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Andrew,

An architect friend of mine, who retired a few days before his 75th birthday this year, just got back from a three week visit to China. He described the visit as one of the most memorable experiences of his lifetime. One of the events that most impressed him was a ride on the high speed train.

A few minutes ago I sent you a private post of Chinese shipping featuring products destined for Wal-Mart. China is also a major power in development in space.

At the current rate of growth (I believe it's 9% per annum) the rule of 72 indicates that China's economy will double every 8 years. If it could keep that up for the rest of the century it would double 11 more times. It would become 2048 times as big as it is now!! Kind of suggests that the rest of us need to pull up our sox and get working, doesn't it??

Regards,

H. Daryl Richardson

----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Kester" <akester74(--nospam--at)gmail.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:46 PM
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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