to bury it because it was still loaded with c4, but some sankaku dude tried to dig it up and it exploded and destroyed all of asia. Just trying to warn ya papuanewguineapunk. My mg exia ignition mode order is still not delivered to me yet.

    Avatar of max
    Comment by max
    06:30 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Guess you should have used your five finger palm exploding heart technique on the government officials

    Comment by Anonymous
    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    02:54 26/07/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You don't need to bury it, China. We all know the secret. The technology ia stolen.

    Avatar of TC-man
    Comment by TC-man
    03:24 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And someone will dig them up and sell it to another country?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're hurting themselves too much trying to conceal it. We should just laugh at them when they fuck up like this. But lets support the victims of their greed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:13 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    NB4 a chines nationalist or one of their paid internet goons posts trying to misinform anyone of their countries complete corruption

    Also NB4 America is just as corrupt. we know their is some corruption in our government but there's a difference between a little corrupt and completely corrupt.

    Avatar of starsplash
    Comment by starsplash
    12:21 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    China is far more corrupt man. Dont even try to argue that. As long as Communism is still in place, China will forever be more corrupt than the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 08/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Har.. Har Just don't have AB- negative Blood in china..
    AKA Universal donor...

    Whoa... Jay Walking~! Prison for you..

    So Sorry your Kidney is missing..

    Woops, Spinal Chord needed for Rich American..

    COMMUNISUM.....

    SEE HOW WELL IT WORKED FOR THE UN-UNITED STATES OF RUSSIA...

    FUCK YOU GOONS~~!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So....what you're saying is "We Americans are allowed to be as double standard as much as we like"?

    Nothing new there if that is the case.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    We are still a somewhat free country. we all can have our own opinion we aren't silenced or killed just because our views are different.

    It would be ridiculous or maybe just plain idiotic to believed you could get everyone's opening to be the same no mater what country you are talking about.

    So your country has the same double standard though its citizens may be to afraid to speak up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unless you are one of the 1M+ alleged terrorists living in the USA who can be wiretapped and kidnapped at the sole discretion of the NSA. And there is no due process for whoever goes on that list, so you can probably end up there if you upset someone high up enough.
    See: PATRIOT act

    Avatar of Achiuakuna
    Comment by Achiuakuna
    04:54 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the ignorant teenagers who thinks America is just corrupt had no right to say so because chances are they've never lived in China as Chinese citizens and therefore their comparison is moot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 26/07/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    You shouldn't be calling other people ignorant when your best argument is a personal attack followed by a red herring.
    Living in China is probably the worst way to understand it's corruption as that's the only place in the world you can be shot for even talking about it. And age is not a measure of one's knowledge or mental capabilities. Sounds like you are butthurt because someone dared badmouth your country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @01:20
    You would find that the Chinese government can make you do whatever the hell they please if they manage to get to you.
    They've been known to detain vocal people before and they don't shy from it.

    @21:31
    Not exactly. While it's true that the US government uses a lot of misdirection tactics ("OMG terrorists, hand over your freedoms!"), the Chinese government tends to manipulate their people into doublethink ("if you are a good citizen you won't question us"). Both don't exactly have a stellar history of upholding human rights.
    I doubt the US government is intentionally trying to keep the masses ignorant, considering that the root of the problem has always been education, which is hardly a new problem in the US. Never the less, you can count on politicians to turn absolutely anything to their advantage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How could they not "let info out in the first place"? they couldn't stop someone with evidence from spreading it around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look guys, it's not rocket science to see the comparisons.

    China hardly tries to hide their corruptness through white collar methods. But instead through bullying and enforcement. While America tries not to let info out in the first place, keeping the masses as ignorant as ever.

    Ones is brazenly admitting their crimes through actions and the other locks up theirs in a blackhole. The only difference is methods. So either way it doesn't matter whether you live there or not since you can be equally kept in the dark.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ... sounds like you're Chinese

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 26/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. The lack of accountability in China just adds to the problem.

    Comment by Anonymous

    seems america likes blowing things up too. sept 11, iraq..

    Comment by Anonymous

    America is a big chunk of land and not a sentient being, capable of manipulating people into suicide bombings or governments into military operations.
    The WTC bombings may have been used to the best extent possible, but the damage from the attacks has been far more catastrophic to the economy than the benefits the US stood to gain from all that.
    If there really was a psychotic government agency willing to blow their own citizens up then why not just blow up a bunch of schools and hospitals instead? Far more emotional effect and only minor infrastructure damage done.
    Attacking symbols doesn't do much, and only stupid, fanatical people who live around their ancient fairy tales can possibly believe it does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @01:05
    Never assume malice for what can adequately be explained by human stupidity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 08/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ARSENIC....

    IS TROLL FOOD.........

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 27/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL dude dude dude. hes trolling you. please don't feed the trolls.








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