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China Chemical Plant Exploded On the Same Day State-run Newspaper Claimed It’s Safe

Posted by Author on July 30, 2013

BEIJING, China – An explosion Tuesday at a Chinese plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added fuel to a growing movement opposing such plants, on the same day that a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe. Read the rest of this entry »

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China’s Southern Province Yunnan Suspends Sentencing to Labor Camps

Posted by Author on February 8, 2013

China’s Yunnan Province will no longer hand out sentences to forced labor camps, according to a state media report. The announcement is the latest specific policy curtailing the use of the controversial and often abused institutions, after the new leadership said it would halt or reform the work camp system.

Meng Sutie, head of Yunnan’s Political and Legislative Affairs Committee (PLAC), which controls all security services in the province, announced at a provincial PLAC meeting on Feb. 5 that Yunnan would immediately stop sending people to reeducation through labor camps on grounds such as “threatening national security,” “causing unrest through petitioning,” and “smearing the image of officials,” Communist Party mouthpiece Xinhua reported on Feb. 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Lawyers Attacked by More Than 50 Unidentified Men in Southern China for Investigating Local Case

Posted by Author on August 6, 2011

(Epochtimes) Three defense lawyers, who were working to defend other lawyers involved in a high-profile homicide case, were subject to a violent attack in Beihai City by a mob of more than 50 unidentified men on July 18.

The lawyers and their supporters say it is a clear case of intimidation, and another demonstration that Chinese lawyers are not afforded enough protections, particularly in cases that are politicized by the Communist Party.

News of the attack quickly spread across Chinese blogs and websites, provoking indignation and more indictments of the country’s rule of law. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bombings in China rattle officials’ nerves

Posted by Author on May 26, 2011

Reporting from Beijing (LA Times)— A farmer who said his house had been demolished set off three bombs at government buildings in the eastern Chinese city of Fuzhou on Thursday, killing himself and one other person and putting nerves on edge at a time when authorities are increasingly anxious about social unrest.

The bomber was identified as Qian Mingqi, an unemployed 52-year-old. The other person killed was not immediately identified. Six people were injured.

Bombings of this magnitude are relatively rare in China. Officials’ nervousness was evident from a ham-handed attempt to keep the incident out of the news. Angry reporters in Fuzhou complained that police confiscated their notebooks and cellphones and deleted photographs from cameras. An early report posted on the official New China News Agency site that described the attack as retaliation against local government was later removed. Read the rest of this entry »

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South China Officials Abducte Infants to Sell to Foreigners for Adoption

Posted by Author on May 11, 2011

Members of a family planning office in the southern Chinese province of Hunan abducted several infants in recent years and profited by putting them up for adoption, according to a report from a China-based online media group. said in an article Monday that officials in Longhui county’s Gaoping township had seized some 10 newborns between 2002 and 2005, selling them to a local welfare orphanage in Shaoyang city. Read the rest of this entry »

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Southeastern China: Riot Police in Land Clash

Posted by Author on April 8, 2011

Authorities in the southeastern province of Fujian have deployed hundreds of riot police to disperse protesters defending their farmland from being taken away by the government, residents and officials said on Friday.

The riot police, using tear gas and electric batons, clashed with the protesters in Xindian township near Fujian’s provincial capital, Fuzhou, on Thursday. Some protests persisted on Friday, local sources said.

“It was pretty scary yesterday,” said a protester, Zhang Yueming, adding that he was among those beaten by police during the protest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Peasants Petitioners Attacked and Beaten by Security Personnel and Hired Thugs

Posted by Author on March 22, 2011

Chinese security personnel and hired thugs attacked and beat a group of peasant petitioners in Fuzhou, capital of China’s southeastern province of Fujian, on Monday, witnesses said.

About 300 peasants from Gulou, Jingan, and other districts of Fuzhou had gathered outside the Provincial Office of Letters and Visits to voice complaints about forced relocations and land-grabs, but were violently dispersed, the witnesses said.

“More than 10 villagers have been beaten up. Two of them fell on the ground,” said Lin Xuguang, a peasant from Liuqiao village in Jingan district. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese teen allegedly beaten to death at boot camp

Posted by Author on September 30, 2010

AFP, Sep. 30, 2010 –

BEIJING — A Chinese teenager was allegedly beaten to death at a boot camp for troubled youths that his mother had lured him to attend by promising he was going to study IT, state media said Thursday.

