Why China Is so Good at Building Railways

  • Published: 13 November 2018
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    [1] economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network
    [2] datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
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    [4] oag.com/on-time-performance-star-ratings-2018
    [5] export.gov/article?id=China-Aviation
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    [8] hsr.ca.gov/docs/about/business_plans/Draft_2018_Business_Plan.pdf
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    [10] researchgate.net/profile/Ralf_Wilhelms/publication/280924889_Social_Benefits_As_Part_In_The_Economic_Evaluation_Of_High_Speed_Rail/links/55cb933508aebc967dfe1a03/Social-Benefits-As-Part-In-The-Economic-Evaluation-Of-High-Speed-Rail.pdf
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    [12] economist.com/china/2017/01/13/china-has-built-the-worlds-largest-bullet-train-network

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Comments • 21 679

  • hu fang
    hu fang  22 minutes back


    • hồchóminh
      hồchóminh  5 hours back

      In 2011 China's bullshit train had a head on super hit collisions at the speed of 300km .
      First time into service first time head on super smashed in the same year 2011 congratulations China cheap COPIED.
      JAPAN 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵👍 👍👍 👍👍 👍👍 👍👍
      BULLET TRAINS are the world very BEST and very SAFE 55years without a single accident .
      Yes because it was made in JAPAN 🇯🇵.
      Congratulations to KAWASAKI heavy industries.
      China COPIED cat is always a COPIED cat 👹🇨🇳🛬💣💥⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰

      • hồchóminh
        hồchóminh  6 hours back

        🇧🇷🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇧🇫🇷🇧🇪🇨🇭🇩🇪🇩🇰🇫🇮🇪🇺🇭🇰🇹🇼🇯🇵🇦🇺🇳🇿👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍The CCPIG is a Chinese criminal party is the world biggest THIEF in economically and militarily.
        The CCPIG is the world biggest COPIED machines.
        The CCPIG have killed millions of millions innocent Chinese peoples since 1930 to 2019 the killing still going on now.
        Made in China 👹🇨🇳🛬💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰
        Made in PRC 👹🇨🇳🛬💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💣💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰⚰
        China is full of cheap SHIT 👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

        • roblox gamer
          roblox gamer  8 hours back

          Because railways improve human rights duh

          • Norman Silver
            Norman Silver  11 hours back

            I rode the Mag Lev from Pudong Air Terminal 35 miles into Shanghai. Fast, quiet, great service! 35 miles in 14 minutes.

            • Chris Wen
              Chris Wen  18 hours back

              Taiwan apart of China, ok ?

              • Ken Elliott
                Ken Elliott  20 hours back

                bend over productions lol bet u also do global warming hoax.china rapes the earth then takes a dump on it..

                • Ken Elliott
                  Ken Elliott  20 hours back

                  WHY?REALLY?they are ruled by one dictator ..ask there people that was ordered to build it or die

                  • comeberza
                    comeberza  20 hours back

                    This shows how having people is their biggest advantage, and when they liberate the economy they will devour the wordl

                    • d^_^b
                      d^_^b  1 days back

                      I wish we get the same kind of development on cross-country railways, here in Canadaland.

                      • taobao navi.
                        taobao navi.  1 days back

                        japan shinkansen copy cat 哈哈哈 (笑)

                        • Garage Band Man
                          Garage Band Man  2 days back

                          Wendover”:..Railroad politics...”
                          American Railroad Tycoons: I’ve seen this one before, it’s a classic

                          • San Jin Shi
                            San Jin Shi  2 days back

                            you missed Taiwan!

                            • Charles K
                              Charles K  2 days back

                              Cheap labor, cheap parts, government loans, huge domestic market, stolen tech.

                              • 就是丶那根葱
                                就是丶那根葱  1 days back

                                Haha, cheap parts, are you serious? You have been severely brainwashed

                            • Elly Li
                              Elly Li  2 days back

                              Infrastructure construction in China aims to benefit people, instead of generating profits for company.. IMO, that's one of the big difference between China and capitalism country.

                              • XasthurWithin
                                XasthurWithin  2 days back

                                The answer to "why do they do this if it isn't profitable" isn't just "politics", it's the fact they have a socialist system where the profit motive does not govern the economy. Instead of profit, the use-value for the people guides economic investments in China.

                                • Ellis Watanabe
                                  Ellis Watanabe  2 days back

                                  >good at building railways
                                  >bad at building escalators

                                  • Mr Reedling
                                    Mr Reedling  2 days back


                                    • Zillion Wise
                                      Zillion Wise  2 days back


                                      • Zillion Wise
                                        Zillion Wise  2 days back


                                        • Johnny Walker
                                          Johnny Walker  2 days back

                                          Isn’t it obvious that they stole the technology from Japan and from Germany? Compare the design of the Japanese bullet train and Chinese high-speed rail. It’s ridiculous to claim that it’s because of their technology.

