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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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Microsoft Antitrust Probe is “Business As Usual”

China Digital Times - 1 hour 24 min ago

Following the confirmation this week of a Chinese antitrust probe into Microsoft, Xinhua assured readers that the investigation is purely routine, and that “fears that China, once the hottest growth market for Western firms, is turning chillier are totally misplaced.”

Chinese regulator’s anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft is a routine investigation in accordance with the law. Overinterpretation and overreaction is unfounded and unnecessary.

Other anti-trust cases involving big foreign names, such as carmaker Jaguar Land Rover and chipmaker Qualcomm, have led to questions as to whether China is taking on Western companies. There has even been talk of “a changing climate” in the world’s second largest economy.

[…] The probe should not come as a surprise given its history in other countries and regions. It has been embroiled in anti-trust probes in the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and the Republic of Korea in the past decade. The EU fined it 561 million euros last year.

[…] No company is allowed to break laws with impunity in China, be it Chinese or foreign, state-owned or private. [Source]

The Wall Street Journal’s John Bussey wrote less sympathetically that the probe is indeed business as usual:

China, to be sure, is like any nation that wants to protect consumers from unfair business practices. Its anti-monopoly law has already been used to break up price fixing by domestic Chinese companies in the food, auto and insurance businesses. Regulators have also approved mergers that they didn’t deem anticompetitive. Lawyers say China, to its credit, is moving carefully with the law, often observing precedent set in other nations.

[… But in China] the competitor to U.S. companies is often a government-owned enterprise, and the government makes and enforces the law. U.S. companies have complained that they sometimes first hear about an antitrust action against them in the Chinese media. Evidence and due process can be afterthoughts.

[…] The anti-monopoly law shouldn’t be seen in isolation. It’s one in a long string of measures China has employed to protect and expand its industries. China has used subsidies and government procurement programs to favor or punish companies. It has required foreign firms to develop new technology within China or transfer tech to China as a prerequisite for access to the market. It has used standards-setting for products as a way to exclude worrisome competitors. [Source]

Rows between the U.S. and China over surveillance and cyberattacks have added an additional edge to cases in the tech industry. At China Real Time, Carlos Tejada examines recent difficulties faced by several of the American tech companies dubbed the “eight guardian warriors” by a People’s Daily-owned business magazine:

Last year, a Chinese magazine with ties to the Communist party set its sights on some of the biggest U.S. tech companies doing business in China. “He’s Watching You,” declared the cover of the China Economic Weekly, under the image of a glowering heavy borrowed from a World War II-era U.S. propaganda poster but and emblazoned with the logo of the National Security Agency. Next to the bold-face warning, it identified “eight guardian warriors” – U.S. companies that, the cover said, “have seamlessly infiltrated China.”

The companies – Cisco Systems, International Business Machines [IBM], Google, Qualcomm, Intel, Apple, Oracle and Microsoft – have deeply penetrated the Chinese market and have been used to build a critical information infrastructure in the world’s second-largest economy, the magazine said. By contrast, it said, the U.S. has largely shut out Chinese players like Huawei Technologies and ZTE. [Source]

At the Council on Foreign Relations, Adam Segal writes that China’s wariness of foreign technology firms goes back much further than last year’s Snowden leaks and accusations of hacking by the PLA’s Unit 61398:

For at least the last two decades, Beijing has searched for policy tools to reduce dependence on the United States and other developed economies for critical technologies and to create the conditions for indigenous innovation—for Chinese companies to move up the value chain from labor-intensive to high-technology products. And cybersecurity has also always been a priority and a worry.

In the past, because China still needed them, Beijing and the technology companies came to agreements that everybody could live with. The Chinese government squeezed, but the companies got continued access to the market and made large investments in R&D in China to show the government that they were collaborative partners. China still needs the tech companies, but that dependence, or at least Beijing’s view of that dependence, seems to be lessening. If that is the case, then the anti-monopoly investigations and the broader pressure on American companies are both part of a larger history and the start of something new. [Source]

See more on the investigation and Microsoft’s other recent troubles in China via CDT.