Chen Shi, 16, died two days after enrolling in Beiteng School in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan province, having been beaten up when he refused to run during training, the Beijing Times reported.

According to witnesses, an instructor — helped by two others — beat him with a plastic pipe, handcuffs and a wooden baton when he refused to run.

The incident comes amid controversy over China’s hundreds of boot camps that aim to discipline unruly youths or wean them off web addictions. Read the rest of this entry »

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UFO Frequently Visits China Recently

Posted by Author on September 28, 2010

Recently, reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO) have been occurring frequently in China.

On July 7 this year, more than 20 flights were postponed at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, because of a sighting.

Whenever such reported sightings occur, Wang Sichao, a research fellow at the Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, is much busier than usual. In addition to studying the sightings, Wang, who started work on UFOs nearly 40 years ago, has to check and reply to mail about UFOs from all across China.

Lately, Wang predicted “great events” concerning UFOs were going to come out in China in the next two years. In an interview with Beijing Review, he shared his views and stories with reporter Tang Yuankai. ……(more details from Beijing Review)

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China High-school Student Died Two Days After Measles Vaccine Injection

Posted by Author on September 18, 2010

Radio Free Aisia, Sep 17, 2010 –

— Officials in the southern Chinese region of Guangxi are investigating the death of a high-school student who recently received a measles injection as part of a nationwide vaccination program.

Luo Yunfeng, a third-year student at the Longcheng No. 1 High School near Beiliu city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, died suddenly on Friday, just two days after receiving the measles vaccine.

An official who answered the phone at the Longcheng township government offices near Guangxi’s Beiliu city, confirmed the recent death of a student  at the Longcheng No. 1 High School. Read the rest of this entry »

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Businessman Beaten to Death by police within Days of Detention in South China

Posted by Author on September 8, 2010

Press Release, The Falun Dafa Information Center, 07 Sep 2010 –

NEW YORK— Chinese security agents in Hunan province beat a local businessman to death in late August within six days of taking him into custody for practicing Falun Gong, the Falun Dafa Information Center learned recently.

On August 19, 2010, agents of the Domestic Security Division in Hunan province’s Shaodong county detained 57-year-old Mr. Zeng Huaguo (曾华国), a local appliance salesman. Within six days of Zeng’s detention—on August 25—he was dead, apparently beaten to death. Zeng’s son was able to view his body and saw a large cut on his back that had been sutured with 13 stitches.

“The speed with which Falun Gong practitioners like Mr. Zeng are taken into custody and beaten to death is a horrifying testament to the danger facing each of the tens of millions of people who continue to practice Falun Gong in China,” says Falun Dafa Information Center executive director Levi Browde. “Not only has an innocent, honest man died, but his family is now left to pick up the pieces, all while the authorities are already taking measures to cover-up their crimes.”

Zeng’s detention on August 19 occurred when he visited the Domestic Security Division’s offices to request that his books on Falun Gong teachings be returned to him. The authorities had confiscated the books in June when a plainclothes police officer abducted Zeng off the street. Zeng had spoken to the man about Falun Gong and encouraged him not to believe the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda about the group, thinking the man was an ordinary passer-by.

It is common for practitioners and supporters of Falun Gong inside China to speak with or hand leaflets to people, be they passers-by on the street or fellow passengers on a bus or train, about the human rights abuses Falun Gong practitioners face throughout the country. This grassroots effort aims to expose human rights abuses that are covered up by the CCP as well as let people know the true nature of Falun Gong, which has been much maligned by China’s state run media since the CCP launched its campaign to ‘eradicate’ the traditional Chinese discipline in 1999.

The officer immediately detained Zeng, taking him to the Songjiatang Industrial Zone Detention Center. Meanwhile, officers broke into his home at 11am, ransacked it, and confiscated his Falun Gong-related books. Zeng was released ten days later, but only after his son-in-law agreed to sign a statement in his name condemning Falun Gong and promising he would stop practicing.

According to sources inside China, upon being injured during his second detention, Zeng was taken to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival. Police failed to notify his family of his death until 24 hours later, although they did reportedly inform the local neighborhood committee to take measures to restrict the news of Zeng’s sudden death in custody from circulating. They apparently feared a public outcry as Zeng was fairly well-known in his community, Jiadiancheng, partly because of the noticeable physical and psychological improvements he experienced after taking up Falun Gong in 2007.

