Junior officials punished for anti-bureaucracy violations

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol

By Liu Tong and Yang Weihan

Vessels of the China Coast Guard (CCG) conducted a patrol mission in China’s territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Sunday, according to a statement from State Oceanic Administration on Monday of August 25.

The vessels are CCG 2305, 2146, 2102 and 2113.

China has been conducting the patrols on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China, Egypt agree to enhance defense cooperation

By Zhang Yuan

Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan met with Egyptian Vice Defense Minister Fouad Abdelhalim Elsayed Saad in Beijing on Monday of August 25.

The meeting focused on boosting defense cooperation between the two countries.

Hailing the sound momentum of bilateral military ties, Chang, also a state councilor, said China is willing to make joint efforts with Egypt to cement pragmatic cooperation between their two armed forces and promote military ties to a new level.

Fouad said his country attaches great importance to ties with China, and is committed to facilitating closer military cooperation.

Fouad is here to attend the second conference of the China-Egypt Defence Cooperation Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHANGHAI

>>  China Pacific says JV with Allianz likely to open next year

By Wang Tao and Li Baojie

China’s third largest health insurance provider has said a joint venture with German insurance giant Allianz will officially start operation in the first half of next year if “nothing unexpected happens”.

Gao Guofu, chairman of Shanghai-listed China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd., told reporters Monday preparations for the joint venture are going smoothly

The joint venture is of critical importance to the business diversification of the country’s third-largest insurance company, Gao said.

Currently, China Pacific focuses on life, property, agricultural and endowment insurance.

They will initially invest 1 billion yuan (162 million U.S. dollars) in the joint venture, Gao said.

This will not affect its capital as the solvency adequacy ratio remained at a high level of 2.75 times by the end of the first half, he said.

China Pacific agreed to buy 34.34 percent stake in Anxin Agricultural Insurance Co. though the deal has yet to get regulatory approval.

China Pacific Monday said it reaped a net profit of 6.85 billion yuan (1.1 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of the year, up 25.3 percent year on year. Its total assets rose to 821.4 billion yuan by June, up 13.5 percent from the end of last year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China-Mongolia cooperation goes beyond resources exploration

By Suai Anning

The economic and trade cooperation between China and Mongolia has gone well beyond natural resources, and is extending to the fields of infrastructure and finance.

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Mongolia on Thursday and Friday, the two countries signed a host of cooperation documents, covering mainly three fields — mineral resources exploration, infrastructure construction and finance.

In infrastructure, China agreed to help Mongolia finance a number of projects in medical care, education, railroad and housing.

In finance, the two sides inked a memorandum of understanding on setting up an economic cooperation zone and a deal on currency swap.

China also promised to support Mongolia in the creation of a better environment for foreign investment and help it join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation mechanism.

Those agreements came at a time when Mongolia is seeking to diversify its cooperation with other countries as its mining-driven economy is facing a slowdown.

A 2012 law aimed at restricting foreign ownership in “strategic” sectors, which was later reversed, has slowed foreign investment, which fell 70 percent in the first half of 2014.

In the first half of this year, Mongolia’s economy grew 5.3 percent, compared with 11.7 percent in 2013, official data showed.

Faced with declining foreign investment and higher inflation, Mongolia is eager to change its natural resources-reliant economic mode and seek international cooperation in other fields.

Meanwhile, China, the world’s second largest economy and Mongolia’s biggest trading partner, could help to contribute to Mongolia’s economic restructuring.

China and Mongolia have huge cooperation prospects, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who accompanied Xi during the visit.

Wang said that Mongolia boasts natural resources while China have ample capital and advanced technology. The two neighboring countries are economically complementary, he said.

China has been Mongolia’s largest trading partner and largest source of foreign investment over the past 10-plus years.

Between 1990 and 2012, about half of the 11,642 foreign enterprises registered in Mongolia were Chinese. Of the 9.83 billion dollars of foreign direct investment absorbed by Mongolia during the same period, 3.48 billion dollars came from Chinese companies.

Also, trade with China in 2013 accounted for more than half of Mongolia’s total foreign trade. The two countries are hoping that bilateral trade could reach 10 billion dollars by 2020.

In its cooperation with Mongolia, China will always strive for win-win outcomes and will never attempt to seek gains for itself at the expense of the other side, Xi said in a signed article titled “Galloping Toward a Better Tomorrow for China-Mongolia Relations.”

“Mutual benefit is precisely where the strength of their cooperation lies,” Xi said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China pitches for closer neighborhood for growth, stability

By Wang Cong and Meng Na

President Xi Jinping’s two-day visit to Mongolia highlighted the importance China places on ties with neighbors and showcased the country’s positive approach to neighborhood diplomacy.

The short but fruitful tour, the second of its kind made by Xi this year, also represents a new strategy for foreign policy.

China tops the world in terms of the number of neighboring countries. It shares land borders with 14 other countries and maritime boundaries with six.

Neighborhood diplomacy is an important part of China’s foreign policy and the country views its surrounding countries as a community that share a common goal.

It is easy to understand why Chinese leaders have proposed a series of strategic concepts aimed at promoting regional prosperity and development.

These include the Silk Road Economic Belt with Central Asian countries, a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) development bank and a 21st-century maritime Silk Road with Southeast Asian countries.

The country also called for concerted efforts with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to build a China-ASEAN community.8 For the world’s second largest economy, a sound and stable neighborhood environment translates to real benefits both for itself and its neighbors – closer bilateral ties, stronger economic and trade links, and more cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

At a conference on diplomatic work in October last year, Xi stressed the necessity of good diplomatic work in neighboring countries, saying the neighboring region has major strategic significance.

“We will uphold the guidelines of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness in neighborhood diplomacy,” Xi said while visiting Mongolia last week – a trip he compared to “visiting relatives.”

“A good neighbor is not to be traded for gold,” he said, citing a Chinese proverb.

Mongolia is the seventh country at China’s doorstep Xi had visited after he took office as the Chinese President in 2013.