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Apathetic [ap·a·thet·ic] adj. 1. Feeling or showing little or no emotion; unresponsive. 2. Feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent. He seemed very apathetic about the company’s closure.

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Apathetic [ap·a·thet·ic] adj. 1. Feeling or showing little or no emotion; unresponsive. 2. Feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent. “He seemed very apathetic about the company’s closure.”

China media: Military strength

China/Japan | YP - 3 hours 49 sec ago

Media discuss military capabilities as the PLA celebrates its 87th anniversary.

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China Data Point to Growth Rebound

China/Japan | YP - 3 hours 31 min ago

Two gauges of manufacturing activity in China picked up in July, adding to signs that economic growth is recovering as the government's stimulus program takes effect.

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High-Rollers Shy Away From Macau

China/Japan | YP - 4 hours 5 min ago

The world's casino capital saw gambling revenue fall for a second-straight month in July as high-rollers from mainland China continued to shy away from the tables.

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China lifts air controls caused by military drills - Sydney Morning Herald

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Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot'

China/Japan | YP - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 04:47

Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say.

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Fishermen ready for new fishing season

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16


A fisherman installs a national flag on a fishing boat as the fishing off-season in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea draws to a close in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 31, 2014. [Photo/IC] 


 Fishermen on the frontline of dispute Fishing in the desert Beidou to help safeguard fishermen on high seas 


A fisherman arranges fishing nets ahead of the upcoming new fishing season in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 31, 2014. [Photo/IC]



 Fishermen on the frontline of dispute Fishing in the desert Beidou to help safeguard fishermen on high seas 


Fishermen load crushed ice onto fishing boats in preparation for a new fishing season in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 31, 2014. [Photo/IC]


 Fishermen on the frontline of dispute Fishing in the desert Beidou to help safeguard fishermen on high seas 

Fishing boats are poised to set sail as the 2 1/2-month summer fishing off-season in the South China Sea is drawing to an end in Sanya, South China's Hainan province, July 31, 2014. [Photo/IC] 


 Fishermen on the frontline of dispute Fishing in the desert Beidou to help safeguard fishermen on high seas 


Thousands of fishing boats from across the country gathered at Sanya, South China's Hainan province, to await the new fishing season starting Aug 1. [Photo/IC] 


 Fishermen on the frontline of dispute Fishing in the desert Beidou to help safeguard fishermen on high seas 

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Guangdong on Guard for Ebola

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

African residents walk in Xiaobei Road, a commercial area in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, March 21, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]

Precautionary measures are being put in-place in the city of Guangzhou to stop the potential spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed hundreds of people in west Africa this year.

The southern Chinese metropolis is home to a relatively large population of African expats.

More than a thousand people from Africa arrive at the Baiyun Airport in Guangzhou every day.

Machines have been set up to test passengers' body temperature.

Any one whose body temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius will have his or her blood tested.

Chen Yanling is with the Baiyun International Airport.

"We have dispatched more personnel to various positions. We have strengthened monitoring for those who may have a high fever. We've already pulled people aside with high fevers, but so far none of them have tested positive for the ebola virus."

An outbreak of ebola, which began in February in Guinea, has since spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Fears of a global spread of the virus are on the rise, after a US citizen working in Liberia managed to make it on a flight into Nigeria this week carrying the ebola virus. He later died.

More than 700 people have died from the current ebola outbreak in West Africa.

World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan is due to meet West African presidents in Guinea later on this Friday.

They are expected to announce a joint $100-million response plan.

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Man behind 'A Bite of China' taken away: Media

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16


A file photo of Liu Wen, director of China Central Television's documentary channel CCTV-9.  

The director-general of China Central Television's documentary channel CCTV-9, Liu Wen has been reportedly taken away by authorities.

