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Clinton Warns China on Iran Sanctions

China/Japan | YP - Sat, 01/30/2016 - 05:00

The secretary of state told China on Friday that it would face diplomatic isolation if it did not fall in line.

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China promotes commercial insurance for servicepeople

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING - China's State Council and Central Military Commission on Sunday adopted a document encouraging commercial insurance providers to come up with products tailored for servicepeople.

They promised insurance providers tax exemptions for business related to military units, servicepeople and their family members, and called particularly for endowment insurance, health insurance and household property insurance policies.

According to the document, military units, servicepeople and their family members should be encouraged to apply for insurance on a voluntary basis.

The authorities hope the move will make jobs in the army more attractive and safeguard the rights and interests of servicepeople.

Their lot improved dramatically in April 2012, when China's top legislature passed the country's first law on servicepeople's insurance, exempting service members from paying premiums for their death and injury insurance and providing that premiums would be covered by the state.

It also enforced government-subsidized medical insurance and pension programs for unemployed spouses of servicepeople who follow their husbands or wives to where they are stationed.

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China plans expanded serious illness insurance

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

Doctors perform an operation on a patient in Sanmenxia, Henan province, June 12, 2015. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - The Chinese government has proposed extending serious illness insurance to cover more of the population.

The proposal by the State Council, China's cabinet, on Sunday said the insurance should benefit all urban and rural residents covered in the nation's basic health insurance by the end of 2015.

Serious illness insurance, so far used only on a trial basis, reimburses patients when their medical bills far exceed basic medical insurance. It is intended to help prevent people being dragged into poverty by medical costs.

According to official statistics, the number of Chinese covered by the scheme has surpassed 700 million, half the population.

The system should be integrated with the entire healthcare infrastructure by 2017, connecting with other programs like medical assistance system, which was established in 2008 to allocate money to help disadvantaged people purchase medical insurance and to subsidize healthcare not included in insurance programs.

As of April, serious illness insurance pilot programs have been set up in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, 16 of which have all their residents covered by the insurance.

In 2014, the serious illness insurance program helped 1.15 million patients in China, with the total fund reserve for the program reaching 9.7 billion yuan (about 1.56 billion U.S. dollars).

The State Council suggested the scheme's reimbursement ratio should reach at least 50 percent this year and increase gradually in future.

Zhu Minglai, a medical care researcher at Nankai University in Tianjin, predicted that more than 70 percent of bills incurred through serious illness would eventually be reimbursed.

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'Monster Hunt' remains China box office leader

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING- Domestic live-action animation "Monster Hunt," which is already the highest grossing Chinese film of all time, continued to rule China's box office in the week ending July 26.

Its total box office hit 1.37 billion yuan (about $221 million), with 707 million yuan added in the week.

It surpassed "Lost in Thailand," a 2012 low-budget comedy directed by director Xu Zheng, to become the most successful Chinese film on July 26, with more than 1.268 billion yuan in box office after its debut on July 16.

"Jian Bing Man," a domestic comedy that tells the story of an actor's experience in the film industry, came in second, grossing 438 million yuan, China Film News reported on Sunday. Its total box office has reached 860 million yuan since opening on July 17.

Third place went to animated feature "Monkey King: The Hero is Back," which reaped about 204 million yuan in the week. It is a 3D animated adaption of the classical epic "Journey to the West." Its total box office stood at 670.8 million yuan after opening on July 10.

"Only You," a domestic romance, came in fourth during the week, with 46 million yuan in sales. It was released on July 24.

Rounding out the top five was animated adventure "Seer Movie 5: Rise of Thunder," with 41.5 million yuan. It was released on July 23.

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WWII museum opens in Northeast China

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

HARBIN -- A museum on World War II has opened in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, as the country marks 70 years since the conflict's end.

The museum houses a range of historical materials presented in multimedia forms. More than 200 items, collected from home and abroad, are being displayed in public for the first time, curator Liu Chunjie said on Sunday.

Liu said the exhibition aims to teach the public about the history of World War II and remind people to cherish the peace and prosperity that Chinese soldiers fought so hard for.

