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The Hanjiang Bridge of the Menghua Railway, Inner Mongolia-Jiangxi Railway coal freight project.
The Hanjiang Bridge of the Menghua Railway, Inner Mongolia-Jiangxi Railway coal freight project.Photographer: Imaginechina

China Railway Construction Corp. deployed thousands of workers over four years to build part of a coal-carrying line from Inner Mongolia to Jiangxi province –- about the same distance as midtown Manhattan to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The project cost about 200 billion yuan ($28 billion) in total and was heralded by state media in 2018 as an exemplar of “safe production” with no injuries or deaths. Except there were, and China Railway’s project managers were covering them up.