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How fast?! China tests 300-mph super high-speed train

China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend capable of travelling 500 kilometers per hour, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions.
Image: Visitors board a new testing model of a CSR high-speed bullet train during its launching ceremony in Qingdao
Visitors board a new testing model of a CSR high-speed bullet train during its launching ceremony in Qingdao, Shandong province on Friday.China Daily / Reuters
/ Source: Reuters

China launched a super-rapid test train over the weekend which is capable of travelling 310-miles per hour (500 kilometers per hour), state media said on Monday, as the country moves ahead with its railway ambitions despite serious problems on its high-speed network.

The train, made by a subsidiary of CSR Corp Ltd , China's largest train maker, is designed to resemble an ancient Chinese sword, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

It "will provide useful reference for current high-speed railway operations", it quoted train expert Shen Zhiyun as saying.

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But future Chinese trains will not necessarily run at such high speeds, CSR chairman Zhao Xiaogang told the Beijing Morning News.

"We aims to ensure the safety of trains operation," he said.

China's railway industry has had a tough year, highlighted by a collision between two high-speed trains in July which killed at least 40 people. Construction of new high-speed trains in China has since been a near halt.

In February, the railways minister, Liu Zhijun, a key figure behind the boom in the sector, was dismissed over corruption charges that have not yet been tried in court.