China monitors nuclear radiation in west Pacific





>>  Historical issues concerning Japan’s neighbors: FM spokeswoman

By Hou Lijun

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Monday of October 21 again urged Japan to honor its statement and commitment on historical issues.

Hua made the remarks in response to media reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to visit the Yasukuni Shrine before the end of the year.

Abe has said he regretted not visiting the shrine in person when he first served as prime minister in 2006 to 2007, according to media reports.

About 160 Japanese lawmakers and several Abe’s cabinet worshipped at the shrine during its autumn festival regardless of opposition from China and the Republic of Korea(ROK).

China has repeatedly stated its attitude and position on the Yasukuni Shrine. Hua described the shrine as a spiritual vehicle and symbol of Japan’s wartime militarism.

The worship of the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders is about how Japan understands and deals with its history of invasion and colonization, she said.

Whether Japan can correctly understand and reflect on its history of invasion and colonization not only relates to Japan’s future development, but also concerns Japan’s future relations with its Asian neighbors as well as peace and stability in North East Asia, said Hua.

If Japan does not meditate on its history of aggression, and clings to the spirit of militarism, there can be no future for Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors, she said.

She again urged the Japanese side to honor its statement and commitment on reflecting on historical issues and take concrete actions to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.




>>  China monitors nuclear radiation in west Pacific

By Guo Likun

A marine monitoring team departed from Xiamen, a port city in southeast China’s Fujian Province, on Sunday of October 20 to monitor radiation in the west Pacific, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on Monday of October 21.

Aboard the monitoring vessel Xiangyanghong-06, the team will monitor the distribution and spread of radioactive substances from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plants in the west Pacific and analyze its impact on the region and China’s territorial waters, the SOA said.

The monitoring team will sail about 5,000 nautical miles in 50 days, according to the plan.

Citing latest data collected via a 40-day monitoring of the Western Pacific Ocean from April to June, the SOA said radioactive contaminants were detected in waters and fish in the ocean southeast of Fukushima, but that no impact on Chinese waters had been reported.

The administration has so far carried out five regular monitorings of the ocean since the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011.

The missions have helped China establish a marine environment alert system in the west Pacific, the SOA said.




>>  China hopes Maldives maintains national stability: FM

By Liang Linlin

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Monday of October 21 expressed hope that the Maldives would maintain national stability and social development in the wake of halted elections.

“China is closely following the situation of its neighboring country, the Maldives,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing, responding to a question related to the Maldives’ presidential election, which was disrupted on October 19.

Media reported that the Maldives police halted the country’s presidential election, claiming that it did not meet a 16-point guideline set by the Supreme Court ahead of the polls. The Maldives President Mohamed Waheed urged a new round of elections as soon as possible.

The presidential election is a matter of the Maldives’ internal affairs, and China respects the people’s independent choice, Hua said, adding that the Chinese side hopes related parties will resolve their disputes through friendly negotiation.

“China has faith in the Maldives’ government and its people,” the spokeswoman said. “They have wisdom and the ability to solve problems.”




>>  Li-Medvedev meeting to boost cooperation

By Guo Likun, Wang Zuokui and Ge Wanqing

The upcoming meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government will promote implementation of bilateral pragmatic cooperation, Russian ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told Xinhua.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay an official visit to China from Oct. 22 to 23 as a guest of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. During Medvedev’s stay in Beijing, he and Li will co-chair the 18th regular meeting between the Chinese and Russian heads of government.

The two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation in the economy, trade and cultural exchanges, and exchange views on major political affairs, according to Denisov.

Discussions on topics including energy, investment and cooperation at local levels would be especially important, he said.

In his first foreign trip since taking office, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Russia in March. Xi and President Vladimir Putin have drawn a blueprint for the development of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination.

Xi and Putin made it clear that a major task for the two sides is to turn high-level political relations into fruitful results of pragmatic cooperation.

