China seeks fusion power as shortcut to solve energy crisis

Beijing, Jan 7: China is all set to push forward for the development of fusion power with a project called ITER, that will see it collaborating with countries like India, to seek a shortcut to solve the energy crisis.

"The project aims to find a shortcut to solve our energy shortage," said Luo Delong, deputy director of the ITER China Office.

Local experts have said that fusion may produce dozens of times more energy than fission, which now directs most of the world's nuclear-power plants.

Blogger population on the rise in China

New Delhi, Dec 27: A report on blog development in China has revealed that one in four Internet users has a blog, with the activity especially popular among students and young office staff.

The report has come after China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) surveyed 1,862 Internet users in late November, reports China Daily.

Extrapolating from this sample, CNNIC calculated that 47 million Chinese have blogged, more than one fourth of the 180 million people who have surfed the net in China.

However, it was found that many blogs have gone blank, with only a persistent 36 percent keeping their sites updated.

‘Man's best friend’ to turn saviour of endangered giant pandas in China

New Delhi, December 27: While a dog is said to be man’s best friend, it may soon turn a saviour of endangered giant pandas also, says an expert.

Zhang Hemin, chief of the reserve's administrative bureau at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in the Wolong Nature Reserve, has revealed the centre’s plans introduce a specially trained police dog to live with four pandas.

The idea is to make pandas observe the dog and learn how to defend themselves, thereby increasing their chances of survival in forests.

Earlier this year, the first giant panda released into the wild, Xiang Xiang, was found dead. Experts believe that it might have been killed by other animals.

Hu Jintao vows to co-operate with non-Communist parties

Chinese President Hu JintaoNew Delhi, Dec.25: Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for closer cooperation with the country's eight non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC).

Hu, in his capacity as General Secretary of the Central Committee of Communist Party of China (CPC), the ruling party, met with the newly elected leaders of the eight political parties and the ACFIC, representing the business community in China.

Chinese bureaucrats to wear casual wear for energy conservation

Chinese Vice Premier Zeng PeiyanNew Delhi, Dec.25: Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan has called on civil servants in the central Government departments to set aside their smart formal suits and put on casual outer wears on most occasions during office hours in a bid to save more power and energy.

"It has been a very good move for civil servants to dress casual other than on some very important occasions. This initiative should be continued," Xinhua quoted Zeng as saying at a meeting on energy conservation efforts of government bodies on Monday.

China unveils its own jet

Shanghai, Dec. 22 : China’s first home grown regional jet, the ARJ21-700, rolled off the production line on Friday, marking a milestone in its civil aviation program.

Vice-Premier Zeng Peiyan attended the roll-out ceremony at Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Factory.

ARJ21 - an acronym for "Advanced Regional Jet for the 21st Century" - marks the first step in China's ambitious plan for its civil aircraft manufacturing industry, reports The China Daily.

Programs of developing larger planes and advanced helicopters will follow it, Qin Fuguang, an official with the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, was quoted as telling reporters.

Chinese court sentences former power company chairman to death

New Delhi, Dec 22 : A Chinese court has sentenced the former board chairman of Shanghai Electric Group and former president of Shanghai SVA (Group), Wang Chengming, to death for being involved in collective misappropriation and taking bribes.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the convicts can file an appeal against the court’s quantum of sentence.

During his presidential tenure at the Shanghai SVA, (Group), Wang and two other senior business executives pocketed over 40 million in a land transfer business in Shanghai, according to the statement from the Changchun Intermediate People's Court in Jilin province.

Wang’s two aides, Yan Jinbao and Lu Tianming received life sentences and 15 years respectively. (ANI)

China ready to encourage growth of more media services

ChinaNew Delhi, Dec. 21: The Chinese Government will provide comprehensive service to the foreign media next year with timely dissemination of more authoritative information, Minister of the State Council Information Office Cai Wu has pledged.

Wu noted the improved service provided to foreign journalists during the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October was much appreciated.

"They (the foreign media) welcomed the unprecedented openness of the congress and the service provided during the period, " Cai told the China Daily.

First Indo-China joint military exercise begins today

New Delhi, Dec 20: The first Sino-Indian joint training exercise codenamed "Hand in Hand 2007" will commence today in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province of China.

This is in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on exchange and cooperation in the field of defence, signed between India and China in 2006.

One armed reconnaissance company of the People's Liberation Army and an equivalent strength of Indian troops, led by Brigadier DS Dadwal, will participate in the exercise, which will include establishment of a joint command post, joint battle decision making and conduct of anti terrorism drills.

China's economy overestimated by 40 pct: World Bank

Washington, Dec. 18: World BankIndia is the fifth largest economy in the world, while the Chinese economy, the second largest, is overestimated by 40 percent, according to a World Bank study that was based on each country’s purchasing power parity (PPP).

According to the World Bank study of 146 economies, China participated in the survey for the first time and India for the first time since 1985.

