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China to relaunch high-speed train service between Beijing and Shanghai

China will relaunch one of the world's fastest bullet trains, running at 217 miles per hour.

The trains will service the route from Beijing to Shanghai starting next month, making the 777-mile journey in just four hours 30 minutes.

Other routes are being added.

China first ran trains at 217 miles per hour in August 2008, but cut speeds back to 155-186mph per hour in 2011 following a two-train collision near the city of Wenzhou that killed 40 people and injured 191.

China has laid more than 12,400 miles of high-speed rail, with a target of adding another 6,214 miles by 2020.

China has spent an estimated 360 billion US dollars on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world.

AP

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