Already, the play-well-with-neighbors approach has seen him in Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Economic cooperation constitutes a major theme of these visits.

In Xi’s first one-country foreign trip made last month to the ROK, they signed a deal for Chinese yuan clearance in Seoul and set the end of the year as the goal for negotiations on a free trade agreement.

Just before Xi’s visit, China and Mongolia promised to lift bilateral trade to 10 billion U.S. dollars by 2020. Trade in 2013 was worth 6 billion dollars, representing nearly a 20-fold increased over 2002 levels.

“Welcome aboard China’s train of development,” Xi told Mongolian lawmakers during his visit to the country.

“China is willing to offer opportunities and room to Mongolia and other neighbors for common development,” he said

“You can take a ride on our express train or even hitchhike, all are welcome.”

But there is more to China’s neighborhood diplomacy than just economic cooperation.

China established strategic partnerships with Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan last year, and upgraded bilateral ties with Indonesia and Malaysia to comprehensive strategic partnerships.

The recent visit to Ulan Bator also saw Xi and his Mongolian counterpart Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj sign a joint declaration to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, signalling a higher level of political trust between the two sides.

Greater emphasis was put on the security front as well.

On Sunday, the Peace Mission 2014 military drill kicked off in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, gathering some 7,000 troops from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

The six-day drill, which aims to deter terrorist forces such as the East Turkistan Islamic Movement and improve the competence of member state troops, will strengthen SCO members’ resolve and capability to fight terrorism, and thus help maintain regional stability.

All these testify to the fact that China is devoted to building a closer neighborhood of growth and stability which is conducive to regional development and peace.

Thanks to concerted efforts from countries concerned, significant progress has been made so far in this regard, demonstrating with its own concrete actions China seeks no hegemony in its neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUVA

>>  China’s Peace Ark hospital ship delegation visits Fijian government agencies

By Liu Peng

A five-member team from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy hospital ship Peace Ark on “Mission Harmony-2014″ on Monday paid a courtesy call to Fijian government agencies to familiarize themselves with the work carried out there.

The delegation, led by Real Admiral Shen Hao, the mission commander of “Mission Harmony-2014″, visited the Fijian military’s Naval Base and followed a courtesy call to Suva’s Special Administrator Chandu Umaria.

The team also met with Fiji’s Minister for Health Dr. Neil Sharma and later with the Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Mosese Tikoitoga.

Sharma said Fijians should take advantage of the free services offered by the medical team onboard Peace Ark.

While the medical team was offering health services onboard the vessel, they also visited health centers and assisted Fijian medical personnel.

Peace Ark arrived at Suva last Friday, starting treating Fijian patients for free. The humanitarian medical mission lasts for one week in the South Pacific island country.

Fiji is the second stop of “Mission Harmony-2014″, which has just seen the diagnosing and treatment of over 4,000 patients in Tonga. Peace Ark is expected to visit Vanuatu as well as Papua New Guinea after completing the medical mission in Fiji.

With a full-load displacement of 14,220 tonnes, Peace Ark, commissioned in 2008, is equipped with some 300 beds, eight operating rooms, and over 200 types of medical devices including CT, color ultrasonic, automatic biochemistry analyzer, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China waives anti-dumping measures on EU catechol

China’s Ministry of Commerce said Monday it would stop imposing anti-dumping measures on catechol imported from the European Union starting on Tuesday of August 26.

The ministry said it has not received an expiry review request from Chinese industries to extend the anti-dumping measures, which expire Monday, and it would not start an expiry review itself.

Catechol is a chemical used in medicine and paint.

In 2009, the ministry extended anti-dumping measures on catechol imports from the EU for another five years following a review investigation of five-year anti-dumping duties of 20 to 79 percent imposed in 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYDNEY

>>  The 3rd China-Australia Media Forum kicks off in Sydney

By Patrick Whiteley

The 3rd China-Australia Media Forum kicked off here on Monday of August 25 with the attendance of officials from China, Australia and mainstream media representatives.

The forum, co-hosted by China’s State Council Information Office and Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, will focus on”Media’ s Role in Promoting China-Australia Relations”this year.

Cai Mingzhao, minister for China’s State Council Information Office, said in the opening ceremony that China-Australia ties is one of the most important relationships in the Asia-Pacific region and media is the tie for promoting the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.

Cai also advised on three aspects for the development of media. First, to continue to improve the mechanism of media exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, second, to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of emerging media such as the Internet, and third, to give positive energy to the bilateral relations.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Ma Zhaoxu said the scale of communication and mutual understanding between China and Australia is unprecedented now. But differences remain. Thus, media shoulder the responsibility in promoting bilateral relations.

Ma hopes that Chinese and Australian media will continue to play a constructive role in the process and strengthen exchanges and cooperation, and to set up a mature and rational public opinion environment in order to truly reflect the two countries.

Paul Fletcher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications said the Forum gives a great opportunity to exchange and share views from both countries.

Media play a more and more critical role in the growing bilateral relations.

Fletcher hopes the media from China and Australia work more closely in the future to further promote Sina-Australia ties.

During the sessions, about 50 attendees have discussed topics including the role of media in bilateral relations, how to build media exchange between Chinese and Australian media organizations, how new media models are affecting traditional media and the impact of technology on journalism.

The forum has been held twice, first in Sydney in 2006, and second in China’s Guangzhou in 2012 to provide an important platform to promote mutual understanding of media’s role in China- Australia relations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYDNEY

>>  Malaysian transport minister arrives in Australia to back MH370 search efforts

By Patrick Whiteley

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai arrived in Australia on Monday of August 25 to support the upcoming search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Flight MH370 disappeared five months ago with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and no trace has been found despite an extensive search in the southern Indian Ocean.

Lai will meet with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Chinese Transport Minister to discuss the upcoming search of the ocean floor.

He will also sign a memorandum of understanding with his Australian counterpart to “solidify the collaboration for the search for MH370″.

