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Is High Speed Rail Becoming China's White Elephant?

Samuel Staley
July 17, 2011, 8:32am

The Heartland Institute has done a great service by making widely available a reprint of a feature article on China's faltering high-speed rail adventure (increasingly misadventure). The article, "Fast Train to Trouble," is from Caixin Weekly (April 4, 2011 issue), a business magazine focused on China's economy and financial markets. The entire eight-page article is well worth reading, not so much because of its criticism of high-speed rail as the problems that seem inevitably associated with high-profile megaprojects, including the massive squandering of public resources, a lack of transparency during implementation, and the inadquacies of politically-based (rather than market-based) accountability.

For additional skepticism about China's high-speed rail investment, see an earlier blog post here.

Rather than the crown jewel of China's transportation network, high-speed rail is on track to become a boondoggle and a white elephant.


Samuel Staley is Research Fellow


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