Via Shanghai Daily: “The China Railway Ministry’s chief spokesman has been fired, the ministry announced yesterday. Wang Yongping, the spokesman for the ministry since 2003, gained wide media exposure after the recent bullet-train crash that killed 40 people and injured hundreds late in July in Wenzhou, one of the deadliest rail accidents in Chinese history. Wang will be transferred to a Warsaw-based international railway cooperative, the Xinhua news agency reported. The ministry did not disclose the reason for Wang’s dismissal, so it remains unclear whether it was related to his comments at a press conference after the Wenzhou accident.” Well, we’d be surprised if it really had nothing to do with the train crash. But then again, sacked officials are sometimes rotated to other similar positions of equal or higher stature when they think no one’s watching, so this may be little more than a cosmetic move designed to appease the people for now.