Official vows serious punishment for late-term abortions

 

 

 

 

>>  China urges US to safeguard diplomatic institutions

By Liao Lei

China on Tuesday of January 7 urged the United States to take measures to safeguard Chinese diplomatic and consular institutions, after police arrested a suspect for last week’s arson attack against the Chinese consulate building in San Francisco.

“China urges the U.S. side to thoroughly investigate the case, punish the troublemaker and take any necessary measures to effectively ensure the safety of Chinese diplomatic and consular institutions, and to avoid any further case of this kind,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

China will closely watch the case as the investigation continues, Hua said at a regular press briefing.

The front door of the Chinese consulate-general in San Francisco was severely damaged in last Wednesday’s arson attack, but no casualties resulted.

 

 

 

 

>>  Chinese FM spokeswoman dismisses Japanese

envoy’s remarks as “unreasonable”

By Hou Lijun

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday of January 7 rejected Japanese Ambassador to Britain Keiichi Hayashi’s recent remarks on China as “ignorant, unreasonable and arrogant.”

Hua made the comment at a regular press briefing when asked to respond to Hayashi’s article, “China risks becoming Asia’s Voldemort,” which was published in The Telegraph on Sunday.

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to Britain — also making reference to the “Harry Potter” villain — wrote in The Telegraph on January 1: “If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.”

Hayashi responded and wrote in The Telegraph, “there are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions, although Japan will not escalate the situation from its side.”

Hua reminded people to remember two facts. First, historically it was Japan that started the war of militarism aggression and brought calamities to the people of China and other countries in the region.

In China alone, Japan’s aggressive war caused more than 35 million casualties, she said.

Japanese militarism’s crimes against its neighboring countries in history are too numerous to record and cannot be denied and wiped out by anyone, she said.

Militarism still haunts Japan, said Hua, noting that the Japanese leaders paid homage at the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, which overtly flaunts the belief that Japan’s aggressive war was justified.

The second fact is that the population of China is more than 10 times that of Japan and the area of China is about 26 times that of Japan, yet China’s per capita military spending is only one-fifth of Japan’s, said Hua. The spokeswoman added that this makes it clear to everyone who is expanding military build-up and threatening security.

Noting that militarism aggression is the darkest evil in Japan’s history, the spokeswoman urged the country to face up to and overcome the evil in its history and mentality, so as to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

“Otherwise, Japan will continue to stand in the dock of history,” she said.

 

 

 

 

>>  China urges South Sudan’s warring sides to start peace talks

By Hu Yao

China urged South Sudan’s warring sides to start peace talks as soon as possible and seek a reasonable and rational way out, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Addis Ababa on Monday of January 7.

China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is dedicated to safeguarding global and regional peace and stability, Wang said after meeting separately with representatives of South Sudan’s warring sides in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

China, a friend of South Sudan, is willing to play a constructive role in promoting the launch of peace talks between its warring parties, Wang pointed out, saying it is imperative for the world’s youngest country to safeguard stability and grow its economy.

The minister said that China was gravely concerned about the recent clashes in South Sudan, and hoped that both sides, in a accordance with the comprehensive and long-term interest of the South Sudanese people, could cease fire and violence, and restore the rule of law and order.

Although the two sides have still differed in opinion, they have managed to narrow down those differences and increase consensus, which lays a foundation for peace talks, Wang said.

He urged the two sides to start peace talks at an early date and try to find out a rational solution to their conflicts.

Expressing their appreciation of China’s stance on South Sudan, the representatives of the warring sides said they would like to solve the conflicts by peaceful means under the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and hoped to start peace talks as soon as possible.

The two sides also welcomed China, a major country of the world and true friend of South Sudan, to play a constructive role in promoting peace in South Sudan.

They both pledged to take concrete measures to safeguard the security of Chinese enterprises and people in South Sudan.

 

 

 

 

>>  Chinese FM spokeswoman dismisses Japanese envoy’s

remarks as “unreasonable”

By  Hou Lijun

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Tuesday of January 7 rejected Japanese Ambassador to Britain Keiichi Hayashi’s recent remarks on China as “ignorant, unreasonable and arrogant.”

Hua made the comment at a regular press briefing when asked to respond to Hayashi’s article, “China risks becoming Asia’s Voldemort,” which was published in The Telegraph on Sunday.

Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to Britain — also making reference to the “Harry Potter” villain — wrote in The Telegraph on Jan. 1: “If militarism is like the haunting Voldemort of Japan, the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo is a kind of horcrux, representing the darkest parts of that nation’s soul.”

Hayashi responded and wrote in The Telegraph, “there are two paths open to China. One is to seek dialogue, and abide by the rule of law. The other is to play the role of Voldemort in the region by letting loose the evil of an arms race and escalation of tensions, although Japan will not escalate the situation from its side.”

Hua reminded people to remember two facts. First, historically it was Japan that started the war of militarism aggression and brought calamities to the people of China and other countries in the region.

In China alone, Japan’s aggressive war caused more than 35 million casualties, she said.

Japanese militarism’s crimes against its neighboring countries in history are too numerous to record and cannot be denied and wiped out by anyone, she said.

Militarism still haunts Japan, said Hua, noting that the Japanese leaders paid homage at the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, which overtly flaunts the belief that Japan’s aggressive war was justified.

The second fact is that the population of China is more than 10 times that of Japan and the area of China is about 26 times that of Japan, yet China’s per capita military spending is only one-fifth of Japan’s, said Hua. The spokeswoman added that this makes it clear to everyone who is expanding military build-up and threatening security.

Noting that militarism aggression is the darkest evil in Japan’s history, the spokeswoman urged the country to face up to and overcome the evil in its history and mentality, so as to win the trust of its Asian neighbors and the international community.

“Otherwise, Japan will continue to stand in the dock of history,” she said.

 

 

 

 

>>  China hails ROK president’s call for closer bilateral ties

By Bai Jie

China on Tuesday of January 7 spoke highly of statements made by President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Park Geun-hye on current bilateral ties at a press conference on Monday, expressing the hope to further promote their strategic cooperative partnership.

Park said during her first news conference since inauguration on Monday that current China-ROK ties are closer than at any time in history, and called on both sides to make further contributions to enhancing both peoples’ well-being and realizing peace and stability in northeast Asia.

“China spoke highly of President Park’s statements,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a daily press briefing.

Park’s state visit to China in June last year left Chinese with a deep and good impression, said Hua.

The two countries reached an important consensus on enriching and deepening bilateral ties, pointing out the direction for the development of ties in the next five years and beyond, she said.

Further development of the relationship between the two neighboring countries is not only in the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, but is also conducive to regional peace and stability, said Hua.

China is ready to work with the ROK to continue to push forward the healthy and steady development of the strategic cooperative partnership, said Hua.

 

 

 

 

>>  Nigerian president praises outgoing Chinese ambassador

for boosting bilateral ties

By Shao Xinlian and  Olatunji Saliu

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday of January 7 spoke highly of Deng Boqing, the outgoing Chinese ambassador in Nigeria, for boosting bilateral ties.

At an audience with the Deng, Jonathan said relations between Nigeria and China tremendously developed during Deng’s tenure in the last three years and bilateral trade witnessed a phenomenal increase.

The president commended China’s support for the rehabilitation of Nigerian transportation infrastructure and the development of water and power sectors, calling for greater investment from China in agricultural and other key sectors.

Deng, who arrived in Nigeria to assume office in September 2010, said his most fulfilling assignment was facilitating Jonathan’s state visit to China in 2013.

He assured the president that he would continue to work for the expansion of the cordial relations between both countries wherever he finds himself.

 

 

 

 

>>  Chinese vice premier meets ADB president

By Zhang Yi

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli met with President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao on Tuesday of January 7 in Beijing and exchanged views on cooperation between China and the ADB.

Zhang said China is willing to strengthen partnership with the ADB as the two sides have had good cooperation over past years.

He said Asia development is faced with severe challenges and the ADB, as an important multilateral development organization, should continue to play a vital role in poverty reduction and development in Asia.

The Communist Party of China has laid out an overall assignment for China’s further reform, which could make positive contributions to world economic growth, he said.

Nakao expressed willingness to further enhance cooperation with China and provide support to China for its reform and development.

 

 

 

 

>>  Top legislator urges improving congress system

By Hu Longjiang

Top Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang on Tuesday of January 7 urged the strengthening of theoretical study of China’s congress system to help it advance with the times.

