Service module of China’s lunar orbiter enters moon’s orbit









>>  Chinese, U.S. military to have humanitarian rescue, disaster relief exercise

By Cui Wenyi

Chinese, U.S. military will have a joint exercise from January 12 to 19, focusing on humanitarian rescue and disaster relief.

The exercise will be held in southern Chinese cities Guangzhou and Haikou, and about 150 engineering and medical service personnel from both sides will participate in the exercise.







>>  Chinese premier congratulates Sri Lanka’s new prime minister

By Wang Shang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Sunday of January 11 offered congratulations to Ranil Wickremesinghe on his assumption of Sri Lanka’s premiership.

In his congratulatory message, Li said that as traditional friendly neighbors, China and Sri Lanka will mark the upcoming 58th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

China and Sri Lanka have maintained close contact and frequent exchanges at various levels and conducted fruitful cooperation in various areas, Li said, adding that the friendship between the two peoples has been deepening.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to its ties with Sri Lanka and stands ready to advance their strategic cooperative partnership on the basis of mutual respect and treating each other as equals, so as to bring benefits to both peoples and achieve mutually beneficial and win-win outcomes, said the Chinese premier.







>>  China, Kenya pledge to deepen ties, cooperation

By Deng Yaomin and Ding Xiaoxi

China and Kenya have pledged to further deepen bilateral relations and practical cooperation, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday of January 10.

“We have agreed to make further progress in the comprehensive cooperative partnership between our two countries featuring equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes,” Wang told media after meeting with his Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed.

The two sides also agreed to continue to support each other on issues regarding their core interests and major concerns, so as to lay even firmer foundation for the development of bilateral relations, he added.

Wang said China is willing to transform bilateral traditional friendship into impetus for common development, and work with Kenya to convert its potential in human and natural resources into economic strengths.

The Chinese foreign minister stressed that both sides would further cooperation in seven priority areas of agricultural modernization, infrastructure development, industrial relocation, renewable energy, ecology and environmental protection, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security cooperation.

Meanwhile, the two sides also signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing a bilateral steering committee, Wang said.

Kenya is China’s important partner in Africa, Wang said, adding that he chose Kenya as the first stop of his trip to Africa to implement the important consensuses and agreements reached by the leaders of both countries.

During his visit, Wang expected to “hear the views and suggestions of African friends for the preparation of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to be held in South Africa this year.”

For her part, Mohamed said she “is very glad and feel privileged” that Wang had chosen Kenya as his first stop in Africa.

She said that the relationship between Kenya and China is broad and deep, and Wang’s visit will provide opportunities to strengthen friendship and mutual trust between the two countries, as well as to facilitate the implementation of cooperation programs.

The Chinese foreign minister arrived here on Saturday. After a two-day official visit in Kenya, Wang will continue his Africa trip, which will also take him to Sudan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.






>>  Chinese carrier mulls charter flights to Bahamas

By Qian Chunxian and Lin Jianyang

China Eastern Airlines, one of the country’s leading carriers, will undertake a feasibility test on charter flights from China to the Bahamas, the airline’s general manager Liu Shaoyong said on Sunday of January 11.

Liu made the remarks in meeting with Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie, who visited the Shanghai-based carrier to discuss the prospect of direct flights from China to the Bahamas.

Christie said a direct air link would bring more Chinese tourists and investors to his country, and the first direct flight between China and the Caribbean will begin this September.

Air China announced it would launch its first direct air route, from Beijing to the Cuban capital of Havana, on Sept. 28, marking a huge cut in travel time between China and the Caribbean.

Christie, who was visiting China for the first ministerial meeting of the China-CELAC forum, told Liu that he came to Beijing from the Bahamian capital of Nassau via Miami and Chicago, a trip of nearly 20 hours.

With the visa-waiver policy, Chinese visitors can stay up to 30 days in the Bahamas, which would help further promote bilateral tourism exchanges, Christie said.

Liu said China Eastern was trying to expand its network to Carribean and South American countries.

“We will cooperate with our Skyteam partners Delta to bring more passengers to the Bahamas,” Liu said.







>>  Olympic champ Zhang wins two gold at Asian SD Speed Skating 2015

By Yao Shi, Zhou Wanpeng and Wang Haofei

China’s first Olympic speed skating champion Zhang Hong won two gold medals in the Asian Single Distances Speed Skating Competition 2015 on Sunday of January 11.

Zhang, who won the 1,000m on Saturday, finished first in 76.81 seconds in Sunday’s 500m race that featured five skaters including world sprint champion Yu Jing of China.