The major task for the upcoming Li-Medvedev meeting is to carry out consensus reached during the Xi-Putin meeting, including further developing bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, discussing detailed measures to realize goals in trade, expanding energy cooperation, deepening cultural exchanges, and facilitating personnel exchanges, Denisov said.

During Xi’s visit in March, the two countries agreed to boost their annual trade volume to 100 billion U.S. dollars by 2015 and 200 billion dollars by 2020.

Apart from maintaining close consultation and coordination in major international affairs in the past half year, the two countries also cooperated in flood control and disaster relief with regard to floods that hit Russia’s far east region and northeast China.

In addition, the two countries are preparing for the China-Russia Year of Youth Exchanges in 2014 and 2015.

Chen Yurong, scholar on European-Central Asian studies with the China Institute of International Studies, said the China-Russia relations have entered a new phase during which pragmatic cooperation is carried out comprehensively.

“Upholding the principle of mutual trust and mutual benefit, the two sides are boosting pragmatic cooperation in the fields of energy, transport, infrastructure, high and new technologies, and such cooperation has manifested momentum,” Chen said.




>>  China, Macedonia pledge to further enhance ties

By Hao Yalin

China and Macedonia on Monday pledged to further enhance their relations and substantial cooperation in all areas.

The pledge came out of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, who is in China to attend the 14th Western China International Fair (WCIF).

Xi spoke highly of the “ever maturing” relationship between the two countries since their establishment of ties 20 years ago. He said China and Macedonia witnessed frequent high-level exchanges, consolidating political mutual trust, and reciprocal cooperation in all areas.

Xi said China and Macedonia support each other to follow the path of development based on their own national situation, which is also an important principle for the two sides to strengthen exchanges and cooperation.

China will work with Macedonia to implement their infrastructure construction projects, make the agricultural cooperation a new growth point for bilateral cooperation, and expand cooperation in areas including education, culture, arts and traditional Chinese medicine, so as to push forward the accelerated development of China-Macedonia relations, Xi said.

He noted China attached high importance to the China-Europe relations, as well as the status of Central and Eastern European countries in Europe’s development. China will make full use of its cooperation with Central and Eastern European countries as a platform to give full play to the complementary advantages to so as to make the cooperation more fruitful, the president added.

Ivanov said the Macedonian people cherish friendly sentiment toward the Chinese people. The two countries shared smooth cooperation in such areas as politics, economy, culture and regional and international affairs.

He said the Macedonian side thanks China for its support and assistance, and will take the advantage of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Macedonia-China diplomatic relations to enhance high-level exchanges and people-to-people communication, further strengthen bilateral cooperation and their cooperation under the framework of China-Europe and China-Central and Eastern Europe.

Ivanov said Macedonia welcomes more Chinese investment and will provide good environment in this regard. Macedonia will also make active efforts to promote the Europe-China relations and the relations between Central and Eastern Europe and China.

The 14th WCIF will be held in Chengdu of southwest China’s Sichuan Province form October 23 to 27.




>>  China hopes to upgrade ties with South Africa

By Zhang Yi

China hopes to upgrade ties with South Africa during the coming visit by its Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Monday.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that Motlanthe will visit China from Oct. 27-30 at the invitation of Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and will co-chair the fifth plenary session of the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission with Li.

She said China attaches great importance to Motlanthe’s visit and hopes to upgrade the comprehensive strategic partnership with South Africa through his visit.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and South Africa, she said, adding that the two countries have made great progress in developing their partnership over the years.

The two sides have enjoyed increasing political trust, achieved fruitful cooperation results in various sectors and maintained close communication and coordination in major international and regional affairs, Hua said.

She said Chinese President Xi Jinping visited South Africa in March on his first overseas trip, during which the leaders of the countries agreed to regard bilateral relations as the pivot of their foreign policy.

The two countries are both major developing countries and important emerging markets. Hua said China is ready to work with South Africa to advance bilateral relations to a higher level.




>>  Chinese, African think tanks urged to be heard

By Yang Yijun

Chinese and African think tanks should strive to have a greater voice, a senior Chinese official urged on Monday of October 21.

