A signal failure on the high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai precipitated a rear end collision that has taken 39 lives and exposed the possibility of deeper, wider problems with the highly touted railway. Critics inside China, including the government itself, cite reckless pursuit of economic growth as a factor in the tragedy. China is the first and only country to have trains hit 220 mph on conventional rail lines. Travelers to China should monitor the government response for signs of increased vigilance to ensure safety along the 6,000 miles of high-speed track.

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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