“I am not especially good at 500m and this is my best result,” Zhang said. “I am so happy to win two titles here. It is a good start for 2015.”

China also made a clean sweep of medals in the men’s and women’s 1,500m.






>>  Chinese men’s team wins ITTF Team World Cup

By Liu Yuqian

The Chinese men’s team beat Austria to win the ITTF Team World Cup here on Sunday of January 11.

Zhang Jike, Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin all won their games 3-0 to help China retain its title.

The second place was the best ever result for Austria in the Team World Cup.

In the singles matches, Fan Zhendong beat Daniel Habesohn 3-0 while Zhang Jike crushed Robert Gardos 3-0. And in the doubles, Zhang and Xu paired up to beat Stefan Fegerl/Habesohn 3-0.

The Chinese men’s team takes home a prize money of 50,000 U.S. dollars while Austria won 25,000 dollars.







>>  China wins ITTF women’s team World Cup

By Liu Yuqian

The Chinese women’s team won the gold medal in the 2015 Team Table Tennis World Cup, defeating the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 3-0 in the final on Sunday of January 11.

Zhu Yuling, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning all won their games. Liu beat Ri Mi Gyong 3-2, while Zhu defeated Ri Myong Sun 3-2. Ding paired up with Liu to crush Ri Mi Gyong/Kim Hye Song 3-0.

“It was a tough match and our opponents played very well,” said Ding.

Liu also said that DPR Korea was a tough opponent and she praised the city of Dubai for hosting a great World Cup.

With the victory, the Chinese women took home 50,000 dollars prize money while DPR Korea as the runner-up won 25,000 dollars.

Twelve women’s teams and as many men’s teams participated in the tournament.







>>  China’s wrestler wins international wrestling meet

By Yu Jia

China’s wrestler Menkhduren on Saturday of January 10 took the gold medal in an international wrestling meet in Hohhot, capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Menkhduren took the first place after three rounds of the fourth monthly competition and made it to the finals.

Nearly 130 wrestlers from China, Mongolia, Russia, the United States, South Africa and other countries and regions took part in the competition, which is held monthly and has the finals that offers a total prize of one million yuan (about 162,000 U.S. dollars).







>>  China ties Mexico 0-0 in Shenzhen women’s soccer tourney

By Zheng Zhi and Wang Haoming

China tied Mexico 0-0 in “Bao’an Cup” international women’s soccer tournament here on Sunday of January 11.

China, ranked 13th in the world, did well in defense but poorly in offense.

China’s best opportunity came in the 62nd minute when Ren Jiaxin hit the goalpost.

Mexico also missed a good chance 11 minutes later as Charlyn Corral’s shot was denied by China’s Li Jiayue.

“We were aiming at scoring but the result is not what we desired for,” said Hao Wei, China’s head coach. “We had a better possession and we still need to work on details.”

Also on Sunday, Canada came from behind to beat South Korea 2-1.

The four teams are preparing for the 2015 World Cup, which will kick off in June in Canada.






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>>  World highest altitude swimming race kicks off

By Li Linhai

The fifth International limit Challenging Race of winter swimming across Yellow River started in northeast China’ s Qinghai Province on Sunday of January 11.

Being hosted in Guide county at an altitude of 2,200 meters in Tibetan plateau, the world’ s highest altitude swimming race has attracted 58 swimmers from Iceland, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia, Belarus and host China.

Low water temperature, high altitude, thin oxygen all blended well,making Guide an ideal place to host international winter swimming race.







>>  Service module of China’s lunar orbiter enters moon’s orbit

By Guo Likun

The service module of China’s unmanned test lunar orbiter successfully decelerated, allowing it to enter an 8-hour orbit on Sunday of January 11, according to the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

Following instructions from the center, the service module conducted the braking at around 3 a.m. and entered the 8-hour elliptical moon orbit with a perilune of about 200 km and an apolune of about 5,300 km.

The spacecraft has sustained balanced energy and is in a sound condition, according to the center, adding that the center exercised timely and stable control and tracing of the service module and relevant tests had been carried out smoothly.

The module will make its second and third braking in the early hours of January 12 and 13 respectively to enable it to enter the target 127-minute orbit for tests to prepare for the next lunar probe mission, Chang’e-5, said center’s chief engineer Zhou Jianliang.

“The first braking is the most crucial,” Zhou said. “Precise braking must be performed at perilune to prevent it from flying away from the moon.”

The lunar orbiter was launched on October 24. The service module was separated from the orbiter’s return capsule on November 1, which returned to Earth on November 1 after circling the moon during its eight-day mission.

