Ex-railways chief Liu Zhijun meddled with projects worth 175b yuan, court hears

Liu Zhijun

The Beijing News reported yesterday that Liu colluded with Shanxi businesswoman Ding Shumiao from the end of 2007 and granted railway projects to 23 state-owned firms Ding chose. Ding and her underlings consequently illegally obtained about 3.2 billion yuan, with about 2.4 billion yuan going to Ding alone.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 4:54am

Speed increase on Harbin to Dalian rail line delayed

Winter weather is being blamed for the speed delay. Photo: Xinhua

The 50 per cent speed increase on the high-speed rail from Harbin to Dalian, originally scheduled for April 1, is likely be postponed for operational and safety reasons.

24 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Hong Kong needs to fast-track new rail construction

Future Railway network of Hong Kong. Source: MTR Corporation

Thanks to our world-class Mass Transit Railway, hundreds of thousands of passengers can move across the city smoothly every day. Our roads have become less congested, and the duration of journeys more predictable. But we should not take what we have today for granted. 

16 Mar 2013 - 2:40am 2 comments

Fears raised over huge debts involved in Beijing's infrastructure plans

The railways ministry's debt doubled from 1.3 trillion yuan in 2009 to 2.66 trillion yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

The Ministry of Transport announced on its website yesterday that 397.4 billion yuan would be spent on roads, airports and ports this year, 0.1 per cent more than in 2012. The Ministry of Railways, in a bond prospectus, earmarked 650 billion yuan of capital expenditure on railways this year, 3 per cent up on last year.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Beijing and other key cities plan for 10-fold expansion of metro railways

Passengers in a train on Beijing's subway line 6. Photo: Xinhua

By 2050, mainland cities will have 11,700 kilometres of metro railway, accounting for at least half the world's metro railway, said a bond prospectus of China CNR Corporation, a leading rolling stock manufacturer. This is nearly 10 times the 1,688 kilometres of operating metro railway in 14 cities at the end of 2011.

12 Feb 2013 - 5:39am

Has America lost its infrastructure edge?

US President Barack Obama spoke in urgent terms about the need to rebuild America. Photo: MCT

US is slipping further behind global competitors, chief of them China, in building up an infrastructure that can handle 21st-century business. Once the world's No 1 in infrastructure, the US is now ranked 14th.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am 3 comments

China Digest, December 31, 2012

Lanzhou has begun operations of its first rapid transit line, a type of service that uses dedicated lanes and other features to improve the efficiency and reliability of buses, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:11am

Miranda Leung's MTR detour that got her career on track

Miranda Leung's MTR detour that got her career on track

When Miranda Leung Chan Che-ming joined the MTR Corporation in 1976, she never thought she would stay there for 37 years until she retired.

It was three years before the railway opened its first section, a 15-kilometre track linking Kwun Tong and Central, when Leung quit her job as a junior secretary in the government and joined the transport company.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

Hong Kong turns on fund pipeline in push for bigger basics

MTR Corporation is looking at bringing three new projects on stream. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong will continue to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects beyond the 10 major projects that were pushed through in the wake of the global financial crisis in 2008.

21 Dec 2012 - 3:46am

China's economic planner approves 170b yuan of building projects

More trains will be needed to link the cities. Photo: Xinhua

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved more than 170 billion yuan (HK$210 billion) of railway and electricity projects on the mainland.

29 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

Congress Briefs, November 11, 2012

18th National Congress

Beijing plans 600b budget for railways

11 Nov 2012 - 7:11am

Briefs, November 11, 2012

Thailand, S Korea trade development ideas

11 Nov 2012 - 6:14am

Millions in China face new traffic crush as travellers return from long holiday

Passengers wait to board trains at the Beijing South Railway Station yesterday as they return home after the long holiday. Photo: Xinhua

Transport authorities and traffic police went on high alert yesterday in anticipation of yet another traffic crunch as tens of millions of travellers returned home at the close of the eight-day national holiday.

7 Oct 2012 - 11:40am

Talking points

Heineken's billionaire stakeholder Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi

Heineken poised to take Asia Pacific Breweries

28 Sep 2012 - 1:50am

Rail ministry gets 30b yuan lifeline

Beijing has come to the rescue of the loss-making Ministry of Railways, committing to a 30 billion yuan (HK$36.76 billion) spending programme to support rail projects and pledging the additional support of various government departments.

13 Sep 2012 - 3:13am