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The father of Chinese high-speed rail will not be executed, but will serve at least 10 years :

Liu was a driving force behind the modernisation of China's rail system, a project that included building 10,000 miles of high-speed rail track by 2020 - with a budget of £170bn, one of the most expensive engineering feats in recent history.

Analysts say Liu's ruthless efficiency earned him the protection of higher party officials, allowing his corruption to go unchecked. He was placed under investigation in February 2011.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Jul 8th, 2013 at 12:21:59 PM EST
In the best traditions of Kremlinology, I still wonder whether his corruption was the cause of, or the excuse for, his fall from grace. But the fact that he won't be executed (two-year reprieve? Oh come on!) may signal that he is neither a threat nor of use for anyone any more.

Of course, his biggest crime wasn't corruption, perhaps not even land expropriation issues, but an outgrowth of his style of ruthless efficiency: riding roughshod over the issues of safety and reliability to get the most out of technology, which ended in 40 deaths (in the Wenzhou disaster).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Jul 8th, 2013 at 02:47:28 PM EST
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