A variety of activities are being held across China to mark the war anniversary.

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No room for army corruption: PLA Daily

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING-- The probe of a former Chinese military leader demonstrates that no areas of the People's Liberation Army are off limits to the country's campaign against corruption, according to a commentary in the PLA Daily on Sunday.

The investigation found Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, took advantage of his post to seek promotions and benefits for others and accepted bribes personally or through his family.

Guo has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and his case has been transferred to military prosecutors.

The article said the army does not tolerate corruption.

It said the graft cases of Guo and Xu Caihou, the former military leader who was put under investigation for corruption last year and died of bladder cancer in March, had caused profound damage to the army.

History shows that an army would fail without fighting if it does not stamp out corruption, according to the commentary.

It warned that this situation may reemerge if the war on corruption relents and called for better regulations and rules to help prevent graft.

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China restricts drone, high-performance computer exports

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING-- Chinese tech companies will have to get official approval before exporting powerful drones or computers from August 15, as the government fears they could compromise national security.

Under the new rule announced by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and the General Administration of Customs on Friday, companies making certain drones and computers specified on the MOC website will have to register with commerce authorities and get a license before exporting them.

The items including drones with a flight duration longer than one hour.

The companies will need to provide copies of export contracts, and documents showing the products' technical specifications and by whom they will be used, according to the announcement.

Companies will be told whether their application has been approved within 45 working days, said the MOC.

Commerce authorities will inspect exports of these items, and violators will be given administrative penalties or be held criminally liable.

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China starts 2015 military recruitment

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING -- China has begun a two-month drive to recruit young people, especially those with education, to its army.

The Ministry of National Defense is looking mostly for people educated to high school level or above, it said on Sunday.

The ministry also said it is seeking recruits from ethnic minorities who have bilingual skills or other specialties.

People aged 18 to 22 can apply to join the military, with the maximum recruitment age for college graduates extended to 24.

The army also welcomes high school graduates aged 17 or above.

In order to help the military recruit more college students, the country's top legislature amended the Military Service Law in 2011, raising the maximum age for recruits to 24.

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Taiwan receives record mainland visitors in H1

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

TAIPEI - Some 2.8 million people visited Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macao in the first half of 2015, according to new official data.

That number accounted for 55 percent of the nearly five million visitors to the island from January to June.

The mainland was the biggest contributor of visitors to Taiwan in the six months. Compared with the same period in 2014, 121,783 more mainlanders made the trip across the Taiwan Strait.

Japanese and South Koreans ranked second and third, with about 750,000 and 330,000 visitors respectively.

According to Taiwanese authorities, 70.9 percent of travelers came to the island for sightseeing, 7.7 percent for business and 4 percent to visit family. The number of tourists increased by 1.4 percent, or 49,538people, over the same period last year.

Last year, the annual number of visitors to Taiwan exceeded nine million for the first time. Taiwan was expecting 10 million visitors this year.

The data also showed that 6.48 million Taiwanese traveled overseas in the first half. Nearly half of them came to the mainland, while just over a quarter went to Japan.

A total of 3.95 million mainland visitors came to Taiwan in 2014, an increase of 38.6 percent year on year, thanks to a relaxed visa policy and more effective tourism promotion.

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Woman runs barefoot to rescue kidnapped daughter

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

In today's trending, mother gives chase to woman who abducted her daughter, employee calls cops after canteen serves him vegetables, man creates apron for his car, and banquet spells out Chinese Dream.

The mother surnamed Luo holds her daughter Xiaowen in her arms around two hours after she chased down a mentally ill woman who tried to take Xiaowen away in Quanzhou, Fujian province, Thursday, July 30, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Woman runs barefoot to rescue kidnapped daughter

A mother driven by her maternal love ran barefoot for more than 10 minutes and rescued her two-year-old daughter from a mentally ill woman who tried to steal the toddler, local newspaper Strait News reported on Saturday.

At around 8:50 am on Thursday, the woman, called Wang, entered a factory and took away Xiaowen (alias) when the girl was playing on the stairs on the second floor of a plant in a village in Quanzhzou, east China's Fujian province, the factory's video surveillance showed.