Addressing the third meeting of the China-Africa Think Tanks Forum, State Councilor Yang Jiechi called on thinks tanks of the two countries to strengthen research and studies on bilateral relations, as well as Chinese and African affairs.

He urged the think tanks to strive for a greater voice internationally so as to better serve China-Africa relations.

The think tanks should seize the opportunity and help the development of China-Africa relations, according to Yang.

A partnership plan for Chinese and African think tanks was launched at the forum. Expressing congratulations on behalf of the Chinese government, Yang said the plan will enhance the level of bilateral exchanges and cooperation.




>>  Chinese top political adviser meets Namibian guests

By Liu Dongkai

China’s top political adviser Yu Zhengsheng met in Beijing on Monday of October 21 with a Namibian delegation headed by Magreth Mensah-Williams, vice chair of the National Council.

Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), welcomed Mensah to China again. He said the CPPCC and the National Council of Namibia have maintained friendly exchanges that help enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

Yu expressed the hope that the two sides should further increase contact, step up exchange of experience on building the legal system and economic and social development and carry out cooperation in various forms so as to make fresh contribution the growth of the two countries.

Yu said the people of China and Namibia have forged deep friendship as bilateral relations continued to grow over the past two and more decades. He said China is ready to work with Namibia to advance bilateral relations to new levels.

Mensah expressed appreciation to China for its long-term support of Namibia. She said the two countries share a great potential for cooperation. She expressed the hope that the two sides carry out even more cooperation in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and education. 




>>  Chinese riot police take Liberia peacekeeping mission

By Liu Lu

A police riot squad left Beijing on Monday night to join an eight-month UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia, said the Ministry of Public Security.

It is the first time China has sent a riot police unit to Africa.

According to the ministry, the 140 members of the squad were selected from field police officers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, and passed UN examinations after three months of training in international law, English, driving and first aid.

Since 2000, China has sent 1,946 police officers on UN peacekeeping missions. 




>>  China’s tax revenue rises 9 pct in first three quarters

By Han Jie, Gao Li and Cheng Jing

China’s tax revenue, a major source of the government’s fiscal income, grew 9 percent year on year in the first three quarters, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Monday of October 21.

During the January-September period, the government collected tax revenue totaling 8.44 trillion yuan (1.38 trillion U.S. dollars). The growth was 0.4 percentage points higher than the rate seen in the same period last year, the data showed.

The ministry attributed the steady growth to a low comparison base, improving economic strength, as well as the booming property market that has lifted related tax incomes.

China’s economy has gradually emerged from a protracted slowdown this year, expanding 7.7 percent in the first nine months, in line with market expectations and above the government’s full-year target of 7.5 percent.

The revenue from domestic value-added tax (VAT), a type of tax levied on the difference between a commodity’s retail price and production cost, increased 8.2 percent to 2.08 trillion yuan, thanks in part to China’s widening VAT reforms.

Consumption tax revenues saw slower growth in the first nine months, gaining merely 3.8 percent year on year due to a sluggish tobacco and alcohol market, the ministry said.

Turnover tax revenues grew 10.9 percent to 1.29 trillion yuan, retreating 1.2 percentage points from the first three quarters of last year, while growth for corporate and personal income tax moved up 14.3 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively.

Notably, the turnover taxes and deed taxes in the property sector surged 37.4 percent and 40.4 percent, respectively, on robust transactions.

Fiscal revenue in China includes taxes, administrative fees and other government income, including fines and earnings from state-owned assets.

Previous MOF data show that China’s fiscal revenue expanded 8.6 percent from a year earlier to 9.84 trillion yuan in the first nine months amid the economic warm-up.




>>  Yuan funds for foreign exchange rise

By Liu Xinyong and Wang Yu

China’s yuan funds outstanding for foreign exchange rose for a second month in September, indicating the country is seeing more capital inflow, according to official data released on Monday of October 21.

