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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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Senior CPC leader stresses supervision in mass-line campaign

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

SHENYANG - A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has urged governments to invite public supervision and to let the people speak the truth amid the Party's ongoing "mass-line" campaign.

Liu Yunshan, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks at a meeting aimed at propelling the second phase of the mass-line campaign held in Shenyang on Sunday.

Liu asked governments to encourage the public to speak the truth in raising opinions and to supervise each stage of the campaign, as the second phase of the campaign targets more lower-level authorities which possess closer links with the people.

Moreover, Liu stressed the roles of regular intra-Party discussions as an important tool to spot work style imperfections, and urged Party members to spice up such discussions so as to find real problems.

Officials from 11 provincial-level governments delivered reports at the meeting.

Launched in June 2013, the "mass-line" campaign is aimed at making the government more accessible to the public, while cleaning up undesirable work styles -- formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.

The second phase of the mass line campaign is scheduled to run from January to September, targeting more low-level departments and leaderships, while the first phase was focused on central and provincial-level departments.

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China to maintain high grain output in 2014-2023

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

BEIJING - China will maintain a high rate of self-sufficiency in major grain output and realize the food security target for the next ten years, according to an official report published Sunday.

The report on the outlook for China's agricultural development from 2014 to 2023 was conducted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).

Xu Shiwei, director of the Agriculture Information Institute under the CAAS, said that the output of China's three main grain crops -- rice, wheat and corn -- will achieve a high rate of self-sufficiency during the next decade.

Imports for meat and dairy products will see rising growth, while slower growth will be seen in soybean imports, and cooking oil imports will decline, Xu said.

The report also mentioned that the 3.5-percent annual growth rate in domestic dairy production will exceed that of other major agricultural products in China in the 2014-2023 period.

With China's large population, the task of simply feeding the people remains a high priority, according to a statement issued after a central rural work conference attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other senior leaders last December.

"The bowls of the Chinese, in any situation, must rest soundly in our own hands. Our bowls should be filled mainly with Chinese grain. Only when a country is basically self-sufficient in food can it take the initiative in food security and grasp the overall situation for economic and social growth," said the statement.

China has set a red-line guarantee that arable land shall never shrink to less than 1.8 billion mu (120 million hectares). The line should be strictly followed, the statement stressed.

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Chinese court detains Japanese boat over unpaid damages

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

SHANGHAI - A maritime court in Shanghai detained a Japanese ship on Saturday following a court verdict that ordered the ship's owner to pay delayed rent and losses to a Chinese firm, the court said on Sunday.

The ship, named BAOSTEEL EMOTION and owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was detained at a port in east China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday.

A Chinese company sued the Japanese shipping firm in 1988 in the Shanghai maritime court over alleged delays in rent payments for two ships and economic losses.

The court ruled on Dec. 7, 2007 that MOL should compensate the Chinese firm 2.9 billion Japanese Yen (28.4 million U.S. dollars), including delayed rent and operating losses.

The court said it will dispose of the ship if MOL continues to refuse to fulfill its obligation.

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Chinese court detains Japanese boat over unpaid damages

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

SHANGHAI - A maritime court in Shanghai detained a Japanese ship on Saturday following a court verdict that ordered the ship's owner to pay delayed rent and losses to a Chinese firm, the court said on Sunday.

The ship, named BAOSTEEL EMOTION and owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was detained at a port in east China's Zhejiang Province on Saturday.

A Chinese company sued the Japanese shipping firm in 1988 in the Shanghai maritime court over alleged delays in rent payments for two ships and economic losses.

The court ruled on Dec. 7, 2007 that MOL should compensate the Chinese firm 2.9 billion Japanese Yen (28.4 million U.S. dollars), including delayed rent and operating losses.

The court said it will dispose of the ship if MOL continues to refuse to fulfill its obligation.

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China shuts down 110 porn websites in national crackdown

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

BEIJING - China has shut down 110 websites as part of a national crackdown on online pornography, the State Internet Information Office said Sunday.

Some 3,300 accounts on China-based social networking services, such as WeChat and Sina Weibo, as well as online forums have been deleted in the recently launched "Cleaning the Web 2014" campaign, according to the office.

Close to 7,000 advertisements and 200,000 texts with pornographic content were also deleted.

"Pornography does great harm to minors and the social ethos," read a circular issued by the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications at the start of the campaign.

The campaign is in response to the persistent spread of pornography online despite multiple previous crackdowns.

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In photos: cars dazzle at Beijing Auto Show

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

More than 2,000 auto makers from 14 countries and regions are set to display their newest models at the show. China is the world's biggest auto market, with 17.9 million vehicles sold last year.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

A child sits in the Infiniti showroom at the Beijing Auto Show, April 20. More than 2,000 auto makers from 14 countries and regions are set to display their newest models at the show. China is the world's biggest auto market, with 17.9 million vehicles sold last year. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Infiniti Red Bull RB10 racing car [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Infiniti QX70 [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Daniel Kirchert, managing director of Infiniti China, introduces the Q50 Eau Rouge, a concept car model, at the Beijing Auto Show, April 20. The sales growth of China’s auto market is expected to slow from last year's 15.7 percent to 8 to 10 percent this year. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Daniel Kirchert, managing director of Infiniti China, introduces the Q50 Eau Rouge, a concept car model, at the Beijing Auto Show, April 20. The sales growth of China’s auto market is expected to slow from last year's 15.7 percent to 8 to 10 percent this year. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Daniel Kirchert, managing director of Infiniti China, introduces the Q50 Eau Rouge, a concept car model, at the Beijing Auto Show, April 20. The sales growth of China’s auto market is expected to slow from last year's 15.7 percent to 8 to 10 percent this year. [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Citroen DS3 CABRIO [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Great Wall Motors' Haval Coupe concept [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Great Wall Motors' Haval Coupe concept [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