“To reiterate, the search for MH370 remains a top priority for the government of Malaysia and we will continue to commit the appropriate resources required for that effort,” he said in a statement.

Last week, Australian authorities confirmed an underwater search for flight MH370 would resume off Western Australian in September.

Dutch company Fugro won a contract to conduct the underwater search, which will involve the use of two vessels towing submerged vehicles to scan the search area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEOUL

>>  S. Korean ruling party leader meets with Chinese ambassador

By Yoo Seungki

South Korea’s ruling party leader on Monday of August 25 met with Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong, talking about the unprecedented development of bilateral relations.

The top Chinese diplomat in Seoul visited the parliamentary office of Kim Moo-sung, who was elected new leader of the ruling Saenuri Party during last month’s party convention.

Kim said during the meeting that South Korea and China achieved an unprecedented development of bilateral relations since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1992, noting that it was based on the spirit of mutual respect and equal benefit.

Kim expressed his hope for more active exchange between politicians of the two countries as well as exchange between governments.

Touching on the ongoing negotiations for the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), Kim said both countries are important economic partners, hoping both sides reach a better conclusion by considering sensitive issues to each other.

Qiu said political relations between China and South Korea were qualitatively improved after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Seoul in July.

Trading volume of the two countries is very big and serves as a major pivot to the global economy, the diplomat said, adding that if a high level of free trade pact is reached between the two neighbors, it will provide great support for bilateral trade cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOSCOW

>>  Chinese car maker starts building plant in Russia’s Tula region

By Igor

Chinese private automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) started the construction of a plant worth 520 million U.S. dollars in Russia’s Tula Region, the regional government spokesperson said on Monday of August 25.

Tula’s governor Vladimir Gruzdev said that the regional government plans to purchase Chinese cars made by the GWM.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the GWM plant in Tula’s Uzlovaya town, Gruzdev said the localized enterprise would build China-designed cars from scratch, not merely assemble them.

“This company brings in the most advanced technology. Tula regional government promises to buy these cars,” Interfax news agency quoted the official as saying.

This is the first firm to be located in the Uzlovaya industrial park and it will employ 2,500 workers and has a capacity of making up to 150,000 Haval cars in 2020 after it starts production in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK

>>  Peng Shuai outlasts Zheng Jie in U.S. Open first round

By Lin Deren

World No. 39 Peng Shuai beat Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-3 in a battle of Chinese Golden Flowers to advance to the second round in the 2014 U.S. Open here on Monday of August 25.

The 28-year-old Peng opened the match with an easy love game to show her good shape before she broke Zheng in the sixth.

The second set still saw Peng keep putting pressure on Zheng, breaking her in the opening game and the fifth.

Peng nailed the victory in the ninth game where she forced a forehand mistake from Zheng to break her game and win the match.

It was their sixth meeting on WTA tournaments. Now Peng leveled the overall score to 3-3 after Monday’s victory.

“You always feel nervous when you meet a person from the same country,” said Peng after the match.

“We were teammates for so many years and we know each other very well,” she added.

The 31-year-old Zheng planned to represent China to take part in Incheon Asian Games next month.

Peng would face the fourth seed Agnieszka Randwanska in the next round.

Dubbed the Chinese Golden Flower together with two-time Grand Slam winner Li Na and Zheng, Peng has never achieved any singles title on the WTA tour.

However, the Hunan province native still enjoyed a big fan base all the same thanks to her outgoing and sunny personality

She posted a picture on microblog Saturday when she held a king crab leg with a big smile on her face.

“Yummy! I love the crab leg. The restaurant is so popular that I have to eat on take-out!” she wrote about the New York delicacy before her U.S. Open match.

Her fans responded quickly and affectionately.

“With that crab leg, may you sweep the U.S. Open,” said a fan with the ID Shouting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HELSINKI

>>  Chinese leading GIS firm opens branch in Finland

By Elina Xu

The Chinese leading geographic information service provider Wuda Geoinformatics Co., Ltd (GeoStar) on Monday officially opened its Finnish branch in Espoo, a southern city next to the capital Helsinki.

The branch aims to look for Finnish customers and business partners to further develop its own technology.

“The first thought is to import Finnish information technology achievements to China, and combine them with the high speed development,” said Yifu Liu, CEO of GeoStar.

In the near future, GeoStar will focus on opportunities of cooperation in geographic information system and remote sensor industry, added Liu.

Enterprises in these two industries are relatively denser in Nordic countries than other areas in Europe, so that GeoStar chooses Finland as its first official European workplace, Liu told Xinhua.

According to Golden Bridge, a business matchmaker funded by the Finnish government, GeoStar can also act as a channel for Finnish companies which tend to enter the Chinese market.

Founded in 1999, GeoStar is a technology transfer company of Wuhan University. It provides services covering the whole life cycle of geographic information, including spatial data with fast acquisition and production, integration and management, as well as sharing and publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANKARA

>>  3 Chinese workers missing in Turkey: Chinese embassy

By Chen Shilei

Three Chinese workers went missing Sunday in southeastern Turkey and Chinese and Turkish sides are cooperating to rescue the workers, the Chinese embassy in Turkey said on Monday of August 25.

A thermal power plant in Silopi District of southeastern Turkey’s Sirnak Province, which is being constructed by China Machinery Engineering Corporation, was attacked by militants at around 9 p.m. local time Sunday, and three Chinese workers disappeared, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy told Xinhua.

A report from private Dogan news agency said the Chinese engineers were kidnapped by outlawed Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) militants.

The PKK militants, before attacking the thermal plant with long barreled weapons, kidnapped the Chinese engineers who were shopping at a nearby shop, according to the report.

The Chinese embassy attached great importance to the incident and asked the Turkish government to go all out to rescue the missing Chinese workers while enhancing security measures for Chinese enterprises and employees in the country.

Turkish security forces have launched a wide scale rescue operation. The Chinese side will maintain close coordination with the Turkish government on the rescue of their compatriots, the embassy said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISTANBUL

>>  3 Chinese engineers kidnapped by PKK in southeastern Turkey

By Chen Ming

Three Chinese engineers were kidnapped by outlawed Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak on Saturday evening, private Dogan news agency reported on Monday of August 25.

