China's Bullet Train Head Charged with Corruption

Accused of taking bribes and abusing power


As Gov. Jerry Brown seeks to build California's own high-speed rail system, he's pointed to the example set by China, where 5,000 miles of track have been laid in recent years. During his visit there this week, he will ride one of those bullet trains from Beijing to Shanghai.

But one day before Brown steps aboard, an embarrassing episode involving the railroad is being shoved back into the spotlight in China.

The man who led construction of the country's high-speed rail system is facing corruption charges, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors say Liu Zhijun took bribes and abused his power when he served as the country's railways minister, a job he held from 2003 to 2011.