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  1. Billions gone missing

    Posted Mar 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Writer Five billion yuan (HK$6 billion) is missing from the accounts of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway project. Rail minister Liu Zhijun was fired from his job last month and is under investigation for disciplinary issues. Around 187 million yuan has been embezzled- a kind of financial fraud- and the rest has been lost on illegal tendering, bad money management and fake ...

  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. Railways to stay in hands of state

    Posted May 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to rampant graft. Former railways minister Liu Zhijun was sacked in February on suspicion of corruption linked to tenders for lucrative construction projects. In his online chat with internet users ...

  4. Railway official 'owns US$1m California villa'

    Posted Dec 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ding Shumiao, a businesswoman from Shanxi province who supplied equipment to the railways, was arrested in Beijing in January. Zhang, 55, was believed to have been the right-hand man to Liu Zhijun, the former railways minister who was sacked and removed from the Communist Party in February for 'severe violations of discipline'. Liu is accused of taking as much as 1 billion ...

  5. More rail officials probed on corruption suspicions

    Posted Jul 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... the sacking of former railways minister Liu Zhijun in February. The Communist Party's anti-graft agency put Su Shunhu, deputy director of the Ministry of Railways' Transportation Bureau, ... the personal cut which former railways minister Liu Zhijun took from some of the mainland's high-speed rail projects ...

  6. Stations mobbed as run on Lunar New Year's rail seats continues

    Posted Jan 06th 2009, 12:00am by Kelly Chan

    ... Thursday. The Railway Ministry's website reported that minister Liu Zhijun had been visiting stations to make sure everything was in place for the peak season. 'It's important to have a safe and good order while providing quality service under efficient management,' Mr Liu said. Although the mainland railway system had developed in recent years, the supply of seats did ...

  7. Mainland to use own technology for high-speed Beijing-Shanghai rail link

    Posted Mar 10th 2006, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... was quoted as saying yesterday. 'We have already reached a consensus on the issue. The high-speed railway line will be fully based on our own technology,' Liu Zhijun told the China Daily. ... those reports. A Shanghai newspaper reported the maglev equipment would be domestically produced, even though the technology was developed in Germany. In January Mr Liu said the central ...

  8. Cabinet-level taskforce set up to oversee high-speed rail link

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... Commission Ma Kai, Railways Minister Liu Zhijun and the State Council's deputy secretary general Zhang Ping are also on the taskforce. The State Council approved a feasibility study ...

  9. Railway ministry targets corruption

    Posted Apr 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... chief highlights the degree of the corruption. Liu Zhijun is believed to be linked to a high-profile woman entrepreneur whose company benefited greatly from the expanding high-speed railway industry. Ding Shumiao, 56, a major equipment supplier for high-speed trains, allegedly bribed Liu and received kickbacks for helping others win lucrative government contracts, the Beijing-based ...

  10. A runaway debt bill that's gathering speed

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com A year before Liu Zhijun's sacking, China's National Audit Office issued the first of two audit reports on the yet-to-be-completed Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, disclosing false procurement receipts, illegal subcontracting, budget overruns and improper tendering. About a month after Liu's departure, the national audit ...




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