Zhang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislature, made the remarks while attending the founding ceremony of an institute for NPC system study.

Zhang said the NPC system, the fundamental political system of China, has demonstrated superiority and vitality and has proved to be a system that suits China’s national conditions and the times.

Lawmakers and researchers must enhance their confidence in the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and unswervingly adhere to the NPC system, said Zhang.

Zhang also urged constantly developing the NPC system based on China’s conditions to make it better serve China’s deepening reforms and the rule of law, said Zhang.

 

 

 

 

>>  China works for a more unified GDP calculation

By Xu Feng

China will ramp up efforts to make national and provincial GDP calculation more unified to ensure statistics more accurately reflect economic performance, an official said on Tuesday of January 7.

Unified plans for local GDP calculation should be drawn up as soon as possible, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) chief Ma Jiantang said.

As GDP growth used to be a crucial factor for local officials’ job promotion, problems existed between the usually inflated sum of provincial GDP figures and the national GDP statistics calculated by the NBS.

Ma said China will review national and provincial GDP figures calculated in 2013 and earlier years with the new method while urging stricter calculation of quarterly and whole-year provincial GDP growth this year.

The calculation of energy consumption in GDP growth shall also be improved this year to make GDP statistics more relevant.

The NBS aims to more effectively track the country’s fixed asset investment by switching from an analysis of the progress of projects to an examination of a unit’s fiscal outlay.

 

 

 

 

>>  Earliest math document discovered in China

By Li Laifang and Li Jiangtao

 

Photo taken on January 5, 2011 shows Tsinghua University’s collection

of bamboo documents being displayed in Beijing.   Photo – Xinhua

 

 

Chinese archeologists and experts announced on Tuesday of January 7 they have discovered the country’s earliest mathematics document dating back more than 2,200 years ago.

The document consists of a mathematical method inscribed on bamboo slips from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), according to Li Xueqin, head of the Research and Conservation Center for Excavated Texts of Tsinghua University.

The unearthed document provides a method for the multiplication of any two whole numbers under 100 and certain fractions, said Li, a well-known historian.

The document is the earliest of its kind discovered so far and has filled in a historical blank for math documents prior to the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), according to Guo Shuchun, director of the Chinese Society of the History of Mathematics.

It is older and had greater calculating functions than other ancient multiplication tables discovered, said Guo. “It was very advanced for the world at that time and is an important discovery in the mathematical history of China and even the world.”

In July 2008, Tsinghua University in Beijing acquired a rare collection of 2,500 slip bamboo items belonging to the late Warring States period, which had been smuggled out of China.

 

 

 

 

>>  Local government financing should be standardized: official

By Liu Xinyong and Wang Peiwei

China should establish a more market-oriented and standardized system for local government financing partly to fuel the enormous capital need of its urbanization, a central bank official said Tuesday.

Pan Gongsheng, vice governor of the People’s Bank of China, said at a meeting that debt burdens of local authorities have been increasing rapidly in recent years. They relied on local government financing vehicles (LGFVs) or companies set up by local authorities to raise funds and bypass restrictions on direct government financing.

China bans local administrations from borrowing directly from banks and has only allowed a few regions, including Shanghai and Guangdong, to issue bonds directly.

A lack of direct financing channels has forced local governments to circumvent the rules by setting up thousands of LGFVs to raise funds.

After China’s banking regulator ordered commercial banks to strictly control loans made to LGFVs starting in 2010, many local administrations were forced to turn to shadow banking, which boosted their financing costs, Pan said.

To build a more transparent and rule-based financing system, Chinese cities should be allowed to issue bonds directly, different from the current practice of bond issuances through government of a higher level, he said.

Pan added that the country should accelerate the development of a multi-tiered capital market and improve the long-term process for local government financing.

The National Audit Office said last week that liabilities directly carried by administrations at various levels stood at 20.7 trillion yuan (3.4 trillion U.S. dollars) at the end of June, up 8.6 percent from the end of 2012.

In breakdown, direct central government debt stood at 9.81 trillion yuan at the end of June. The remaining 10.89 trillion yuan was borrowed by local administrations, an increase of 13 percent from the end of 2012.