Great Wall Motors' Haval Coupe concept [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show  Land Rover Discovery Vision concept [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]
 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

A Volvo concept [Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]


 BMW line-up at 2014 Beijing auto show Two Chery concepts to unveil at Beijing Auto Exhibition  Mercedes to unveil new cars at 2014 Beijing auto show 

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Seven killed in C China expressway accident

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

CHANGSHA - Seven people were killed in an expressway accident in central China's Hunan Province on Sunday, local police said.

The accident happened around 6:35 a.m., when a small utility vehicle (SUV) crashed through the central barrier and had a head-on collision with a truck on a section of the Jinggang'ao Expressway that links Beijing, Hong Kong and Macao. The two vehicles then burst into flames, killing five in the SUV and two in the truck.

Local traffic police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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China to launch major energy projects: premier

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- China will kick off a number of major energy projects to ensure stable economic growth and restructure its energy layout, Premier Li Keqiang has said.

Li made the remarks at a meeting of the State Energy Commission held on Friday, according to a press release issued on Sunday.

China will embark on new nuclear power plants equipped with state-of-the-art safety measures on the eastern coast at a proper time, said Li.

The projects will also include construction of hydropower stations, wind and solar power stations and ultra-high-voltage transmission lines to send power from the west to the east.

China will open up the energy exploitation sector and encourage different kinds of investors to compete fairly in the sector.

To make energy greener, Li said China will try to boost the development of electric cars and upgrade coal burning power generators that fail to meet emission cut requirements.

 

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China to push urbanization reform

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

SHANGHAI - China will enhance reforms in the management of population data, land, funding guarantees, housing and environmental protection to boost the urbanization process, according to a senior official from the country's top economic planner.

Xu Shaoshi, minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said Saturday that the rapid urbanization process in China has created problems, such as a huge population transfer from rural to urban areas and low efficiency in urban land use.

The NDRC will push forward reforms in the management systems for population, land, capital, housing and ecology to upgrade the urbanization path.

The work in population management will accelerate household registration system reform, improve basic public services and build a nationwide population database, Xu said.

The standard of urban land use and planning will be strictly complied with, while the NDRC will explore incentives for increasing and redeveloping urban construction land.

Fiscal and tax reforms will balance government financial resources with public service duties and attract more social capital for city construction through a transparent investment and financing mechanism and healthy bond issuance system, Xu said.

More affordable housing will be provided for basic housing requirements, while the market will play a bigger role in satisfying different consumption needs, according to the NDRC.

Meanwhile, the NDRC will continue to improve ecological urban design and industrial structure with stricter regulations on environmental protection in order to upgrade green development.

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China commemorates Lushan quake through tears and smiles

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

Soldiers present wreaths during a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

LUSHAN - A memorial service was held Sunday to commemorate the 196 victims of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Lushan County in the southwestern province of Sichuan a year ago.

Survivors gathered at a high school in Longmen, the worst-hit town, and lowered their heads to show their respects for the decreased in silence as the clock read 8:02 a.m., when the quake occurred.

Honor guards carried flower baskets decorated with white chrysanthemums and laid them down in front of a memorial wall, where photos were hung of the decreased and of rescue efforts in the wake of the earthquake.

Life seems to have moved on in the mountainous county, located some 200 km southwest of the provincial capital Chengdu, where damaged buildings are undergoing fixes "in a proper and cautious manner," according to the local government.

However, the anguish of the families of those who vanished in the quake remains.

At the memorial, sorrows were read through the misty eyes and bitten lips of the mourners as the melody of "Theme of Missing" resounded in the school.

"It's a time to cry, but our tears can't bring the decreased back to life," said Zhu Guoxia, one mourner who held a white flower in her hand.

Zhu lost her eleven-year-old nephew and her house in the quake, but her family of four luckily survived.

As one of 4,482 needy families covered by a government preferential housing plan, the Zhu family moved into a new two-story house in mid-March.

"The disaster has made my family stronger. We still hold hopes for the future," said Zhu.

No rush for reconstruction

One year after the quake, Zhong Mian, the administrative vice governor of Sichuan, said Lushan's reconstruction was on the right track.

According to Zhong, the three-year rehabilitation program, which involves more than 2,700 government-initiated projects, is estimated to cost more than 87.6 billion yuan (14.22 billion U.S. dollars). Its priority is to rebuild homes for survivors.

The earthquake affected 2 million people, leaving more than 100,000 families homeless.

As of Sunday, reconstruction had begun for more than 84 percent of the residential projects and more than 95 percent of schools and medical service buildings, said Zhong.

"All new homes for rural residents and about one-third of those for their urban peers are expected to be built by the end of this year," he said.

In addition, local government has conducted a survey on spots prone to geological disasters after the quake. All 396 projects to treat potential dangers have kicked off.

As organized human efforts go, "caution" is the word.

