Policy design to propel China’s SOE reforms








>>  Xi congratulates Sirisena on election as Sri Lankan president

By Sun Ruijun

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday of January 9 sent a congratulatory message to Maithripala Sirisena on his election as Sri Lanka’s new head of state, pledging to promote the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

In the message, Xi said China and Sri Lanka are traditional friendly neighbors, and relations between the two countries have withstood the test of time since the establishment of diplomatic ties, becoming a paradigm of friendly coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation between neighboring countries.

He said that in recent years, China and Sri Lanka have set up a strategic cooperative partnership featuring sincere mutual assistance and friendship from generation to generation.

The two countries have kept expanding mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible interests to the two peoples, he said, noting that China regards Sri Lanka as a trustworthy friend and partner.

“Attaching great importance to the development of relations with Sri Lanka, I am willing to make concerted efforts with the Sri Lankan side to keep lifting the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership to higher levels,” Xi said.

Sirisena, a former health minister, defeated incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Thursday’s presidential election. He will be sworn in Friday night.







>>  China congratulates Sirisena on winning Sri Lankan election

By Bai Jie

China on Friday of January 9 congratulated Maithripala Sirisena on winning the Sri Lankan presidential election, pledging to promote the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation between the two countries.

“China wishes the Sri Lankan government and people new achievements on the road of national development under the leadership of President Sirisena,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily press briefing.

Calling Sri Lanka a traditional good neighbor of China, Hong said China and Sri Lanka have established a strategic partnership of cooperation with cooperation expanding into various areas, bringing substantial benefits to both peoples.

China is willing to work with Sri Lanka to promote the bilateral strategic partnership to a new height.

Sirisena, a former health minister, defeated incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Thursday’s presidential election, and will be sworn in Friday night.






>>  Chinese premier offers condolences over Paris terrorist attack

By Liu Yue

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday of January 8 sent a message of condolences to his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, over the terrorist attack at the headquarters of the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine.

In the message, Li, on behalf of the Chinese government, expressed profound condolences to the victims of the attack and extended sincere sympathies to the families of those killed.

The Chinese government supports the efforts made by the French side in safeguarding national security, Li said, adding that China stands ready to enhance cooperation with France and the international community to jointly tackle challenges and safeguard world peace and security.

Twelve people were killed and 11 others injured when masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday. The attack has drawn condemnation from across the world.







>>  China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol

By Fu Shuangqi

China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels conducted a patrol in waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Friday of January 9, according to a statement by the State Oceanic Administration.

The vessels are CCG 2151, 2337 and 2115. China has been conducting patrols on a regular basis.

The last patrol was announced on Dec. 30, 2014.







>>  U.S. decides to levy punitive duties on China’s calcium hypochlorite

By Zheng Qihang

The U.S. trade authority ruled on Thursday of January 8 that a U.S. industry is “injured” by imports of Chinese calcium hypochlorite, which means the U.S. government will impose punitive duties on the products.

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) complained that imports of calcium hypochlorite from China are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

As a result of the commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Commerce Department will issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China.

The anti-dumping duty rate is 210.52 percent and the countervailing duty rate is 65.85 percent, according to the department’s final determination in December 2014.

The Commerce Department launched the anti-dumping and countervailing duties probes over Chinese calcium hypochlorite products in January 2014 at the request of Arch Chemicals based in the U.S. state of Georgia.

Calcium hypochlorite is often used in the chlorination of water in residential and commercial swimming pools. Imports of these products from China were estimated at 8.1 million U.S. dollars in 2013, according to U.S. official data.

Beijing has repeatedly urged Washington to abide by its commitment against protectionism and work with China to maintain a free, open and just trade environment.







>>  China urges efforts of G77 towards new type of international relations

By Pei Lei

A Chinese envoy on Thursday of January 8 called on the Group of 77 (G77) to promote establishment of a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation at the core.

Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks at a ceremony at the U.N. headquarters where Bolivia handed over the rotating chairmanship of the G77 to South Africa.

“We are convinced that under the leadership of South Africa, the Group of 77 and China will continue to carry forward the fine tradition of solidarity and cooperation, and further promote cooperation and common development of the developing world,” he said.