China's major business website, www.caixin.com, reported Thursday evening that it confirmed the news from "various sources". It also said Liu was taken away one day before.

The website quoted unidentified sources as saying public auditors discovered Liu's economic malpractice related to outsourcing of documentary and advertising affairs.

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Reporters from the business website failed to contact Liu via mobile phone, who might be the latest senior CCTV executive to be investigated.

On June 1, 2014, China's Supreme People's Procuratorate said it was investigating the cases of Guo Zhenxi, director-general of CCTV finance and economics channel and advertising director concurrently, and Tian Liwu, a producer of the channel.

The prosecutors said the two senior producers have been taken compulsory measures for being suspected of bribery.

Established in 2011, CCTV-9 is a young but commercially successful channel at the helm of Lu Wen. The channel is famous for producing the documentary sensation "A Bite of China" exploring the beauty and diversity of Chinese food and culinary technique.


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PLA marches to a new beat to lure recruits

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

Soldiers dance to the popular song Little Apple in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, on Wednesday. Zhang Jie / for China Daily

Clothing stores and restaurants in China are really good at using popular songs to lure passers by, which often proves effective. Now they have been joined by the People's Liberation Army.

In an attempt to attract young people, the Defense Ministry has posted on its website a music video showing new recruits walking in camp, fighter jets maneuvering in the sky, tanks rolling during the Tian'anmen parade and an aircraft carrier sailing the ocean.

The video features several groups of male and female soldiers dancing to Little Apple, a song produced by Chinese pop duo the Chopstick Brothers that has been popular with young people and those who like dancing in public squares.

This version of Little Apple is a charm offensive made by the conscription office in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, and the provincial brigade of the Armed Police Force in an attempt to recruit soldiers.

Accompanying the bright music and romantic lyrics, the video reminds viewers that "every boy has had a dream, which glitters with glory of struggle", while asking, "Do you remember how excited you were when seeing the national flag raised, or the parade? Do you remember your childhood pledge of safeguarding the motherland?"

It encourages young people to "enlist with the PLA so you can bring warmth to every peaceful dusk and dawn".

The music video has triggered an enthusiastic response from viewers, with many saying the use of Little Apple has changed their image of the PLA's conscription efforts.

"I always saw serious-faced soldiers holding weapons in their arms on the military's recruit posters and never expected they could make such an interesting and hilarious music video," wrote a Sina Weibo micro-blogger under the name luntankong.

Another micro-blogger, shanghaidaV, who appears to be a university student, said, "The video makes my roommates and I want to join the PLA because the life of those in the video seems to be very cool."

Wang Taili, one of the Chopstick Brothers, said on his Sina Weibo account: "Comrades, follow me. Let's answer the call and serve our country."

This sentiment is exactly what the video makers want to achieve, said a staff officer at the Xi'an conscription office, who wanted to be identified only as Wang.

"We hope this interesting video can show youngsters that a military career is not as dull and torturous as some might imagine," he said. "Instead, it tells them that young servicemen and servicewomen can have a colorful life in the PLA."

The office entrusted an advertising firm to produce the video and invited soldiers from several PLA units to perform the dancing in it, Wang said.



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Sailor finds herself in traditional family waters

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

There is no disguising her father's pride, but Rukiya Matisat knows that when it comes to family history she has a tough act to follow. There is a concrete reminder of it every day in her hometown.

"My father shows visitors pictures on the wall of me in my navy uniform and tells them of my life on the aircraft carrier," the 19-year-old Uygur sailor said.

"My parents have often said that if my great-grandfather knew I had joined the navy, he would be very happy."

Great-grandfather Kurban Tulum is undoubtedly the best-known person in Hotan, an agricultural region in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Born into an impoverished rural family, he was grateful to Chairman Mao Zedong and the Communist Party of China as they liberated him from the exploitation of landlords in 1949.

The Uygur farmer vowed to ride a donkey to go to Beijing so that he could meet and thank Mao in person. He was flown to Beijing by the Party chief of Xinjiang, who was impressed by his obvious gratitude, and realized his dream of meeting Mao.