Compared to the five-year massive reconstruction after the May 12 earthquake in 2008, which also occurred in Sichuan and claimed more than 10,000 lives, the rebuilding of Lushan has taken a more patient and open approach, especially in the far-flung rural areas, said Wei Hong, the provincial governor.

"Speed is not what we pursue. Instead, we have given more attention to making an overall plan based on the needs of people," said Wei.

Sichuan has invited experts from home and abroad to draft plans for each project while soliciting opinions from future users.

For example, on housing reconstruction for rural residents, villagers have set up their own organizations to participate in building their own homes.

Through a "self-construction committee," they are able to be involved in the details, from deciding on a location and a fair price for the raw materials, to supervising construction funds and quality.

"We are really picky sometimes," said Yang Shaoxian, a villager from the Phenix New Village and a quality supervisor of the village's self-construction committee.

Yang spent most of this year wearing a helmet on the construction site of the village housing project.

"This's our home and also our hope. We can't just count on others while staying idle ourselves," said Yang.

A day for love, too

Though they mourn the quake's losses, some locals have chosen to mark their memories of the quake anniversary with happiness, too.

Yang Jinmao tied the knot with his girlfriend, He Jianxi, on Sunday as the two registered at the county's civil affairs bureau.

He, 23, had her legs buried in a collapsed wall as she tried to run out of her home on April 20 last year. Yang saved her and sent her to the hospital.

"As soon as he pulled me out of the debris, the whole wall collapsed. I can't imagine what would have happened had he not been there for me," said the new bride.

"The day is so meaningful for us that we want it to have bright and happy memories, too," she said.

Another couple, Wu Zhe and Yang Mei, held their wedding on Sunday.

Both natives of Lushan, the newlyweds displayed their joy in a special motorcycle wedding.

Wu Zhe, a member of a local vintage motor club, took his wife home on the same vehicle that he drove to carry the injured to the hospital and send relief supplies to the needy during the quake rescue a year ago.

"The quake brought us pain, but we have to move on. Survive and thrive," said the bride Yang Mei.

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No one-on-one meeting between Chinese navy commander, Japanese MSDF officials: Spokesman

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

QINGDAO - No one-on-one meeting has been planned between Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Commander Wu Shengli and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officials during the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), a PLA Navy spokesman said Sunday.

Special: China-Japan Relations "In view of the wrong words and deeds by the Japanese leaders ... which have substantially hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and undermined bilateral ties, aside from arranged, necessary meetings at the symposium, no one-on-one meeting between Admiral Wu Shengli and MSDF officials has been planned during this year's WPNS," Liang Yang, the spokesman said.

The WPNS is scheduled to be held in eastern Chinese city of Qingdao from April 22 to 23.

Established in 1987, the WPNS is a forum for discussing maritime affairs in the region and the possibility of cooperation among its members.

The WPNS was established as proposed by the United States and its allies in 1987 with the goals to promote pragmatic cooperation between the navies and maritime defense forces of its member countries, strengthen mutual understanding and trust, and jointly safeguard regional maritime security.

It now has 21 member countries, including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia,Canada, Chile, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia,Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, United States and Vietnam. It also has three observers: Bangladesh, India and Mexico. Pakistan is an observer applicant.

After the WPNS conference, a multilateral maritime exercise will be conducted off the coast of Qingdao from April 23 to 24.

The spokesman said the exercise, which is to be held to commemorate the 65th founding anniversary of the PLA navy, is not under the framework of the WPNS.

A total of seven ships, respectively from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Brunei have arrived at the port of Qingdao on Sunday. They will join Chinese naval ships in a multilateral maritime exercise that features maritime rescue operations.

Invitations were sent to both WPNS member nations and non-members,according to Liang.

Japan was not invited to the exercise because of the wrong actions that taken by the Japanese government have seriously harmed the feelings of the Chinese people and undermined the China-Japan bilateral ties, according to the spokesman.

Under the current circumstances, it is not appropriate to invite ships of Japan's Marine Self Defense Forces (MSDF) to attend relevant activity to mark the founding of the Chinese navy, Liang added.

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A year without Internet in Xinjiang

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

A man visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site using an iPhone in Shanghai in this May 29, 2012 file photo. [Photo/ Agencies]

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URUMQI - What would life be like without the Internet?

On July 5, 2009, rock-flinging and knife-wielding thugs looted shops, torched vehicles, killed nearly 200 people and injured another 1,700 in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Internet access in the region was cut off in the wake of the riot to prevent violent crimes from happening again.

In addition to Internet access and short message service (SMS), the regional government also suspended international direct dialing (IDD). Temporary Internet and communication controls were deemed necessary at the time because public security and intelligence authorities had evidence the violence had been incited and organized via the Internet, SMS and IDD.

According to the regional public security department as well as anti-terrorism experts, the World Uygur Congress (WUC), led by ethnic separatist Rebiya Kadeer, had incited disturbances on the Internet and through other channels prior to the July 5 riot. The WUC was also blamed for the explosion in Kuqa County in southern Xinjiang and the attempted bombing of an airliner in 2008, both of which were organized with the help of the Internet.

Experts said potential extremists in Xinjiang learned through the Internet how to initiate terrorist attacks and make explosives. The Internet and SMS were the essential tools for criminal purposes at the time.

Nur Bekri, the regional chairman, said Internet controls have been a common intervening measure among countries under similar circumstances.

As a result, life for those living in Xinjiang changed abruptly after the July 5 riot.