The mother surnamed Luo found Xiaowen missing five minutes later and tracked Wang down via video surveillance. She discovered her in a narrow alley and taking off her high-heels ran after the woman. Eventually she caught up with her and got her daughter back.

Still recovering from the fright, Luo said: "Although I have seen many movies on trafficked children, I now realize how terrible it is to lose a baby."

According to police, the kidnapper has a history of mental illness.

In our next story, man goes to police over canteen food.

Local specialty is shown in this photo taken in Chongqing on July 13, 2015. Photo is for representation purpose only. [Photo/IC]

Man calls police over missing meat in meal

It's rarely heard someone quitting a job over tasteless food instead over overtime and higher wages. It's more rarely heard that people may call police to complain about employer offering meals without meat.

A man from Central China's Hunan province wanted to quit his job over tasteless canteen food he was served at the factory where he was employed in Jinhua city, east China's Zhejiang province, Guangzhou Daily reported on Sunday.

Police received a call from him claiming that he was abducted, but police later found out the man wasn't abducted and just wasn't able to tolerate the canteen's food.

"Look at the dishes; there is almost no meat only some vegetables. The management doesn't even allow me to eat outside as it thinks it might affect my work, though I was willing to dine outside at my own expense," he told police. He also said the company wasn't allowing him to quit, and it was like being abducted.

The management admitted the company was not providing good food but explained that it was temporarily in a difficult position. The company tried to persuade the man to stay since he was familiar with the work.

Police said the company should respect the young man if he really wanted to resign. The police also told the man not to fool the police and should negotiate the conflict in a reasonable way.

Next up: Car owner puts apron around his vehicle.

 

A white plastic apron on the car in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Apron for car

For car owners, it is really annoying to see scratches or dogs urine at the wheels. Most people usually do nothing but put up with it. However, this is not the case for this young car owner in Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province.

A resident in his 20s is so compulsively neat and clean that he has made a plastic apron for his new car to avoid possible frictions and dog urine, dfic.cn reported Sunday.

In our final story, village holds special banquet.

A banquet is arranged in such a way as to create three-character Chinese word meaning "Chinese Dream" in Laojunshan, Qiliping village, Luanchuan county, Henan province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Banquet spells out Chinese Dream

A village in Central China held a special banquet Saturday evening, dfic.cn reported Sunday. They arranged tables in such a way as to get the three Chinese characters meaning "Chinese Dream".

The banquet occupied more than 200 red tables and attracted more than 2,000 people to enjoy the meal together.

A banquet is arranged in such a way as to create three-character Chinese word meaning "Chinese Dream" in Laojunshan, Qiliping village, Luanchuan county, Henan province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/IC]

That's all for today's trending, do check back for more tomorrow!

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Startups shoot up in rural China, challenges remain

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

Liang Ya (L), who graduated from Anhui University of Science and Technology in 2014, and an undergraduate student from that university put up a greenhouse planting base to grow mushrooms on July 28, 2015. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - Startups are shooting up in China's countryside as the government encourages rural entrepreneurship with a spate of favorable policies.

This week, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security publicized employment figures of 500 villages it supervised in 10 provinces. According to the ministry, about 13,000 rural laborers started their own businesses in the first half of 2015, up 3.1 percent year on year.

In some provinces with large numbers of migrant laborers, the number is even higher, according to the ministry, with the southwestern Guizhou Province having recorded some 72,000 laborers who became their own bosses in H1, a year-on-year increase of 58 percent.

More rural workers chose to start their own businesses thanks to government policies supporting entrepreneurship, according to Zhang Ying, deputy head of the ministry's department of employment support.

Wang Qiongshi, the head of a laundry facility in his hometown of Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province, was once a migrant worker struggling in neighboring Guangdong Province. Wang said that after starting his own business a few years ago, he now rakes in a monthly revenue of more than 200,000 yuan ($32,220).

Qin Guohong, who worked in Nanning City of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region a few years ago, has launched a pig-selling business in his hometown of Guangxi's Baise City.

