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April 30th, 2011
China May Have Bankrupted Itself Building High-speed Rail

Zhao Jian, a professor at Beijing Jiaotong University and a longtime critic of high-speed rail, said he worries that the cost of [the country’s high speed rail] project might have created a hidden debt bomb that threatens China’s banking system. “In China, we will have a debt crisis — a high-speed rail debt crisis,” he said. “I think it is more serious than your subprime mortgage crisis. You can always leave a house or use it. The rail system is there. It’s a burden. You must operate the rail system, and when you operate it, the cost is very high.” Read More