 

 

 

 

>>  China imposes air quality targets

By Zuo Yuanfang

China’s 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have been set targets to reduce main air pollutants by 5 to 25 percent, in the country’s latest effort to combat pollution.

Among the provincial-level regions, eleven were given PM2.5-reducing tasks, including an annual 25 percent decrease, the highest, for Beijing and neighboring Tianjin municipality and Hebei Province, according to a liability paper signed Tuesday by the regions and the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Shanxi will have to cut the indices by 20 percent, followed by 15 percent for Guangdong and Chongqing and 10 percent for Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The other regions were ordered to cut their PM10 readings by 5 to 15 percent, with only Hainan and Yunnan provinces and Tibet Autonomous Region, where air pollution is relatively slight, given no specific goals but “continuous improvements” must be made.

PM2.5 refers to airborne particles measuring less than 2.5 microns while PM10 gauges particulate matter under 10 micrometers. Both are main air pollution indicators.

The paper also urged regions to take various measures such as reducing the use of coal, eliminating outdated industrial capacity as well as better management and control of heating boilers, vehicles and dust.

Local governments have been ordered to map out detailed plans to ensure the implementation of various anti-pollution methods and lay down specific goals for each year.

Meanwhile, the State Council, or China’s Cabinet, is mulling a system to evaluate each provincial-level government’s progress, and those failing to reach their goals will be named and shamed. They will have to provide explanations and make corrections.

Despite a wide spectrum of measures including severer punishment for industrial polluters and the auction and lottery of car license plates, a government report revealed last month that progress was lagging in four environmental targets, including carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption.

In the relatively more polluted northern area, Beijing reported 58 days of heavy air pollution last year, or roughly one heavy pollution day in every six.

 

 

 

 

>>  Railway police inspect high-speed rails for upcoming travel rush

By Hu Longjiang

Chinese railway police have begun a nationwide inspection on high-speed rails to ensure safety during one of the busiest travel seasons next month.

Railway police will check every high-speed train and carriage in operation and overhaul any possible safety hazards, according to a Tuesday statement from the railway police authorities.

Starting January 16, there will be a 40-day travel rush in China, as most people go home to their families for the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on January 31.

About 257 million trips will be made on the railways during the period, and high-speed railways will play a big role in carrying passengers, according to the Ministry of Transport.

China’s railway network has topped 100,000 km in total track distance, of which more than 10,000 km is high speed.

 

 

 

 

>>  Subway stations in bustling Beijing to broadcast classical music

By Yang Hui

Passengers taking the subway in Beijing can enjoy classical music by the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from Tuesday, sources with the center said.

“The move aims to make people feel more relaxed in the bustling city,” said Deng Yijiang, vice head of the NCPA.

Music will be played in five separate periods of time from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day.

Wang Chunqiang, an official with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, said the music will create a good environment for passengers and has received positive feedback since its trial in November.

Noting that more international metropolises have chosen to broadcast classical music on public transportation vehicles, Wang said the move will improve service and help build Beijing into a cultural city.

Famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang told the press that he hoped more people can share the glamour of elegant arts.

Beijing Subway Company (BSC) runs 14 subway lines carrying more than nine million passengers on a peak day. The new music move cover a total of 160 stations in ten lines.

Statistics from the company showed that the subway carried 2.74 billion passengers in 2013, a 30 percent increase compared with 2012.

The program is jointly launched by the NCPA and the BSC.

 

 

 

>>  China to allow full foreign ownership in telecom services in Shanghai FTZ

By Zhang Zhongkai and Liu Juhua

China will open up seven telecom value-added services to foreign capital in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, with five allowing for full foreign ownership, a senior telecom official said on Tuesday of January 7.

Services with no cap for foreign ownership will include app stores, store and forward, domestic multi-party communication, call centers and home Internet access, according to Wen Ku, head of the telecom development department of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Online data and dealing analysis services will allow a foreign ownership of no more than 55 percent, Wen said.

The move is another step in opening up the country’s telecom sector as China has already committed under the WTO to open information service, store-and-forward, and online data and dealing analysis services, with a 50-percent cap for foreign stake.

Enterprises that apply for the services should register and base their infrastructure in the Shanghai FTZ, and all services may be available to the whole country, except home Internet access services, which will be confined within the FTZ, Wen said.