In the eyes of a local college student surnamed Wang, almost all Internet bars in Urumqi at that time were transformed into game rooms overnight. "Otaku," or young people who surf the web all day, left their homes to hang out with friends in restaurants, drinking beer and feasting on mutton kebabs.

Video shops that had been on the verge of extinction were revived, with customers flooding in to rent movies. Every film, blockbuster or not, became a sell-out in local cinemas.

Wang himself became a frequenter of KTVs, or karaoke bars. "My singing skills were honed during that time," he said.

Some parents became strong advocates of the "No Internet" policy. A middle-aged woman recalled that time as simple and calm. "I did not have to worry about my son's net addiction," she said, adding that her son was more willing to participate in outdoor activities.

But another resident, surnamed Li, recalled that his family had a pretty difficult year. His son was applying to study abroad. All the materials, including academic transcripts, recommendation letters and application forms, needed to be sent via email. Every weekend, the son and his parents drove half a day out of Xinjiang to neighboring Gansu Province to check into a hotel room with Internet access.

According to reports, on Dec. 29, 2009, limited browsing of People.cn and Xinhuanet.com was resumed. News portals of Sina.com and Sohu.com became available to Internet users in Xinjiang on Jan. 10, 2010. Earlier, online services such as banking, securities trading, school enrollment and weather forecasts had already been opened.

A local driver surnamed Zhao recalled that he and his friends at that time had to turn to console games to kill time, with Counter-Strike being the most popular.

According to a newspaper editor surnamed Yang, the strongest impression from that time was that everyone around her was playing the computer game Plants vs. Zombies. Without interaction on popular social media websites such as Renren.com and Weibo.com, the Chinese versions of Facebook and Twitter, most youngsters in Xinjiang sought solace in mini games.

On Feb. 6, 2010, a total of 27 websites, including two online web game sites, were reopened in the region. Another 32 websites and their online services were gradually available to Internet users during March and April. In the meantime, people found they could once again send emails with attachments. The ban on SMS was also lifted.

Against the backdrop of an improved social situation and growing calls from Internet users, full Internet access in Xinjiang was restored on May 14, 2010, over 10 months after the deadly riot. The regional government posted an open letter online, expressing thanks to Internet users for their understanding and support over the past months.

On that day, a public servant, surnamed Zhang, succeeded in reaching the login interface of QQ, a Chinese instant messaging program, but failed to remember his password.

Twenty years ago on April 20, 1994, China achieved a fully functional connection to the Internet, becoming the 77th country to access the web. Over the past two decades, the Internet has brought unlimited opportunities to China's economic and social development.

However, risks posed by a rapidly expanding Internet are also increasingly apparent, prompting Internet users and regulators to be more cautious and responsive.

Those who lived through that period in Xinjiang admitted that they couldn't go back to life without the Internet, but that the Internet is not a "virtual world" where people can make irresponsible speeches or organize illegal activities.

"After all, everyone hopes for a peaceful life, which is closely bound up with a harmonious online environment," a local citizen said.

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Changing China transforms Internet landscape

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

BEIJING - Twenty years after the world's most populous country gained access to the Internet, China has been fundamentally and irreversibly changed, but not in the way some Western prophets had expected.

Instead of bringing collapse, the Internet in China is becoming more commercially robust and innovative despite the unique Chinese way of management.

As the Internet reshapes China, China is also changing the online landscape through its rising Internet firms, brand-new products and the world's largest web population of 618 million.  

China Remolded

On April 20, 1994, a pilot network to serve education and scientific research was linked to the Internet via a special line in Beijing's Zhongguancun, now China's technology hub, marking the country's first fully functional Internet access.

At the time, the only way for most Chinese to learn of South Africa's newly elected black president and the construction of China's massive Three Gorges hydraulic project was by reading the next day's state-run newspaper.

Recalling his first days online, Liu Ren, a Beijing-based journalist, said few Chinese were in cyberspace in the late 1990s.

"I would be overjoyed to receive an email, even if it was a spam mail at that time," said the reporter renowned for his keen observation of China's IT industry. "But today, the Internet has been changing everyone's lives, sometimes even against their will."

Older cab drivers are consulting their children to learn how to use taxi apps for additional tips from potential customers.

"Never did I think that one day my work would have anything to do with the Internet," said Lao Liu, a 54-year-old taxi driver in central China's Wuhan City. "The apps bring me an additional income of 50 yuan (8 U.S. dollars) every day."

Mobile Internet is changing the entrenched habits of Chinese people like Lao Liu, including how they read, buy things, and manage money.

Yu'ebao, a popular online wealth management product, has raised around 500 billion yuan in less than a year, helping boost the funds available for China's real economy, instead of raising financing costs.

In March, China vowed to promote the healthy development of its burgeoning Internet finance, giving products like Yu'ebao promising prospects.

The growing population of Internet users has also made online opinions too important to be ignored by officials.

The transformative power of the Internet has challenged top-down communication patterns in China by supporting multi-level and multi-directional flows of communication, changing the country's political landscape.

Several Chinese officials have been probed after online whistleblowers accused them of corruption, the latest being Song Lin, chairman of state corporation China Resources (Holdings).

China's Internet has become an accessible yet decentralized platform for the public to discuss public affairs and breaking events, said Wang Sixin, professor of law with the Communication University of China.

Innovation

The rising prominence of China is one of the most important developments shaping the Internet.

