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  1. Ex-minister to face trial over Wenzhou crash

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing jiangtao.shi@scmp.com Disgraced former railways minister Liu Zhijun is expected to stand trial soon for his role in last year's deadly high-speed train crash ... transport project that had previously been seen as evidence of the mainland's economic rise. A State Council investigation laid the bulk of the blame on Liu, even though he had been sacked ...

  2. Doubts remain on railway safety

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... directed at just three people: former railways minister Liu Zhijun, dismissed amid corruption allegations months before the crash; Zhang Shuguang, the ministry's former chief engineer, sacked along with Liu; and Ma Cheng, president of the China Railway Signal and Communication Corporation, who died shortly after the accident. Liu and Zhang face criminal charges, while another 54 ...

  3. Ministry's response stirs anger

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ministry officials were trustworthy. She said that all the top leaders of the ministry, not just Sheng or his predecessor, Liu Zhijun, should be held accountable. Liu was sacked as minister ...

  4. Soothing words, but no talk of culpability

    Posted Apr 30th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but also because of frequent visits from officials. Patients said the officials had expressed their concern about medical care but did not raise the topics of responsibility or compensation. Liu ... Liberation Army's No148 Hospital in Zibo yesterday. Ms Liu said she was grateful that her mother had survived an operation for head injuries and that Mr Zhang had talked to her mother in a way ...

  5. Wen acts as cold spell brings chaos

    Posted Jan 28th 2008, 12:00am by Ivan Zhai, Shi Jiangtao

    ... commodity prices stable ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. 'The most difficult time has yet to pass,' Mr Wen warned. Railways Minister Liu Zhijun said the railways system faced ... long-distance buses from Shanghai to other cities suspended services. Mr Liu said that since January 16, the nation's railway system had been struggling to cope with a record number of travellers ...

  6. Safety checks find serious flaws in China rail network

    Posted Apr 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The safety inspection is believed to be part of the corruption investigation into Liu Zhijun, who was detained on the morning of February 12 and sacked later the same day as railways secretary and minister. Sheng (pictured) gave instructions for the safety checks after a meeting held that same night following his appointment as Liu's replacement. In a televised speech on Saturday, Sheng ...

  7. Minister proud of railways' disaster effort

    Posted Mar 09th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Railways Minister Liu Zhijun, who has come under fire for the transport chaos amid the snowstorms this year, says he was satisfied with his ministry's performance during the disaster. Speaking on the sidelines of the National People's Congress meeting yesterday, Mr Liu said: 'The 2.1 million railway staff were very courageous ...

  8. Ministry cites SOEs for 'serious' rail flaws

    Posted Aug 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... said. Former railways minister Liu Zhijun is expected to stand trial soon for his role in the deadly July 23 crash as well as corruption involving multibillion-dollar high-speed rail projects. Liu, who launched the nation's high-speed rail programme in 2008, was sacked and arrested for suspected corruption in February last year. ...

  9. Baptism of fire for new safety watchdog chief

    Posted Apr 29th 2008, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... disasters of such magnitude and to improve the country's notorious work safety record. But he is not alone in the spotlight. Railway Minister Liu Zhijun also went to the scene to supervise the rescue and recovery effort. He has survived many political storms, including the corruption scandal of his brother, Liu Zhixiang, and a lambasting from Guangdong officials over train delays ...

  10. 300b yuan allotted for railway construction

    Posted Jan 12th 2008, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Minister Liu Zhijun as saying after a national railway work meeting yesterday. Double-track railways encompass the running of one track in each direction, in contrast to a single track railway where traffic from both directions shares the same track. Mr Liu said a number of new projects would start this year, with the up to 200 billion yuan, 1,318km Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway ...




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