Ministry of Railways

Former railways chief Liu Zhijun urges daughter to 'stay out of politics'

Liu Zhijun attends a trial on June 10 for charges of corruption and abuse of power at a courthouse in Beijing. Photo: AP

“No matter what you do - stay out of politics”. This was the advice disgraced ex-railways boss Liu Zhijun had for his daughter as he prepared to face the full judicial wrath of the Communist Party this month.

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013, 6:03pm 2 comments

Former railways minister seeks leniency on corruption charges

Liu Zhijun attends a trial on Sunday for charges of corruption and abuse of power at a courthouse in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The man once responsible for overseeing the mainland's notorious railways ministry went on trial in Beijing yesterday seeking a lenient verdict on charges of corruption and abuse of power.

10 Jun 2013 - 2:20am 2 comments

Axed Railways Ministry is reborn, with little changed

Axed Railways Ministry is reborn, with little changed

Reading between the lines is a craft in understanding China. Let's try it out with the much-publicised reform of the corrupted and powerful Ministry of Railways.

Some explanation comes from He Ping, speaking at the National People's Congress.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:32am

Capital of new railway firm 1tr yuan

Moody's says the railway group needs a new business structure

China Railway Corp, the railway operator to be spun off from the dissolved Ministry of Railways, will have registered capital of 1.04 trillion yuan (HK$1.3 trillion), the central government announced yesterday.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

China's shake-up of bureaucracy bodes well for reform

Chinese Communist Party Chief Xi Jinping (right) and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: EPA

There is no surer way for an incoming government to show that it means business than with a shake-up of the bureaucracy. A week before the start of Xi Jinping's presidency, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang kept with tradition and unveiled at the National People's Congress the seventh restructuring in 40 years. 

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Analysts welcome railways ministry's break-up as move towards reform

Analysts welcome the railways ministry's dissolution as a reforming measure. Photo: Reuters

The once-powerful ministry will be dissolved, with the Ministry of Transport taking over railway planning, safety and standards, while the business side will be spun off into a state-owned company, China Railway Corporation, the central government said this week.

12 Mar 2013 - 5:06am

Railway ministry a bloated outfit few will mourn

Many people regard the scandal-plagued Ministry of Railways as a textbook example of high-level corruption. Photo: Reuters

The mainland's scandal-plagued Ministry of Railways, an unreconstructed relic of the planned economy era, will soon become history. Few will mourn it. In the 63 years since it was founded, the ministry has been a regular target of criticism for poor service and corruption.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:49am

China's scandal-hit railways ministry to be axed in government revamp

The Railway Ministry in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

The ministry, which survived the last cabinet overhaul in 2008 only to become mired in scandal, would have its responsibilities split between the Transport Ministry and a new China Railways Corporation, State Council secretary general Ma Kai told the National People's Congress in Beijing.

11 Mar 2013 - 8:29am

Reporter nearly sacked for exclusive on railway reforms vindicated

A vindicated Wen Shuping awoke yesterday to many phone calls from her friends in the media, telling her that the Railways Ministry was at last going to be dismantled, with its administrative and commercial functions divided up.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

Railways operator will no longer be its own regulator

The gate to the Railways Ministry (background) remains open, for now, but the ministry faces dissolution. Photo: Simon Song

Under the proposal released by the State Council yesterday, day-to-day operations and the planning of future railways would be spun off to a new China Railway Corporation, while regulatory oversight would be handed over to an expanded Transport Ministry.

11 Mar 2013 - 6:06am

China to dismantle scandal-plagued railways ministry

China has the world's biggest high-speed rail network with 9,356 kilometres of lines. Photo: Xinhua

The plan is to “dismantle” the ministry, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a report on institutional reform to be submitted to the National People’s Congress parliament meeting in Beijing.

10 Mar 2013 - 11:35am

Plan to break up China's Ministry of Railways has met 'no resistance'

Sheng Guangzu

The central government's plan to break up the Ministry of Railways has not met resistance within the department, Railways Minister Sheng Guangzu said yesterday in the highest-level comment on the subject to date.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:02am

Breaking up the railways ministry would send the right signals

Liu Zhijun. Photo: AP

Finally, it seems the railways ministry may soon be restructured as part of a wider exercise by the Chinese government to streamline its ministries. Putting railway reform on the agenda of this year's meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will be highly significant.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:35am

Rail ministry's debts bring biggest freight fees rise in a decade

Freight charges accounted for 50 to 70 per cent of the Ministry of Railways' revenue.

The crushing debt burden of the Ministry of Railways has compelled Beijing to impose the biggest rise in rail freight tariffs in a decade. Although that may be bad news for freighters, it came as welcome news on the stock market.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

IT worker's ticket browser plug-in upsets railways ministry

Migrant workers wait at a Beijing station, hoping to leave early and avoid the crowds when the Lunar New Year peak travel period begins on Saturday. Photo: EPA

When Ni Chao tried to buy a ticket using the Ministry of Railways' online system before last year's Lunar New Year, he failed more than 50 times.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:45am 1 comment