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Enes Kanter: Boston Celtics star under fire over China comments

Enes Kanter calls China's leader a "brutal dictator", while Beijing accuses him of seeking attention.

Source: BBC News - China | 22 Oct 2021 | 8:34 am(NZT)

Baby dinosaur fossil

Chinese paleontologists have found a rare and relatively complete baby dinosaur fossil in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.Researchers from the Inner Mongolia paleontological fossil protection institute made the discovery during a survey that began last month in the Mazongshan Mountain area in Alxa League.The survey also identified 10 sites for paleontological fossils from the Cretaceous and Late Jurassic strata and found several fossils of ankylosaurs, iguanodon, and turtles. Researchers aim to repair and identify the fossils to expand the scope of Cretaceous fossil studies.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Salt lake in Qinghai at 17 year high

Qinghai Lake, China’s largest inland saltwater lake, has seen its largest water area since 2004 as a result of increased rainfall and improved ecological conservation.Located in northwest China’s Qinghai Province, Qinghai Lake’s water surface area was over 4,625 square kilometers by the end of September, about 381 square km more than 17 years ago, according to the provincial meteorological research institute, citing satellite remote sensing data.“Increased rainfall was the main reason for the lake’s water area expansion,” said Zhao Huifang, a staff member at the institute. Zhao added that enhanced ecological conservation also played an important role.Qinghai Lake is a crucial body of water to maintain ecological security in the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is also a natural barrier for controling the eastward spread of desertification.The lake had been shrinking since the 1950s due to multiple reasons, such as human activities. The combined effects of conservation and changes to the regional climate turned things around.In 2008, Qinghai launched a 10-year plan on the ecological environment protection and comprehensive management of the Qinghai Lake basin with a total investment of 1.57 billion yuan (US$245 million).The improving ecosystem of the lake has benefited a variety of plant and animal species. For example, the number of bird species in the lake had increased from 164 in 1996 to 225 in 2020.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Pianist, prostitute held

Chinese pianist Li Yundi was detained by Beijing police for allegedly soliciting a prostitute. Police in Chaoyang District said on Weibo last night they had tip-off that someone was engaged in prostitution locally. A 29-year-old woman surnamed Chen and a 39-year-old man, surnamed Li, were caught. Some netizens found that in the latest episode of Chinese variety show “Call Me by Fire,” Li Yundi’s face is now blurred.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

AI gives an intelligent helping hand

An artificial “intelligent hand” has been developed by a Beijing-based medical team, which can help disabled people in simple jobs like unbuttoning clothes and lifting a cup.Unlike traditional artificial limbs, the wearable bionic hand, with signal sensors tracking morphological skin changes, can collect signals of finger movement intention transmitted through muscles. These signals are then sent via skin to the bionic fingers, especially the thumb, to realize the movement intention of the fingers, said Yang Yong, a senior surgeon from Beijing Jishuitan Hospital who is the team leader of this project.To better control the “fingers,” the patient wearing the artificial hand needs to undergo a surgery named the muscle redistribution technique (MRT) to redistribute the key muscles of the remaining part of the patient’s disabled arm, said Yang.The key muscles will be sutured into the skin so that the finger movement signals of the muscles can make morphological skin changes, which are then collected by the sensors on the skin surface. The bionic fingers, combined with the electromyographic signals of the forearm, can then make corresponding movements, Yang added.According to the hospital, two patients have undergone MRT surgery on the distal forearm level.Zhou Ping (pseudonym), from Xiongxian County in north China’s Hebei Province, lost his right forearm two years ago in an accident. Since receiving the MRT operation and being equipped with a bionic hand two weeks ago, he has begun to feel the changes in his life.“I now can grab a glass of water, unbutton shirts and pick up small things like marbles using the bionic hand,” Zhou said, adding that he puts it on every morning, and takes it off before going to bed.This is not the first time for Chinese doctors and researchers to develop intelligent bionic hands.In July last year, a Shanghai-based tech firm, OHand, donated 24 self-developed bionic hands to people with disabilities.Through the aggregate movements of its 280-plus parts, the artificial hand can make more than 20 gestures, such as grabbing and pinching, and even handling chopsticks.There are 85 million disabled people in China.Nearly 25 million have disabilities related to limbs, data from the China Disabled Persons’ Federation shows.The country will facilitate scientific and technological innovation and talent development for better care and support for people with disabilities from 2021 to 2025, according to a plan on step up the protection of the rights and interests of people with disabilities issued in July by the State Council, China’s cabinet.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