A monument marking the moment when he shook hands with Mao stands at Hotan city's center.

"My great-grandpa was the first person in my family to see Beijing, and I am the first to see the ocean," Rukiya Matisat said. "My father wanted to be a soldier in the PLA, but his father wouldn't allow this, so, in a way, I kind of helped realize my father's dream."

Language was a difficulty when she joined the navy in 2012, as she couldn't speak Mandarin. People in Hotan usually speak Uygur.

"My comrades helped me and taught me Mandarin. They also encouraged me to be a good sailor," she said. "Now I am strengthening my skills to become a competent radio operator as soon as possible."

Aytulun Xukrat, head of Rukiya Matisat's squad, said the "youngest sister" in the squad has adjusted rapidly to her new life: "She is independent and considerate of others. We know she will not disappoint her family or the people who care about her."

Rukiya Matisat said she wants to enter university and then return to the navy.

"If I can realize my dream of becoming an officer in the navy, maybe someday my statue will also stand in my hometown like that of my great-grandfather," she said.

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Anti-'Occupy' movement goes online

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16


Alliance for Peace and Democracy initiator Robert Chow Yung attends a publicity campaign on Thursday for the online petition "Sign for Peace and Democracy Movement", which aims to oppose the "Occupy Central" movement, maintain peace and support universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Edmond Tang / China Daily

Hong Kong residents working or studying outside the special administrative region can join the countermovement to "Occupy Central" and take a stand for peace in Hong Kong on Saturday, when an online petition platform will open to the public.

Organizers of the "Occupy" movement are planning a massive rally in Hong Kong's Central district - an action the government has already declared illegal - to paralyze the heart of the city and coerce the central and the special administrative region's governments into accepting their demands for political reform.

It is feared that the activity, which could spark violence, would deal a severe blow to the local economy and ultimately squander the chance of realizing universal suffrage in the SAR.

Since July 19, more than 1 million people have joined the "Sign for Peace and Democracy Movement", hosted by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, which consists of 1,340 business groups, trade unions and community organizations opposed to the "Occupy" faction.

"Sign for Peace" has relied so far on hundreds of streetside kiosks and affiliated groups to collect printed forms signed by petitioners.

As part of the original plan, the alliance will roll out an online signature platform on its website - sign4peacedemocracy.hk - by midnight on Saturday. China Telecom provided technical support. The page will remain open until the petition ends on Aug 17.

Apart from giving a full name, participating residents must also provide ID card numbers for verification and declare they have not signed the petition before. They may also choose to provide a contact number.

All information will be used solely for the petition, organizers say.

The alliance's initiator, Robert Chow Yung, said on Thursday that organizers deliberately chose to delay unveiling the online petition until Saturday because there is apparently no practical way to screen out duplicate or false entries that could undermine the credibility of the petition.

The advantage of starting with the old-school approach of physical signatures, he said, was that a signature collector on the ground is better positioned to verify the identities of the first wave of petitioners.

The online petition was still essential, however, for Hong Kong people living elsewhere to show their commitment to opposing the "Occupy" movement, he said.

As the online system is unable to detect ID numbers that were registered earlier in the petition or generated by computers, Chow appealed to supporters not to sign more than once. With an impressive turnout on record, he also maintained that organizers had no reason to cheat.

The alliance will also run an intensive 12-day publicity campaign in local newspapers ahead of the anti-"Occupy" rally on Aug 17.

The alliance has not disclosed detailed plans yet. Chow said efforts are still concentrated on the current petition. But the alliance is likely to remain active until the city secures the promise of universal suffrage by early next year.



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Program to pay HK students to study on mainland

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

Students from Hong Kong who are admitted to mainland higher education institutions will be eligible for subsidies of up to HK$15,000 ($1,935) in the special administrative region's first official initiative of its kind.

