China Tests High-Speed Train

      June 28, 2011 10:25

      Chinese railway authorities on Monday conducted a test run of the 1,318-km high-speed rail link connecting Beijing and Shanghai, three days before it is due to officially open to the public on Thursday. About 300 reporters were invited to the event, including 200 foreign correspondents.

      The government has timed the launch of its new transit system to coincide with the 90th anniversary of China's Communist Party, which falls one day later on Friday.

      Authorities are hoping to seize on this opportunity to highlight the country's emergence as the world’s second largest economy.

      One of China's new bullet trains leaves Beijing South Station for Shanghai during a test run of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway on Monday. /AP-Yonhap
      This photo taken on June 27, 2011 shows invited journalists resting on a high-speed train heading to Shanghai during a trial run from Beijing. /AFP-Yonhap
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