A small city with a big porcelain soul

Jingdezhen, a small city in the mountains of east China’s Jiangxi Province, has long been associated with the creation of quality ceramics.Often called the “porcelain capital” for its important role in the domestic and international ceramic industry, Jingdezhen has been dedicated to the craft for over 1,800 years.Due to its role as an official and royal kiln, it developed porcelain-making techniques that placed it in a league of its own.Even today, a wide variety of porcelain products are still being exported to the world from Jingdezhen. Thousands of artists and lovers of ceramics visit here each year for a glimpse of the world’s best china.It currently boasts over 8,300 ceramic enterprises and more than 9,800 self-employed ceramic practitioners, while about 10 percent of its population is engaged in related businesses.Here generations of ceramic artisans have enacted a profound interpretation of the spirit of craftsmanship: diligence, perfection, innovation. This is also the secret of the fine quality of the ceramics produced in Jingdezhen.Just like the 72 transformations of Monkey King, a handful of clay cannot be transformed into a fine piece of Jingdezhen porcelain without going through a total of 72 procedures.Experience and skill are essential. Hu Jiawang has a unique trick of “spitting.” He judges the temperature in the kiln by the speed at which his spit evaporates from it, a method that is often more accurate than the thermometer.And this is just the start. There are many more mysteries to be unpacked before one can fully understand the craft.“A piece of real art is created by the attitude of excellence, inner-peace, full-heartedness and precise skills,” said Xiang Yuanhua, one inheritor of the imperial kiln techniques and methods.Xiang’s company, Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Culture Development Co Ltd, restores ancient porcelain, some of which is displayed in the palace museums of Beijing and Taipei. Among the 20,000 pieces produced by his company every year, only about US$2,000 items make the grade.The fate of items that do not is brutal — they are smashed or discarded.Even with such high standards, Jingdezhen’s collection both above ground and underground, is second to none in the world.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Teachers get a lesson

China is considering raising qualification requirements for teachers in a proposed revision to the Teachers Law, Education Minister Huai Jinpeng said yesterday.Teachers will need higher educational requirements, Huai said when delivering a report to the ongoing session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.An assessment process will be established to examine teachers’ professional qualifications, Huai said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

New outbreak shuts schools, flights canceled

HUNDREDS of flights were canceled yesterday, schools closed and mass testing is on in many Chinese cities to stamp out a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a group of tourists. The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 13 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report yesterday. Of the new local cases, five were reported in Gansu, four in Ningxia, and two each in Inner Mongolia and Hubei, the commission said. Domestic outbreaks have largely been eliminated, but as China logged a fifth straight day of new cases — mostly in northern and northwestern areas — authorities beefed up coronavirus controls. The latest outbreak was linked to an elderly couple who were in a group of several tourists. They started in Shanghai before flying to Xi’an, Gansu Province and Inner Mongolia. Dozens of cases have since been linked to their travel, with close contacts in at least five provinces and regions, including the capital Beijing. In response, local governments have rolled out mass testing and closed scenic spots and tourist sites, schools and entertainment venues in affected areas, and also imposed targeted lockdowns of housing compounds. Some regions, including Lanzhou, a city of some four million people in northwestern China, have told residents not to leave unless necessary. Those who need to leave must present a negative COVID-19 test. Lanzhou suspended in-person classes for kindergartens, primary and high schools and off-campus training institutions from yesterday for COVID-19 control. Vocational middle schools and colleges in the city have been put under closed-off management, the Lanzhou education department said in a circular released on Wednesday night. The move aims to beef up anti-epidemic measures to protect the lives and health of residents, the circular stated, adding that resumption of classes is subject to further notice. Airports in the affected regions have canceled hundreds of flights, according to data from aviation tracker VariFlight. Around 60 percent of flights to the two main airports in Xi’an and Lanzhou have been canceled. Gansu Province has registered a total of 15 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and one asymptomatic case since new local infections were reported on Tuesday. On Wednesday, local authorities temporarily closed three popular grottoes including the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to visitors in an effort to contain the spread of infections. In a notice published on Monday, Erenhot in Inner Mongolia said travel in and out of the city was banned and residents should not leave their housing compounds.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