According to the preliminary information, the Chinese engineers have been working at the thermal power plant belonging to a private company in Sirnak’s district of Silopi at the mountain foot of Cudi.

The source also said that PKK militants, before attacking the thermal plant with long barreled weapons, kidnapped the Chinese engineers who were shopping from a nearby small shop.

To rescue the Chinese engineers, Turkish security forces have launched a wide scale rescue operation. The thermal plant has been constructed by privately owned Silopi Park Electricity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANOI

>>  Vietnam feels sorry over Chinese workers’ casualties

in mid-May riots: spokesperson

By Zhang Jianhua

Vietnam expressed regret at the riots that caused damage to foreign invested companies in mid-May and felt sorry for the deaths and injuries of some Chinese workers during the incidents, said a spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday of August 25.

“Vietnam regrets for incidents happening to foreign invested companies in mid-May, including Chinese investors and workers as well as feels sorry for the fact that some Chinese workers were dead and injured during these incidents,” said Le Hai Binh, the spokesperson.

Binh made the statement in response to reporter’s question over the handling of the incidents which caused disorder in several localities in mid-May, according to an announcement posted on the ministry’s website on Monday.

“Vietnamese side will offer kind of humanitarian assistance to Chinese victims. A delegation by Vietnam-China Friendship Association will tour China to send regards to some families of the victims,” said Binh.

Vietnam has been implementing measures, policies to help companies reduce damage, and resume normal operation, said Binh, adding that a thorough investigation of the incidents has been underway.

Those who violated laws have been strictly handled while necessary measures have been taken to ensure security, safety for Chinese workers and companies as well as of other countries in Vietnam, said the spokesperson.

In mid-May, a series of riots hit foreign companies in southern and central Vietnam, leaving four Chinese nationals brutally killed, around 20 foreign factories burned down and some 1,100 foreign companies affected.

Also on Monday, both Chinese and Vietnamese sides announced that Le Hong Anh, a Politburo member and standing secretary of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, will visit China from Tuesday to Wednesday as the special envoy of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee.

“The visit by the Vietnamese official to China is to discuss with Chinese leaders on measures to cool down the situation, and prevent tensions between the two countries from happening again,” said Le Hai Binh on Monday of August 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Vietnamese special envoy to visit China

By Cui Wenyi

Le Hong Anh, a Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, will visit China from Tuesday to Wednesday as the special envoy of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Romanian Prime Minister to visit China

By Zhang Yuan

Romanian Prime Minister Victor-Viorel Ponta will pay an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang between August 31 and September 2.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the announcement here on Monday of August 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOFIA

>>  Bulgarian caretaker gov’t to boost economic ties with China: official

By Marian Draganov

Bulgaria’s caretaker government attaches great importance to the expansion of trade and industrial relations with China, and will support all initiatives to deepen bilateral cooperation, a Bulgarian official said on Monday of August 25.

Irena Mladenova, Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy, made the statement while opening a bilateral business forum attended by 23 public and private companies from the southeast China’s province of Fujian and over 80 Bulgarian businessmen.

“The government will assist companies from Fujian that wish to invest in Bulgaria in sectors such as engineering, automotive and electronics,” Mladenova said.

She said the Chinese delegation’s visit was an excellent opportunity for Bulgarian business to present the advantages and quality of its production and to explore the market of the second largest economy in the world.

Simplifying procedures for the import of Bulgarian agricultural products and foodstuffs in China was also important for Bulgaria, she added.

Last year, trade between Bulgaria and China reached a record level of around 1.9 billion U.S. dollars, Mladenova said.

“The upward trend in bilateral trade continues, but it is far below the potential of the two countries,” she said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China urges Vietnam to implement remedies for riots

By Yang Yijun

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday said China hopes Vietnam will implement remedial measures for incidents leading to the death of Chinese workers in May.

In mid-May, a series of riots hit foreign companies in southern and central Vietnam, leaving five Chinese nationals dead, around 20 foreign factories burned down, and some 1,100 foreign companies affected.

Spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement that the ministry has noted remarks on the incidents by a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday of August 25.

According to a report by Vietnam News Agency, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh responded to a question on the incidents on Monday.

“We regret that the incident happened to foreign-invested firms, including Chinese businesses and workers, in May 2014. We are also sorry that some Chinese workers lost their lives or were injured during the incident,” stated Binh.

Vietnam will roll out humanitarian support for the Chinese workers affected, he said, adding that the Vietnam-China Friendship Association will send a working team to China to visit the families of several victims.

The Vietnamese side has implemented and will continue to carry out support policies and measures to assist the affected firms in overcoming difficulties and resuming normal operations, said the spokesperson.

Binh also revealed that Vietnam has been investigating the case and punishing violators, while carrying out necessary measures to ensure security of Chinese and other foreign workers and enterprises in Vietnam.

China acknowledges the Vietnamese side’s actions and attitude, said Hong.

Le Hong Anh, a Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, will visit China from Tuesday to Wednesday as the special envoy of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee. Enditem

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China’s second int’l cultural trade base opens in Beijing

By Cao Kai and Ni Yuanjin

China’s second international cultural trade base was officially opened on Monday of August 25 in Beijing.

Located at Beijing Capital Airport’s Tianzhu Free Trade Zone, the National Base for International Cultural Trade (Beijing) is a collection of cultural trade enterprises and institutions, exhibitions and logistics centers.

The base reflects the scale of development, intensification and modernization of China’s cultural trade, said Cai Wu, minister of culture, at the opening ceremony.

Construction of four trade centers at the site–gemstones, film and TV, design and art–is underway, according to Zhang Miao, a publicity official of Beijing municipality.