Behind China's Internet boom is Beijing's unique way of management. China has long been dedicated to developing the Internet, but it has also underscored the rule of law to ensure Internet security, which Chinese President Xi Jinping said is a concern for the country's security and development.

Xi became head of China's central Internet security and informatization leading group in February, revealing the country's resolve to build itself into a strong cyber power.

This way of Internet management, itself a Chinese innovation, has not stifled the creativity of the Internet as some had predicted. Innovative Internet products and services are significantly changing the landscape of the Internet.

At least six of the world's 10 largest social networks in 2013 were developed by Chinese Internet firms, according to a report from U.S. business and technology news website Business Insider. China-based social networking apps such as WeChat and Sina Weibo have achieved significant scale.

Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, debuted this month on the Nasdaq exchange with a 19.1 percent jump, bringing the company 287 million U.S. dollars.

The success of the microblogging service, which official figures say over 500 million are using, highlighted the innovation-driven development of China's Internet companies.

Weibo may have imitated Twitter at first, but it adapted and improved by constantly introducing new functions to maintain a high number of active users.

"More Chinese Internet companies will be going abroad like Weibo did," said Fang Xingdong, founder of Blogchina.com and an IT columnist. "The year of 2014 will mark the beginning of the global strategy of China's Internet."

In 2013, China's online retail market expanded to over 1.8 trillion yuan, almost the size of Malaysia's GDP that year.

"We have built up the Chinese people's trust in online transactions," said Jack Ma, founder of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba.

China will become "more open, more transparent, more willing to share" in the next two decades because of the Internet, he said.

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Shanghai relaxes controls on armed patrols

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

SHANGHAI, April 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 1,000 policemen in Shanghai began carrying revolvers while on patrol Sunday as China tightens public security to deal with serious violent crimes.

The Ministry of Public Security invested in the firearms and specially designed them for its police force. The police officers qualified to carry them after a training series and examinations on laws and psychology, according to the municipal public security bureau.

The police will carry out routine patrols in pairs in densely populated areas, such as urban centers and transport hubs.

The municipal bureau solicited public opinion before it made the armed patrol decision, Rui Minghua, an official with the patrol police division, told Xinhua.

"The feedback showed that citizens are wide open to the new move and, actually, they are sort of looking forward to it," said Rui.

"We do so to raise the public sense of security and we are confident in ensuring that the firearms are safely used and keeping firearm abuse to a minimum," said the official.

Chinese police generally do not carry guns and gun crime is rare in China, which has tight controls on firearms.

Previously, Shanghai policemen carried batons, handcuffs, flashlights, first aid kits, walkie-talkies and tear gas bottles during patrols.

"I do feel some pressure in carrying a gun," said Wang Haiyi, a policeman with the Changning branch of the municipal public security bureau.

"It's obviously of great help for our daily work. And we will strictly follow the rules and laws when using it," said Wang, who has been in service for 21 years.

Following the fatal knife attacks in Kunming and Changsha, the ministry said in mid-March that it would carry out armed patrols and take timely measures to handle violent crimes.

Public security organs at all levels have been urged to increase work efficiency and improve the emergency command mechanism in order to fight crime.

In addition to Shanghai, the ministry named other key cities, such as Changsha, Kunming, Urumqi and Lhasa, where public security will be reinforced to effectively prevent and crack down on criminal activities.

The ministry also launched a three-month program in early March to train policemen in using firearms in accordance with the law.

Training mainly focuses on policemen who patrol streets and handle emergencies in big cities and county-level regions.

 

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Multinational drill to be held in East China port city

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

Puruvir Das, commander of the Indian frigate Shivalik, shakes hands with Qingdao garrison commander Wu Dongzhu at a welcoming ceremony in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. A total of seven vessels arrived on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on April 22. The vessels are set to participate in a joint drill on April 23 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of China's navy. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

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A total of seven vessels arrived at the port of Qingdao in East China's Shandong province on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on Tuesday.

The vessels - from countries including India, Singapore and Brunei - are set to participate in a joint drill on Thursday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of China's navy.

Additionally, top naval officials from more than 20 countries are coming to Qingdao for the naval symposium, said PLA navy spokesman Liang Yang, during a press briefing on Sunday afternoon.

This is the first time that China has hosted the event, which was first held in 1987 as a forum where naval officers of Pacific countries can meet biennially to discuss initiatives to address regional and global maritime issues.

China is one of the founding countries of the WPNS, which has become one of the most important maritime cooperation mechanisms in the region.

"This is Brunei navy's first deployment to China. It is an honor to be here," said Willie Padan, commander of the Brunei patrol ship Darulehsan.

He also said the symposium gives Brunei an opportunity to engage with China and other countries in the Pacific region.

"Since we are a small country in terms of the population, we will absorb as much as we can to gain experience from bigger nations including China," he added.

Padan also said he was impressed when the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark visited Brunei during its four-month cruise last year.

"She is a beautiful ship with world-class equipment. I appreciate the humanitarian service the PLA navy has given to Brunei and I am looking forward to more exchanges with China and other countries," he said.

The Indian frigate Shivalik – with nearly 300 crew members – was one of the vessels which sailed into the port on Sunday. "We traveled about 5000 miles to attend this meeting," said Puruvir Das, commander of Shivalik. "This is my first trip to Qingdao. Our officers and I are looking forward to interact with other officials and visit the city."

Das said navies from different countries should continue to strengthen their exchanges and improve cooperation.