China flays EU report on Taiwan

CHINA strongly condemned and firmly rejected the so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the European Union and Taiwan adopted by the European Parliament and urged the European Parliament to immediately stop its words and deeds that undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said yesterday. Spokesperson Wang Wenbin was responding to a query on the adoption of a so-called report on the political relations and cooperation between the EU and Taiwan by the European Parliament. Wang said there is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. The one-China principle is an international consensus and the political foundation of China’s diplomatic relations with the EU. The report adopted by the European Parliament is a serious violation of the basic norms of international relations, the one-China principle and the commitments made by the EU on the Taiwan issue, Wang said. “The European Parliament should immediately stop its words and deeds that undermined China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and stop provocation and confrontation. “We urge relevant parties not to underestimate the strong resolution, determination and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “We strongly urge the European Parliament to understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, abide by the one-China principle, immediately correct its erroneous words and deeds, and play an active and constructive role in promoting the healthy development of China-EU relations,” the National People’s Congress said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Shenyang restaurant blast kills 4

A GAS explosion at a restaurant ripped through a busy street in a major Chinese city yesterday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens, media reported. Dramatic footage from a nearby car’s dashboard camera showed a large cloud of smoke and dust erupting over the street, with people running to safety. State broadcaster CCTV showed windows ripped out of several buildings in a street coated with dust and debris in Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province in northeastern China. Rescuers found four people dead and 47 injured, and the cause of the explosion is under investigation, the People’s Daily reported. The injured people have been sent for medical treatment and the cause of the accident is being investigated. Ambulances and fire engines lined the street after the blast as workers towed away destroyed cars and a smashed-in bus, the CCTV footage showed. The blast occurred early yesterday on the residential street, which is lined with businesses, Xinhua news agency said. Rescue work was still ongoing. Investigators have “preliminarily determined that the explosion occurred within a commercial and residential building,” Liaoning’s emergency response authority said. Photos published by the Liaoning emergency services showed rescuers in hard hats surrounded by debris. Stunned passersby were seen shaking shards of glass and debris off their clothes. The explosion also caused power outages to some 15,000 households nearby and the local power supply company has been working to restore electricity in the area.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Xi: Protecting Yellow River is critical for development