China’s total yuan funds outstanding for foreign exchange reached 27.5 trillion yuan (4.5 trillion U.S. dollars) at the end of September, up 126.4 billion yuan from August, according to figures from the People’s Bank of China, China’s central bank.

The funds, a major indicator of international capital movement into or out of China, declined in both June and July, raising concerns of capital outflow.

The stabilization of China’s economy is believed to be a major reason behind the increase.

Data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed that China’s economy expanded by 7.8 percent in the third quarter, up from 7.5 percent in the second quarter.

The purchasing managers’ index for the manufacturing sector rose for a third month in September to a 17-month high of 51.1 percent, signaling continued expansion in the manufacturing sector.  




>>  JPMorgan approved to offer local mutual funds in China

By Zhang Yi

JPMorgan Chase has received a regulator’s nod to offer local securities investment funds to investors in China, the bank said on Monday of October 21.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission has allowed JPMorgan’s locally incorporated bank to offer an RMB money market fund to its institutional and corporate investors, according to the bank’s announcement.

The fund is managed by China International Fund Management Co., Ltd., a joint venture of JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited and Shanghai International Trust Co., Ltd.

Zili Shao, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan China, said “by obtaining a fund distribution license, we now integrate best-in-class asset management advisory services for our institutional clients.”

“We believe institutional and corporate clients in China are growing in size and sophistication, they are demanding more robust investment solutions and service,” said John Donohue, Head of J.P. Morgan Global Liquidity.

JPMorgan Chase Bank (China) was launched in 2007. It offers services in derivatives, foreign exchange and local currency trading, government bond underwriting, trade finance, fund distribution and commercial banking.




>>  Chinese Vice Premier to attend western China int’l fair

By Xiong Zhengyan

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will travel to Chengdu, capital of west China’s Sichuan Province, to attend the 14th Western China International Fair (WCIF), Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced on Monday of October 21.

Wang will also deliver a keynote speech at the 6th Western China International Cooperation Forum during his stay in Chengdu from Tuesday to Wednesday, Hua said at a daily press briefing.

Foreign guests attending the WCIF include Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Canadian Governor-General David Johnston, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov, Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altanhuyag, Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Belarusian Vice Prime Minister Anatoliy Tozik, Hua said.  




>>  China allocates funds to boost food security

By Rong Jiaojiao and Han Jie

The Chinese central government has allocated 600 million yuan (97.88 million U.S. dollars) to encourage food output and help boost China’s food security, the Ministry of Finance announced on Monday of October 21.

The funds have been allocated to five major agricultural provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangxi to subsidize food production and upgrade agricultural technology, said the ministry.

The funds will be used to encourage banks to increase lending to rural areas, to improve farming conditions and farmers’ productivity, according to the ministry.

China’s grain output this summer, mostly wheat, hit a record high of 132 million tonnes, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

The production of maize, harvested in autumn, is expected to hit a record high of 215 million tonnes, according to the State Administration of Grain.

The country’s grain output rose 3.2 percent year on year to hit 589.57 million tonnes in 2012, marking the ninth consecutive year of growth, according to NBS data.




>>  Governments to be given more environmental protection responsibilities

By Ren Ke and Yu Xiaojie

Chinese governments at all levels will be given more responsibility in improving the environment, a draft amendment to the environmental protection law, tabled for its third reading on Monday of October 21, has outlined.

The bill, which aims to curb China’s deteriorating environment, was submitted to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), which runs from Monday to Friday.

Compared with the version that was tabled for the second reading in June, the latest amendment adds a clause which says that governments at all levels should increase financial input in improving the environment and preventing pollution, and use funds in a more efficient way.

It stipulates that the state should support the development of the environmental protection industry with policies and measures in finance, taxation, pricing and procurement.

The draft amendment also increases the role of environmental protection in evaluating a government’s performance. Governments should view environmental protection work as a criterion when evaluating related departments and governments at lower levels, as well as officials in charge of subordinate authorities.

The results should be open to the public, says the draft amendment.

The amendment also addresses relations between economic development and environmental protection, adding a new clause which says related departments of the State Council, or the cabinet, and provincial-level governments should fully consider the environmental impact and listen to expert opinion when making policies.