Police told Zeng’s son he had died from “jumping off a building at the hospital.” When the son asked to see footage from the hospital’s security camera confirming the officials’ account, they became flustered and claimed that the camera had not yet been set-up. Instead, they reportedly threatened hospital staff and Zeng’s family not to spread information about his death, including offering the family 260,000 yuan ($38,000) for their silence.

Contact details for individuals directly or indirectly involved in Zeng’s case:

Long Yanyun, Shaodong County Domestic Security Division chief: 86-13807391788
Yang Xiuwen, Director of Shaodong County Police Department: 86-13973961612
Chen Liansheng, Jiadiancheng Community Administration head: 86-13975957566
Jiang Xinhe, local officer in Jiadiancheng community: 86-13973581954
Luo Wen, Shaodong County 610 Office director: 86-13973978648
Liu Jianbao, Shaodong County 610 Office agent: 86-13762888586

Falun Dafa Information Center

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Chinese Official ‘Vows’ to the Party in a ‘guarantee letter’ to Marry Mistress

Posted by Author on August 6, 2010

By Gu Qing’er, Epoch Times Staff, aug. 6, 2010 –

The hackneyed phrases and swelled-up language of communist struggle—so familiar to earlier generations of Chinese—have mostly been scrubbed from public discourse in contemporary China; but, every now and then, such anachronisms rear their heads.

Such was the case with 46-year-old Ma Yiping, a married man and director general of the Commission of Commerce of Hanjiang District in Yangzhou City in southern China. “I sincerely give my assurance to the Chinese Communist Party that I will marry Li Qing next year, or no later than the year after next…” he wrote in a guarantee letter.

The idea of swearing an oath to a political party on an issue as personal as marriage may seem strange, but vows of a similar kind have been forced out of Party members and ordinary citizens for generations. Adherents of certain spiritual groups in China today are forced to make similar pledges, or face imprisonment and torture: such as in the case of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted since 1999, or Tibetan Buddhism, whose adherents are sometimes forced to denounce the Dalai Lama.

According to Oriental Morning Post’s article on July 28, Ma pledged in his letter to the CCP not only to marry Li Qing, his mistress, but also to divorce his wife.

The report claimed that as Ma didn’t fulfill his promise, Li chose to expose the ‘guarantee letter’ to the world. She posted her story on, the only official online news outlet of Nanjing City, capital of the southern province of Jiangsu. The article revealed that Ma was in a bigamous marriage, carried on sexual affairs with several women, and took bribes.

The article also posted wedding dress photos of Li and Ma, as well as four signed “marriage certificates” by Ma.

Ma wrote in his guarantee letter, “I sincerely vow to the party that I will marry Li Qing no later than the year after next. Within this year, I will take on the responsibility to be Li Qing’s husband. Otherwise I will bear all the consequences.”

The article said that Li met Ma last summer at a gathering of the clansmen association of Jiandu. Later, Ma began pursuing her, also claiming that he and his wife were incompatible. After the two started living together, however, Ma beat her at least a dozen times, sometimes badly: once knocking out four of her teeth, another time leading her to miscarry.

On Feb. 2, Ma wrote another guarantee claiming that he would divorce his wife as soon as his daughter finished her university entrance exams. Since all the promises were not fulfilled, Li became dejected and decided to expose Ma.

Li claims that Ma has at least five mistresses, three properties in Yangzhou, and spends vast sums supporting his lascivious lifestyle. Such salacious news is catnip for bloggers, and the story was widely circulated.

The Epochtimes

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China tax office blast– 4 killed, 19 hurt: state media

Posted by Author on July 31, 2010

AFP, July 31, 2010 –

BEIJING — Four people were killed and 19 injured Friday in a blast at a tax office in central China that police said appeared to be a deliberate attack, state media reported.

The explosion went off at about 4:15 pm on the third floor of a district tax office in Changsha, capital of Hunan province, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a police statement.

According to police, initial investigations indicated it was a planned attack, Xinhua said. The report gave no details of possible suspects or the motive for the attack.

Police sealed off the building in central Changsha and blocked nearby roads for investigation after workers were evacuated, Xinhua said.

All the windows on the third floor were shattered and large blood stains could be seen on the stairs, the news agency said.