"Registration is easier these days, and the government provides financial support," said the young man, who has opened 15 chain stores in Baise.

The State Council, China's cabinet, announced new policies in June to encourage migrant workers, college graduates and discharged soldiers to return to their hometowns and start their own small businesses.

The government has promised easy business registration and will even allow them to participate in rural infrastructure development and public services that are normally reserved for the state.

Experts say the country's startup encouragement is a result of China's new stage of slower but more resilient growth, which relies on services, consumption and innovation.

RURAL STARTUPS

While countless migrant workers are still struggling to make ends meet in China's cities, many people are returning to their rural hometowns to start their own businesses.

In Guizhou's capital Guiyang, a business incubation park was put into operation in the city's suburbs in April by the Guizhou government.

The "Dream Factory" park, about 1,300 square meters in area, provides free venues, cheap accommodation and startup loans from the provincial government. It has already attracted a dozen entrepreneurs.

Li Shucai, head of a startup team selling agricultural products, was sitting in a cubicle browsing client information when Xinhua reporters visited the park this week. Li said his new company supplies chickens, eggs and other local products to more than 100 companies across the country.

"I have just set up the business, so our budget is tight," Li said. "But because the factory gives us lots of favorable policies, I feel less pressure."

Wu Jingxin, an employee with the factory, said that the facility will provide a platform for innovation and a "startup spirit" in the province.

Similar situations can be found in Guangxi, where the government has recently promised to give up to 100,000 yuan for each entrepreneur who meets its criteria.

The preferential policies have created a flow of migrant workers back to their hometowns.

In the central province of Henan, an area with millions of outbound laborers, the proportion of local rural people working outside the province dropped from 43.6 percent in 2013 to 39 percent last year, whereas the percentage of those working in their home counties and cities rose from 30.3 to 38.1.

By the end of 2014, there were 270 million rural laborers in cities, but it is estimated that some 2 million migrant workers have returned home. More are predicted to return home in the future, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

"Government support has really had a huge role in the returning trend of migrant workers," said Zhang Jianjun, an economist with the Party School of the Gansu Provincial Communist Party Committee. "Meanwhile, favorable policies have brought investment as well as projects to China's rural west."

Other local-level authorities are also implementing a variety of policies in a bid to attract talent to return home and boost the local economy.

Suzhou, a city in east China's Jiangsu Province, has built 26 business incubation parks for returned migrant workers, with 76 companies employing more than 9,000 people.

Besides the lure of government support, many migrant workers have grown fed up with their lives adrift.

"Life in big cities is not all it is cracked up to be: the air was bad, transportation was terrible, and it was hard to lead a good life," said Ma Dawu, who is from Dongxiang County in northwestern Gansu Province.

Many people are motivated to return home by the connections they have there.

"When you are in your hometown, you have acquaintances, and acquaintances mean business," said Gao Mingjun, a migrant worker who returned to Dingxi City in Gansu.

Wu Zhaohui, a business official in Guizhou's Tongren City, said government policies, the Internet and e-commerce in rural China all help to make returning home an attractive idea.

"When you do businesses at home, you have your family members around, which offers a strong support system," Wu said. "This is what migrant workers usually don't have in big cities."

STUMBLING BLOCKS

Despite all the advantages of entrepreneurship in the countryside, the picture is not all rosy. Poor infrastructure, expensive talent and high costs are stumbling blocks that remain in the way.

Tu Wuye, who runs a metalwork company in Guangxi's Lipu County, said it is difficult to send his hardware products to other places in the country because logistics lag behind development.

"There is no expressway in Lipu currently, which hampers the development of our company," Tu said.

Many people also complained of the trouble of hiring talent amid rising labor costs. Some startup companies interviewed by Xinhua in Guangxi even reported a 50-percent labor shortage.

"As a startup, our business is a bit risky in the beginning and our benefits are quite limited," said a migrant worker who has started an agricultural product processing company in Guangxi. "So it is important to think about how to lower the cost and improve benefits."