The draft amendment increases punishments by handing down criminal sanctions to those responsible for trying to escape supervision when having to comply with laws. Those responsible for environmental pollution accidents by producing or using pesticides that are banned by the government will also face harsher punishment.

Institutions carrying out environmental evaluations for construction projects will bear joint liability if they are fraudulent in the service they offer, says the draft amendment.

Soil contamination is also addressed in the amendment, which says the state will establish a system to survey, monitor, evaluate and restore the soil environment.

The law has not been revised since it took effect in 1989. Over the past 24 years, the country has faced a deteriorating environment, with poor air, water and soil quality, as well as a more vulnerable ecosystem, which has affected people’s health and everyday lives.

The Chinese government and the ruling Communist Party have stressed the importance of environmental protection in recent years and have taken strict measures.

However, in a report to the NPC Standing Committee, the NPC’s Law Committee said some major problems still exist. Some local governments overlooked environmental protection and concentrated on economic development.

The cost of breaking laws is too low, while public awareness of the environment needs to be strengthened, said the report.

The Law Committee said the draft amendment will be further improved after collecting opinions from senior legislators and related departments during the session.




>>  Wild birds in Beibu Gulf need protecting: experts

By Sun Xiaozheng, Guan Hao and Wu Baoshu

Wild birds need to be protected in the Beibu Gulf in southwestern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region as rapid economic growth in the region takes place, experts have warned.

Zhang Zhengwang, secretary general of China Ornithological Society and a professor at Beijing Normal University said local governments should establish eco-regions to protect wildlife, with a focus on sustainable development.

“I have seen factories spring up in the Beibu Gulf Economic Belt, and I am worried about the existence of local wild birds,” Zhang said during a seminar on bird protection in the gulf held on Sunday.

The Beibu Gulf is an important stopover for migratory birds along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and safeguarding the environment is crucial, Zhang said.

Having researched birds in Bohai Bay, home to China’s northern economic power house, Zhang found that extensive land reclamation of tidal flats has led to the decline in the number of wild birds. He does not want a similar tragedy to happen in the Beibu Gulf.

Some cities around the gulf have taken action. Fangchenggang City of Guangxi has implemented a “green barrier” project to protect the ecosystem through natural reserves, which has effectively protected the area’s mangrove forest.

“To find a balance in economic development and wildlife protection is never an easy task,” said Paul Insua-Cao, project coordinator of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

Insua-Cao said illegal bird hunting must be punished, while international cooperation in migratory bird protection needed improving.

The Beibu Gulf Economic Zone covering Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan was approved by the central government in 2008 and is part of the country’s “Go West” strategy to boost its less developed western regions.




>>  Court to announce decision on Bo’s appeal

By Ren Ke, Guo Likun, Gao Jie and Liu Baosen

The Shandong Higher People’s Court announced Monday of October 21 that it will announce the decision on Bo Xilai’s appeal case at 10 a.m. on October 25.

Bo was charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power at a trial held at the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court from August 22 to 26, and the court sentenced him to life imprisonment on September 22.

He did not accept his sentence and submitted an appeal to the Shandong Higher People’s Court, which decided to hear his appeal, the higher court announced on October 9.

The 64-year-old Bo is former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.

He was found guilty of taking bribes totaling 20.44 million yuan (about 3.3 million U.S. dollars), either personally or through his family members, between 1999 and 2012.

The intermediate court also convicted Bo of stealing 5 million yuan of government funds and of having abused his power when handling the murder of British citizen Neil Heywood by his wife, Bogu Kailai, and an assistant, as well as the defection of Wang Lijun, then Chongqing’s police chief and vice mayor.

Bo was deprived of political rights for life, and his personal assets were also confiscated.

The illicit money and goods that Bo accepted as bribes or embezzled have been recovered or compensated, according to the court judgement.

Bo and his lawyer had denied all three charges but the court held that there was sufficient and authentic evidence to support prosecutors’ charges.




