As the grand game of push-the-blame taichi continues, the ball has now fallen in the court of the Beijing National Railway Research & Design Institute of Signal & Communication Co Ltd, whose railway signals equipment is now being blamed for the Wenzhou train collision.
Shanghaiist understands that the company used to be a subsidiary of the Ministry of Railways, but now comes under the direct supervision of the State Council’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.
Yesterday, the company conducted a press conference to clear up the air, and oh, what a catastrophe it was.
In the words of a China Youth Daily reporter who was present, the Q&A at the presser went something like this:
Q: What railway signals equipment has your company been supplying for the D trains?
A: You can check it out from our website yourself.
Q: What is your company’s relationship with the Ministry of Railways?
A: It’s not convenient to talk about that.
Q: What is the government board that is directly in charge of your company?
A: If you’ve made it to this press conference, you should know the answer.
Q: So why are you conducting today’s press conference?
A: Uh. I don’t know. The weather’s been really hot, and you guys have been having a hard time running around outside. (The phone rings.) Uh. Can I take this call?
Media: Can you please show us some respect around here? This is a press conference!
A: Uh. Please let me take this call really quickly.
Earlier today, the Shanghai Morning Post said on its Weibo that the media section of the company’s website appeared to be in a state of lockdown — attempts to click on the section yielded the veiled threat “Your IP address has been logged by this website!”, and previous press statements were only visible via Baidu Cache.
A quick check by Shanghaiist showed the website appears to be back to normal. The company was most likely just scrubbing its website clean.
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