High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua
High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

How China’s rail network highlights the power of the old to shock

  • King’s College professor David Edgerton has argued that more breakthroughs have come in the form of adjustments to older technology than from new inventions
  • China’s development of its railway network, particularly high-speed rail, exemplifies this

High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua
High-speed trains are parked for maintenance in Nanchang, the capital of east China’s Jiangxi province, in January 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.