Sheng Guangzu

Beijing establishes China Railway Corporation after closure of ministry

A man takes photographs at the gates of the ministry. Photo: AFP

Beijing's latest round of government restructuring kicked off yesterday with the establishment of the China Railway Corporation, after the consolidation plan to cut bureaucratic red tape was approved by the legislature.

Friday, 15 March, 2013, 5:28am

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

Rail investment to be far below previous targets

Beijing's spending on railway construction next year will be far below its previous target, but the debt-ridden sector will still enjoy access to bank finance because it is guaranteed by the central government.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rail chief vows safety failings will be tackled

Under-fire Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu has pledged to ensure 'absolute safety' on the mainland's rail network in the wake of the bullet train collision on July 23 that claimed 40 lives.

The promise came as the beleaguered ministry faced fresh problems yesterday, amid further delays and news of striking train drivers.

4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ministry's response stirs anger

Calls for the resignation of the railways minister continued to grow yesterday after the embattled ministry failed to reveal the precise cause of a deadly accident after three days, and as the chaotic handling of the wreckage stirred public outrage.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Safety checks find serious flaws in China rail network

Checks on China's railway system have uncovered serious safety problems, said Railways Minister Sheng Guangzu, who also called for a massive reform of his ministry.

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.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Probe of ex-railways chief nets senior official

The corruption investigation of former railways minister Liu Zhijun has claimed his right-hand man, a pioneer of China's high-speed railway.

2 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Sweeping probe of railway safety targets ex-minister, say analysts

Days after his dismissal, former railways minister Liu Zhijun has become the target of a probe said to be aimed at gathering evidence of corruption under his administration of the vast rail network.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Wider reforms needed to tackle corruption

There is nothing more embarrassing for China's leaders than corruption in high places, but the prospect of it at the top of the powerful Railways Ministry is especially troubling.

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am