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Railways ministry sets out target of 800 kph speed trains by 2030 as it reels from scandals
China is showing off its rail speed record by claiming to have completed a prototype of a train with a speed of 620 kph (390mph).
The Science and Technology ministry said the “super-high-speed” train was being tested in Guangzhou, the capital of southern Guangdong province. It will also be tested in nearby Beijing.
The news comes at a time when China is struggling to contain the influence of corruption scandals in its national government and rail authority.
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The train is expected to be operational by 2020, though the length of time it will run will depend on further trials and testing.
China has already become the world’s largest train manufacturer, with both high-speed and low-speed trains making their way across the nation.
Rail services are expanded and expanded across the country at a record pace as China widens its production base in an effort to reduce pollution and deepen its economic integration with the rest of the world.
At last year’s annual session of the National People’s Congress, delegates passed a law to protect rail operators against sub-standard or defective products.
Despite the law, the railways ministry has been dogged by scandals involving some of its senior officials.
Some have been accused of taking bribes to give preferential treatment to the world’s biggest supplier of high-speed trains, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which says it “expects the law to prove effective” in addressing the problem.