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China Issues Temporary Moratorium on High-Speed Rail Projects

Comstock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- In the wake of last month’s rail crash that killed 40 people, authorities in China have issued a temporary suspension on new high-speed rail projects and have ordered trains that are currently operating to run at slower speeds.

The State Council has said that checks will need to be carried out on existing lines, while new proposed projects will have to be re-evaluated before any new projects can be started.

The halt comes as the government has been facing a great deal of criticism for its handling of the crash.

It is unclear how long the suspension will last.

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