The initial three-year phase of the HK$113 million Mainland University Study Subsidy Plan will help students who pass a means test.

The plan is one of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's 2014 policy pledges - to provide "broader and more diversified further study options" outside the city.

Admission to the program will exempt students from having to take the Joint Entrance Examination for Universities on the mainland, leaving them free to focus exclusively on the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.

"The program will encourage more Hong Kong students to study on the mainland, especially those who wish to attend prestigious universities," said Sunny Lo of the Hong Kong Institute of Education.

"This will also broaden students' options and horizons, allowing them to understand the country in a much deeper and more comprehensive manner."

A spokesman for Hong Kong's Education Bureau said: "The admission criteria and list of participating institutions have been formulated with a view to safeguarding the quality and interests of students."

Mainland university tuition fees range from 4,000 yuan ($648) to 10,000 yuan per year, while hostel fees are pegged at roughly 1,200 yuan, according to the bureau.

"The program is designed to ensure that no student is deprived of study opportunities on the mainland due to a lack of financial means," the spokesman said.

Roughly 1,000 students are expected to benefit in the first two years and another 800 in the third year. The program will then be reviewed by the government.

The size of the subsidy pales by comparison with other financial assistance programs offered to students who remain in the city.

"It will perhaps take some time for Hong Kong companies to hire more graduates who obtain their degrees on the mainland, but this change is necessary if they wish to target mainland markets," said Lo.

"Over time, Hong Kong students with mainland degrees will become increasingly marketable".

The bureau spokesman added: "Many Hong Kong students graduating from mainland universities have returned to work in Hong Kong after graduation. Many have secured employment or professional recognition in Hong Kong. With the vibrant economy on the mainland, there is an increasing demand for talent with a good understanding of the system and culture there, and a strong network.

"Hong Kong graduates of mainland universities will be highly competitive in the employment market."

Applications can be made through the education bureau's website and must be submitted by Aug 29. Successful applicants will be notified by December.


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Typhoon Nakri arrives in E China

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

Clouds cover from Typhoon Nakri roll over Shanghai on Friday. The storm is moving from waters southwest of Taiwan Island into the East China Sea at a speed of 20 to 25 kilometers per hour. [Photo/IC]

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China

Fishing boats are berthed in a harbor in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 31, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua] 

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China

Clouds move fast in the sky above Shaoxing city, Zhejiang province as Typhoon Nakri arrives on July 31, 2014. [Photo/IC]

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China

People stroll at the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on July 31, 2014. Typhoon Nakri brought a rainstorm to Hangzhou and cooled down the temperature.[Photo/IC]

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China

Clouds gather in the sky above Wenfeng park in Nantong city, Jiangsu province as affected by Typhoon Nakri.[Photo/IC]

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China

The sky above Taipei is covered with dark clouds as typhoon Nakri forms waters southwest of Taiwan Island on July 30, 2014. [Photo/IC]

Dead fish float on Yundang Lake after Typhoon Matmo  Matmo sweeps East China


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Joint drills boost Chinese navy

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

Missile destroyer CNS Harbin conducts live fire exercises during a naval drill this year. Zha Chunming / for China Daily

The Chinese navy has been striving to hone its combat capability through joint drills and rigorous training since the start of the year.

During Joint Sea 2014, conducted in late May in the East China Sea, the Chinese and Russian navies strengthened their cooperation and capabilities in maritime operations.

During the weeklong exercise, 14 ships, two submarines and nine fixed-wing aircraft from the two navies practiced tactical maneuvers including air defense, an anti-ship attack, anti-submarine combat and rescuing hijacked vessels.

This exercise was the third of its kind and followed joint drills off the coast of Russia's Far East in July 2013 and the Yellow Sea in April 2012.

Compared with the previous two exercises, Vice-Admiral Tian Zhong, deputy commander of the People's Liberation Army navy, said this year's drill featured a more realistic combat environment and higher integration in communication.