DEEMED China’s “Mother River” and “the cradle of Chinese civilization,” the Yellow River basin has seen remarkable improvements in its ecological environment over the last few years as the Chinese government attaches increasing importance to the conservation of China’s second-longest watercourse. Hailing the Yellow River’s importance as an ecological barrier, an economic zone and a cultural heritage site in China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has reiterated efforts to promote its ecological protection and high-quality development. On Wednesday, President Xi inspected the estuary of the Yellow River in the city of Dongying, east China’s Shandong Province. He visited a dock at the estuary, an ecological monitoring center and a national-level nature reserve of the Yellow River Delta. “The protection of the Yellow River is critical to the great rejuvenation and sustainable development of the Chinese nation,” Xi said. This explains why China has set the ecological protection and high-quality development of the Yellow River basin as a major national strategy. Starting from Qinghai Province, the Yellow River runs through nine provinces and autonomous regions before emptying itself into the Bohai Sea in Shandong. As an “ecological corridor,” the Yellow River, linking the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Loess Plateau and plains in northern China with severe water scarcity, plays an important role in improving the ecological environment, combating desertification and providing water supply. The 5,464-kilometer-long waterway feeds about 12 percent of China’s population, irrigates some 15 percent of the arable land, supports 14 percent of the national GDP, and supplies water to more than 60 cities. Since the 18th Communist Party of China National Congress, the Chinese president has visited all of the basin’s provinces and autonomous regions, sharing his concerns about China’s “Mother River.” In less than a year from August 2019 to June 2020 alone, he inspected the Yellow River basin four times. President Xi pointed out difficulties and problems in protecting the Yellow River during his inspection tours, such as the fragile ecological environment, the severe condition of water resources preservation and the need to improve development quality. According to Xi, the peace of the Yellow River is significant to the stability of China. Although the river has not seen major dangers for many years, Xi has repeatedly told the nation not to relax in its vigilance. The river’s natural and geological conditions have led to frequent flooding since ancient times.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

HK launches bus tour for sleep-deprived residents

TRAVEL-STARVED, sleep-deprived residents might find a new Hong Kong bus tour to be a snooze. The 76-kilometer, five-hour ride on a regular double-decker bus around the territory is meant to appeal to people who are easily lulled into sleep by long rides. It was inspired by the tendency of tired commuters to fall asleep on public transit. “When we were brainstorming new tours, I saw a social media post from my friend saying that he was stressed out by his work, he couldn’t sleep at night,” said Kenneth Kong, the marketing and business development manager of ulu travel, the organizer of the bus tours. “But when he was traveling on the bus, he was able to sleep well. His post inspired us to create this tour that lets passengers just sleep on the bus.” Tickets cost between US$13 to US$51 per person, depending on whether they choose seats on the upper or lower deck. A goodie bag for passengers includes an eye mask and earplugs for better sleep. The first “Sleeping Bus Tour” last Saturday sold out entirely. Some passengers came prepared, bringing their own blankets and changing their shoes to slippers, while others brought travel pillows. “I have been suffering from insomnia so I am here to try and get some sleep,” said 25-year-old Anson Kong, one of the passengers on the first bus tour. He said that the tour was a good idea and “more interesting” than he expected. On Saturday’s tour, the bus stopped so passengers could take photos at scenic spots on the city’s Lantau Island. One stop was the aircraft maintenance area near Hong Kong’s airport, where passengers can snag selfies with aircraft in the background. The tendency to fall asleep on public transport is a type of conditioning, according to Dr Shirley Li, the principal investigator of the Sleep Research Clinic and Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong. “People in Hong Kong don’t have enough time to sleep,” Li said. “That’s why we have to kind of use other times to sleep, which is our daily commute, especially when we are traveling on public transport. “For some people, they may tend to associate public transport with their sleep. And that’s why they found it easier to fall asleep on the bus,” she said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 22 Oct 2021 | 5:13 am(NZT)

Squid's Victory? China streaming site accused of copying Squid Game

Chinese streaming site Youku said that it was just a "draft" poster, but netizens weren't convinced.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 9:14 pm(NZT)

Evergrande shares fall 14% as trading resumes in Hong Kong

Shares of the Chinese property giant fell as much as 14% on Thursday morning in Hong Kong.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 6:04 pm(NZT)

China: The patriotic 'ziganwu' bloggers who attack the West

Their scathing posts have shot them to fame amid rising nationalist fervour - but they toe a fine line.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 12:14 pm(NZT)