Dang Guoying, a rural economy expert with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it is important to improve the rural environment for entrepreneurship in the countryside by enhancing infrastructure.

"The government should also provide more guidance on the market and on business management," the academic said. He added that more training sessions should be held to help migrant workers overcome difficulties.

"Only in this way can we truly cultivate sustainable businesses in rural China," he said.

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Water parks cool place to beat the heat

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

Temperatures in most parts of Central and Eastern China are expected to reach 35-degree Celsius on Sunday, said the National Meteorological Center as it issued a yellow alert.

It added that southern parts of Jiangsu province and Shanghai municipality could see temperature as high as 39-degree Celsius.

To escape the heat, many people in these areas are heading to water parks.

People have fun in a water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

People cram in the water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

People put their hands up to enjoy the water spray in the water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Five people enjoy themselves in the water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Crowds of people cool themselves off in the water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Crowds of people play in the water park at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

People cram in the water park to cool themselves off at Aqua Magic in Tangshan, Jiangning district, Nanjing city, capital of East China's Jiangsu province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

Two children enjoy a sand bath to cool themselves off at a sea beach in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

Visitors cool themselves off at First Bathing Beach, the most popular beach in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province on August 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

People cram in First Bathing Beach, the most popular beach, to escape the heat in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, on August 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

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Xinjiang eyes tourist boom with new airport

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

Passengers board Flight CZ6693, heading from Urimuqi to Koktokay, at the Urumqi Airport in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

A new airport has opened in Altay Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Koktokay Airport in Fuyun County received its first flight, carrying more than 100 passengers, from the regional capital Urumqi on Saturday.

The travel time from Urumqi to Fuyun has been shortened to 50 minutes from around seven hours, said a member of staff with the Xinjiang branch of China Southern Airlines.

The airline opened a new route linking Urumqi with Koktokay. The CZ6693/4 flight with more than 180 seats will fly to the town every day.

Koktokay, around 400 km from Urumqi, has abundant mineral and tourist resources. The new airport will bring Koktokay closer to the outside world, which officials hope will attract more tourists and boost local economic development.

Tourism in Xinjiang is improving after being hit hard last year, when there were a number of terrorist incidents in the region. In the first half of 2015, nearly 16 million domestic tourists and 667,700 foreign tourists visited Xinjiang.

There are now 17 airports in Xinjiang.

Women of the Kazakh ethnicity dressed in traditional costumes greet the first flight to land at the Koktokay Airport in Fuyun County in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on August 1, 2015. [Photo/chinanews.com]

 

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Chinese border guards help herdsmen

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

URUMQI- For Tian Gaoshuai, a border guard from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, placing fourth in a military skills competition marking Army Day on Saturday capped a fruitful few months in the Chinese armed forces

He is most proud not of his combat skills, but of his role in an innovative project providing vegetables for herders on the Pamirs Plateau, a barren and inaccessible part of Xinjiang. It is hard to grow vegetables there, especially in the freezing winter, and equally tough to transport them from Kashgar City due to dangerous mountain roads.

"Our dream was to build two greenhouses with heating systems, so as to allow local herdsmen to eat vegetables any time of year," said Tian.

After a fundraising campaign in which the 25-year-old even competed on a TV talent show to win assistance, the greenhouses have recently gone into operation.

It was back in June 2013 that Tian and several other soldiers from the Khunjerab border inspection station on the China-Pakistan border took part in the "Chinese Dream Show" on the Zhejiang Television network. With contestants offered the chance to have their dream realized if they impressed the audience, the soldiers won applause with their martial arts.

Tian and his fellow soldiers now mix training herdsmen in planting veg in the greenhouses with performing their more conventual, and tremendously important, duties. The armed border police division of China's army is the first line of defence warding off terrorists and maintaining security in the border area.

The job is dangerous sometimes, but their lives are far from harsh. A recreational and sports center was put into use in May. Border guards like Tian can play basketball, read books, watch movies and even play simulator golf.

After realizing his dream of helping the needy herdsman, Tian hopes he can achieve his other ambition of helping to keep China safe in the long term.