China sees thousands of cases of violent social unrest each year, typically as marginalised segments of society lash out over illegal seizures of their land, environmental degradation, government corruption or other grievances.

Separately, in the northeastern province of Jilin, one person was killed and 20 injured in a series of blasts at a barber’s shop, Xinhua said.

Four firefighters were among those injured in the explosions which occurred around 4:45 pm Friday in the provincial capital Changchun.

Firefighters and workers from a gas supply company were at the site, it said.

Police were investigating the cause of the explosions.


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Worker at Foxconn affiliate falls to death in China

Posted by Author on July 21, 2010

AFP, July 20, 2010 –

BEIJING — A worker at an affiliate of technology giant Foxconn died Tuesday in south China after falling from a dorm building, state media said, after a spate of similar deaths hit the Taiwanese firm this year.

Foxconn — which assembles Apple’s iPhone — has seen a series of suicides in its Chinese plants this year that has put the spotlight on conditions for millions of factory workers in the “workshop of the world”.

A total of 11 Chinese employees have committed suicide this year at Foxconn plants by jumping from buildings, including 10 in the southern city of Shenzhen.

It was unclear whether the latest death was also suicide.

The official Xinhua news agency said the 18-year-old fell from the sixth floor of a building belonging to Chimei Innolux Corp.

Co-workers said the young man was an intern from the northern province of Hebei and had only started the summer job in Foshan city last month, the report said…….(more details from AFP)

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900-year-old drains save China city from deadly floods

Posted by Author on July 16, 2010

By Malcolm Moore in Shanghai, The Telegraph, UK, July 14, 2010 –

Torrential rain and flash floods have caused £1.9 billion of damage in China. Nearly forty people were killed this week alone in a series of landslides.

But the 100,000 residents of the ancient city of Ganzhou, in Jiangxi province, are safe and dry, thanks to two drains built during the Song dynasty (960-1279), which proved far more effective than modern sewer systems at coping with the downpour.

Two long tunnels, built using bricks from the city walls, cross the city and channel floodwater into two ponds that function as reservoirs. The designer of the system, Liu Yi, named the drains “Fu” or Fortune, and “Shou” or Longevity.

“The ancient residents of Ganzhou were very advanced in hydro-technology,” said Wang Ronghong, head of the city’s project management and maintenance office.

“They built 12 water gates at the mouth of the drain, which help block rising water during the rainy season. When the river level is lower than the gate, the water from the drainage system flows out, but if the water outside the city rises, the gates snap shut to prevent any of it coming in,” he explained.

The drainage system also uses the natural camber of the city to quickly channel water outwards. The original Song Dynasty system used hundreds of ponds across the city as reservoirs.

However, most of these have now been filled in by keen property developers, leaving only the old town’s ponds intact. As a consequence, the ancient city is the only one of Ganzhou’s 18 districts not to suffer from flooding.

The Telegraph

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At least 230 people died in China’s torrential rains, major city threatened by surged river water

Posted by Author on June 26, 2010

AFP, June 25, 2010 –

BEIJING — Chinese rescue teams scrambled to shore up flood defences Friday as a swollen river threatened a major city, after heavy rains across the nation’s south and centre left more than 230 people dead.

Workers and soldiers were patching up dykes in Hunan province after water in the Xiang river, which passes through Changsha city, where over six million people live, surged to its highest level in a decade.

The surge rose 2.5 metres (over eight feet) above the river’s danger marks, the third highest reading since 1953 when records of water levels began, the civil affairs ministry said.

“Water levels on the lower reaches of the Xiang river are rising and will not go down, and will surpass flood warning levels again,” the flood headquarters of the ministry warned.

Television footage showed small towns and rural areas upriver from Changsha deluged with water as residents evacuated low lying areas and scrambled to higher ground carting food and other supplies.

Authorities ordered reservoirs in the upper reaches of the Xiang river to store up more water in an effort to reduce the surging flood crests, the ministry said.

Although heavy downpours were not expected around Changsha on Friday, more than 180 millimetres (over seven inches) of rain fell in parts of Hunan on Wednesday and Thursday, ensuring that rivers would remain swollen, it added.

Overall, downpours in south and central China were receding Friday, it said, but heavy rain continued to fall in parts of Jiangxi, Fujian, and Zhejiang provinces and the Guangxi region, where major flooding has already taken place.