Detailed application instructions will be released to facilitate investment in the services, Wen added.

 

 

 

 

>>  Xinjiang cloud computing center starts operations

By Li Laifang and Xiong Congru

The cloud computing center of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region officially started operations on Tuesday, a key step for the region in building a regional information hub for Central and Western Asia.

The center, built by Dawning Information Industry Co., Ltd., a national high-tech enterprise, currently provides cloud computing services for electronic government platforms, urban management, language and culture, and new energy development.

Xinjiang named the cloud computing industry as a strategic and new industry in 2011. The region has invested nearly 30 billion yuan (4.9 billion U.S. dollars) in the industry with a number of projects launched.

“The Xinjiang cloud computing center has not only completed construction in hardware, but also made breakthroughs in practical use,” said Su Guoping, an official with the Xinjiang Economic and Informatization Commission.

In the next ten years, Xinjiang aims to realize an annual output value of 32 billion yuan in the industry and become the largest data center in western China, said Su.

Cloud computing generally refers to services, including software and storage, accessed by users through the Internet.

 

 

 

 

>>  China’s farm produce prices rise slightly

By Rong Jiaojiao and Liu Yangyang

Farm produce prices in 36 major Chinese cities rose slightly in the week ending Jan. 5 compared with the previous week, according to Ministry of Commerce statistics on Tuesday of January 7.

Average wholesale prices of 18 kinds of vegetables rose 2.9 percent from a week earlier, while the costs of bitter gourds and eggplants increased 10.7 percent and 8.5 percent respectively.

The prices of grain and oil rose slightly, with soybean oil increasing 0.1 percent.

The price of eggs rose 0.3 percent while the average wholesale cost of aquatic products dropped 0.1 percent.

The cost of beef went up 0.2 percent, while pork prices dropped 0.8 percent compared with the previous week.

Food accounts for about one-third of China’s consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation.

The CPI grew 3 percent year on year in November, down from 3.2 percent in October, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

 

 

 

>>  Guangdong Xinbao sets 10.5-yuan IPO price

By Zhu Shaobin

Guangdong Xinbao Electrical Appliances Holdings Co., Ltd. said on Tuesday of January 7 it will issue no more than 76 million new shares on China’s A-share market with a set price of 10.5 yuan (1.72 U.S. dollars).

The company’s share subscription announcement was the first to come after the nation’s securities regulator approved initial public offerings (IPO) by Guangdong Xinbao and four other companies on Dec. 30. The share subscription also signaled the recommencement of IPOs in the Chinese stock market after a freeze for more than a year.

The company expects to raise up to 798 million yuan through the IPO. Its shares will be listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, according to an announcement filed to the exchange.

Guangdong Xinbao, established in 1995 and based in Foshan of south China’s Guangdong Province, manufactures home appliances such as electric kettles and toasters.

In the stock markets, the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index opened 0.56 percent lower at 2,034.22 points while the Shenzhen Component Index dropped 0.74 percent to open at 7,760.96 points.

 

 

 

 

>>  SAIC Motor sells 5 mln units in 2013

By Lu Wenjun and Li Baojie

Sales at SAIC Motor Corp., China’s largest carmaker, in 2013 rose 13.7 percent year on year to exceed 5.1 million units, the company announced on Tuesday of January 7.

SAIC Motor, which has joint ventures with General Motors and Volkswagen, is the country’s first carmaker to break the five-million-unit mark in annual sales.

Shanghai General Motors Co. sold 1.58 million vehicles, up 13.1 percent year on year.

Shanghai Volkswagen Co. sold 1.53 million units, up 19.1 percent.

SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co., mainly a minivan maker, sold 1.6 million units, up 9.8 percent year on year.

SAIC Motor also sold 230,000 own branded, or Roewe and MG cars, an annual increase of 15 percent.

Last year, the carmaker exported over 110,000 vehicles in 2013, up 10 percent year on year. The Chevrolet Sail model accounted for more than 57 percent of exports.

In 2013, SAIC Motor set up an international trading subsidiary in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone as part of efforts to help expansion of its two overseas subsidiaries and also to boost sales abroad.

 

 

 

 

>>  Imported iron ore stockpiles up in China

By Rong Jiaojiao and Liu Kaixiong

Stockpiles of iron ore at 25 major Chinese ports increased last week, according to Tuesday’s Xinhua-China iron ore index report.