>>  Chinese netizens select grassroots heros

By Liu Lu

A total of 10 grassroots heroes or “Good Samaritans” for the third quarter of 2013 have been unveiled after a public online vote which started at the beginning of October.

Initiated and sponsored by Xinhua News Agency, netizens selected 10 grassroots heros from 20 candidates who have drawn attention to moral and societal issues.

The 10 heros include Shaanxi Province’s Niu Yuqin, who over the last 28 years has planted more than 7,300 hectares of trees to control decertification, and Chen Zeren, who has donated over 160 liters of blood in 10 years.

The vote, held since 2010, is conducted quarterly to promote ordinary people’s good deeds and improve moral awareness in society.




>>  Cross-Strait forum mulls cooperation in 5G standard

By Cheng Zhuo

Experts and representatives of industrial associations and businesses from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Monday attended a cross-Strait forum in Taiwan’ s Tamsui to discuss future cooperation on the 5G telecommunication standard.

The forum on cross-Strait development of the information industry and technical standards, was the 10th of its kind and was jointly hosted by the mainland-based China Communications Standard Association (CCSA), Chinese Electronics Standardization Association (CESA), and the Taiwan-based SINOCON Industrial Standards Foundation. More than 70 representatives from the mainland attended.

At the opening of the forum, Wu Hequan, chairman of the CCSA, handed over laboratory test reports on 4G/TD-LTE operations to Steve Ruey-long Chen, chairman of the SINOCON foundation.

Representatives from the two sides also signed and published documents on common technical standards regarding 4G/TD-LTE, panel display and solar photovoltaic industries.

The laboratory test information may help businesses in Taiwan conduct 4G/TD-LTE tests and shorten the research and development period.

It is the first time the forum has discussed 5G standards. Taiwan and the mainland may also join hands in developing cloud services and software applications.

Yang Xueshan, honorary chairman of the CCSA and CESA, noted that the mainland will finish building the largest 4G network in the world by the end of this year.

He also expressed his hopes for collaboration in LED, chip manufacture and panel display industries.




>>  China emphasizes legal education for teachers

By Liu Lu and Wu Jing

China’s Ministry of Education on Monday, issued a circular on legal education for teachers in primary and middle schools, after a nationwide spate of child molestation.

The circular said that primary and middle school teachers should receive at least 10 class hours of legal education each year via symposiums, reports and seminars.

The circular urged that teachers should learn the laws and regulations on protection of juveniles, improve respect and care for students, and strengthen their abilities to protect students from assault.

All principals and teachers in primary and middle schools across the country should finish their legal education in three years, the circular said.

China has seen multiple reports of teachers molesting or raping students in this year, sparking concerns about the safety of students and calls for strict management of teaching staff.

In a recent case, a primary school teacher in east China’s Jiangxi Province was sentenced to 14 years in jail on Oct. 18 for molesting seven of his female pupils.




>>  Foxconn builds new plant in southwest China

By Lü Qiuping and Huang Yong

Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics contractor, on Monday started building a new plant in southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

The company’s chairman Terry Gou said at the construction inauguration ceremony that the plant, described as the four-generation industrial park located in the Gui’an New Area near the provincial capital Guiyang, would be completely environmental-friendly during the construction and production.

Construction of the first phase, covering 3,900 mu (260 hectares), is expected to be completed and in use by July next year.

The plant will develop and manufacture mobile phones, tablet computers, televisions, electronic whiteboards, touch screens, video walls and LED illuminations.

The total production value of the plant is expected to reach 35 billion yuan (5.78 billion U.S. dollars) by 2016.

A living zone complex, including stores, recreational venues and dormitories of 230,000 square meters, will be built in the plant to house 6,000 workers.

Foxconn also has plants in the provinces of Henan, Sichuan, Hebei, Shanxi and Hubei and Chongqing Municipality.




>>  Eight disciplined in railway construction scandal

By Li Zhihui

Eight people have been given Party or administrative punishment in a scandal that involved high reception spending at a railway construction company, a discipline official said on Monday of October 21.

