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In front of the China Railway Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, a seemingly endless queue of visitors waits for a chance to take photo with a locomotive used to equip the world’s fastest EMU (electric multiple unit) train. Designed for a maximum speed of 380 kilometers per hour (236 mph), the train is the fruit of recent efforts by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation Limited (“CSR” for short).
Thanks to CSR’s innovation, many technical bottlenecks that once inhibited China’s railway development are history. By combining the introduction and absorption of foreign technology with independent innovation, CSR is now a front-runner in China’s high-speed rail industry. “We’ve ushered in the evolution from the ‘made-in-China’ era to a ‘created-in-China’ era,” declared CSR President Zheng Changhong in a recent interview with China Pictorial.
“No country on Earth, except for China, could invest such a huge sum and accomplish such fast development.”
China Pictorial: US President Barack Obama first mentioned China’s high-speed railway industry in the State of the Union he delivered earlier this year. Could you talk about the future of the high-speed railway industry in China? What role will CSR play in its development?