Top producers vow to cap coal prices, drive up output in China

Some of China’s major coal producers have vowed to cap thermal coal prices this winter and next spring, after the government asked state-backed firms to ensure stable coal and power supply “regardless of costs.” China’s thermal coal prices have surged over 200 percent this year to record highs as rising energy demand, mining safety inspections and floods at major mining regions hurt supplies. China Energy Group and Shanxi Jinneng Holding Group, the No. 1 and No. 8 coal miners by production in the country, have said they will drive up output and guide prices back to a “reasonable range.” They have vowed to keep spot prices of thermal coal with an energy content of 5,500 kilocalories delivered to Bohai Bay in northern China below 1,800 yuan (US$282) per ton, and prices of 5,000 kilocalorie and 4,500 kilocalorie coal at up to 1,500 yuan and 1,200 yuan, respectively. Prices of other thermal coal with higher calorific values will not exceed 2,000 yuan a ton, the firms said in statements issued late on Tuesday. Some other state-backed coal miners in China’s top coal mining region of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia are also rolling out a similar price cap plan, two traders said on condition of anonymity. Longmay Mining Holding Group Co Ltd, the largest coal producer in northeast Heilongjiang Province, started to build four new mines yesterday. Sun Chengkun, the firm’s board chairman, said that the new projects in Jixi, Shuangyashan, Hegang and Qitaihe cities would add more than 4 million tons of annual coal production capacity. Vice Premier Han Zheng has called for “firm measures” to strictly regulate coal price speculation. The state asset watchdog has also urged state-backed firms to prioritize coal supplies and asked power plants to build up feedstock inventory “regardless of costs.” The National Development and Reform Commission said that government intervention in coal prices was discussed at a meeting of key producers, given that the “current price increase has completely deviated from the fundamentals of supply and demand.” “The heating season is approaching and the price is still showing a further irrational upward trend,” it said. The harsh statement triggered a sell-off in energy futures yesterday. The most-traded thermal coal contract on the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange, for delivery in January, fell to 1,755.40 yuan (US$275) a ton, having touched an all-time peak of 1,982 yuan in Tuesday’s daytime session amid a widening power crunch and the onset of cold weather. The 8 percent drop in coal futures was the steepest plunge since August, although prices are still up some 260 percent year-to-date. On the Dalian Commodity Exchange, prices for steelmaking raw materials, coke and coking coal fell around 9 percent. In a separate statement, the NDRC said it would ensure coal mines operate at full capacity and aim to achieve an output of at least 12 million tons per day. It put the production rate at a 2021 high of over 11.6 million tons as of October 18, up more than 1.2 million tons from late September after an all-out effort to boost supply that has included approvals for new coal mines. In a third statement, the NDRC said the Zhengzhou exchange should pay close attention to coal price fluctuations and said it would step up supervision of prices, while cracking down on speculation — something the Chinese authorities have repeatedly blamed for high commodity prices this year. The Zhengzhou bourse said that from yesterday’s night session it would raise the trading limit on thermal coal contracts to 10 percent and imposed limits on some members’ trading positions. Thermal power still takes up a large share of China’s energy output, accounting for about 70 percent of its power generation. The heating season has added pressure on power supply in north China. The country is making all-out efforts to ensure power supply after power outages halted factory production and hit families in some regions. China’s daily coal production was at 11.6 million tons as of October 18, versus about 11.2 million tons last month.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Southwest China set to get new impetus

China has issued a master plan for the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle in the southwest of the country. The plan, made public yesterday, aims to turn the Chengdu-Chongqing area into an economic circle with its own strength and distinctive features, as well as a new driver and an important growth engine of China’s high-quality development, according to the document. The Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle is expected to become an important economic center, a center for scientific and technological innovation, a new highland for reform and opening-up and a livable place with a high quality of life. By 2025, the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle will witness significant increases in economic strength, development vitality and international influence, and about 66 percent of its permanent residents are expected to be living in urban areas, the plan estimated. In five years, it will take only an hour to travel between Chongqing and Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, it said. The area will enjoy a railway network of more than 9,000 kilometers that covers all the cities with a population of over 200,000, while a shipping center and a logistics center for the upper Yangtze River will be established. All urban areas and key scenes will be covered by the 5G network, and the circle will see a marked improvement in new infrastructure and stronger capabilities in safeguarding energy security. A regional collaborative innovation system will be built in the area, which is expected to see spending on research and development reach around 2.5 percent of its gross domestic product, while the contribution rate of scientific and technological progress will hit 63 percent. Breakthroughs will be made in the construction of major opening-up platforms such as pilot free trade zones in Chongqing and Sichuan by 2025, providing stronger support for the joint construction of the Belt and Road.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Beijing makes booster jab offer

