Category: China

China unveils new leadership

Ref: China’s ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leadership line-up on Thursday to steer the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief.

China unveils new leadership

China unveils new leadership

Xi was also named head of the party’s Central Military Commission, state news agency Xinhua said. Read more →

China bullet train accident toll up to 32

At least 32 people died when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train in front of it in China’s eastern Zhejiang province on Saturday, state media said, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.

The accident occurred on a bridge near the city of Wenzhou after the first train lost power — possibly after being hit by lightning — and a following bullet train crashed into it, the official Xinhua news agency said. Read more →

China asks Pakistan to mend its fences with neighbours

Ref: The Chinese leadership has asked Islamabad to “mend its fences” with all its neighbours, including India, and expressed concern over terrorists still “flourishing” in centres on Pakistani soil, a media report today said.

The message from the Chinese leadership was conveyed during Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani`s visit to China that ended yesterday, The News daily quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
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17 killed, 24 hurt in Beijing factory fire

Ref: Seventeen people were killed and 24 injured in a blaze at an illegal Beijing building Monday, state media and officials said, the latest accident to highlight China`s poor fire-safety record.

The fire broke out about 1 am (1700 GMT Sunday) in the four-story building in the capital`s southern Daxing district, the agency said, adding that it was put out by firefighters about an hour later.

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Fire in Chinese capital kills 17 people

Ref: A fire has swept through a four-storey building in the Chinese capital, Beijing, killing at least 17 people.

State media said 24 others were hurt.

The authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze, in the southern suburb of Daxing.

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Japan protest over 'dangerous' China helicopter fly-by

Ref: Japan has lodged a formal protest after a Chinese helicopter flew close to its destroyer in the East China Sea.

The Japanese ship was on patrol on Monday near a disputed gas field that both countries want to exploit.

It is the latest in a series of tense confrontations between Japan and its increasingly powerful neighbour.

Relations between the two nations have been strained since a row last year over the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain near islands both claim.

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U.S. and China: same summit, different views

Summits often produce nothing more than expectations. The meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and China`s President Hu Jintao showed how different those expectations can be.From the U.S. side there was the expectation of substantive “deliverables” – diplomatic jargon for real results. From the Chinese side, there was an expectation that, by going to Washington, its standing and status abroad would be improved.While there was little in the way of breakthroughs, in the world of summitry where perception is all, it was the meeting itself that emerged as the message.

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China OKs $45 bn in US export deals: US official

Ref: The United States and China have agreed US export deals worth $45 billion dollars leading up to President Hu Jintao`s US state visit, a senior Washington official said Wednesday.”We will be announcing that $45 billion of US export deals have been concluded, supporting 235,000 US jobs,” the official said.

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China shuts over 60,000 porn websites in 2010

China shut down more than 60,000 pornographic websites this year, netting almost 5,000 suspects in the process, a government spokesman said on Thursday, vowing no let-up in its campaign against material deemed obscene.

Beijing has run a highly publicised drive against what officials said was smutty and lewd content overwhelming the country’s Internet and cell phones, threatening the emotional health of children.

Critics accuse the Chinese government of deepening the crackdown, launched last December, and tightening overall censorship, and say that the push has netted many sites with politically sensitive or even simply user-generated content.

But Wang Chen, head of the State Council Information Office, or cabinet spokesman’s office, said the offensive was vital.

“Our campaign has been a great success and this has not been achieved easily,” he told a news conference. “We have made the Internet environment much cleaner than before as there was a lot of pornography available.

“We have changed this situation and this has been well received by many sectors across society,” Wang said. “But our campaign has not come to a stop. This will be a long battle.”

“As long as there are people with bad motives who want to spread violent or pornographic information, we will have to continue our campaign to resolutely crack down on the spread of such information.”

Of the 4,965 suspects, 1,332 people received “criminal punishment” with 58 jailed for five years or more, Wang said.

The government checked the content of 1.79 million websites and deleted 350 million pornographic and lewd articles, pictures and pieces of video footage, he said.

With an estimated 450 million Internet users as of the end of November, China has a bigger online population than any other country. Yet the government worries the Internet could become a dangerous conduit for threatening images and ideas.

China has blocked a number of popular websites and Internet services, including Google’s YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook, as well as Chinese content sharing sites.

The government accused them of carrying content harmful to China’s security and in breach of Chinese laws, including images of protests in sensitive regions such as Tibet.

Wang said he had seen media reports that Facebook’s chief Mark Zuckerberg had visited China recently, but said Zuckerberg had not met his department, which oversees the Internet in China.

“We saw reports that he met with some well-known figures in China’s Internet industry. We are also still trying to learn more about his visit to China,” he added.

Google Inc, the world’s top Internet search engine, closed its China-based search service in March, two months after it said it would stop censoring search results in response to what it said was a sophisticated cyber attack that it traced to China and increasing limits on freedom of expression.

Russia-China oil pipeline opens

Ref: The first oil pipeline linking the world`s biggest oil producer, Russia, and the world`s biggest consumer of energy, China, has begun operating.

The pipeline, running between Siberia and the northeastern Chinese city of Daqing, will allow a rapid increase in oil exports between the two countries. Read more →