"Our infrastructure used to be the best, but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater Internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports." — President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 25, 2011.
"SHANGHAI—Flawed equipment and procedures as well as corruption were the main culprits in a Chinese bullet-train collision this year, the government said, conceding that its rail-network expansion has gone too fast." —"China Blasts High-Speed Rail System," news article, Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2011.