The China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) admitted in March it spent 837-million-yuan (135 million U.S.dollars) on receptions last year, leading to public outrage.

Investigations found spending on reception fees was generally in accordance with regulations. However, there were problems as invoices were unstandardized, reimbursements of expenses were not strict enough and accounting was inappropriately classified, said Qiang Weidong, who is in charge of disciplinary affairs of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.

Authorities have punished those found violating laws and regulations at CRCC. A total of 57 people have been criticized, eight punished and one transferred to judicial authorities for prosecution, Qiang said during an interview with a website opened by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the anti-graft agency of the Communist Party of China.

He did not identify the individuals or what punishment they received.

The management of CRCC has taken measures to rectify problems and control costs, he said.

During the first half of 2013, the company reported a 20 percent drop in reception spending while its revenue grew 26 percent year on year, Qiang said.

“I think there will be no problem that annual reception fees drop 10 percent this year,” he said.

As one of the world’s largest construction companies, CRCC has over 2 million employees in more than 60 countries and regions.

Wang Qishan, secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, ordered that the case be dealt with severely. He asked supervisors to sign and endorse the investigation report so as to strengthen supervision and a sense of responsibility, Qiang said.

The method of endorsement should be promoted among disciplinary officials dispatched to supervise other centrally-administered state-owned companies, Qiang said.

In the first nine months of the year, 113 central state-owned enterprises saw their reception fees drop by about 37 percent year on year, he added.




>>  Five suspects arrested for fabricating online rumors to create troubles

By Liu Lu

Five men have been arrested in central China’s Hunan Province on charges of fabricating online rumors, blackmailing others and provoking troubles.

The victims include cadres and staff from enterprises and public institutions in more than 10 provinces and cities, involving millions of yuan, according to the Hengyang city procuratorate.

The procuratorate says that Ge Qiwei, head of the gang, whose original name was Zhou Bo, falsely claimed himself as a news reporter and blackmailed cadres with negative news.

He also fabricated and spread rumors to create troubles, which has severely smeared the image of local governments and disturbed social order, according to the procuratorate.

Ge confessed to the crime and wrote in an online letter of remorse that “the irresponsible spreading of information has brought extreme negative effects to the society.”




>>  Police looking into airport bomber’s allegations

By Chen Ji and Shi Shouhe

Police in south China’s Dongguan City are looking into the case of the Beijing airport bomber, allegedly beaten by security officers.

The public security bureau of Dongguan, in Guangdong Province, confirmed on Monday that it had filed a criminal investigation of the “intentional injury” of Ji Zhongxing.

Ji was sentenced to six years in prison last week for setting off a home-made explosive device at Beijing Capital International Airport in July, severely injuring himself.

Ji once worked in Guangdong and claimed that he was beaten in 2005 by local public security officers, resulting in his paralysis.

Dongguan police said further investigation into Ji’s alleged beating is under way.




>>  Quake-hit Tibetan county upgraded to China’s newest city

By Yi Ling and Wu Guangyu

China has upgraded the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous County, epicenter of a deadly 2010 quake, from a county-level administrative division to a city in order to boost the area’s development.

The new People’s Congress of Yushu City is about to hold its first meeting, at which government leaders will be appointed, Wu Dejun, the city’s newly-elected Communist Party chief, told Xinhua on Monday.

With an average altitude of 4,493 meters, the new city covers 15,700 square kilometers. It has a population of 120,000, of which about 93 percent are Tibetans.

The administrative promotion showed the central government’s concern and support for the underdeveloped area, which is inhabited by a large Tibetan population, said Wu.

With the upgrade, the city is expected to be given more financial and policy support from upper-level governments, though its administrative area and population remain unchanged.

Located on the plateau area of northwest China’s Qinghai Province, Yushu was hit heavily by a 7.0 magnitude quake three years ago, which left 2,698 people dead, 270 others missing and many towns flattened.