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Chinese literature prize guards against corrupt judging

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING - The organizers of one of China's top literary awards have set up a team to supervise the judging process and make sure it is fair and free of corruption.

Qian Xiaoqian, vice chairman of the China Writers Association (CWA), said at the first meeting of the Mao Dun Literature Prize jury that the team will monitor the entire 18-day process of judging and selection, according to a report published on the CWA website on Friday.

Named after renowned Chinese writer and literary critic Mao Dun, the prize is one of China's most prestigious literary awards.

Some Chinese literature and art prizes have recently come under fire with authors and members of the public casting doubt on winners' quality.

Poet Zhou Xiaotian, one of the winners of last year's Lu Xun Literature Prize, was disappointed to see Internet users mock his colloquial style of writing as "nothing more than doggerel."

Noted Chinese writer Fang Fang has also accused some winners of exploiting personal connections to secure awards.

First issued in 1982, the Mao Dun Literature Prize is given every four years. Previous winners include works by Nobel laureate Mo Yan, as well as that of famous writers including Lu Yao, Jia Pingwa, Alai and Liu Zhenyun.

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Making way for the Three Gorges Dam: a photographer captures its immigrants

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

Construction on the world's largest hydropower project, located near Yichang in Central China's Hubei province, began in 1993 and finished in 2009. Over 1.3 million residents have been relocated to make way for the Three Gorges Project. Photographer Chen Wen has spent the past 22 years recording the historic change that has taken place in Three Gorges Basin. "I hope the images I've captured could bring nostalgic memories to the immigrants ...They can also serve as a sound proof showing immigrants embarking on their new life."

A man jumps on the deck to get a better view of Three Gorges Dam in April 2008. The construction was approaching an end then and locals had been relocated to build new homes. [Photo/qq.com]

Locals start to move out of town in Wushan county, Southwest China's Chongqing municipality, 1993, one year before the construction started. Now this part of the old town is beneath the water. [Photo/qq.com]

Children play at the riverbank in Wushan county, Chongqing, 1998. The kids seemed to have no idea of the project which would make great changes in their lives. [Photo/qq.com]

Immigrant families walk out of the ship in Yichang, Central China's Hubei province, August, 2002. [Photo/qq.com]

A family boards a train bound for South China's Guangdong province from Yichang, Hubei province. The relocation started in 1999, and statistics show there are over 9,000 Three Gorges immigrants in Guangdong province in 2010. [Photo/qq.com]

Local residents walk on rugged mountain roads in Badong county, Central China's Hubei province, October 2002. [Photo/qq.com]

People walk on the streets in Yun'an town, Yunyang county, Chongqing, May, 2003. The street walls were painted with the Chinese character chai (demolition). [Photo/qq.com]

The former business street was inundated by the impounding water at Guizhou town, Hubei province. [Photo/qq.com]

 

Fish head hung near the reservoir at Wushan county, Chongqing, during the Spring Festival in 2004. The fish head is a good omen for the new year, expressing nostalgia for the native Three Gorges immigrants. [Photo/qq.com]

Young immigrants lean on the hand rails of a ship when they arrive in Yichang, Hubei province, August ,2004. [Photo/qq.com]

New buildings stand up on ruins of an old town of Wushan county in February 2005.[Photo/qq.com]

Outside the newly constructed residential district, a traditional barbershop is still operating in Wushan county, Chongqing, in February 2008. [Photo/qq.com]

 

Workers in Yichang include many immigrants from the Three Gorges Dam area, May, 2006. The construction has increased the employment rate. [Photo/qq.com]

Fourth impounding is about to begin and people are in a hurry to move out at Kaixian county, Chongqing, in May 2008. [Photo/qq.com]

There are some temporary camps on the destruction site and several villagers have become the last watchers in the town. Photo taken at Kaixian county, Chongqing, June, 2008. [Photo/qq.com]

Immigrant Xu Guangzhen holds an orange - a local specialty she plants at Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province, November 2014. Oranges are the most common crop planted in Three Gorges Basin,. [Photo/qq.com]

Children play at a courtyard in a relocated ancient town in Wushan county, Chongqing, February, 2015. The tree in the background, which has been transplanted during the relocation has an age of over one hundred years. The kids, born after the relocation, seem to have no idea of what life was like before, but seem to look forward to the future with optimism. [Photo/qq.com]

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Remains of Chinese guard killed in Somalia attack return home

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

A car is ready to pick up the remains of Chinese guard Zhang Nan, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

JINAN - The remains of a Chinese guard killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia returned to Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, on Saturday evening, with another two wounded guards escorting his coffin.