China’s first international cultural trade base is in Shanghai, and a third is planned for the southern city of Shenzhen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONG KONG

>>  Hong Kong to hold constitutional development briefing session

By Zhang Yashi

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said on Monday of August 25 that it will jointly organize with the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government a briefing session on constitutional development of Hong Kong in the HKSAR.

The briefing session will be held on Sept. 1 in the morning at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) Li Fei, the Vice-Chairperson of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPCSC Zhang Rongshun, and the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Feng Wei will come to Hong Kong to address the briefing session.

The organizing parties will invite guests from different sectors of the community to the briefing session.

Guests to be invited will include members of the Legislative Council, chairmen and vice-chairmen of the District Councils, Hong Kong deputies to the NPC, Hong Kong members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and people from different sectors of the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  CITIC Pacific completes acquisition of parent company

By Lin Jianyang

Hong Kong-listed CITIC Pacific announced on Monday of August 25 it has completed acquisition of 100-percent shares of CITIC Limited, the main operating unit of its parent company CITIC Group.

CITIC Pacific will be renamed to CITIC Limited when the process is finished on Wednesday. Trading under the new name on the Hong Kong stock exchange is expected to begin on Sept. 1, a statement said.

CITIC Pacific, a blue chip at the Hong Kong stock exchange, focuses on special steel, iron ore and property development on the Chinese mainland.

It is 58 percent owned by CITIC Group, a State-owned enterprise headquartered in Beijing, which was ranked the 172th on the list of 2013 Fortune Global 500.

In April of this year, CITIC Pacific announced it had agreed to acquire CITIC Limited at a price of 226.93 billion yuan (36.9 billion U.S. dollars).

The deal is one of the largest asset injections into a Hong Kong-listed company from the Chinese mainland. CITIC Pacific secured the deal with cash and new shares.

CITIC Limited, founded in 2011, makes up the largest portion of all the CITIC group assets. It has diverse businesses in securities, mining machinery and real estate.

“Today marks another exciting milestone in our company’s history,” said Chang Zhenming, chairman of CITIC Limited. “As a unique China-focused conglomerate, we are now better positioned financially and strategically.”

CITIC Group was established in 1979 by industrialist Rong Yiren, with the support of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Mainland to issue more sovereign bonds in HK

By Lin Jianyang, Li Hanfang and Zhao Bo

The Ministry of Finance will issue 12 billion yuan (1.95 billion U.S. dollars) in yuan-denominated sovereign bonds in Hong Kong sometime before the end of 2014, it said on Monday of August 25.

The issuance will be the eighth of its kind. Since 2009, the ministry has issued yuan treasury bonds seven times in Hong Kong, a total value of 96 billion yuan.

It issued 6 billion yuan in treasury bonds in the region in September 2009. That was the first time that China’s national debt has been sold outside of the Chinese mainland.

The ministry has kept trying different methods of issuance in the last six years, and put an emphasis on the benchmark role of the yuan treasury bonds in Hong Kong’s renminbi bond market.

The issuance of yuan treasury bonds has enhanced financial cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, and strengthened Hong Kong’s position as an international financial center, according to the ministry.

For issuance in the future, it said it will properly set issuance the scale in accordance with the need of Hong Kong’s offshore renminbi market, and continue innovating in the issuance mechanism.

Hong Kong’s RMB bond market was born in July 2007 when the China Development Bank issued 5 billion yuan worth of RMB-denominated bonds there.

Its offshore renminbi business was officially launched in February of 2004 to facilitate cross-border tourist spending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAIPEI

>>  Taiwan’s economy shows more signs of recovery

By Han Miao, Du Bin and Chen Jianxing

Improvement in Taiwan’s manufacturing, service and construction sectors indicated that the island’s economy is continuing to strengthen in July, a report from Taiwan Institute of Economic Research said on Monday of August 25.

David S. Hong, chief researcher of the think tank, said Taiwan’s exports to the United States, Europe and Asia all rose in July, thanks to a rebounding global economy.

As both external and domestic demands have been gaining momentum, Taiwan’s exports increased 2.51 percent from a year ago in the first seven months of this year, with imports growing 2.24 percent, Hong said.

Analysts also raised their forecasts for Taiwan’s economic growth in the third and forth quarters to above 3 percent, fueling market optimism across the island, he added.

Data released by the island’s economic authorities on Monday brought good news as well. Total sales volume for Taiwan’s wholesale, retail and catering sectors increased 0.8 percent to 1.2439 trillion New Taiwan Dollars (about 41.2 billion U.S. dollars) in July from the previous month.

The Industrial Production Index, an indicator to measure the real production output of key sectors, set a new high of 112.26 points in July, with an increase of 4.03 percent from June, the authorities said.

Manufacturing, the index heavyweight, registered a 3.85 percent growth from the previous month, and expanded 5.1 percent year-on-year in the first seven months, according to the statistics.

The economic authorities also predicted a continued growth for the island’s manufacturing sector in the third quarter, as advanced economies are on the mend and the Chinese mainland’s consumption demand during the upcoming holidays will give Taiwan’s economy a further boost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NANJING

>>  Nanjing 2014 athletes embrace the ice bucket challenge

By Wang Hengzhi

It is the craze that has swept the world and now the ice bucket challenge has reached the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Village.

Athletes, ambassadors and even NanjingLELE, the official mascot of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, have taken up the challenge to generate awareness and raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients.

The online challenge dares participants to dump a bucket of iced water on their heads and then nominate others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable donation to the ALS Association.

“I did it in on one of the first days of arriving in Nanjing and I’m donating the money for research as soon as I return to the United States,” Young Ambassador Jess Luscinski said. “I have a few family friends affected by the disease so being in China wasn’t going to stop me.”

Artistic gymnast Sydney Townsend and diver Molly Carlson, both from Canada, posted videos on Instagram that show them getting drenched in iced water at the Youth Olympic Village. Their team’s Young Ambassador, Dillon Richardson, followed in their footsteps, taking up the challenge a few days later.

“A friend who I volunteered with nominated me all the way from Canada. It’s very special to be a part of this campaign and raise awareness about the disease around the world through a simple video,” he said.

