Railways Ministry, Liu Zhijun built a commercial and political colossus that spanned continents and elevated the lowly train to a national symbol of pride and technological prowess.
His abrupt sacking by the Communist Party is casting that empire in a decidedly different light, raising doubts not only about Mr. Liu’s stewardship and the corruption that dogs’s vast public-works projects, but also, perhaps, the safety, financial soundness and long-term viability of a rail system that has captured the world’s attention.
Mr. Liu, 58, was fired Saturday and is being investigated by the party’s disciplinary committee for “severe violations of discipline,” a euphemism for corruption. His high government rank — minister-level officials are rarely fired under such a cloud — hints at far deeper dissatisfaction with one of China’s most publicized and sweeping domestic initiatives.
Until last week, Mr. Liu had led China’s program to lace the nation with nearly 8,100 miles oflines and to build more than 11,000 miles of traditional railroad lines. The sheer size and cost of the endeavor — the investment has been estimated at $750 billion, some $395 billion for high-speed rail alone — has led experts to compare it to the transcontinental railroad that opened the American West.
hailed China’s program in his and called for the United States to move quickly on high-speed rail plans that had been repeatedly delayed by budget concerns and political infighting.
hailed China’s program in his and called for the United States to move quickly on high-speed rail plans that had been repeatedly delayed by budget concerns and political infighting.ONE OF THE PRIMARY REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD SUPPORT SMALL/LIMITED GOVERNMENT IS THAT BIG GOVERNMENT ALWAYS LEADS TO CORRUPTION AND WASTE.
THAT'S WHY BREZHNEV SOCIALISTS LIKE OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES IN THE GOVERNMENT UNIONS LIKE BIG GOVERNMENT.
IT'S THE CORRUPT LEECH-LIKE AXIS IF TAXES AND TO POUT AN END TO IT THE NATION MUST FOLLOW THE LEADS OF GOVERNORS WALKER AND CHRISTIE - AND YES: EVEN CUOMO.
GOVERNMENT UNIONS MUST BE THROTTLED.
OBAMA ISN'T LEADING; HE SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY.