A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.
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Brief and to-the-point AP story, to mark a milestone in an ongoing important development (infrastructure investment in China) that is not covered with the attention it deserves. In spite of its brevity, the story includes important context.
A longer story would be needed to explain why, e.g., the 2007 modifications that enabled a higher speed have not become standard in France. I have included a link to a description of the modifications for the TGV's record, as well as a link to a recent story describing opposition to US investment in high-speed rail.
The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China’s space program in terms of national pride and importance. Railway officials say they want to reach ...
This is good journalism, but the article could have been more interesting by painting a broader picture. The reporter, Anita Chang, did a good job of getting the points across in a brief and straightforward manner. From the eight short paragraphs, I was able to grasp the main content of the article. The article could have been a more interesting read if it included perspectives of the Chinese citizens and their thoughts about this upcoming change in their transportation system. The readers will be able to see whether the Chinese are actually in favor of this new change, and how the system will benefit them in the future.
The article also lacks fluid transitions. The sentences just jump from one statistical report to the next, ... More »
The story itself could have been so much more interesting if more information about the current railway system was given. The sentences seemed short and choppy, but the content was interesting. How fast is the train going to travel when passengers are actually on it? 302 miles per hour seems quite dangerous with passengers.