At the end of the December 31 to January 6 period, inventories of imported iron ore stood at 85.43 million tonnes, up 1.23 million tonnes or 1.46 percent over the previous period, the report said.

The index, compiled through research and analysis of 25 sea ports, showed that the price index for iron ore imports with a 62 percent purity grade increased two points from the previous week to 135. The index for imports of 58 percent purity grade rose two points to 122.

The report said that most traders still maintained a wait-and-see attitude toward iron ore products as the downstream market did not rebound during the New Year holiday.

The report predicted that the drop in steel demand will have a negative impact on iron ore trading and it is unlikely that there will be large-scale purchase orders of iron ore next week.

 

 

 

 

>>  China’s invoice violations exceed 8 bln USD in 2013

By Liu Lu

A total 10,043 invoice crime cases were uncovered in 2013, involving more than 51.9 billion yuan (about 8.6 billion U.S. dollars), according to the Ministry of Public Security.

More than 4.9 billion yuan was retrieved during last year’s campaign to crack down on invoice violations, which was jointly carried out by the ministry and the State Administration of Taxation, the ministry said on Tuesday of January 7.

The ministry also announced ten serious cases of export-tax cheating through falsified invoices, fabricating special invoices for value-added tax and making and selling fake invoices in Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hubei, Henan and Jiangxi.

The ministry said that public security and taxation authorities will firmly curb invoice crime and strengthen tax assessment and supervision in order to further promote tax reform nationwide.

 

 

 

 

>>  Conjoined twins normal in first checkup after separation

By Cao Kai and Zou Tingyu

A pair of Chinese conjoined twin sisters, who shared the same liver, are developing normally according to their first hospital checkup since they were separated in August 2013, a hospital source said on Tuesday of January 7.

The twin sisters, born on June 14 and separated on August 8, have grown to 8.4 kg and 8.2 kg in weight, and 69.5 cm and 69 cm in height respectively, said Yang Tiquan, a surgeon at the No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University.

Their height and weight are no different from that of their peers, said Yang.

The twins, called “Damao” and “Xiaomao,” lost parts of their liver after separation, but have recovered normally, he said.

“Liver has strong regeneration capacity,” he said. “Their livers have grown and are normal in shape and size in ultrasound examinations.”

They have slight anemia and will improve after better nutrition, Yang said.

The occurrence of conjoined twin sisters is estimated to be 1 in 200,000 births. It’s even rarer for them to share the same liver. There have been no more than 10 successful separation operations on conjoined twins in China, he said.

Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. Most conjoined twins are stillborn, and many pairs born alive have seriously debilitating abnormalities.

 

 

 

>>  New H7N9 human case reported in Shenzhen

By Xiao Sisi and Qiang Lijing

The southern city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province reported a new human H7N9 case on Tuesday of January 7, raising the total number of such cases in the province to nine since August.

The patient is a 31-year-old man, surnamed Ou, who is a local resident living in Luohu District of Shenzhen, the provincial health and family planning commission said in a statement.

The statement said Ou became sick on December30 and was hospitalized at the People’s Hospital in Bao’an District on January 3. He is still receiving treatment at the hospital and is in stable condition.

No abnormal conditions have been found in the 35 people who were in close contact with the patient, it said.

So far, Guangdong has confirmed nine human H7N9 cases since Aug. 10, with two in Shenzhen, one in Foshan, one in Huizhou, two in Dongguan, and three in Yangjiang.

One patient in Dongguan City, surnamed He, died of multiple organ failure at 11:20 p.m. on Monday after being treated in a local hospital for about three weeks. He tested positive for the virus on Dec. 14, according to the statement.

 

 

 

 

>>  32 measles cases reported in north China university

By Sun Liangquan and Qiang Lijing

A university in north China’s Shanxi Province has reported 32 cases of measles since late December, local authorities announced on Tuesday of January 7.

As of Tuesday, 32 cases of measles have been confirmed in Datong University in the city of Datong, with two having recovered and been released from the hospital, the city government said in a news conference.

Thirty others are still being treated in local hospitals and are in stable condition now, the government said.

Local health authorities have sent experts to help with the disease control work in the university. To date, 68 students with fever symptoms have been quarantined and 2,306 of their classmates and roommates have received body temperature monitoring.

