This is another example of the growth and enormity of China's industrial revolution that is taking place. And it shows the power of a country just entering the build out phase of their development as a modern country. So China is now where we were just after World War II in terms of types and strength of growth. That translates into rapid infrastructure growth and all that goes with it. So factories, trains, planes, and roads will fuel China’s growth and development for some time to come and with that growth China will be the most powerful economy and influential country over the next 10 to 20 years. The question is how do we respond? Do we become paranoid and rush head long into rash decisions and mistaken attempts to stop what is inevitable? Or do we take the time to discover who the new American is and how she can build a new economy and way of life from the ashes of her own ending industrial build out phase? We have nothing to worry about from China's growth and in fact can benefit from it if we move wisely. But we do have much to worry about if we don't soon see that we must reinvent ourselves to replace our old manufacturing consumer based model with a new technological based model of business. It's time we moved with a national resolve to look at embracing technology not just using it. We need to understand that this next decade will be unlike anything the world has ever seen and we either lead in this movement or we fall to others that do. So it's time for our new technological build out phase to begin. And that means safer, faster, and better technological systems must spread across our country and become what the build out of our interstate highway system was for my father's generation. So wake up America and demand that we see an expansion and growth of all our technology based infrastructure before it’s too late. We need the fastest internet (both wired and wireless) at the most reasonable prices! We need a more ecologically friendly and sustainable electrical system and a new power grid to deliver it! We need better, faster, and more available methods of transportation based on trains, plains, and cars that are more efficient both in terms of energy usage and reliability. And last and most important of all we need to make education and learning transform it’s self into a national treasure rather than a national disgrace! For in a world lead by technology it's not the strength of our people’s backs and the number of bodies we can muster to work for us but the power of their intellect and the ingenuity of their minds that will lead us forward. Time and opportunity wait for no one and we make a move now to build a new American or risk never having the chance. For its failure of resolve that will ruin America not competition.
China passenger train hits 300 mph, breaks record
BEIJING – A Chinese passenger train hit a record speed of 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) Friday during a test run of a yet-to-be opened link between Beijing and Shanghai, state media said.
A specially modified French TGV train reached 357.2 mph (574.8 kph) during a 2007 test, while a Japanese magnetically levitated train sped to 361 mph (581 kph) in 2003.
The Xinhua News Agency said it was the fastest speed recorded by an unmodified conventional commercial train. Other types of trains in other countries have traveled faster.
The project costs $32.5 billion and is part of a massive government effort to link many of China's cities by high-speed rail and reduce overcrowding on heavily used lines.
China already has the world's longest high-speed rail network, and it plans to cover 8,125 miles (13,000 kilometers) by 2012 and 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) by 2020.
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The drive to develop high-speed rail technology rivals China's space program in terms of national pride and importance. Railway officials say they want to reach speeds over 500 kph (312 mph).