“We cannot forget how important it is for people to donate to the cause to support research that can help find a cure for ALS. There are many people suffering from this disease.”

The athletes in Nanjing are simply the latest to lend support to the campaign that has witnessed participation from George Bush, Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and many more.

Athlete Role Model and 2013 world fencing champion Miles Chamley-Watson of the United States also participated in the campaign in Nanjing between autograph sessions and interviews.

The official mascot of the Games was not to be left behind as volunteers emptied buckets of iced water on the colourful NanjingLELE.

ALS is a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control and, in severe case, total paralysis.

On August 23, the ALS Association announced on its website that it had received 62.5m US dollars in donations through the campaign, as compared to 2.4m US dollars collected during the same period in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Junior officials punished for anti-bureaucracy violations

By Liu Tong

The disciplinary watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) named and shamed 161 officials who violated anti-bureaucracy and formalism guidelines late on Sunday of August 24 in a weekly report on its website.

The violators were reported by discipline inspectors in 28 provincial regions and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps from August 18 to August 24.

It is also the first time for Tibet Autonomous Region to report violation cases, leaving no mainland provincial regions immune from violations.

Aside from private use of official vehicles, violations also include holding weddings and funerals for gift money, using public funds for tourism, absenteeism and attending expensive entertainment activities.

As the Mid-Autumn Festival draws near, inspectors also paid attention to officials who spend public funds on buying and giving mooncakes.

All the published officials serve at the county level or below, a sign that there is deep-rooted extravagance and formalism among lower-level officials.

Violators were given penalties ranging from Party warnings to expulsion from the CPC, demotion, and removal from official posts, according to the report.

The “eight-point” anti-bureaucracy and formalism rules were introduced by the CPC top leadership in December 2012. They ordered CPC officials to reduce pomp, ceremony, bureaucratic visits and meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  153 cases reported amid CPC anti-bureaucracy campaign

By Liu Lu

The disciplinary watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) exposed 153 relating to breaches of the eight-point anti-bureaucracy and formalism guidelines from August 18 to 24.

The cases were uncovered by discipline inspectors in 29 provincial-level regions, the CPC’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a weekly report on its website on Monday of August 25.

The violations include the use of public funds for high-end entertainment activities and tourism, private use of official cars, lavish spending at weddings and funerals, illegal subsistence, drunk drive and acceptance of festival gifts.

The website opened a new section for reporting public funds for moon cakes upon the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

Also on Monday, the website reported five violations of the rule on construction of government buildings, with relevant cadres given punishment.

The “eight-point” anti-bureaucracy and formalism rules were introduced by the CPC top leadership in December 2012. They ordered CPC officials to reduce pomp, ceremony, bureaucratic visits and meetings.

From August 4 to 18, the website reported more than 300 violations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China to tighten public transportation security

By Liu Lu

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) and the Ministry of Transport have issued a joint circular urging tightened public transportation security in cities, according to the MPS on Monday of August 25.

The circular said all public security operations and transport offices should cooperate closely to guarantee safety on subway and bus lines. It suggested terrorist and violence on public transport could be curbed with armed patrols in key areas and routes.

They were urged to draw lessons from major public transport events at home and abroad, comprehensively screening for potential safety hazards.

The circular required all public security and transport bureaus to step up efforts by providing clear policies and standards among staff.

It said they should help educate the public on acquiring knowledge of safety and timely reporting of suspicious objects and conditions.

People who provide important information and help uncover major crimes will be amply rewarded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Top political advisor vows to further support Tibet

By Ren Ke

China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng vowed to provide more assistance to Tibet Autonomous Region and the neighboring Tibetan-inhabited areas on Monday of August 25.

Yu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks during a video conference.

He made the remarks while honoring the 20th anniversary of a project designed to provide assistance to the Tibetan Autonomous Region by pairing the region’s cities with flourishing coastal cities and state-owned enterprises.

Yu said the project was an important strategic policy. He said during the last two decades it had helped exchanges among different ethnic groups while increasing development, national integrity and social stability in Tibet.

Yu urged the country to continue to support the region’s economy, education, employment, science, technology and cadres, to help the region achieve significant development and prolonged stability.

Yu said the project was also applicable for the provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai where Tibetans inhabit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LHASA

>>  InterContinental opens 5-star hotel in Lhasa

By Wang Jun and Li Baojie

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened the first phase of a five-star hotel with 472 guest rooms in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday of August 25.

IHG follows the footsteps of other luxury hotel groups, including St. Regis, Sheraton and Shangri-La, cashing in on booming high-end tourism to the plateau region.

Tibet’s largest five-star hotel will eventually offer 2,000 rooms with a total building area of 220,000 square meters.

“As a coveted tourist destination, Lhasa has long been attracting visitors worldwide,” said Wang Gang, vice president of the InterContinental Resort Lhasa Paradise Hotel. “We welcome tourists from home and abroad with local designs and services,” he said.

With improved transportation, more tourists are going to Tibet for the unique scenery and culture.

Tibet received a record 12.9 million tourists last year, up 22 percent year-on-year. It has set a target of 15 million tourists in 2015.

Wang Songping, deputy director of the regional tourism bureau, said Tibet is home to the world’s top tourism resources, but it need top tourism facilities to support its development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China allows more private firms into telecoms

By Zhang Zhengfu and Cheng Jing

China’s Industry and Information Technology Ministry (MIIT) on Monday of August 25 licensed six more private enterprises to pilot resale of certain mobile services, in the latest move to open the largely monopolized sector.

The six are the third such batch of companies to be given the licenses, which allow them to partner and compete with China’s “backbone” telecom operators through the resale of mobile services.

The companies can repackage the services they buy from the basic telecom operators before selling them to clients using their own brands, including voice, SMS, MMS and data services, according to a statement on the MIIT’s website.

Before sales, the enterprises may need some preparatory work including the establishment of better charging and customer service systems.

