The whole problem with China is in fact its methodologies and thought process. They steal/copy/clone other people's work to save time and money on R&D costs which is understandable, everyone does it.
The problem is their save money at all costs thinking. The Bosses/Ling dao tell their subordinates to cut out certain safety features because it is too expensive or to use cheaper inferior products at the same time on the invoices the SOE's are billed for top of the line materials.
The price difference between the two items is then pocketed by the bosses who lavish it on their children and their mistresses.
It's a problem endemic to Asian cultures, greed, crime, corruption goes hand in hand with rice and chopsticks. It's inate to their culture and their heritage to screw each other over.
I have somewhat of an understanding of bullet trains and their safety systems after working with the PRC govt on a few different projects. In other countries, bullet trains are designed with safeguards and backup safety systems in the event trains are disabled on the track.
This includes a notification system to command/control which would automatically halt all trains headed in the same direction if a train makes an unscheduled stop. The trains in other countries are shielded from lighting strikes through the use of grounding spikes in the electrical towers, and the computer systems are designed to withstand lighting and other power fluctuations. If one computer system fails, the backup system is designed to take over.
The system is designed for very little human intervention, push the button to leave the station, the train stops at the next designated station on its own, the conductor pushes one button to close the door and another button to leave the station. It is so simple that a monkey could be trained to operate a bullet train.
If it was a lighting strike that took out the train then the SOE was billed for lots of items they didnt receive. It reminds me the subway escalator in Beijing that last month killed a bunch of people. The installer installed a light duty escalator in a Beijing subway station, but the bosses billed the SOE for a heavy duty unit with a fake fa piao. The escalator reversed and killed a kid and injured a few dozen people.
Escalator safety in spotlight
China: Boy Killed as Subway Escalator Reverses - Mass Transit
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