BEIJING is starting to offer residents booster jabs for COVID-19, local media said yesterday, as the Chinese capital gears up to host a Winter Olympics in February. China had fully vaccinated more than 1 billion people — more than 78 percent of the population — as of mid-September, according to the National Health Commission. Boosters will be offered to residents aged over 18 who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months, according to a report in Beijing News. The move comes as Beijing is set to host the Winter Olympics under strict rules that will see athletes live and compete in a “closed loop” and only Chinese spectators allowed to watch events. Athletes must be vaccinated or face 21-day quarantine upon entry. Health experts have said China needs to reach around 85 percent vaccination coverage to achieve herd immunity — a goal that authorities are trying to achieve by the end of this year. Booster shot programs have been announced in at least 10 other provinces in recent weeks.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 21 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Evergrande $2.6bn property unit deal collapses

Evergrande rival Hopson Development was set to a buy a £2.6bn stake in the firm before the deal collapsed.

Source: BBC News - China | 21 Oct 2021 | 4:15 am(NZT)

Joint Mekong patrol

Law-enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand joined forces yesterday for the 110th Mekong River joint patrol.Two Chinese vessels departed yesterday morning from Jingha Port in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, for the patrol, said the Yunnan provincial public security department.The Mekong River, known as the Lancang in China, is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

HK chief breaks elbow

Chief Executive of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam left the hospital yesterday after suffering a minor right elbow fracture in a fall at her official residence.Lam attended the Queen Mary Hospital by herself after her fall at the Government House on Monday night and stayed in the hospital for observation. She will be on leave for the time being, and John Lee, chief secretary for administration of the HKSAR government, will be the acting chief executive.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Oil smugglers nabbed

A major refined oil smuggling case has been handed over to the procuratorate in south China’s Hainan Province for prosecution.It involved an oil tanker and four fishing boats, said the China Coast Guard. A total of 21 suspects were detained and 4,730 tons of refined oil were seized on the spot. The vessel was caught in waters off east Wenchang in the southern island province of Hainan.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Reward on offer after jail break

A prison in northeast China’s Jilin Province is offering a reward for clues about a criminal, named Zhu Xianjian, who escaped on Monday.Zhu climbed over the canopy of the prison gate and ran away about 6pm when the inmates’ workday ended.Zhu, 39, 160 centimeters tall, has single eyelids — they have no creases — and an oval-shaped face, police said.He was wearing a prison working uniform with dark clothes and trousers inside when he escaped.Anyone who provides clues to assist in his arrest will be rewarded 100,000 yuan (US$15,608), and 150,000 yuan will be awarded for those who provide clues directly leading to his arrest.Anyone who shelters him will be held accountable.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

New guideline promotes biodiversity

The Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council have issued a guideline underpinning the importance of further biodiversity protection work.China, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, has made significant achievements in the protection of its biodiversity, yet challenges remain, the guideline said.The guideline, which was made public yesterday, outlines the country’s biodiversity protection goals.Protected natural areas, mainly national parks, will account for 18 percent of China’s land area by 2025, when China’s forest coverage and comprehensive grassland coverage will increase to 24.1 percent and 57 percent.China will place 55 percent of its wetlands, 35 percent of its natural coastlines and 77 percent of its wildlife species under key state protection, the plan says.Approximately 92 percent of China’s terrestrial ecosystem types will be effectively protected.By 2035, China’s forest coverage rate will reach 26 percent and its comprehensive grassland coverage will reach 60 percent, with the protection of wetlands raised to about 60 percent, the newly released guideline said.It also detailed measures to improve policies and regulations, optimize the spatial distribution of biodiversity protection measures, and establish a complete monitoring system for biodiversity protection.More work should be done to improve biosafety management, innovate mechanisms for the sustainable use of biodiversity, and deepen international cooperation and exchanges in terms of biodiversity protection, according to the guideline.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

