The Shanghai government has announced the names of the 15-member investigation panel which it has assembled to look into Tuesday’s subway collision. The panel is made up of two teams — an 11-member incident investigation team, headed by Qi Jun, bureau chief of the Shanghai Work Safety Administration, and assisted by Shen Weizhong, his assistant bureau chief, as well as a four-member team of expert consultants headed by Liu Ruichang, formerly deputy chief engineer at the Shanghai Railway Bureau.
The rest reads like a list of who’s who: There’s Yang Hengjin, anti-malfeasance department chief at the Shanghai People’s Procuratorate, Xu Ruihua, transportation faculty head at Tongji University, Zhou Huai, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority and so on.
What’s clearly missing from the list, however, are experts from OUTSIDE of Shanghai. While we have no doubt that the fifteen people are all highly qualified individuals who will discharge their duties to the best of their abilities, surely, for an investigation team that’s being sold to the public as “independent”, it would make sense to NOT have the entire team consist only of people who depend (or once depended) on the same government for their livehood? Surely it would make sense to include at least a few names from other parts of China, or from overseas?