As China mourns the deaths of 39 people from the July 23 crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, the country is also struggling with questions surrounding the lack of public appearances from political figures. Following an official apology, Premiere Wen Jiabao made his first visit to the crash site on Thursday. The country's leader said that he was sick and only visited the crash site after receiving clearance from his doctor, reports the Financial Times.

More than 200 people were also injured from the high-speed train crash, which Chinese authorities now believe was the cause of a signal malfunction. The weekend disaster is the country's worst since 2008.