"China has done an excellent work organizing this international event. I am looking forward to meeting fellow navies and learning from them," said Captain Rashid Zafar Cheema, commander of Pakistan's frigate Shamsheer. Pakistan was invited to attend as one of the three observers of the event.

"Our ship was built in Shanghai. Every time I sail in China I feel like I am sailing in my home waters," he also said.

Qingdao garrison commander Wu Dongzhu, received the vessels at the port, and told them that China welcomes all the participants to the WPNS, saying:"I wish them an enjoyable stay in the city, and a success symposium and drill."

Captain Rashid Zafar Cheema, commander of Pakistan frigate Shamsheer, receives flowers upon his arrival at the port of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. A total of seven vessels arrived on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on April 22. The vessels - from countries including India, Singapore and Brunei - are set to participate in a joint drill on April 23 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy. [Photo by Peng Yinning/China Daily]

Captain Rashid Zafar Cheema, commander of Pakistan's frigate Shamsheer, speaks to reporters upon his arrival in Qiangdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. Pakistan was invited as one of the three observers of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on April 22. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

Chinese naval officers guard Pakistan's frigate Shamsheer, which arrived in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20, ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on April 22. A total of seven vessels - from countries including India, Singapore and Brunei - are set to participate in a joint drill on April 23 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the PLA Navy. [Photo by Peng Yinning/China Daily]

Bangladesh's frigate BNS Abu Bark docks in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. The frigate will join a multinational marine drill involving seven countries on April 23, to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of China's navy. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

This photo shows a naval officer on board Bangladesh's frigate BNS Abu Bark in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. The frigate will join a multinational marine drill involving seven countries which will be held on April 23 to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

Willie Padan, commander of the Brunei patrol ship Darulehsan, receives flowers upon his arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. The frigate, the first Brunei vessel to visit China, will participate in a joint drill along with another six countries on April 23. A total of seven vessels arrived on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on April 22. This is the first time that China has hosted the event, which was first held in 1987 as a forum where naval officers of Pacific countries can meet biennially to discuss initiatives to address regional and global maritime issues. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

Willie Padan, commander of the Brunei patrol ship Darulehsan, poses for a photo with Chinese naval commanders upon his arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. A total of seven vessels arrived at the port of Qingdao in East China's Shandong province on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on Tuesday. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

A Singaporean vessel docks in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20, ahead of a multinational drill which is expected to take place on April 23. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

The commander of a Singaporean frigate speaks to reporters upon his arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. A total of seven vessels arrived at the port of Qingdao in East China's Shandong province on Sunday morning ahead of the 14th annual meeting of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), which the PLA's navy is expected to launch on Tuesday. This is the first time that China has hosted the event, which was first held in 1987 as a forum where naval officers of Pacific countries can meet biennially to discuss initiatives to address regional and global maritime issues. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

Crew members on the Indian frigate Shivalik salute at a welcoming ceremony upon their arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, April 20. India is one of the seven countries expected to take part in a joint drill on April 23 to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the PLA Navy. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

Crew members hang banners on the Indian frigate Shivalik upon their arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province. The vessel will take part in a multinational drill on April 23. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

This photo shows a crew member of the Indian frigate Shivalik upon its arrival in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province. The vessel will join six others - from countries including Pakistan, Singapore and Brunei - in a joint drill on April 23 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of China's navy. [Photo by Peng Yining/China Daily]

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Ping-pong coach goes to bat for disabled athletes

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Heng Xin's students pocketed eight gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo provided to China Daily

Heng Xin, 49, failed to realize his dream of becoming a professional athlete or an Olympic medalist, but he believes he has gained more by being a coach of disabled ping-pong players.

"I just wanted to help them to take exercise at first, and Olympic medals were like a weak light shining so far away," says Heng, a coach for China's Paralympics ping-pong team and a teacher at a sports school in Xuzhou city in East China's Jiangsu province.

His disabled students pocketed seven golden medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and eight more at the 2012 London Games.

In 2000, Heng, then a worker at a local waterworks and an amateur ping-pong player, visited a rehabilitation center for children with polio in Xuzhou. He said he was "overwhelmed by depression" seeing so many kids confined to wheelchairs or relying on crutches.

After learning of their interest in sports, Heng, who ran a private ping-pong club in his spare time, volunteered to start a ping-pong team for 26 students at the center, despite having no previous experience training disabled people or any idea of the disability categories athletes are divided into according to their level of impairment.

They set up the tables in a tent, but Heng soon found it was impossible to use the same teaching methods he used at his club with the disabled students, as they were unable to do the basics, such as pulling their chests and stomachs in, or even warming up.

"Sitting in their regular wheelchairs, instead of sports ones, they could only rub their hands together to warm up while the rest of the body stayed the same, so they all suffered from chilblains in the harsh winter of northern Jiangsu," Heng says.

Heng refitted the wheelchairs to make it easier for the kids, until the arrival of sports wheelchairs six months later.

The ages of Heng's first batch of 26 students ranged from 7 to 17, and he taught them the ping-pong moves "bit by bit".

"I was surprised by their diligence and the progress they made. It was evident that they valued this opportunity more than those at my club and they practiced much, much harder," Heng says.

"They can do many of the shots better than me now. And that's not easy," he says, smiling.

But even more than their prowess with their bats, Heng got a bigger sense of fulfillment from the psychological changes he saw in his students as they learned to play the game.