                                          • 就是丶那根葱
                                            就是丶那根葱  1 days back

                                            Stupid thoughts, go to see the relevant news of China's high-speed rail technology, and then express their opinions.

                                        • Jason Willows
                                          Jason Willows  2 days back

                                          One reason I love living in Hong Kong so much is because of the MTR system, you can pretty much get anywhere within the country/city in an hour, it's crazy convenient and it sucks that the rest of the world can't keep up. I'd take the MTR over driving any day because it's consistent, cheap, fast and you can pass out for the entire journey, it's great.

                                          • Srsahiner
                                            Srsahiner  3 days back

                                            if you can't spell Uyghur correctly, just say Turks.

                                            • li yaxin
                                              li yaxin  3 days back

                                              I took this comparative economic development class in school. And the professor talked about the reform of China since 1978 and some major issues China faces. One of them was China had a weak infrastructure. Most of the coastal cities which are benefit from open door policies are highly developed while other cities in the middle far from the sea relying heavily on natural resources are slow in economic development. One way to resolve this was to build better infrastructure and roads to connect the major cities to the cities in mainland. Which Is exactly what China is doing. Build high speed Trains

                                              • Anthony Maw
                                                Anthony Maw  3 days back

                                                High speed efficient transportation to the furthest outreaches of a nation have always been recognized as essential to nation-building. United States famously celebrated completion of their transcontinental railway (through Native American land) at Promontory Point Utah and what was known as the Dominion of Canada at the time celebrated it's Last Spike at Craigellachie in British Columbia in 1885 (also through appropriated aboriginal traditional territories and somewhat ironically built with Chinese labourers). So china is just following by example reaching out to Xinjiang and Tibet.

                                                • 王治信
                                                  王治信  3 days back

                                                  tai wan form china

                                                  • destroyer806
                                                    destroyer806  4 days back

                                                    I’ve been on the high speed rail it’s pretty cool

                                                    • Maximilian Lee
                                                      Maximilian Lee  4 days back

                                                      Taiwan is also part of China and everywhere accept that only one China then why there’s no Taiwan island in your map?

                                                      • Raymond LUO
                                                        Raymond LUO  4 days back

                                                        That's what we called"socialism"
                                                        State company make profit then go back to people and infrastructure, not those share holder

                                                        • 就是丶那根葱
                                                          就是丶那根葱  1 days back


                                                        • Raymond LUO
                                                          Raymond LUO  2 days back

                                                          @Hai River 就这些西方国家妖魔化出来的。



                                                        • Hai River
                                                          Hai River  2 days back


                                                        • Raymond LUO
                                                          Raymond LUO  3 days back

                                                          @Voltaire whatever you call,the fact is out these.

                                                        • Voltaire
                                                          Voltaire  3 days back

                                                          It's called authoritarianism

                                                      • Er Pol
                                                        Er Pol  4 days back

                                                        That is what happend when there is no opposition

                                                        • 布克先森
                                                          布克先森  4 days back

                                                          full of pride and prejudice

                                                          • 布克先森
                                                            布克先森  4 days back

                                                            all we chinese do will be viewed of political.lmao!you all can never konw why we built the railway without earn money as well as the electric

                                                            • Derek O'Brien
                                                              Derek O'Brien  4 days back

                                                              I would expect that lobbyists would not be a problem in China; nit like in the US and to a lesser ectent in othewrv western vountries.

                                                              • Danielle Dumont
                                                                Danielle Dumont  4 days back

                                                                There’s no bad motive, in fact ethnic minorities also need an opportunity to develop and high speed rails provide that opportunity. What the video didn’t tell people is that ethnic minority regions are mainly arid inland places without available ports to connect to the outside world(meaning no easy trade and transportation and bad economy), and the people don’t really want to stay apart and poor. Don’t ask me how do I know, I’m from one of such places and I have been counting down for the past almost 10 years for the first high speed rail to operate in my homeland. Just please, please, please ask the ones who truly live in those places to get your information, instead of judging no matter what.

                                                                • Mr. Communist
                                                                  Mr. Communist  5 days back

                                                                  *Sheldon Cooper wants to know your location*

                                                                  • Mrlightning 101
                                                                    Mrlightning 101  3 days back

                                                                    Oh your here too? I thought you only watch warthunder stuff.

