Passengers wait for a train to depart from the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. In China, only those who cannot afford the high-speed train take the slow train. Photo: AP

Life as one of China’s 13 million ‘deadbeats’ means slow trains, special ring tones

  • Individuals on a national list of ‘discredited individuals’ are barred from taking aeroplanes and high-speed trains
  • A total of 13 million individuals are on the credit blacklist maintained by China’s courts
Topic |   China's social credit system

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Passengers wait for a train to depart from the Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province. In China, only those who cannot afford the high-speed train take the slow train. Photo: AP
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Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.