The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of both the victory of the world anti-fascist war and the founding of the United Nations, Liu said, adding that it will be a year of great significance with milestones to be set: preserving world peace, promoting common development and establishing a new type of international relations with win-win cooperation at the core.

The ambassador said that as a committed member of the developing world, China greatly values the role of the G77 and cherishes the G77 plus China mechanism.

“We will as always endeavor to strengthen coordination and cooperation with all members of the Group and give all our support to the work of South Africa as the chair of the Group for the year 2015,” Liu said.

The G77, established in 1964, is now a coalition of more than 130 developing U.N. member states plus China, and has more than 60 percent of the world’s population.

The group is the largest intergovernmental organization of developing countries in the world body, aiming to promote collective economic interests and gain leverage within the international community.

The chairmanship, which sits atop the organizational structure of G77, rotates on a regional basis among countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean and is held for one year only.







>>  China welcomes foreign scientists

By Hou Lijun

Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong on Friday of January 9 invited foreign scientists to join in China’s science and technology push.

Liu made the remarks at an annual ceremony to honor excellent scientists and research when meeting the group which won the International Cooperation Award.

The recipients including seven scientists and one organization, are from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, the United States, and the Netherlands. Liu presented certificates and thanked them for their contributions to China’s progress.

Liu also met with other award winners, encouraging them to strive for more innovation and make new contributions for the realization of the Chinese Dream.

Since 1995, China has given the International Cooperation Award in Science and Technology to a total of 94 foreign scientists and two international organizations.





>>  China, ROK to boost mutual investment in more fields

By Fang Dong and Wang Youling

China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will encourage mutual investment in more sectors as new opportunities are brought by the expected free trade agreement (FTA).

The two countries will boost investment in automobiles, culture, elder care, film and television production, manufacturing and medicine,Yang Yihang, an official of the Ministry of Commerce, said on Friday of January 9.

The ministry will cooperate with agencies of the ROK to support the building of industrial parks in China for enterprises of both sides.

The governments of Changzhou, Weifang, Weihai, Wenzhou and Yantai intend to set up China-ROK industrial parks.

The two sides concluded FTA negotiations in 2014. The MOC said in November that the agreement will be signed in this year and take effect in the second half.

China is the third largest investor in the ROK, which in return is the fifth largest investor of the former. The investment from the ROK increased 26.5 percent year on year to 3.28 billion U.S. dollars in the first ten months of 2014.







>>  China oks Fonterra investment in dairy maker Beingmate

By Lü Ang, Hu Xu and Li Baojie

China’s Ministry of Commerce has approved global dairy cooperative Fonterra’s bid to buy a 20 percent stake in Beingmate, the Chinese dairy giant said on Friday of January 9.

The Shenzhen-listed company said in a statement that it received word that the strategic investment by Fonterra had been given the green light on Thursday.

The approval will take six months to be put into effect, it said.

Last September, Beingmate announced that Fonterra would buy the 20 percent stake for 3.68 billion yuan (593 million U.S. dollars), thus, becoming a major shareholder in the New Zealand firm, which is aiming to increase access to China’s milk market.

After the share transfer, Beingmate and Fonterra will build a joint-venture milk powder factory in Victoria, Australia. Beingmate will invest more than 185 million U.S. dollars in the factory, holding a 51 percent ownership stake, it said.

Beingmate is based in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, and is the third-biggest Chinese dairy firm in terms of output.

With an annual dairy processing output of 22 billion liters, Fonterra is the world’s largest dairy processor and exporter. In addition to consumer brands such as Mainland cheese and Anchor butter, it is also the world’s largest dairy ingredients supplier to Nestle and McDonald’s.

Fonterra’s reputation was damaged in a 2008 scandal over melamine-tainted baby formula produced by China’s Sanlu Group. Fonterra bought a 43 percent-stake in Sanlu in 2005.







>>  Canada heralds in Chinese Year of Ram with a new stamp

By Yan Zhonghua

Canada’s national carrier launched a commemorative stamp in Toronto on Thursday of January 8 to honor the upcoming Chinese Year of Ram. Canada Post’s Atrium at the Bay office was the site of a media scrum more fitting of a rock personality than a stamp.