                                                                • Jim Bean
                                                                  Jim Bean  5 days back

                                                                  Lack unions end of story

                                                                  • Totti Will
                                                                    Totti Will  5 days back

                                                                    there were terrorist incidents in west China, and you didn't say anything, because you wished to see that. and then we had a railway to there, you said that is politics. Yes, that is true, and so what?
                                                                    I'm confused that why you can not realized that your country just spend your tax effort for useless war and stupid politics.
                                                                    Sad for you guys, really.

                                                                    • Aroyo
                                                                      Aroyo  5 days back

                                                                      Frump will never build that wall without the Chinese. Westerners are shitting their pants.

                                                                      • SamUSA
                                                                        SamUSA  5 days back

                                                                        Why? Because the price of the ticket is a small fraction of the real cost. The rest of the cost is paid for by Chinese taxes. For example, if the ticket costs 65, but you pay 465 extra taxes to subsidize the ticket price. That is a false economy. China is very foolish to have spent so much money on these unprofitable high speed trains. The Chinese people will be paying for it for generations.

                                                                        Trains are most efficient carrying very heavy loads long distances at a slow speed. Even the most full passenger train car is almost empty weight in comparison. Just ask any automotive engineer with any heavy industry background. These kinds of high speed trains are foolish nonsense economically.

                                                                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_subsidies "Rail subsidies are largest in China ($130 billion) and Europe (€73 billion), while the United States has relatively small subsidies for passenger rail with freight not subsidized."

                                                                        • richard chung
                                                                          richard chung  6 days back

                                                                          Because the Chinese stole everything

                                                                        • oil9vinergar
                                                                          oil9vinergar  6 days back

                                                                          slaves.... and lotz of 'em.......

                                                                          • mx li
                                                                            mx li  6 days back


                                                                            • Temujin
                                                                              Temujin  6 days back

                                                                              China builds, but muricunts bomb countries to sell more weapons to Saudi Arabia and prop up their Petrodollar fiat currency.

                                                                              • Kay
                                                                                Kay  6 days back

                                                                                This video is a JOKE!!!

                                                                                • Yiu Chung Au
                                                                                  Yiu Chung Au  6 days back

                                                                                  I don't get how a country's development of its infrastructure can be presented as a negative ? Integration and efforts into making the separatist provinces more familiar or identify with the Chinese identity (Consists of 56 ethnic groups). Stop forcing democracy (Works only when a mass population is educated) onto China, where history, social and sovereign factors impact on so much why a more centralized government is required. If you're out to disintegrate and cause harm to China, you're doing the right way. If you're truly for freedom of speech, relative human rights (compared to western countries), i just beg for you to think of this. Has any transition of power been peaceful and would democracy actually work while respecting the integrity of the country (China)? If you wanna argue how evil the CCP was in the past, well that's the past. Political reforms have been one of the key characteristics of Chinese socialism (the current CCP), it has come a long way and suffered. If you wanna settle a score with someone just because his ancestors did this and that. Well, maybe just maybe, the White folks have lost the plot ever since Renaissance. Cause your 'democracy' and 'freedom' is just ur narrative of a political correctness forced upon other groups regardless of their social, cultural and historical factors.

                                                                                  • Yiu Chung Au
                                                                                    Yiu Chung Au  9 hours back

                                                                                    @Splinter- Memes I agree, but the idea that a transparent government and foreign aid can help underdeveloped and developing countries is quite naive as well. From both sides, foreign aid isn't gonna come for free. Secondly, most underdeveloped countries and developing countries probably have major problems with corruption and social factors such as nobility, land owners etc. To be honest, i'm not even pro-CCP. I'm just annoyed by how naive and dangerous the separatist movement is in HK (What's at stake isn't only HK, its the entire integrity of China as a nation). I would appeal the whole world to a system more like Singapore, Meritocracy.

                                                                                  • Splinter- Memes
                                                                                    Splinter- Memes  2 days back

                                                                                    Mao's regime had left a large percentage of people in poverty. Now, if you were a peasant living in rural China and living in poverty, which would you prioritise:
                                                                                    1. Dual Universal Suffrage and all civil liberties combined.
                                                                                    2. Food on the table, jobs to do, water to drink, roof over the head, electricity.

                                                                                    This is exactly why perfect democracies are not in underdeveloped nations. Underdeveloped nations require as little corruption as possible, a transparent government, an educated workforce and co-operation from foreign governments. But the most important part is a government that makes progress; Government that does its best to apply all the elements I placed. Trust in the government is important, but democracy is not a crucial ingredient.

                                                                                • I Created An Account For This

                                                                                  Trains go fast!

                                                                                  • Calvin Deng
                                                                                    Calvin Deng  7 days back

                                                                                    It is because planes are from foreign companies, and China wants to keep infrastructure within China.