Meanwhile, 3,200 people who had close contact with the infected were vaccinated in the wake of the outbreak, according to the government.

Measles, a respiratory infection caused by Morbilliviruses, causes symptoms such as fever, coughing, runny nose and a rash, and usually strikes children. Spring is the prime infection season.

China has pledged to reduce the incidence of measles. The incidence rate of measles stood at 39 cases per 1 million people in 2009, and dropped to 7.5 cases per 1 million people in 2011.

 

 

 

 

>>  Official vows serious punishment for late-term abortions

By Cheng Zhuo

A Chinese health authority spokesman has vowed serious investigation and punishment of people responsible for forced late-term abortions in enforcing the country’s family planning policy.

Mao Qun’an, of the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), said at a press conference on Tuesday of January 7 that enforcement of family planning policy carried out in a brutal way is rigidly prohibited and forced late-term abortions are explicitly banned in China.

The official said the NHFPC’s attitude toward such practices is clear and adamant — serious punishment must be handed down for violations according to the law and disciplinary procedures.

Also at the press conference, Mao said the NHFPC is working to get ready for an easing of family planning policy that will allow more couples to have two children, if one parent is an only child.

Relevant services, such as pregnancy health and obstetrical care, should be prepared for the possible increase of newborns, he said.

According to Mao, preparation work is being carried out in an orderly manner.

 

 

 

 

>>  Ten jailed for producing, selling “gutter oil”

By Li Laifang, Gao Jie and Chen Shangying

A man was given a suspended death sentence and two others life in jail for producing and selling poisonous food, a court in east China ruled on Tuesday of January 7.

The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in Shandong Province also sentenced seven other defendants involved in the case to between five and 15 years, as well as fining them between 500,000 and two million yuan (82,000 to 327,000 U.S. dollars) each.

In March 2001, Zhu Chuanfeng and his two brothers Zhu Chuanqing and Zhu Chuanbo, invested in building an oil plant to process and sell animal oil.

In 2006, they began to produce “gutter oil”, which refers to oil illegally made by reprocessing waste oil or even leftovers from restaurants. It was then marketed and re-used as cooking oil.

They then sold the “gutter oil” to 17 edible oil dealers in Shandong and Shanxi provinces, with a sales value of 52.4 million yuan.

Zhu Chuanfeng was sentenced to death with a two year reprieve for producing, selling poisonous and harmful food, with all his personal assets seized.

Zhu’s two brothers received life imprisonment and their personal assets were confiscated.

China has been clamping down on “gutter oil” as part of its food safety efforts. The oil, which contains carcinogenic substances, is dangerous if consumed.

In October, a man from eastern China’s Jiangsu Province was sentenced to life imprisonment for profiting heavily from making and selling gutter oil. Fourteen others involved in the case were sentenced to up to 15 years in jail and fined up to 5 million yuan.

In April, 20 people were given jail terms ranging from seven years to life by a court in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province for manufacturing and selling “gutter oil” in two provinces.

 

 

 

 

>>  Southwest forest fire under control

By Hu Tao and Hou Wenkun

Firefighters have controlled a forest fire that broke out on Monday in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said on Tuesday.

As of 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, over 1,200 locals and firefighters had started to clear the affected area of forest near Xinjian Village, Jinjiang Township of Shangri-La County, said the county’s publicity department.

The forest fire had engulfed an area of eight hectares on the steep mountain, which is about 180 km away from Shangri-La County.

No casualties have been reported in the fire so far. The area is not a tourist site.

Local police are investigating the cause of the blaze.

 

 

 

 

>>  4 trapped miners dead in SW China

By Hu Tao, Li Fang and Huang Yong

All four miners trapped underground since a coal-mine gas burst in southwest China’s Guizhou Province on Saturday have been confirmed dead, local authorities said on Tuesday of January 7.

By 2:10 a.m. on Tuesday, rescuers had found the miners’ bodies in the pit of the coal mine in Qinglong County, according to the on-site rescue headquarters.

The accident took place at 11:29 a.m. on Saturday in the Zhongtian Coal Mine, when 24 miners were working underground.

Twenty miners have been rescued and face no risk to their lives.

 

 

 

 

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