The auspicious stamp was unveiled by Jim Phillips, Canada Post’s director of stamp services, and Zhang Chuanbing, Chinese acting consul general in Toronto, along with stamp designer Helene L’Heureux.

“The Lunar New Year is a time that honors both deities and ancestors, and the Lunar New Year is the most important date in the Chinese calendar and an important date in Canada Post’s philatelic calendar,” Jim Philips waxed euphorically.

This year, L’Heureux was given the honor of designing these sought-after stamps. L’Heureux shared her thoughts on her design inspiration for the stamp. “I looked inside books, libraries, and museums and I found this interpretation of the three rams breeding in spring. It meant good luck. ” the French-Canadian designer told Xinhua.

Her design is a collaboration with famous Hong Kong-born calligrapher Ngan Siu-Mui and Susan Scott, a Montreal wood-cut printer. Three rams with magnificent horns are seen in profile in bas-relief on an embossed red and green spring motif. The stamps are a fecund celebration of renewal, she said.

“Throughout our work with this stamp, the ram is a sacred symbol of good fortune,” Philips said. The two stamps in this series are the domestic rate of 0.85 Canadian dollars featuring the three rams and the international rate 2.50 dollars shown in a typical Chinese scroll format. The text on the stamps is in Chinese, English and French.

The Year of the Ram stamp is the seventh of the second twelve-year series which started in 1997. Canada Post’s Commemorative Stamp Program is more than 160 years old and it began with Sir Sanford Flemming who designed in 1851 the Three-Penny Beaver stamp.

Over the years, the stamps have become Canada Post’s unique way of ringing in the new year and to celebrate the diverse cultures within the community. The launch attracted many long-time stamp collectors like Baljit Sidhu. “The stamps give me something to look back on. It’s like basically it’s history, ancient history,” said the 71-year-old.







>>  Perrin: China feels “positive pressure” for Asian Cup

By Zheng Daojin and Gong Bing

Alain Perrin, head coach of China’s men’s national football team, believes that pressure is good for his team who are preparing for their Asian Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.

“To take part in this continental’s showpiece event I do feel some pressure,” said the former Lyon boss. “I can compare it to the situation when I won the French Cup or in the European Champions League matches.

“When I talk about pressure, it’s always something positive, as there is positive pressure and passive pressure. For my players, they just want to play good games and display their talents to the greatest extent. I think that will bring us positive effects.”

Perrin spoke highly of their first opponents: “They have very excellent performance during the Gulf Cup, they have talents and resilience, and they’ve trained together for a long time. They have good attacking in the midfield and up front.”

“We have to do our best facing such a strong team. We want to show our characters. I know the Asian Cup is different from the warmups, and we’ll try our best,” he added.

Talking about tactics, the French coach only revealed that he may make changes even after the last training session before the game against the Saudis.

“Our coaching staff will discuss the lineup this evening and make it tomorrow morning,” said Perrin.

Team captain Zheng Zhi stressed the importance of the first game in such a big event.

“The Asian Cup is different from the domestic league and the Asian Champions League,” he said. “The start is very difficult and very important. After we get accustomed to the pressure and rhythm, I believe all the players can play their best.”







>>  One Chinese killed in construction site robbery in Kenyan capital

By Deng Yaomin

Unknown gunmen Thursday night killed a Chinese construction worker and injured three others in a robbery at their site in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, police sources told Xinhua on Friday of January 9.

Kilimani divisional police commander Peter Katam said the male worker was clobbered to death after he resisted demands by a gang that had raided their site along a busy road in the city.

According to Katam, the gang of seven raided the site and demanded cash and mobile phones.

“In the process, they beat up the workers who resisted, and the victim was one of those injured and succumbed to injuries in hospital,” said Katam.

The gang later grabbed a laptop and unknown amount of money from the site and escaped on foot, said the police commander.

No arrest or recovery has been made so far.







>>  HK Customs foils largest suspected motorcycles smuggling case in decade

By Zhang Yashi

Hong Kong Customs said on Friday of January 9 that a batch of motorcycles valued at about 4.2 million HK dollars (about 541,935 U.S. dollars) were seized last December, which was the largest case of suspected motorcycle smuggling in a decade.

On Dec. 17, Hong Kong Customs found 20 unmanifested motorcycles and 111 tires in a container declared as containing scrap metal from Australia. During follow-up investigation, Customs officers examined another two containers, also from Australia and declared as containing scrap metal, and found another 45 motorcycles and 82 tires therein.