Reconstruction sponsored by the central government and other provinces began soon after the quake. In the education sector alone, three high schools, 13 primary schools and 15 kindergartens have been rebuilt.

With all reconstruction projects expected to be completed this year, a brand new city is taking shape.

“It’s a great leap forward for Yushu in appearance over the past three years, but the operation and management of such a new city poses a challenge for us, too,” said Wu.

“We will work hard to make Yushu City an example of city management, eco-tourism development, and cultural conservation in the Tibetan areas,” he said.




>>  Gov’t boosts Xinjiang’s cultural development

By Guo Likun

The Chinese government has been carrying out assistance programs, injecting funds, and training personnel to promote cultural development in the far western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the past years, Culture Minister Cai Wu said on Monday of October 21.

The Ministry of Culture has launched more than 80 projects to strengthen cultural heritage protection, build cultural service facilities, and boost the culture industry in Xinjiang, said Cai at a national audio-video conference.

Central government spending on transfer payments given to Xinjiang to implement major cultural projects reached 519 million yuan (85.18 million U.S. dollars) in the past three years, according to Cai.

Local governments have so far injected funds of 1.12 billion yuan into the initiative, he said.

In March 2010, the Chinese government initiated a “pairing assistance” support program, asking local governments in 19 relatively-prosperous provinces and municipalities to help to promote Xinjiang’s development.

Cai called for more efforts to enhance public cultural service facilities and to expand cultural exchanges and cooperation in Xinjiang.

Relevant authorities should conduct research and work out general plans for cultural development in the region, boost growth, enhance conservation of intangible cultural heritage, and cultivate a batch of art performance brands, he said.




>>  China creates 50 bln tonnes of rain annually

By Ren Ke

A report submitted to China’s top legislature on Monday of October 21 said the country creates about 50 billion tonnes of artificial rain each year, but extra efforts are needed during natural disasters.

The report on the implementation of China’s meteorological law, was submitted to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which runs from Monday to Friday.

The report said a total of 2,266 counties in the country use weather modification, with artificial rain used across an area covering 5 million square kilometers, about half of China’s land area.

The State Council, or the cabinet, has actively promoted a system of artificial weather, which has operated on a large-scale, coordinated and regular way, the report said.

In the meantime, the country has established a geosynchronous satellite and sun-synchronous satellite system to monitor weather. A total of seven meteorological satellites are in orbit, five of them operating normally.

However, present meteorological systems do not meet the demands for disaster prevention and relief, especially in grassroots and rural areas, added the report.

Due to the huge land area and complex climate and geological environment, China suffers from meteorological disasters, such as drought. In addition, global climate change has led to more extreme weather and natural disasters.

The report urged related departments to increase the accuracy of weather forecasts, and improve the administrative organization when it comes to artificial weather and disaster prevention.

The report suggested that legislation on meteorological disaster prevention be initiated as early as possible, to better serve society.




>>  China to further explore meteorological resources

By Ren Ke

China will conduct a general survey and assessment of its wind power, solar energy and other meteorological resources, according to a report submitted to the top legislature on Monday of October 21.

The report on the implementation of meteorological law, which was submitted to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) for deliberation, suggested that the government establish a database of meteorological resources and make plans to explore, utilize and preserve those resources.

Ji Bingxuan, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, delivered the report, saying that China has rich and various meteorological resources with huge development potential.

Ji suggested that regulations be introduced to explore and preserve meteorological resources in a proper and efficient way.

The report also called for improving meteorological department capabilities in disaster prevention and relief and establishing a system for public meteorological services focused on border areas, areas with complex geological environments, and the country’s vast western regions.

Providing agriculture services is a key mission of meteorological work, the report said.




>>  4.9-magnitude quake jolts Yecheng in Xinjiang

By Zhou Zhou

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake hit Yecheng county of Kashgar Prefecture in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 3:45 a.m. on Monday of October 21, according to China’s national seismological network.

The epicenter, at a depth of 100 km, was located at 35.9 degrees north latitude and 77.5 degrees east longitude, the network said. 






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