The MIIT said it would closely monitor the progress of the pilot program and is ready to offer assistance to companies that face problems in providing the services.

The MIIT granted such licenses to 11 private firms in December last year and another eight in January.

The developments come after an MIIT guideline last June opened up the telecom sector to private capital, offering participation in eight major areas, including the resale of mobile communication.

In an earlier statement on its website, the ministry described the move as an important part of restructuring the telecom industry that will “help competition and innovation while offering more choices and better services to consumers.”

To gain the licenses, private firms must sign a cooperation agreement with one of the three backbone operators — China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom — before filing an application with the MIIT.

The number of Chinese mobile phone users hit 1.22 billion at the end of October. Among them, 67.19 percent, or 817 million mobile phone users, are connected to the Internet and 34.5 percent of them are 3G users, according to the MIIT.

In early December, the ministry issued 4G licenses to the three backbone operators, opening a new era for China’s high-speed mobile network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHENGDU

>>  Star panda off live broadcast after phantom pregnancy

By Yao Yuan and Yu Li

A celebrated giant panda was removed from a widely-anticipated live birth after it was discovered she was not actually pregnant.

The panda Ai Bin, 6, was scheduled to star in the world’s first live broadcast of the birth of panda cubs, but the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center told Xinhua Monday that the panda had a “phantom pregnancy.”

Phantom pregnancy is common among the endangered bears. Non-pregnant pandas can exhibit prenatal behaviors as a result of progestational hormone changes. But experts said sometimes the pandas, noticing the difference in treatment after exhibiting initial signs of pregnancy, may carry on with the pregnant behavior.

“After showing prenatal signs, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and around-the-clock care. They also receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life,” said Wu Kongju, an expert at the Chengdu Base.

Ai Bin showed signs of pregnancy, including reduced appetite, less mobility and a surge in progestational hormone in July, but her behaviors and physiological indexes returned to normal after a two-month observation.

Ai Bin was born to panda Mei Mei in December, 2006 in Japan along with her twin brother. The twins quickly became star attractions and were returned to China in 2012.

There are only about 1,600 pandas living in the wild, mostly in the mountains of Sichuan, while about 300 are held in captivity in zoos worldwide. Most pandas in captivity are not good breeders. Only 24 percent of females in captivity give birth, posing a serious threat to the survival of the species.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  China urges guarantee of higher education for poor students

By Liu Lu and Mou Xu

The Ministry of Education has urged all colleges to ensure enrollment of students from low-income backgrounds in higher education upon the beginning of a new term.

All colleges and universities should fully implement the policies in favor of poor students and provide a “green path” for their enrollment, a circular issued by the Ministry of Education said.

Colleges and universities should double check identities of freshmen and strictly follow the ministry’s rules on making school fees public.

Illegal admission of freshmen and those found to be cheating on college entrance exams will be severely dealt with.

According to the circular, school administrators should also tighten inspection on school buses and establish early warning systems to proactively prevent and control Ebola.

In quake-hit areas, the ministry urged more relief money and material as well as psychology counseling to teachers and students in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Regions given deadline for establishing emissions trading

By Zhan Yan

China’s State Council has published a guideline to promote the purchase and trading of emissions permits in regions piloting the scheme.

The pilot regions must establish mechanisms for the purchase and trading of emissions rights by 2017 to lay a foundation for the scheme to be rolled out nationwide, said a statement posted on the government’s website on Monday of August 25.

The pilots began in 2007 in 11 regions including Tianjin, Hebei and Inner Mongolia.

The regions can apply the permits to the pollutants that affect them the most, and revenues from authorizing emissions rights should be turned in to local governments to fight pollution.

Trading of emissions rights must be done in a voluntary, fair and environment-oriented way and trading prices will be decided by the buyer and the seller, the statement said.

Emissions rights, or permits, are key in emissions trading, a market-based approach to control pollution by providing economic incentives to reduce emissions of pollutants.

A firm gets an authorized limit on the amount of a pollutant that may be emitted. In China, the limit will be sold to firms in the form of emissions rights which represent the right to emit a specific volume of the specified pollutant.

Firms that need to discharge more must buy permits from those which need fewer permits. The transfer of the permits is referred as a trade. In effect, the buyer is paying for polluting more than permitted, while the seller is being rewarded for fewer emissions.

The pilots aim to allow the market to play a decisive role in resources allocation, encourage firms to actively cut pollutant discharges, speed up industrial restructuring and clean the environment, the statement said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Beijing gets tough on motorcycles, tricycles

By Zhong Qun and Lu Guoqiang

Beijing traffic authorities are cracking down on illegal operation of motorcycles, motor tricycles and electric tricycles to improve road safety.

Li Shaoming, spokesman for Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, said on Monday that such vehicles frequently break traffic rules and regulations, and are often involved in illegal activities such as robbery, which poses a threat to public order.

He vowed to confiscate vehicles without license plates and detain anyone driving without a license.

Official statistics show since July this year, traffic accidents caused by motorcycles, motor tricycles and electric tricycles in Beijing soared to 70 from 40 in 2013, leaving 78 dead.

Illegal drivers should properly dispose of their vehicles within the following two weeks. Anyone caught illegally driving after the grace period will be punished accordingly, Li said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Beijing police bust hukou gang

Bu Lu Guoqiang

Beijing police have busted a gang illegally selling resident permits for the city, the municipal public security bureau confirmed on Monday of August 25.

The 16 suspects all work for large state-owned or high-tech enterprises that are granted a certain number of the permits, or “hukou,” for new employees who have recently graduated from university.

They made more than three million yuan (487,590 U.S. dollars) selling the permits to about 80 graduates who did not join the companies in question, police say.

The procurator has ratified the arrest of 13 of them on suspicion of buying and selling official documents, and abuse of power.

In early July, police found an article online in which a graduate claimed to have got a Beijing hukou by paying 300,000 yuan to a man surnamed Tian.

From mid-July, they caught Tian, the manager of an information technology company, and 15 other suspects. Each hukou was sold for between tens of thousands of yuan and about 300,000 yuan, according to the police.