At least 235 people have died and 109 were missing since torrential rains triggered flooding and landslides in south and central China from June 13 to June 24, the government said.

The torrential rains have caused 53 billion yuan (7.8 billion dollars) in economic losses, with over three million people forced to evacuate, it said…….(AFP)

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Three Resisters in South China Sentenced by Court for Againsting Forced Demolition

Posted by Author on June 11, 2010

Human Rights in China, June 11, 2010-

On June 11, 2010, the Yinhai People’s Court of Beihai, in southern Guangxi Province, found three inhabitants of the Baihutou Village guilty of “obstructing official business,” and sentenced two of them, Gao Zhenzhang (高镇章) and Gao Shihui (高世辉), father and son, to two years’ imprisonment each. The third defendant, Cai Jianyue (蔡建月), received one-and-a-half years.

The three were detained on October 30, 2009, during a confrontation between more than 100 police officers and several hundred Baihutou villagers who resisted the forced demolition of their village committee building. As a result of that incident, one of the villagers beaten by the police, a relative of the Gao family, later died in the hospital. On May 26, 2010, Gao Zhenzhang’s other son, Gao Shifu (高世福), was criminally detained on suspicion of “illegally operating a business.” The family has received no information on his status.

Dong Qianyong ( 董前勇), the lawyer for Gao Shihui, said that Gao and his father are not guilty. Dong said that the father, Gao Zhenzhang, only tried to stop the demolition and did not use force. He was pulled away by his son, Gao Shifu, who was in turn pulled away by his brother, Gao Shihui, so that the men could avoid being beaten by the police.

Gao Zhenzhang’s daughter said that her 71-year-old mother collapsed when she heard the guilty verdict and sentences of her husband and son.

The conviction and sentencing mark a new episode in a 4-year dispute between the inhabitants of  Baihutou Village and the Beihai municipal government over what the villagers allege to be the authorities’ unlawful expropriation of village land for tourism development – land on which they had depended for their livelihood. The villagers accuse a former village chief, Feng Kun (冯坤), of handing over 125.5 acres of village land to the Beihai municipal government without consultation with the inhabitants.

On May 14, 2010, Feng Kun’s successor, current village chief Xu Kun (许坤), who led the fight against the land requisition and forced demolition, was detained and charged with “illegally operating a business.” Xu has been in police custody since. The authorities have not allowed him to meet with his lawyer Zheng Jianwei (郑建伟), claiming that his case involves state secrets.

Human Rights in China

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Chinese labour protests spread to new areas

Posted by Author on June 9, 2010

By Tom Mitchell in Hong Kong and Robin Kwong in Taipei, The Financial Times, June 9 2010 –

Chinese labour protests that have forced shutdowns at foreign factories have spread beyond south China’s industrial heartland, posing a dangerous new challenge for Beijing.

Workers at a Taiwanese machinery factory outside Shanghai clashed with police on Tuesday, leaving about 50 protesters injured. The confrontation represented an escalation of recent industrial action in the country, which until this week had been largely peaceful and concentrated in southern Guangdong province.

The violence at KOK International in Kunshan, a factory town in southern Jiangsu province, came just a day after Honda struggled to contain the fallout from its second strike in as many weeks. That strike, at Foshan Fengfu Autoparts, a joint venture majority held by a Honda subsidiary, forced the Japanese carmaker to suspend production at its car assembly plants in nearby Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province.

The workers at Foshan Fengfu, which employs 492 people, appeared to have been inspired by a successful strike last week at another Honda components supplier which ended only after the company agreed to a 24-33 per cent wage hike.

Honda said the strike was continuing on Wednesday morning, contradicting a report by the official Xinhua news agency that workers had “completely dispersed” after the supplier, which makes exhaust components for its parent, agreed to come back with an adjusted wage offer in ten days’ time.

The unrest in Foshan suggests that strikes are proliferating faster than local governments and the official All China Federation of Trade Unions, which workers have largely circumvented in their recent protests, can resolve them.

While there is no evidence that workers at different factories are coordinating their activities, the success of the first Honda strike has emboldened workers by demonstrating that mass action can yield results.

In a now typical example, on June 6 about 300 workers at a Taiwanese audio components factory in Shenzhen, the special economic zone bordering Hong Kong, blocked roads to protest a change in their shift schedules. A spokesman for Merry Electronics said the situation was quickly defused.