"Many kids were introverted or felt inferior when we first met. Some of them used to crawl on the ground, looking up at the others," he says.

"Through playing ping-pong, they know they can stand up and they can achieve a lot as long as they try hard-especially after participating in so many major games and even standing on the top podium at the Paralympics. I can say every team member is quite open-minded now."

In 2013, Heng was transferred from the waterworks to a local sports school to better train his students. He also gave up his own club years ago for the same purpose.

"My friends once questioned me about how I helped a disabled kid win the gold medal, but over the past decade, it has been my students who helped me to understand there is no gain without pain, and they helped me to realize my dream," he says.

Heng called for more support for disabled athletes in training, infrastructure and employment after retirement. Unlike the centralized and regular training athletes receive for the Olympics in China, disabled athletes only receive concentrated and less systematic training before major sports events, such as the Paralympics.

"I also hope there will be more sports infrastructure and education opportunities for the disabled in daily life, so they can participate in sports and get to better know the outside world even they are not athletes," Heng says.

 

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Premiere showroom

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

Editor's note: This year's Beijing auto show is attracting more than 2,000 exhibitors to showcase 1,134 vehicles. Among them, a record 118 will be world premieres, according to event organizers.

Here are some of the most dazzling models:

 

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

Based on the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, the Eau Rouge is an F1-inspired concept car and has been tested by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.

The performance car is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine, which gives peak power of 418 kW and torque of up to 600 Nm. It can accelerate from zero to 60 miles (96 km) in 4 seconds and has a maximum speed of 290 km/h. Location: W306

 

All-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The new C-Class on display is an extended C-Class model tailored to Chinese customers for the first time. The wheelbase is 2920 mm, which is 160 mm longer than the previous generation, and gives passengers more legroom, especially in the rear. The new model's width is also 40 mm larger than the standard version. Design and tech features include a touch screen with Chinese character writing, LED headlights and a lighter, stronger body made from high-strength aluminum. Location: W4

 

All-new BMW X4

The all-new BMW X4 melds the hallmark features of the successful BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupe.

With the X4, BMW now brings this unique concept of the Sports Activity Coupe to the premium mid-size segment. This dynamic pedigree is underlined by cutting-edge high-performance engines, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as variable sport steering, performance control and a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles. Location: W3

 

Maserati Alfieri concept

Now on display in Beijing, the concept car was launched to celebrate the brand's centenary at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

According to the company, the Alfieri concept represents the true essence of the Maserati brand in terms of design. It is a sleek, Italian-style model like the 1957 3500 GT, the 1959 5000 GT and the 1969 Indy before it, and clearly affirms Maserati's racing DNA. Sportier in character than the GranTurismo, the Alfieri boasts proportions that might well be archetypal for a future Gran Sport and are certainly a hint at the brand's stylistic intentions for the near future. Location: E4

 

Bugatti Legend 'Black Bess'

As with each model in the supercar brand's Legends series, the fifth-edition car - called Black Bess - is limited to three examples and is based on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

The car boasts an 8-liter W16 engine, which delivers 1,200 hp in peak power and 1,500 Nm in top torque. It can sprint from zero to 100 km in 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 409 km/h, making it the fastest production convertible in the world.

The model is built to honor the Type 18 - the historic Bugatti that was the fastest road car in the early 20th century. Location: E504

 

Porsche Boxster GTS

One of the two most powerful and fastest mid-engine sports models by Porsche - along with the Cayman GTS - the Boxster GTS sets new benchmarks for sportiness in its segment.

The Boxster GTS is equipped with a 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Thanks to optimized fine tuning, the engine now delivers 11 kW more power than the previous model, boosting an top output to 243 kW. The Boxster GTS can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, setting a new reference value in its segment. Location: E505

 

Ferrari California T

The Ferrari California T epitomizes the sublime elegance, sportiness, versatility and exclusivity that have distinguished every California model since the 1950s.

Like all Ferraris, it boasts cutting-edge technological solutions that make it unique, most notably the new turbocharged V8 engine.

The California T sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds flat and from 0 to 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds. It is also 15 percent more fuel efficient than the previous California. Emissions have also been cut to 250 g/km on the combined cycle, the equivalent of 20 percent. Location: E4

 

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4

After its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the all-new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is now in Beijing for its Asian premiere.

A successor of super-luxury brand's flagship model Gallardo, the car features dedicated design, innovative technologies and super performance. It is equipped with the brand's newest 5.2-liter naturally aspired V10 engine that produce a peak power of 610 hp. It can accelerate from zero to 100 km in 3,2 seconds, with top speed reaching 325 km/h. Location: E503

 

All-new Ford Mustang

Ford's new sports car model at the Beijing Auto Show has two engine options: the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged and the 5.0-liter V8. The 2.3L version has torque of up to 407 Nm and peak power of 227 kW, while the V8 delivers 529 Nm and 313 kW.

The new model is equipped with a number of innovative technologies, including the BLIS blind point informing system, the self-adaptive smart navigation system and the SYNC AppLink infotainment system.

The model is scheduled to go on sale in China in 2015. Location: W3

 

Geely Emgrand Cross

Domestic automaker Geely unveiled the Emgrand Cross - a plug-in hybrid concept - to the world for the first time at the Beijing Auto Show.