Two men, aged 46 and 29, respectively, were arrested in connection with the case and released on bail pending further investigation.

Under Hong Kong’s Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing unmanifested cargoes is liable to a maximum fine of 2 million HK dollars and imprisonment for seven years.







>>  Gold price closes higher in Hong Kong

By Zhang Yashi

The gold price in Hong Kong closed lower at 11,200 HK dollars per tael on Friday of January 9, up 50 HK dollars per tael from the previous trading day, according to the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society.

The price is equivalent to 1,213.1 U.S. dollars a troy ounce, up 5.42 U.S. dollars at the latest exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar against 7.75 HK dollars.







>>  China’s top procuratorate to strengthen protection of minors’ rights

By Wu Chen

China’s top procuratorate will take measures to strengthen protection of minors’ rights during criminal prosecution, according to a newly released document.

Interrogation and questioning of minors will be recorded on video and audio tape, according to a circular issued by China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).

Prosecution departments in charge of juvenile cases will also be required to handle cases involving crimes against minors, including sexual assault of children, child trafficking, and forcing, luring or using minors to commit a crime.

Reputation and privacy rights, as well as other legal rights of juvenile victims, should be protected during the process, it said.

The number of juvenile criminals who re-offend after being released dropped by 57.5 percent in 2013 compared to the number in 2008, according to the SPP.







>>  Policy design to propel China’s SOE reforms

By Liu Xinyong

The restructuring of China’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will proceed rapidly in 2015 as the government is set to unveil 10 policies for SOE reform.

Chu Xuping, head of research for the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), described “major breakthroughs” in the overall plan for SOE reform.

“The majority of policies will be rolled out before Spring Festival,” Chu said. Spring Festival falls on February 19 this year.

The 10 policies include a guideline for reform, a general plan for state asset management, plans for mixed ownership and improvements to the evaluation system .

UBS chief China economist Wang Tao expects SOE reform will be obtained through improved corporate incentives and private participation.

“We expect restructuring to be gradual as the government tries to balance growth and restructuring, overcome resistance from various interest groups, and address redundancy and debt issues,” Wang said.

Deteriorating SOE performance, general resilience in the labour market, and an improving social safety net may help the government move faster, she said.

Combined profits of China’s SOEs rose 4.5 percent to 2.24 trillion yuan (about 365 billion U.S. dollars) in the first 11 months of 2014, slower than than 8.2 percent growth reported in the same period of 2013.

Resolving key issues will raise the efficiency and competitiveness of SOEs, according to a statement after the central economic work conference in December that set the tone for 2015.

The central goal is giving the market the decisive role in allocating resources, and improving overall efficiency. Reforming SOEs is crucial as they are seen as key to sustained growth and stability.

Li Jin, deputy director of the China Enterprise Reform and Development Society, believes mixed ownership will break the monopoly and increase efficiency. Wang agrees that mixed ownership will change management incentives, improve profitability and cash flow, and increase government revenue.

Last year, Sinopec, PetroChina and State Grid all released plans to open some sectors to private investment. The government has also decided to grant more rights to corporate entities in 2015.

Zhang Yi, head of SASAC, said in December that the role of SOEs as independent market entities should strengthen by giving them due rights and removing unnecessary burdens.







>>  China’s central bank vows prudent policies in 2015

By Fang Dong and Zhan Yan

China’s central bank on Friday of January 9 said it will continue with its prudent monetary policies in 2015 with better coordination of tight and loose monetary measures and proper fine-tuning.

The central bank will adapt to China’s economic “new normal” of slower growth but higher quality and highlight industrial transformation and restructuring, said the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) at a meeting on its work in 2015.

The central bank will strengthen support for the real economy and cut fund-raising costs, said a statement on the PBOC website.

Zeng Gang, researcher with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said monetary policy should support the real economy and structural adjustment amid increasing downward pressure.He expects more liquidity in 2015.

The growth of M2, a broad measure of money supply that covers cash in circulation and all deposits, slowed to 12.3 percent on a year-on-year basis by the end of November.