A suicide attack by Al-Shabaab was launched onto Jazeera Palace Hotel at around 4 pm local time on July 26 in Mogadishu, which killed more than a dozen people.

The six-story luxury hotel in the Somali capital houses embassies from China, Egypt, Kenya and Qatar, and hosts high-level government meetings.

Zhang Nan, the fallen guard, was a security officer in Chinese embassy in Somalia. He had been serving in the army for 11 years.

People came to the Jinan international airport to express their deep condolences to his family, including representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, senior military officers and local officials of Zhang's hometown.

A memorial service will be held at 9:30 am Sunday in Jinan.

Soldiers wait for the return of the remains of Chinese guard Zhang Nan, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

Senior military officers and local officials of Chinese guard Zhang Nan's hometown line up to receive the remains of Zhang, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, at Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport in Jinan, capital city of east China's Shandong Province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Zhang Nan, a Chinese guard who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

The remains of Chinese guard Zhang Nan killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia is carried by soldiers at Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport in Jinan, capital city of east China's Shandong Province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

The remains of Chinese guard Zhang Nan killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia is carried by soldiers at Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport in Jinan, capital city of east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 1, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Zhang Nan, a Chinese guard who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

Soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of Zhang Nan, a Chinese guard who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

A cousin of Zhang Nan, a Chinese guard who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia, grieves while holding his portrait in Jinan, Shandong province, Aug 1, 2015. [Photo/CFP]

Relatives of Zhang Nan are escorted by soldiers. [Photo/CFP]

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Chinese soldiers receive trainings

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

A soldier receives training in South China's Guangdong provincial military area command. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers join rescue work in earthquake-stricken areas. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in East China's Anhui province. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in Northeast China's Liaoning province. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in Northeast China's Shenyang province. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in South China's Guangdong provincial military area command. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

A soldier on duty in Northeast China's Shenyang province. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

Soldiers receive training in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhuanet]

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Beijing to restrict flights around Sept 3 parade

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

BEIJING - Beijing will implement temporary air traffic controls on Sept 3, when a military parade is scheduled to take place in the city, China's top aviation regulator said on Saturday.

Between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm that day, the city's two airports -- Beijing Capital International Airport and the smaller Nanyuan Airport -- will be closed, according to the Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The authority said that many airlines have already canceled both outbound and inbound flights during the time frame.

Beijing will also ban aerial activities involving light-weight helicopters, gliders, hot air balloons and aerostats between Aug 22 and Sept 4.

China has scheduled a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War Against Japanese Aggression, culminating in a military parade on Sept 3 in Beijing.

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Rainstorm exposes ancient tombs in north China

China Daily - 7 hours 9 min ago

SHIJIAZHUANG - Archeologists have started excavating tombs believed to be more than 1,200 years old in North China's Hebei province after they were exposed by a storm and a villager discovered them.

Zhang Jinqiang, resident in Zhengkou village of Huanghua city, noticed black bricks in a drainage canal to the east of the village after heavy rain washed away their covering of earth last week. The bricks were clearly different to those used nowadays in the area.

"I thought there might be something under the bricks," said Zhang, who took a shovel and dug nearby, finding a green-glazed bowl and a broken jar.

Zhang Baogang, curator of Huanghua's museum, told Xinhua that archaeologists have already found two small burial chambers and are expecting to find a whole cluster of tombs that should provide useful evidence of historic local customs.

"The bricks, bowl and jar indicate the tombs may date back to the Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD)," said Zhang.

Provincial history authorities said large-scale excavation of the site will start in early August.

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