Built on Geely's Framework Extendable platform, the concept car has a full-charge travel distance of 650 km, with a travel range of 50 km in pure electric mode. It accelerates from zero to 100 km in 10 seconds, with a top speed of 190 km/h. Its CO2 emission is less than 49 g/km. Location: W204

 

Nissan BladeGlider

Nissan is surprising the Chinese audience at the Beijing Auto Show with the BladeGlider concept, one of the most unconventional vehicles on show. The pure electric car has its heavy components such as the lithium-ion batteries sitting over the rear wheels, resulting in better traction off the line. Its structure featuring narrow front and wider rear tire distances leads to great aerodynamic improvements for lower wind drag and high stability. Other unique innovations include the seating position arrangement that has the driver sitting in the center ahead of two passengers, presenting drivers with a far wider view. Location: W2

 

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Representing Audi's future direction of sustainable mobility, the plug-in hybrid is paired with a 1.4-liter TFSI turbocharged engine that produces a peak power of 110 kW and an electric motor that can deliver up to 75 kW. In combination, the system can have a peak power of 150 kW and top torque of 350 Nm.

The model can accelerate from zero to 100 km in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 222 km/h. Its fuel consumption is 1.5 liter per 100 km and CO2 emission 35 g/km. Location: E5

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Trending across China

China Daily - 6 hours 42 min ago

Thousands attack local Chengguan officials in East China, couple infected with AIDS by tainted blood in a local hospital, and sea turns blue fluorescent.

Thousands attack Chengguan officials

Thousands of local residents gathered in a town in East China Saturday after an online rumor claimed that a peddler was beaten to death by city enforcement officials, or Chengguan.

Crowds began to gather in Lingxi Town, Cangnan County, Wenzhou City of Zhejiang province, after the peddler was beaten around 9 am. The county government later denied the rumor that the man surnamed Huang was dead, saying he was in stable condition after hospital treatment.

Infuriated by the online rumor, the mob managed to besiege an official van and began beating the five employees inside the vehicle. Two of them were injured seriously and are in critical condition.

Local government said the five officials were not formal employees, but temporary helpers.

At around 4 pm, police intervened and tried to disperse the crowd, but was only able to restore order by 8 pm.

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Sea turns blue fluorescent

Blue fluorescent waves off Daheishi beach in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province are attracting many visitors, reported Dalian Evening News on Saturday.

Although a rare sight in Dalian, aggregation of luminous bacteria or alga usually makes water turn fluorescent, according to Wang Bin, lecturer, Dalian Ocean University.

Party chief, mayor of Beijing volunteer at library

Party chief of Beijing Guo Jinlong and his mayor Wang Anshun volunteered for more than one hour at the Capital library of China Saturday morning, four days before the World Reading Day (April 23). They maintained such a low profile that nobody was able to recognize them.

 

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Xi shows common touch with visit to bun eatery

 

Couple infected with AIDS

A couple in East China's Anhui province was infected with AIDS after a county hospital transfused tainted blood to the wife.

The wife was diagnosed with AIDS in May 2008 and died in July. At the beginning of 2012, the husband also almost lost the ability to work after the disease took hold.

The husband had filed a lawsuit against the hospital that year, demanding more than two million yuan in compensation. The court ruled 300,000 yuan in compensation for him. The ruling was upheld by the provincial supreme court Saturday.

2,000 cases of yoghurt stolen

Hundreds of people looted 2,000 cases of yoghurt, including the cartons, after a truck carrying the goods flipped over on the national road off Kowloon Ridge in South China's Fujian province, according to www.mnw.cn, a southern Fujian website, on Sunday.

Instead of helping, the onlookers helped themselves, with one of them quoted as saying, "you'll be a fool if you don't take these for free."

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Police say car sold then stolen by previous owner

 

Forest fire put out in Yunnan

A forest fire that broke out three days ago was put out by 4,700 firefighters and soldiers on Saturday in Southwest China's Yunnan province, local authorities said. The fire raged through an area of 210 hectares, but no casualties have been reported, according to sources with Kunming city's forest fire prevention headquarters.An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

Seven killed in factory blast in Jiangsu

Rescuers found another body at Shuangma Chemical Plant in Rugao city, Jiangsu province, bringing the death toll of the accident to seven, the local authority said on Saturday. Nine other people who were injured are receiving hospital treatment. An investigation into the cause of Wednesday's blast is ongoing.

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Tap water not tainted by oil in Hunan

A moving oil slick on Xiangjiang River has reached Changsha, the capital of Central China's Hunan province, provincial authorities said on Saturday. However, monitoring data from the provincial environment protection authorities showed that the drinking water in the cities of Changsha, Zhuzhou and Xiangtan met national standards. An investigation found that a dredger that sank on Thursday was the cause of the oil slick.

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Lanzhou admits to problems in water supply

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1st anniversary of Lushan earthquake marked in China's Sichuan

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Soldiers present wreaths during a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

People attend a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

Soldiers attend a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

A national flag-raising ceremony is held at a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

A flower is presented to victims during a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua]

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

People attend a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua] 

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

Soldiers attend a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua] 

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

Students attend a mourning ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Lushan earthquake at the Longxing central school in Longmen Township of Lushan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, April 20, 2014. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Lushan on April 20, 2013, killing 196 people and injuring over 11,000 others. [Photo/Xinhua] 

Rescuers help on many fronts after earthquake

Heritage through lenses:Mount Lushan

Lushan Mountain in white

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