“We had decided at the beginning of the year to raise wages 10 per cent by July 1, but had never announced this to the staff,” Tseng Chin-tang said. “We took advantage of Sunday’s event to let our staff know about the increase.”

Merry Electronics had been paying its staff Rmb950 ($140) a month, in line with regional minimum wage rates, before the increase to Rmb1,050.

The Financial Times

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Bank Guard Shoots Dead Three Judges in China Court

Posted by Author on June 1, 2010

AFP, June 1, 2010-

BEIJING — A bank guard angry over a legal ruling in his divorce opened fire in a China court building Tuesday, shooting three judges dead and wounding three others before killing himself, the local government said.

Zhu Jun, a 46-year-old guard for Postal Savings Bank of China, walked into the offices of a courthouse in the city of Yongzhou with a machine gun and two pistols, a report on the city government website said.

He then opened fire on the judges as they met to discuss a case, it said.

Zhu was said to have been deeply angered by another court’s ruling in his divorce three years ago, which awarded him 20,000 yuan (2,900 dollars) of the assets he held jointly with his wife.

The courthouse where he carried out the shooting was not where his divorce case was heard, it said.

The announcement said Zhu also was depressed after being off work for two months due to an “incurable disease”.

The state-run Procuratorate Daily said Zhu, who had only returned to work three days prior to the attack, had just delivered a sum of cash to a bank branch before going to the courthouse with his weapons.

Calls to the courthouse and to the city government went unanswered.

Deadly shootings are extremely rare in China, where private gun ownership is banned. However, some bank security personnel in charge of transporting cash are armed with guns.

The incident followed a spate of bloody attacks on young schoolchildren around China since late March that have left 17 people dead, including 15 students, and scores injured.

Experts say the senseless assaults reveal a China struggling to come to grips with rapid social change following decades of booming economic growth.


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Death Toll Rises As Rainstorms Devastate Southern China (photo)

Posted by Author on May 10, 2010

By Shanshan Wu, Epoch Times Staff –

On May 7, Guangdong experienced heavy rains that submerged thousands of cars under water. (The Epoch Times Archive)

Since May 5, heavy rainstorms have been causing destruction and mudslides in the provinces of southern China, including Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Guangdong. As of this report, 86 people are dead or missing. The rainstorms have affected millions of people, displacing about 250,000, and damaging nearly 10,000 houses.

The “most powerful rainstorm in Guangdong history” began on the night of May 6, and 16 people there have died with 4 still missing. After a mere few hours of heavy rain in Guangdong, over 30 parking garages are flooded and thousands of cars lie beneath the water level. A worker at a property company in Longkou District in the city of Guangzhou told the Information Times, “Last night (May 6) we had to stuff the entrances of the underground parking garage with sandbags, but the rain came so hard. It was just like a waterfall.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Worst Drought in a Millennium Creates Severe Food Shortages in South China

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010

The Epochtimes, Apr. 1, 2010-

Southern China is experiencing its worst drought in living memory, impacting 61.3 million people in the provinces of Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, the city of Chongqing, and surrounding areas.

The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs has released a disaster brief, and second-in-charge of the Chinese Communist Party, Wen Jiabao, has done the rounds to the drought affected areas, rallying the troops.

The supply of drinking water for 18 million people, and water for 11.7 million large livestock and five million hectares (12.5 million acres) of farmland are compromised; more than 1.15 million hectares (2.9 million acres) of farmland already decimated.

The direct economic loss is estimated at 23.66 billion yuan (US$2.85 billion).

Wen Jiabao went to Qujing, a city in Yunnan Province from March 19-21 to inspect the region. Beijing News reported that he told local cadres to “prepare for the worst” after he was informed that millions of mu (one mu equals 7.176 sq. feet) in crops had perished from drought in the city.

In response, the Chinese Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have allocated 155 million yuan for drought relief, an average of three yuan (US$0.5) per person.

Guizhou Province released an official announcement on March 19, reporting that severe drought has affected 84 counties, cities, and other areas with a population of 17.3 million. More than 3.1 million people are short of food.

Some of the reports were a throwback to more bitter times, during the disastrous agricultural collectivization known as the Great Leap Forward, when nearly the entire population was starved and many survived on leaves, wild vegetables, and half-rotting foodstuffs. Chongqing Morning Post reported that some villagers of Xiaowanshan Village in Yunnan Province are surviving on the so-called “starving sheep plant,” a wild plant that sheep normally refuse to eat. These villagers are said to have nothing more left at home to eat.