The service module reached the Earth-Moon second Lagrange Point (L2) in late November and left the L2 point on January 4 after completing all preset scientific detection tasks.

The orbiter is a test run for the final chapter of China’s three step lunar program — orbiting, landing and returning.

The obtaining data and validating re-entry technology will inform the development of Chang’e-5, which is slated for launch around 2017.







>>  Compilation of Xi Jinping’s anti-graft remarks published

By Guo Likun

A compilation of select remarks by Chinese President Xi Jinping on the fight against corruption and the construction of a clean Communist Party of China (CPC) has been published.

The book was published by the Central Party Literature Press and the China Fangzheng Publishing House, according to a press release by the CPC’s central committee on Sunday of January 11.

The book, divided into 9 sections, brings together 216 remarks by Xi from more than 40 speeches, articles and written instructions between November 15, 2012 and October 23, 2014.

Many of the quotes in the book are being published for the first time, according to the press release.

A circular issued jointly by the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and the CPC’s discipline agency asked Party officials to take the essence of the remarks to heart and behave in line with the decisions so as to ensure an effective counter-corruption drive.







>>  Defense Minister stresses improved ability to ensure stability in Xinjiang

By Guo Likun

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has called on the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) to contribute more to social stability in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Chang asked the XPCC — a paramilitary force that combines the functions of production, administration and defense — to fulfil its fundamental role in maintaining social stability and border defense during a recent inspection tour in the XPCC.

While lauding the XPCC’s contribution to Xinjiang’s stability and prosperity in the past 60 years, Chang urged the XPCC to reform, develop, and play an exemplary role in promoting coordinated development and ethnic integration.

The XPCC must be “the stabilizer” of frontier security, “a melting pot” of all ethnic groups, and “a demonstration zone” for advanced productive forces and culture, Chang said.







>>  Chinese military to reshuffle grassroot officers

By Guo Likun

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has ordered chief officers in charge of military and political work at the grassroots level to switch posts to strengthen the army.

The move is expected to help to train quality grassroots officers who excel as military commanders and political chiefs, said a circular issued by the PLA General Political Department.

The circular was endorsed by President Xi Jinping, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC).

This is the first time the military has comprehensively undertaken work in this regard, according to Saturday’s edition of the PLA Daily.

The PLA piloted a similar scheme with military and political chiefs at the battalion and company level in 2014.

As part of the pilot program, a brigade in the 27th Combined Corp ordered company chiefs to move positions after two years in office, while all battalion chiefs should change posts if they had not done this before.

The PLA General Political Department is mulling making this a routine practice in the armed forces and a “new normal” in training grassroot offices, said the circular.







>>  Shanghai police busts drug gang

By Zhu Hong and Zhang Yi

Shanghai police has busted a drug gang, cutting a network that sold drugs to South Korea, the Shanghai Pubic Security Bureau said on Sunday of January 11.

The police has arrested 10 suspects and seized 8.5 kilograms of ice and two guns.

Shanghai police has requested the help of South Korean authorities to catch the gang’s ringleader who gave orders from South Korea.

The police has evidence that showed the gang transported drugs from China to South Korea through female drug mules and mails. The gang is also accused of selling drugs in several Chinese provinces.







>>  Chinese police arrest 110 for selling unclean pork

By Hu Longjiang and Zou Wei

Chinese police have busted 11 groups suspected of selling pork from pigs died of diseases in a crackdown on food safety crimes, arresting more than 110 suspects.

Seventy-five of the suspects have been prosecuted, the Ministry of Public Security said Sunday. Several food quarantine staff were also sent to prosecuting organs for possible duty-related crimes.

Police also confiscated over 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil processed from the pork and other unclean meats, according to the ministry.

Since 2008, these groups, which collected, purchased pigs died of illnesses from livestock farms and farmers at a low price and segmented the pigs which should have been subjected to harmless disposal, the ministry said.

They also bribed staff from food supervising authorities to get quarantine certificates, it added. The pork then flowed to markets in 11 provinces including Hunan, Henan and Guangxi, or were processed into bacon, ham or cook oil for sale, it said.







>>  Tibetan farmers, herdsmen see double-digit growth in income

By Wang Jun, Huang Xing a nd Zhang Yi

Farmers and herdsmen in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region saw their average income increase 14 percent year-on-year in 2014, marking a straight 12th annual double-digit growth, local authorities said on Sunday of January 11.

Tibetan farmers and herdsmen is estimated to have earned about 7,500 yuan (1,200 U.S. dollars) on average last year.

Farmers and herdsmen make up for more than 80 percent of the population in the region.