In July, the Chinese navy sent a fleet to take part in the US-led Pacific Rim joint exercises off Hawaii. The fleet of four ships, including the missile destroyer Haikou and missile frigate Yueyang, is the second largest in the drill, following that of the US Navy.

The Chinese vessels have taken part in a series of events during the world's largest international maritime exercise, including gun-firing, maritime security operations, surface warship maneuvers and humanitarian rescue and disaster relief.

The PLA navy has also organized several major patrol and training operations over the past seven months, sending ships and submarines to the South China Sea, western Pacific Ocean and eastern Indian Ocean to test its combat capabilities.

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Logistics personnel maintain a helicopter on board a missile destroyer.

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Marines perform a hijack rescue exercise.

Chinese naval vessels participate in RIMPAC drill  China's ship-borne helicopters in naval drills Beijing stages anti-terror drill 

An anti-submarine helicopter searches for submerged craft during exercise.

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Marines fire anti-tank missiles during a drill at a training base.

Chinese naval vessels participate in RIMPAC drill  China's ship-borne helicopters in naval drills Beijing stages anti-terror drill 

Female marines take part in winter tactical training.


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10,300 probed in ongoing SOE corruption crackdown

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

Prosecutors nationwide are taking strong measures to curb the corruption that is plaguing State-owned enterprises, a senior anti-graft official from the Supreme People's Procuratorate said.

Figures provided by the procuratorate show that, since 2013, national prosecuting departments have investigated 10,303 officials and staff members over allegations of bribery and corruption in State-owned companies.

The number accounts for 21 percent of all cases of corruption that were investigated during the period.

Most of the suspects were senior managers who in some cases colluded with government officials to accept bribes, commit embezzlement or take State-owned assets.

"The cases mainly involved engineering projects, purchasing and sales, property management and international businesses," said Zhao Wu'an, a senior official at the SPP's corruption-prevention department.

"The fundamental solution is to promote modern enterprise management systems in State-owned companies, to separate politics from enterprises and to handle the relationship between political power and the allocation of resources properly," said Song Hansong, the department's director.

He said that to curb the rampant corruption, prosecutors have examined 100 major national engineering projects since 2013, most of which involved State-owned enterprises.

He called on watchdogs within the companies, such as inspectors, supervision boards and auditing departments, to carry out their duties thoroughly to prevent corrupt behavior by staff.


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Uygur women are navy's latest wave

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

A Uygur student (left) checks a classmate's collar at Dalian Naval Academy in Liaoning province this summer. Zhou Hao / for China Daily

A young woman is riding the wave of history by becoming the first woman from the Uygur ethnic group to serve as a naval officer.

"I am aware that there will be a lot of responsibilities, and I must show that I deserve the honor," said Dilihumar Aburat, 25, from Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

Cheers rang out from the massed ranks of 1,000 cadets as she received the diploma that confirmed her rank of lieutenant. She was presented with the document on July 10 by Rear Admiral Jiang Guoping, president of the Dalian Naval Academy of the People's Liberation Army navy.

Afterward she returned to the CNS Liaoning, the country's first aircraft carrier, where she has worked in the combat control center for two years.

At the family home in Kashgar, more than 5,000 kilometers from Dalian, her father, Aburat Abduklim, was inundated with calls and messages after her story was covered widely on TV. Military service runs in the family. He himself served for 25 years with the PLA ground force.

"Many of my veteran friends saw her receiving the diploma from the academy on TV and they called me to offer their congratulations," he said with pride.

Calling from ocean

Training was rigorous and demanding.

"I trained at a naval base in Guangdong province after joining the navy in December 2011," said Dilihumar Aburat. "My trainers were female marines, so they were very strict."

Her father was initially reluctant to endorse her choice of career after she graduated from Xinjiang University with a degree in electrical engineering.

"I knew I could find a good job with excellent pay in local government or State-owned enterprises, but I really wanted to be like my dad," she said. "You know, growing up in a PLA camp has injected warrior blood into my veins."