The drought affecting Yunnan exceeds any from over the past millennium, according to the local department of meteorology. It is estimated that by May, one out of four people will have no drinking water.

The drought began last fall and has persisted for three consecutive seasons. It could continue through early summer. Seven million people are expected to suffer the effects of the food shortage.

Guangzhou Daily quoted an official from Mile County of Yunnan, on March 22. He said, “Our harvest for early spring crops such as corn, wheat, and kidney beans is zero. We cannot seed for the late spring crops. If there’s no rain by May, major spring crops such as rice are at risk. People will face starvation.”

Shuitang of Wenshan is considered the driest village in Yunnan. It is located on a mountain peak 5,906 feet above sea level.

“There have been no fresh vegetables for three months. Many people forage for wild weeds in the mountains. There’s no drinking water, let alone water for irrigation,” according to Li Shaozhong, a Shuitang village staff member, as reported in City Express.

Li said he pleaded, in tears, for the villagers to leave. “Are you waiting to die of thirst?” he asked them.

In Shibanfang, Yanshan County of Yunnan, Wang Chaoyun, the village party secretary told The Epoch Times, “We are experiencing very severe drought. Villagers have to retrieve water from four miles away. Everyone’s doing nothing but fighting the drought.

“The rivers and ponds are completely dry. There’s no water in wells or cellars. There are no vegetables. The wheat is all dead. Even the mountain trees have wilted. There’s nothing left,” Wang said.

Yang Mingquan, a villager from Xingyi City, Guizhou Province told The Epoch Times, “There’s been no rain since June 15 of last year. Local natural wells have dried up, reservoirs are basically exhausted, and rivers have no water. All streams in the village are gone. Wheat and rapeseed are all dead. All vegetables are dead and gone.”

He said that locals have to retrieve water on a daily basis from streams located 19 miles away. The local government has had to provide the equivalent of five pounds of drinking water per person.

Yang said, “Basically, there’s no water for cattle, horses, or pigs. Most have either been killed or sold. No one can afford them. People are now struggling to survive.”

Yang reflected on Wen Jiabao’s instructions to Party cadres. He said that “Prepare for the worst” really means “This is a life-threatening disaster!” (the Epochtimes)

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China drought leaves 24 million short of drinking water

Posted by Author on March 31, 2010

AFP, Mar. 31, 2010-

BEIJING — China said Wednesday that more than 24 million people were short of drinking water because of a crippling drought, the worst to hit the country in a century.

Most of those affected live in the southwest where meteorologists say the situation will not improve until the rainy season, which should kick off after May 20, vice minister of water resources Liu Ning told reporters.

Authorities have set aside 6.3 billion yuan (923 million dollars) to help mitigate the immediate effects of the drought and bring drinking water to the affected population.

Over the long term, the government plans to launch water conservation projects such as the construction of new reservoirs.

Liu insisted food supplies would not be affected by the dry spell, which has spread across Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, the Guangxi region and the mega-city of Chongqing.

“This drought will not have an impact on food production and security in our nation,” Liu told a press conference.


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Worst-ever dust storm from China hits Taiwan

Posted by Author on March 22, 2010

Taiwan News, Staff Writer, Mar. 22, 2010-

The worst-ever
dust storms from China forced air quality in Northern Taiwan sharply down yesterday, the Environmental Protection Administration said.

A total of 24 observation stations across the island recorded more than 1,000 micrograms of dust per cubic meter and a further ten showed values at damaging levels, according to the EPA. Skies turned a yellowish grey as there was no rain to wash away the dust, the Central Weather Bureau said.

The worst levels of pollution were recorded on the island of Matsu close to the coast of China’s Fujian Province, in Keelung on the North Coast and in several Taipei City districts, EPA official Chu Yu-chi said. Matsu airport was closed all day due to poor visibility, reports said.

Doctors advised people to limit outside activities to the barest minimum, and to wear masks or even goggles when riding a motorcycle. Patients suffering from breathing problems even before the storm should wait a few days until after it had left before resuming normal outside activities, reports said.

The number of patients recording breathing problems increased by 20 percent to 30 percent because of irritation by the dust, reports said. People wearing contact lenses felt irritation of the eyes, according to media reports quoting physicians…….(more details from Taiwan News)

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