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"Bigger, better faster" is a perhaps the most apt way to describe China's ambitious approach to revamping its infrastructure. For instance, the world's second largest economy boasts the two longest bridges in the world, including the world's longest seabridge unveiled back in July.

And while the country is already home to the world's fastest passenger trains, they're recently shown that they're still working hard to outdo even themselves. Over the weekend, local train manufacturer CSR Corp successfully completed a trial run of their fastest train yet. China Daily reported that the test train reached a world record-breaking speed of 311 mph. Previously, the title of fastest passenger train was held by the Beijing Shanghai High Speed Railway, which operated at a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour.

The shape of the train is designed to aerodynamically cut through drag like a knife — literally. Stretching six carriages long, the front end is tapered to a fine point, similar to sharp edge of an ancient Chinese sword. It's powered by a system capable of 22,800 kilowatts and is comprised of lightweight plastic material, magnesium alloy and reinforced with carbon fiber. In comparison, China Railways High-Speed (CRH) trains run at 9,600 kilowatts.

The test run also shows that Chinese officials have remained undaunted by a series of setbacks that bring into question the safety of moving passengers at such high velocity. In July, two bullet trains ran into each other in the Zhejiang province, a tragic accident that left 40 people dead. And an investigation by the New York times revealed that engineers were cutting corners by using low-quality hardening agents to fill in the concrete bases that stabilize the tracks.

So will China put in operation trains that push commuters beyond what is considered safe travel? I'd say very unlikely, considering that the government has begun to backtrack by requiring that bullet trains operate at rate a few notches below what they're capable of. For instance, trains with a top speed of 350 kh will be lowered to 300 kilometers per hour.

And as for this latest feat, locomotive expert Shen Zhiyun told China Daily that the test run will merely serve as "useful reference for current high-speed railway operations."

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That should be a very good question! There really should not be much in the way of politics involved in issues relating to the pursuit of technological advances especially as it relates to high speed mass transit. Unfortunately, there is a party in our congress that seems opposed to any government assistance or encouragement as we follow very far behind so many of our world-wide competitors in this area. So it is politically relevant that not only do those godless communists own a great deal of our debt, they are demonstrating to the world that they can best us in technology as well!

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That should be a very good question! There really should not be much in the way of politics involved in issues relating to the pursuit of technological advances especially as it relates to high speed mass transit. Unfortunately, there is a party in our congress that seems opposed to any government assistance or encouragement as we follow very far behind so many of our world-wide competitors in this area. So it is politically relevant that not only do those godless communists own a great deal of our debt, they are demonstrating to the world that they can best us in technology as well!

Nice try on attempting to give this thread a political spin. I still see it getting moved to Off Topic where it belongs.


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"I want to take this opportunity to mention how thankful I am for an Obama re-election. The choice was clear. We cannot live in a country that treats homosexuals and women as second class citizens. Homosexuals deserve all of the rights and benefits of marriage that heterosexuals receive. Women deserve to be treated with respect and their salaries should not depend on their gender, but their quality of work. I am also thankful that the great, progressive state of California once again voted for the correct President. America is moving forward, and the direction is a positive one."

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**** Moving from P/R to Off Topic ****


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