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Singapore sends faulty subway cars back to China

SHANGHAI -- Singapore public transport operator SMRT has decided to send 26 faulty subway cars back to their Chinese manufacturer for repairs, casting a shadow on Beijing's campaign to boost infrastructure exports.

SMRT had ordered 35 cars from CSR Qingdao Sifang, a subsidiary of China state-run rolling stock maker CRRC, between 2009 and 2012. Most had cracks in the structure that connects the body to the undercarriage, according to Singaporean media.

CSR Sifang said it is already addressing the issue and will make the necessary fixes at a factory in China. The repairs are expected to take about three years.

The Chinese company won the contract in Singapore together with Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which has been providing it with technical assistance.

CSR Sifang has also received rolling stock orders from Hong Kong and other places. The recent incident could impact its future business strategy.

In early June, an American company terminated a joint venture with China Railway that was to build a high-speed rail link in the U.S. West Coast. Chinese companies have also faced delays and revisions to rail projects in Thailand and Indonesia.

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