“We used to get money mainly from farming. Now we have multiple sources of income. We also run some inn and transportation businesses,” said Padma in Medog County of Nyingchi Prefecture. “My family earned more than 10,000 yuan last year.”

Tibet has made the growth of famers and herdsmen’s income the top priority in social and economic development, improving infrastructure and social security.







>>  Tibet sees record high tourist arrivals in 2014

By Yi Ling and Wang Jun

Tibet reported a tourism boom in 2014 as the Chinese plateau region attracted more than 15 million visitors in 2014, up more than 20 percent, according to the local government.

The regional capital Lhasa alone saw more than 9.25 million tourists and reaped tourism revenue of 11.2 billion yuan (1.79 billion U.S. dollars), said the regional tourism bureau in a report on Sunday.

Tourism is a pillar industry in Tibet, with tourism revenue accounting for over 20 percent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP). The June-September period is high season for Tibet.

Traditional Tibetan festivities, such as the Horse-racing Festival and the Shoton Festival, the highlight of which is the “sunning of the Buddha” ceremony in the 600-year-old Drepung Monastery, have proved to be major attractions.

Lhasa saw 1.4 million tourists during the week-long Shoton Festival in June.

With winter looming, the region slashes the price of entrance tickets to major attractions by 50 percent to boost arrivals. Many hotels also offer discounts of up to 60 percent.

Tibet is expected to welcome 17 million tourists in 2015 as the local government vows to improve services and develop family inns in its rural villages.







>>  Endangered wild donkey spotted in China

By Yi Ling and Yu Jia

Some 30 endangered Asian wild asses have been spotted in the Chinese prairies that neighbor Mongolia, local forestry police told Xinhua on Sunday of January 11.

The discovery of the animals has inspired zoologists in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region to take protective measures for the endangered species, which has seen a significant decline since the 1990s due to poaching.

Police saw the animals, including three foals, on a routine patrol along the border area of China and Mongolia on Thursday. The donkeys are all in good shape, according to the forestry police bureau of Xilingol League.

Previously in early December, police also saw three wild asses in the area.

China has intensified its crackdown on the poaching of the rare wild ass.

Asian wild asses are native to China, India and Iran. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the animal on the Red List of Threatened Species, as their population have declined globally by 52 percent in the last two decades. The current estimated number of mature individuals is 8,358 by 2008, according to IUCN.







>>  Chinese shares face pressure with 22 new offerings in coming week

By Lin Jianyang

Chinese shares are likely to face downward pressure in the upcoming week as investors are expected to hold more cash for 22 new share offerings.

It will be the eighth round, and the largest wave of new share offerings, since last June when the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the securities watchdog, restarted the initial public offering (IPO) market.

For the next five trading days, Wednesday alone will see 10 new offerings, Thursday to have another 6 offerings, while each of the other three trading days will have 2 new offerings.

Like the previous seven rounds of new offerings, this round is expected to cause frenzied subscription as investors bet on handsome first-day gains.

Price of new stocks had always surged on the first trading day, with an average first-day gain of 43 percent in 2014, which had enabled them to regain reputation as can’t-lose best in China.

Figures released by China’s data company Wind indicated that the 22 new IPOs are expected to raise a total fund of 12.2 billion yuan (2 billion U.S. dollars).

Zhang Xiaojiao, a securities analyst with BOC International, said these new offerings were expected to lock up a bidding fund of 2.28 trillion yuan.

Frenzied subscription in the previous seven batches since last June had witnessed some new offerings that attracted more than 200 times oversubscription at best, while others were 50 times oversubscribed at worst.

Worry of liquidity pressure owing to the 22 new share offerings is believed to have played a part in Friday’s dramatic ups and downs of the Chinese share markets.

The key Shanghai index soared 3.38 percent in the afternoon trading session on Friday, before nosediving into negative territory in the final 30 minutes and closing 0.24 percent lower.

In 2014, the Chinese mainland stock market saw 125 IPOs, raising 78.7 billion yuan, consultancy Deloitte said.

Chinese shares, which had been bearish for about six years, had staged an extraordinary rally in the second half of 2014 and created a bull run amid huge daily turnover. The key Shanghai index jumped 53 percent in 2014.







>>  Smog to shroud N China

By Shi Hao

Smoggy weather will blanket north China from Monday to Thursday with deteriorating air quality, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecast on Sunday of January 11.

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province will see fog or smog and some regions will be choked by serious air pollution due to the calm weather in the coming days, the NMC said.

Meteorological authorities of Hebei Province issued a yellow alert for smog on Sunday, advising people to wear masks, drive carefully and spend less time outside.









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