“Economic growth can not rely on money supply,” Guo Tianyong, professor of Central University of Finance and Economics, “but policies with better coordination of tight and loose measures can stabilize the economy.”

The meeting said various tools should be used flexibly to maintain the reasonably rich liquidity in the bank system.

The PBOC implemented new tools to tackle changing situations in 2014, including Medium-term Lending Facility (MLF) and Pledged Supplementary Lending (PSL).

The new tools are more flexible and targeted to ensure sufficient liquidity, support the real economy and facilitate structural adjustment, Zeng said. Traditional measures like adjustment in interest rates and reserve requirement ratio (RRR) still remain an option.

The central bank lowered interest rates in November, fanning speculation on further moves, including RRR cuts.

The PBOC said lending and private financing should grow in a steady and moderate way. Macro-control measures in a targeted approach will be continued and lending support will be given to key or vulnerable links.

The meeting also reiterated the establishment of a bank deposit insurance scheme.

Zhao Xijun, deputy director of Finance and Securities Institute under Renmin University of China, expects the scheme to be carried out this year and lower risks while improving banks’ capacity to serve the real economy.

In addition, the meeting said financial reforms will be boosted, including reforms on interest rates, the yuan exchange rate formation system and foreign exchange management. And more efforts will be spent on promotion of cross-border use of the yuan.







>>  China’s railway construction drive continues

By Shi Hao and Qi Zhongxi

China will maintain the scale and intensity of railway construction in 2015 and more lines will be put into operation, an official said on Friday of January 9.

“Railway construction, particularly in China’s central and western regions, is a strategic move in response to the economic ‘new normal’,” said Lu Dongfu, director of the National Railway Administration (NRA).

Railway spending is of great significance to stabilizing economic growth, adjusting structure and improving people’s livelihoods, he said.

The director said several thousands of kilometers of track will come into operation in 2015.

China has more than 110,000 kilometers of railways and over 15,000 kilometers of them are high-speed. China is now preparing to sell equipment and technology to foreign markets.

Rail cooperation with India, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Russia, Thailand, the United States, Uzbekistan and European countries, progressed in 2014.

The NRA in December unveiled China’s first design specification standards for high-speed rail links. From February 1, the specifications will lay a solid foundation for railway enterprises to explore the overseas market.







>>  Nanjing taxi drivers suspend service

By Han Xiaojing and Ling Junhui

Many Taxi drivers in Nanjing City in east China’s Jiangsu Province have suspended their service since Thursday of January 8 to protest a decrease in the fuel surcharge.

Many taxis gathered near the city’s bus stations, train stations and airport, refusing to take passengers on Thursday. Those drivers have called on other drivers to join them through taxi-hailing apps and platforms.

The number of taxis gathered at Nanjing train station reached a few hundred on Thursday afternoon.

The situation continued Friday morning. According to residents, few taxis were on the road in the morning. Some people offered an extra 50 yuan to taxi drivers through taxi-hailing apps, yet the drivers still did not take passengers.

Passengers at train stations and airports have had to take the bus or subway.

According to taxi drivers, local government has cut the fuel surcharge from 2 yuan to 1 yuan. Many drivers have been calling for an increase in the base fare and lowered franchise fees via the government complaint hotline. However, their demands have not been answered.

Government officials are discussing the drivers’ requests.







>>  Chinese hospitals to purchase emergency medicine online

By Wu Chen

Chinese health authorities on Friday of January 9 asked hospitals to use online suppliers to purchase emergency medicine.

Provincial-level medicine procurement organs should ensure qualified pharmaceutical companies, which produce emergency medicine, have an online presence to ease the purchasing process for public hospitals, said a circular issued by the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).

In recent years, hospitals have failed to ensure an adequate supply of emergency medicine or stocks have run out completely, much to public dismay.

The situation, according to the NHFPC, is a result of a lack of sufficient supply of raw materials; increased cost for materials and manpower; and limited demand for certain drugs.

The circular said that hospitals could try to designate companies to produce certain medicine through public bidding.







>>  China’s electric car production grows in 2014

By Rong Jiaojiao

China’s electric car production jumped fourfold to 83,900 vehicles in 2014,, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Friday of January 9.

In 2014, output of pure electric passenger cars rose 300 percent from a year earlier to 37,800, with plug-in hybrid passenger cars rising to 16,700 units.

