Chinese soldiers leave for anti-terror drills in Russia

 

 

 

>>  Chinese soldiers leave for anti-terror drills in Russia

By Guo Likun

China on Saturday of July 27 began to send military personnel and armaments to Russia, where they will join 20-day joint anti-terrorism drills held by both parties.

The transfer of Chinese troops for the exercise will be completed by August 2, according to Zhang Yan, deputy commander of the 646 Chinese military personnel participating in the drills.

The Chinese officers and soldiers will be sent to the drill venue in seven batches, with four traveling by air and three by train, Zhang said.

With 72 people on board, two Mi-171 military transport helicopters and four Z-9 armed helicopters from the Chinese side took off from an airport in Hailar in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Saturday morning.

They will travel more than 5,000 km with several stopovers and are expected to arrive at the drill venue in five days.

In addition, 119 officers and soldiers set out by train at noon on Saturday from the border city of Manchuri in Inner Mongolia. And two other trains are expected to leave later on Saturday and Sunday respectively, carrying more soldiers.

According to the schedule, five fighter-bomber JH-7A jets will set out from an airport in Urumqi in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 31 and are expected to arrive in Russia the same day.

The exercises, dubbed “Peace Mission 2013″ and scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 15, will be carried out in Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains region.

The Chinese troops attending the drills include an infantry combat group of 350 people, an air force combat group of 50 people, a logistics group with 196 people, a 20-member planning panel, and a 30-member command.

The 600 troops from Russia are of similar composition.

The drills will be held in three phases, including troop deployment, war planning and campaign drills.

The joint drills are not targeting any third party, and are meant to enhance mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation between the two armed forces, and improve their capability to combat terrorism, according to their Chinese command headquarters.

 

 

 

China’s June industrial profits up 6.3 pct

By Zhan Yan

Major Chinese industrial firms saw their combined profits rise 6.3 percent year on year in June, slowing from the 15.5-percent rate seen in May, official data showed on Saturday f July 27.

The profits of industrial companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan (3.24 million U.S. dollars) hit 502.42 billion yuan in June, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said in a statement.

In the first six months, their profits rose 11.1 percent to 2.58 trillion yuan (418.75 billion U.S. dollars), slowing from the 12.3-percent rate seen in the first five months.

The drop in June industrial profits was mainly due to the slow-down in enterprise business revenue growth, higher costs and relatively higher base for the year-on-year comparison, said He Ping, an analyst with the NBS.

In breakdown, private businesses led the growth, with their combined profits up 15.8 percent year on year in the first half year, while state-run enterprises saw their combined profits up 4.8 percent during the period, according to the statement published by the NBS on its website.

Among 41 industries surveyed, 30 reported year-on-year profit growth in the first half year, while eight saw profit decline.

The three sectors of coal exploitation, nonferrous metal smelting and ferrous metal smelting reported remarkable decreases in profits, He said.

 

 

 

>>  ASEAN nations keen to attract Chinese investors

By Guan Hao, Wu Baoshu and Li Laifang

Officials from several Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries have expressed their keenness to attract more investment from Chinese enterprises to boost bilateral development.

“Thailand is in the center area of the ASEAN countries and owns convenient transportation, excellent infrastructure, favorable investment policy and monetary policy. It’s very suitable for Chinese investors,” said Chitraporn Arpornrat, Thai consul-general in Nanning,capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Industries like rubber products, agricultural machinery and equipment, electronic components and light rail components and systems are among those most favorable for Chinese enterprises to invest in, said the Thai diplomat during a forum held in Qinzhou City, Guangxi on Friday.

Lao Consul General in Nanning Phonekham Inthaboualy said Laos is rich in forest resources and mineral resources like iron, gold and copper and he hoped Chinese companies to invest in.

Cambodian Consul in Nanning Keo Thoeun highlighted Cambodia’s advantage in human resources. “Cambodia’ s population is over 14 million, of which 51 percent are in their working age.” he said, “Compared with other Asian countries, Cambodia’s labor costs are low. ”

By the end of June, Chinese direct investment in ASEAN nations totaled nearly 30 billion U.S. dollars, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce.

 

 

 

>>  Tibet economy grows fast in H1

By Wang Jun, Laba Cering and Li Laifang

The economy of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region grew 12 percent in the first half of this year, according to the regional statistics bureau.

The growth rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than in the same period last year and 4.4 percentage points higher than the country’s average, said the bureau.

The gross domestic product (GDP) of Tibet reached 32.96 billion yuan (about 5.34 billion U.S.dollars) in the first half, it added.

The regional economy has been growing in a steady, fast and sound way, said the Tibet Statistics Bureau. The region’s GDP has maintained double-digit growth annually for the past 20 years.

The per-capita cash income of farmers and herdsmen in the region hit 1,999 yuan in the same period, up 14.5 percent year on year. The per-capita disposable income of urban residents increased 12.9 percent year on year to reach 9,528 yuan.

Some 3.43 million tourists went to the plateau region from January to June, an increase of 21.8 percent from the same period last year, the regional tourism bureau said.

Meanwhile, Tibet’s tourism revenue surged 32.1 percent year on year to 3.2 billion yuan (517 million U.S. dollars) in the six-month period.

China’s GDP growth slowed to 7.6 percent in January-June of 2013, the weakest first-half performance in three years.

