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I support you completely.
You know that Europe, Japan & the USA are all still paying China foreign aid
money???

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From: Andrew Kester [mailto:akester74(--nospam--at)gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:47 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: re: china high speed rail


NON-structural engineering post warning:

Now, I am a big proponent of mass transit and high speed rail, and
personally love train travel. The technological aspects of it are exciting
and interesting, and I support the initiative conceptually. It works well in
areas of Europe and Japan, and hopefully one day we can get a few lines
going here. But something about this does not sit right with me, probably
because it is China.

The whole thing, especially the press release, reaks of communist posturing,
just like the entire Beijing Olympics. It also seems
familiar: North Korea's rocket and nuclear program, Pakistan and India
having nuclear weapons, and Iran's whole nuclear deal. These are poor
countries with huge social problems that are putting their carts before
their horses in an attempt to launch themselves into the 21st century.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of people in these countries live on a few
bucks a day in abject poverty.

High speed rail seems like an anti-communism move, almost hypocritical from
a socialist perspective. It can be extremely expensive and likely only
affordable by the rich and tourists. I have to think that a country with
China's population and huge social, economic, and environmental issues would
be better off for the whole to solve more common problems than cutting edge
high speed rail technology. Why not just drive around the countryside of
China in a Porsche with the top down with a big china flag on the hood,
flipping the bird to all of the sustenance farmers in the rice paddies...
Let them eat cake?

(Yes, the US has lots of problems which I am aware of, but the article was
about China. Not picking on China, just their government's decision
making... Which ours needs picking on too!)

Andrew Kester, PE
Florida

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