Output of pure electric and plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles went up by 400 percent and 200 percent, respectively.

In December 2014, Chinese carmakers produced 27,200 new energy vehicles, four times as many as they did in December 2013.

Intense promotion by the government has brought more and more new energy vehicles onto China’s roads, saving energy and combating pollution.

Measures including tax exemptions, price subsidies and requirements for government bodies to buy green cars are in place, however, new energy cars still account for only a tiny proportion of total output. In the first 11 months of 2014, the automotive industry produced 21.1 million vehicles.







>>  New platform workboat to serve for South China Sea drilling

By Fang Ning and Huang Yan

China’s largest offshore platform workboat was delivered on Thursday of January 8.

Wuchuan Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. produced the vessel, which has a gross tonnage of 5,300 tonnes, for Shanghai Salvage Co. at a cost of nearly 500 million yuan (83 million U.S. dollars).

The workboat, which measures 89.2 meters in length and 22 meters in molded breadth, has a drag force of 296 tonnes, which makes it able to tow floating drilling platforms that weigh over several thousand tonnes.

Christened as HUAHU (or China Tiger), the workboat will serve offshore tugging and freight transportation services and assist offshore oilfield drilling operations in the South China Sea.

Yang Zhigang, board chairman of Wuchuan shipbuilding, said HUAHU boasts an advanced remote-control underwater robot, which can submerge to depths of 3,000 meters, and it can operate in high winds and typhoons.

The company’s independently-developed workboat has broken up the market monopoly held by European shipbuilders, said Yang, adding that the company had received 10 overseas orders for the vessel.







>>  Guangdong wins 19th straight, Liaoning still on top

By Su Bin, Liu Huaipi

After Guo Ailun missed the three-pointer buzzer-beater, Guangdong got their 19th straight win by edging Liaoning 114-111, while the latter was still on top position in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league on Friday of January 9.

Liaoning and Guangdong were both 27-3 after the 30th round, but Liaoning got the point advantage of two sides’ encounters in hand.

Will Bynum got a game-high 46 points for Guangdong. Yi Jianlian and Wang Shipeng helped with 19 and 17 respectively.

In their first encounter this season, Guangdong lost to Liaoning 116-112 after overtime, ruining Zhu Fangyu’s memorable night of surpassing 10,000-point landmark in CBA history.

After leading by five points as the first quarter ran out, Guangdong built a double-figure margin midway through the second period on Bynum’s two free throws, and led by 59-53 into the halftime.

Liaoning cut the deficit within three points with less than five minutes remaining on a 11-3 run, while Guangdong’s Wang Shipeng was fouled out.

The two teams tied at 105 with 1:23 to go. Zhu Fangyu’s three-pointer and Bynum’s layup gave Guangdong a five-point lead, and though the hosts narrowed the gap to 111-112, Guangdong made it to 114-111 in the end. Guo Ailun tried to drag the game into overtime but he failed to hit the buzzer-beater.

Hudson finished with a team-high 37 points. Another foreign player Deon Thompson added 22 points.

Thanks to foreign trio’s combined 89 points, Qingdao maintained their third spot after upsetting Shanghai 112-107.

Fourth-ranked Guangsha and fifth-ranked Beijing got comfortable victories, beating Chongqing 128-113 and Sichuan 110-76, respectively.

In other matches, Jilin upset Foshan 137-123, Shanxi beat Zhejiang 127-120, Xinjiang cruised over Bayi 109-83, Fujian downed Shandong 111-104, Tianjin lost to Dongguan 112-100, and Tongxi lost to Jiangsu 121-119.







>>  China 0.5 degree Celsius warmer in 2014

By Zhan Yan, Lin Hui and Yu Wenjing

China’s temperature averaged to 10.1 degrees Celsius in 2014, the China Meteorological Administration said on Friday of January 9.

Year 2014, along with 1999, is the sixth hottest year on China’s meteorological records which began in 1961.

Only February, August and December posted temperatures lower than average.

In 2014, north China was 1 degree Celsius higher than the average and northwest China was 0.5 degree Celsius higher.

China saw less extreme climate events in 2014 than 2013, but rainfall was only 5.9 trillion cubic meters last year, 58.9 billion cubic meters less than average.









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