Liu Zhijun, former minister of the CCP's Ministry of Railways, was expelled from his party posts, and brought to justice. When he was minister, the railways were called “the smoothest, fastest and safest” in the world. However, they frequently had accidents.
Liu was railways minister from 2003 to 2011. He set up many projects to develop China’s high-speed rail in a “Great Leap Forward Model”.
In 5 years, he built up the high speed railway system in China, which is also the largest in the world. However, after it was put into operation, accidents have happened frequently. This has resulted in huge debt for the Ministry of Railways.
At the end of June 2010, the Ministry of Railways announced it was “the longest, the largest investment, the highest standard and the safest in the world”. However, within 5-days of operations from July 10 to 14, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway was down as many as 5 downtimes.
On July 18, 2010, a landslide happedened in a Shenyang segment of the Harbin-Dalian high-speed railway.
In the same month, the Wuhan railway went wrong, and passengers had to board the train on the rails.
On July 23, 2011, a serious rear-end collision happened at Yong Wen segment in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province. At least 39 died and 192 were injured. Local people reported more deaths and injuries than the published number.
3 days after this accident, a blackout stopped the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway near Dingyuan, Anhui province. In February 2011, Liu Zhijun was removed from his post as minister of the Railways, and the CCP Central Commission for Discipline Inspection began to investigate him.
58-year old Liu Zhijun became minister of the railways in 2003. Benefiting from his power, he collected about 1 billion Renminbi in bribes. It is said that Liu was promoted by Jiang Zemin, and followed Jiang closely.
NTD Chang Chun reported