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Ministry of Railways

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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