“We formed a connection network by sharing messages and handling the hukou-related affairs,” said a suspect surnamed Zhang, a 41-year-old female department manager of an Internet technology company which was able to acquire five or six permits for fresh graduates.

The public security bureau said police investigation found Tian marketed the scam online and sent applicants’ details to his accomplices who would secure the permits.

Beijing had a permanent population of 21.14 million people at the end of last year. More than 8.02 million of them, or 38 percent of the total, had no Beijing hukou, according to the Beijing Municipal Statistics Bureau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANGZHOU

>>  Chinese cook on trial over painted food

By Cao Kai and Qiu Lihua

A Chinese cook has gone on trial in east China’s Zhejiang Province accused of painting abalones and goose paws to make the dishes more visually appealing, local authorities said on Monday of August 25.

The suspect, surnamed Chen, 27, painted inedible pigment on 12 abalones and 100 goose paws worth 4,786 yuan (777 U.S. dollars) since March 2013, according to the Xihu District People’s Court of Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

The use of such pigment in food is banned. The court indictment issued on Sunday said that Chen was involved in the crime of manufacturing and selling poisonous and harmful food.

Chen worked in a hotel in Hangzhou. There were customer complaints in early 2013 that the goose paws Chen cooked did not look good.

The head chef then asked Chen to improve or he would be sacked. Chen is alleged to have then bought the pigment and begun applying it to the abalones and goose paws.

The pigment was found by health authorities during a check on the hotel on August 6, 2013.

The trial continues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  CBC handles 70 pct more cross-border RMB settlements in H1

By Wu Yu and Lin Jianyang

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC) reported total cross-border renminbi transactions handled by the bank amounted to 1.7 trillion yuan (276 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2014, jumping more than 70 percent from a year earlier.

ICBC, China’s largest lender by market value, said on Monday it had finished cross-border renminbi settlements worth nearly 6.7 trillion yuan since 2009, when China started trials of cross-border trade settlement using yuan in Hong Kong, Macao, ASEAN countries as well as a few other select locations.

Institutions at home and abroad had opened 512 accounts at ICBC on cross-border renminbi clearing, and the bank is now providing cross-border renminbi clearing in 75 countries and regions.

ICBC said it has been expanding cross-border renminbi businesses in the last few years, both in the Chinese mainland and in overseas markets.

In the first half of 2014, ICBC handled the first direct New Zealand dollar-yuan transaction in New Zealand, which was an exchange purchase business under goods trade, the bank said.

As one of the three lead arrangers, ICBC also helped the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, issue RMB-denominated bonds worth 1 billion yuan in March in London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  GM to recall Saab 9-3 defective cars in China

By Lin Jianyang, Xu Qingsong and Xu Bo

U.S. automaker GM will recall 65 units of imported Saab 9-3 defective cars on the Chinese mainland, China’s top quality watchdog said on Monday of August 25.

From March 31 next year, GM will recall the 65 Saab 9-3 cars — produced between June 13, 2006 and Nov. 3, 2008 — due to driver seat belt flaws, said the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

GM said it would repair the faults for free.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. automaker said it would recall 700 Opel Agila-A cars produced between July 30, 2002 and Jan. 29, 2003 over airbag problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Slower rise in China’s crude steel output

By Zhu Zhu and Cheng Jing

Output in China’s steel industry has continued to rise but the pace has slowed as the government struggles to reduce capacity in the sector, new data showed on Monday of August 25.

Crude steel production gained 2.7 percent year on year to reach 481 million tonnes in the first seven months of the year, down 4.4 percentage points from the rate during the same period last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a report.

In July, the steel price index came in at 92.16, down 1.41 from a month earlier, according to the NDRC.

In the first half of the year, the steel industry saw profits rise 1.1 percent year on year to 74.7 billion yuan (12.1 billion U.S. dollars), the data showed.

The government has been at pains to digest production gluts from an investment boom spawned by generous subsidies in the past that saw producers in “favored” sectors, including steel, expand rapidly with little regard to real market demand.

To gradually solve the problem, a ban of new projects in steel, cement, electrolytic aluminum, flat glass and shipbuilding industries before 2017, and a gradually elimination of existing substandard projects are underway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHENYANG

>>  Liaoning sweats in most severe drought in decades

By Zhong Qun, Ma Yi and Chen Mengyang

Northeast China’s Liaoning Province is in the midst of the most severe drought since 1951, suffering huge damage to crops and threatening the local people’s livelihood.

The province received only 102mm of rain from July 1 to Aug. 17, 60 percent less than normal. It’s the smallest amount of precipitation in the region for the past 63 years, making Liaoning the worst hit by drought this summer. The weather is expected to continue through August.

Scorching heat affected 29,275,000 mu (19,517 square km) of crops by Sunday, with 7.07 million mu of crops already dried up. Food production in Liaoning is estimated to decline by 5 billion kg this year.

To combat the catastrophe, the local government has made all-out efforts in building emergency water projects. So far, local authorities have dispatched 81 water tankers and dug 56 wells in areas severely affected by the drought.

A total of 592 million yuan (96.2 million U.S. dollars) has been allocated by the provincial government in the anti-drought fight, while 2.26 million people have been mobilized to help with relief work.

Severe drought has also hit other Chinese provinces such as Henan, Jilin, Inner Mongolia and Hubei this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING

>>  Rainstorms to hit NE, SW China

By Yu Wenjing and Zheng Zhengfu

China’s drought-hit northeast provinces are awaiting rainfalls while the southwestern part of the country will see thunderstorms during the next three days, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Monday of August 25.

The NMC said moderate to heavy rains will hit parts of the northeastern Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, as well as Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday and Tuesday.

Precipitation is expected to reach up to 65 mm in the northeast and 120mm in the southwest. It will be accompanied by thunderstorm and gales.

They also forecast heavy and torrential rains in southwestern Sichuan and Hubei provinces, as well as Chongqing Municipality on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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