Her resolve was reinforced when she realized the navy was recruiting female Uygur sailors in Xinjiang. After passing a succession of tests and interviews she joined the combat section on the CNS Liaoning, which was commissioned in September 2012.

Another 19 Uygur women also signed up, and 12 were selected to serve on the carrier.

Dilihumar Aburat was on duty when pilots in J-15 fighters conducted the first takeoffs and landings on the carrier in November 2012.

"Of course everyone wanted to witness the historic moment for our navy. But I was on duty in the control center, so I recorded the footage on a computer and would often rerun it," she said.

She was selected to attend a yearlong training course at the Dalian Naval Academy, studying radar electronics.

"I was the only female student in a class of 41," Dilihumar Aburat said.

"I made many friends at the academy. Some of them told me that they hope I can become the first naval captain from an ethnic group. I will do my best to fulfill their wish," she said.

'Turpan celebrity'

Other women from the Uygur ethnic group are also embarking on rewarding naval careers.

Aytulun Xukrat, 20, said she has become well known back in her hometown in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

"I am the first person from Turpan to join the navy, then I became more famous after being shown on television talking to President Xi Jinping and shaking hands with him."

Aytulun Xukrat met the president in April of last year after she was chosen to represent the female sailors on the CNS Jinggangshan, one of the navy's most advanced landing craft, when Xi inspected the ship.

Her family members are also dedicated to the service.

Two of her younger sisters joined the navy in 2012 and are serving in the North Sea Fleet and East Sea Fleet.

"Last year my brother also joined the navy and is stationed in Qingdao," Aytulun Xukrat said.

She passed the admittance test for the Dalian Naval Academy in June of last year and will spend five years there before being commissioned as an officer.

It was not all easy sailing for these naval pioneers.

Kelibnur Turhon, 21, was one of the first female Uygur sailors on the CNS Liaoning.

She said that when the ship was undergoing a refit in Dalian they were told their accommodation had yet to be installed, so living arrangements would be a bit basic.

"But all of us insisted that we board the ship immediately and live on it like our other comrades, because we couldn't wait to start our navy life," Kelibnur Turhon said.


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Hangzhou to trap, sterilize and return stray cats

China Daily - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:16

A cat is to be sterilized in Shanghai in this December 1, 2009 file photo. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, is launching a program in September to control its population of stray cats.

According to the Zhejiang Small Animals Protection Association, Hangzhou has more than 300,000 stray cats, most of them unsterilized and unvaccinated.

Chen Xiaoming, director of the Hangzhou Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau, said the trap-neuter-return program will humanely trap stray cats in the city, sterilize them and return them to the locations where they were found. "We have located communities in the city with large populations of stray cats. Our workers and volunteers will catch the stray cats and send them to clinics to be sterilized," he said.

The government is spending 300,000 yuan ($48,000) on the program, mainly in subsidies to veterinary clinics that perform the neutering and spaying operations.

Chen said three to five clinics in the city's downtown area will be selected this month to perform the bulk of the operations.

"Residents from communities that don't have large stray cat populations can still bring in strays to appointed vet clinics for treatment," he said.

Zhu Shuilin, secretary-general of the Zhejiang Small Animals Protection Association, said the trap-neuter-return method is considered worldwide to be the most humane and effective strategy for controlling stray cat populations.

"Cats are fecund. Getting their population under control can reduce transmitted diseases," he said.

But the program is a relatively new idea in China, Zhu said, and people may consider it inhumane.

"Actually, the program is not only beneficial to society, but also to stray cats. Without regular control of their population, the slaughtering of stray cats is frequent," he said.

Zhu said that although the program can effectively control stray cat populations, residents should be responsible for their pets.

"If you keep a cat, do not abandon it," he said.

In most Chinese cities, controlling stray animal populations with the trap-neuter-return method is funded by nongovernmental organizations. After the Beijing government began funding such a program for stray cats in 2008, the number of stray cats receiving the treatment rose significantly, according to city officials.


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