The proposed 170-kilometer (105-mile) Shanghai-to-Hangzhou magnetically-levitated (maglev) train link has been canceled, according to state media reports. The official reason has been that the project is incompatible with the current political leadership's "harmonious society" push to create a China less riven by wage inequalities and social tension, AFP reported. The US$4.3 billion project, had been suspended amid worries the German technology could pose a radiation risk to communities along the new line. Although health concerns were the official reason the project was cancelled, a petition drive by local residents to stop the project was likely the key cause, Professor Sun Zhang of the Institute of Railway and Urban Traffic at Tongji University in Shanghai was cited as saying. A spokeswoman for the German industrial giants backing project stated the companies learned of the project's cancelation from a media report, but "will do whatever the government tells us to do".
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