Pandas to feature on gold coins

China’s central bank will issue a commemorative set of gold and silver coins featuring giant pandas today. The 2022 edition of all 14 kinds of coins will be legal tender, according to a statement from the People’s Bank of China.The obverse side of each coin features the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the highlight structure of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, along with the country name and year of issue.All coins feature on the reverse side engravings of giant pandas skiing or playing.One of the refined gold coins, with a diameter of 90 millimeters, contains 1,000 grams of 99.9 percent pure gold and bears a denomination of 10,000 yuan (US$1,550).Other gold coins are of denominations between 10 yuan and 2,000 yuan.The silver coins bear denominations of 10 yuan, 50 yuan and 300 yuan.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 20 Oct 2021 | 5:00 am(NZT)

China denies testing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

The report in the Financial Times newspaper reportedly caught US intelligence by surprise.

Source: BBC News - China | 19 Oct 2021 | 5:18 am(NZT)

China's growth slowdown suggests recovery is losing steam

The world's second largest economy expanded by less than expected in the third quarter.

Source: BBC News - China | 18 Oct 2021 | 8:05 pm(NZT)

Apple takes down Quran app in China

The popular Islamic app was removed in the country, after an official request.

Source: BBC News - China | 16 Oct 2021 | 1:50 am(NZT)

Hong Kong: Friendly beers lead to murder suspect's arrest

The man went on the run after he allegedly killed a taxi driver, in a case that gripped the city.

Source: BBC News - China | 15 Oct 2021 | 5:07 pm(NZT)

Produce Pandas: The plus-size musicians making waves in China

As stars are criticised for being image-obsessed, more relatable celebrities have become popular.

Source: BBC News - China | 15 Oct 2021 | 12:48 pm(NZT)

Lamu murder: Death sentence for popular Chinese vlogger's killer

The man set his ex-wife alight during her livestream, causing outrage across the country.

Source: BBC News - China | 15 Oct 2021 | 12:59 am(NZT)

China: Key price measure rises at fastest rate on record

The country's manufacturers have been hit by power cuts and surging commodity costs in recent months.

Source: BBC News - China | 14 Oct 2021 | 7:38 pm(NZT)

Inflation: Price of top China soy sauce raised as costs surge

The announcement is the latest sign of inflationary pressures in the world's second largest economy.

Source: BBC News - China | 13 Oct 2021 | 5:03 pm(NZT)

Covid-19 vaccines: Has China made more than other countries combined?

China says it's provided more than half of all vaccines administered around the world so far.

Source: BBC News - China | 10 Oct 2021 | 12:20 pm(NZT)

China power cuts: Coal miners ordered to boost output, say reports

Millions of Chinese homes and businesses have been hit by power cuts in recent weeks.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Oct 2021 | 7:43 pm(NZT)

Climate change: Tracking China's steel addiction in one city

The BBC travels to Wuzhou to see how cities are grappling with climate targets and a "build" mantra.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Oct 2021 | 12:33 pm(NZT)

Changing China: How Xi's 'common prosperity' may impact the world

China is changing who it prioritises as it grows its economy in ways that could affect us all.

Source: BBC News - China | 7 Oct 2021 | 12:07 pm(NZT)

Rape claim sparks fury over China's work drinking

As public scrutiny of corporate misbehaviour grows, can business drinking be dropped forever?

Source: BBC News - China | 3 Oct 2021 | 12:09 pm(NZT)

China: Big spender or loan shark?

China hands out twice as much development cash as the US - mostly high-interest loans from state banks.

Source: BBC News - China | 29 Sep 2021 | 5:03 pm(NZT)


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