 

 

 

>>  Chinese machinery firm makes S America export breakthrough

By Fang Ning, Liu Xiangxiao and Liu Huaipi

A leading Chinese heavy machinery firm has made an export breakthrough for the country in supplying wear-resistant machinery parts to South America.

In the first deal of its kind, the Taiyuan Heavy Machinery Group Co., Ltd. (TZ) announced on Thursday of  July 25 that it has exported two sets of steel alloy machinery parts, which will be installed on U.S.-made Allis Chalmers mining crushers working in the Salvadora Mine in Chile.

Cao Keshun, spokesman for TZ, said each of the high-precision wear-resistant parts weighs close to 100 tonnes and is 6.2 meters in diameter, and that their casting requires state-of-art technology.

Established in 1950 in north China’s Shanxi Province, TZ last year produced the world’s largest mining excavator. Its heavy machinery products and parts have been exported to a dozen countries, including Russia, India and South Africa.

 

 

 

>>  Fish fry freed to rehabilitate Bohai Sea

By Fang Ning and Pan Linqing

Authorities in east China’s Shandong Province will spend 150 million yuan (24.4 million U.S. dollars) this year to cultivate and release fish fry into the Bohai Sea.

Pollution and overfishing have resulted in a severe decline in fishery resources in the area that has nearly paralyzed offshore fishing.

Wang Shouxin, head of the provincial marine and fishery bureau, said the provincial government has spent 780 million yuan since 2005 to release fish fry and sustain fishery resources.

In addition to fish, the freed species also include prawns, jellyfish and clams.

 

 

 

>>  Communications partially cut off after tremor hits NW China

By Tu Guoxi and Li Laifang

Communications were cut off in some townships and villages after a 4.5-magnitude quake jolted a county in northwest China’s Gansu Province, local government said Saturday.

The quake shook Wenxian County in Longnan City at 00:25 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time), with its epicenter six km deep, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

The quake was strongly felt in the county. Many local residents, who had fallen asleep, ran out of their homes to open areas in drizzly weather. Some of them returned home after no aftershocks occurred.

Communications in many villages were cut off and authorities were checking whether there were any casualties, said an official with the Wenxian county government.

The county has a population of 250,000.

The quake came after a 6.6-magnitude quake hit Minxian and Zhangxian counties in Dingxi, Gansu on Monday, which has left at least 95 dead and another 1,461 injured.

 

 

 

>>  Central authorities launch emergency response to NW China flood

By Ren Ke and Cui Jing

The central authorities on Saturday launched an emergency response to help victims of rainstorms and flooding in northwest China’s Gansu Province, and sent a work group to the area.

The emergency response was launched by the National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Meanwhile, the work group, which was sent to an area in Gansu hit by a 6.6-magnitude quake on July 22, was ordered to go to Tianshui of Gansu, to see the situation and cooperate with local authorities in disaster relief.

As of 7 p.m. Sunday, strong rainfall since July 24 has resulted in floods in the province’s Tianshui, Longnan and Qingyang, leaving 21 people dead and 5 others missing, according to the Gansu Provincial Civil Affairs Department.

The disaster has affected 446,400 people and toppled down or severely damaged 15,600 houses. A total of 39,500 people have been relocated.

Authorities in Gansu have also launched an emergency response to the disaster, sending two work groups to flood-hit areas and allotting 10 million yuan (1.65 million U.S. dollars) for disaster relief.

 

 

 

>>  Mass murder suspect captured in central China

By Li Lijing and Li Laifang

Police said on Saturday of July 27 that they have captured a man who allegedly stabbed five people to death and injured three others on Thursday of July 25 in central China’s Henan Province.

The suspect, Ding Jinhua, was captured in Yuzhou City, Henan, at around 2 p.m. Saturday, police said, adding he is being interrogated.

Ding, 38, who runs a furniture shop in Luohe City, Henan, is alleged to have gone on a rampage with a knife after a minor local dispute. At noon on Thursday, he allegedly stabbed three people to death and injured two others in his home village of Dazhuzhuang, in Xiping County.

He is then suspected to have driven back to the furniture market and killed a female shop owner, before murdering a taxi driver outside the market and driving away the taxi. Police say that Ding hijacked a second taxi later after injuring the driver with a knife.

He fled after the incidents. Police offered rewards for clues leading to his capture.

 

 

 

>>  Retiree entertainment center arson kills 2 in Zhejiang

By Zhang Heping and Li Laifang

Two senior citizens have died and 12 others have been injured in an arson targeting an entertainment center for retirees in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Friday night of July 26, local police said on Saturday of July 27.

A 55-year-old suspect, surnamed Lin, is thought to have ignited a gasoline bottle and thrown it into the facility in Lucheng District in Wenzhou City at around 8:41 p.m.. Dozens of senior citizens were in the center at the time, resting or playing chess and card games.

A 91-year-old woman died immediately. Thirteen people were injured, including the suspect, who had been in the center shortly before the alleged attack. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

Another senior citizen in his 70s died in hospital on Saturday despite doctors’ efforts. Many of the injured are in critical conditions.

The suspect has been held by police. Lin had an argument with other senior citizens over the use of an air conditioning system in the center before the fire was started, said police after an initial investigation.

It follows a very similar incident on Friday, when an arson in a nursing home in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province left 11 people dead. The suspect, who died in the blaze, believed one resident of the home stole 200 yuan (32.4 U.S. dollars) from him and became agitated.

 

 

 

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