China still ranks as the world's second largest economy with over nine percent of world production using PPP, but that compared with 14 percent under the old methodology.

Japan ranks third under the PPP method with seven percent of global output.

China to launch first space walk in 2008

Washington, Nov.22 : China will attempt its first space walk during the nation's third crewed flight next year, according to local newspaper reports.

The mission will involve three astronauts and the spacewalk will be broadcast live.

In 2003, China became only the third country to put a human in space using its own rocket, following in the footsteps of the former Soviet Union and the United States. It then sent two astronauts on a five-day flight on its Shenzhou VI rocket in October 2005.

China plans to launch its third manned rocket, Shenzhou VII, into space in October 2008, according to the Shanghai Daily newspaper.

Driver gets speeding ticket from the future!

New Delhi, Nov 20 : A Chinese man was left astounded when he not only got a speeding ticket for a place he didn’t pass by, but also for a time that was yet to come.

A driver in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Yan, got the ticket on Nov 14 for a speeding offence committed in Mianyang, another city in the province.

The ticket was dated September 3, 2009.

"I received the notice for speeding when I went for an annual vehicle inspection,” China Daily quoted Yan, as saying.

“It stated a car with my vehicle number had exceeded the limit," Yan said.

Police officials said that investigations have revealed that the data on the offence might have been collected incorrectly and they were rectifying it. (ANI)

World Bank: Air pollution costs 3.8 percent of China's GDP

New Delhi, Nov.20 :  Air pollution is costing China 3.8 percent of its gross domestic product, causing more diseases and claiming more lives, the World Bank has warned.

While it has put the combined health and non-health cost of outdoor air and water pollution for China's economy at around 100 billion dollars a year, or about 5.8 percent of the country's GDP, David Dollar, the World Bank country director for China and Mongolia, said air pollution poses higher costs than water pollution.

Chinese archaeologists discover ancient red wine

New Delhi, Nov.20 : Chinese archaeologists have claimed to have unearthed a sealed bronze pot containing two kilograms of red liquid during an excavation of an ancient tomb built in the Warring States Period (475 BC - 221 BC).

Wafts of the ancient vintage greeted the archaeologists after they opened the pot, The China Daily reports.

The find has been sent to Beijing for tests and verification. (ANI)

China to send its new rocket into space by 2013

New Delhi, Nov.20 : The manned spacecraft Shenzhou VII is likely to be launched into space in October 2008, shortly after the conclusion of the Beijing Olympic Games.

The China Daily quoted Pang Zhihao, a researcher with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) as saying that three astronauts will be on this space trip.

 He also confirmed that there would be a live broadcast of the space walk.

Zhao said the first Chinese astronauts performing space walk would likely be roped with the spacecraft, for the considerations of safety, oxygen supply and communication connection.

China launched two manned spacecraft, Shenzhou V and Shenzhou VI, in 2003 and 2005, sending three astronauts into the space in the two missions.

Archaeologists confirm identity of oldest humans in China

Washington, Nov 19 : Archeologists have come to the conclusion that the two million years old human fossils, found in Wushan County, Chongging, belong to the earliest human species in China.

The findings include the fossilized remains of the lower jawbone fragment and an incisor of the human being named as the 'Wushan Man', as well as 230 pieces of stone tools.

This finding pre-dates the fossils of the Yuanmou man by 300,000 years.

The Yuanmou Man was discovered in southwestern Yunnan Province in the 1960s. It was previously regarded as the oldest human species found in China.

Bid to make Cyprus a business bridge with China

Nicosia, Nov. 17 (ANI): Some of the best of China will go on show next week at the International Merchandising Centre in Nicosia, the capital of the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, as a drive to establish Cyprus as a regional bridge for Chinese business gathers momentum. Euro-China Business Week opens on Monday with organisers expecting hundreds of foreign visitors from Greece, the Middle East and new Europe to attend.

China to double nuclear power capacity by 2020

Kang Rixin, general manager of China National Nuclear CorporationChina has announced plans to double its nuclear power capacity by 2020.

Kang Rixin, the general manager of the China National Nuclear Corporation, was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying at the World Energy Congress in Rome that at present China's nuclear power capacity accounts for two percent of the total installed capacity of the country.

He said that he hoped that by 2020, the percentage will stand at four percent.

Ruins of ancient city discovered in China

Beijing, Nov 16: A hitherto unknown ancient city has been discovered near the city of Chongging in China.

Sitting atop a mountain in the Shilongman Community of Shijia Village in Bei'e District, this city city covers a 10 acre area.

The baffling fact about the discovery is that there is absolutely no record of the city's existence. Even the local heritage experts were unaware about its presence.

According to Zhu Feifan, who has worked at the Cultural Heritage Division, the Press and Publications Bureau of Bei'e District Culture for over 20 years, "I have never heard of this city and there is no record of it in the Bei'e historical records. "

China to host international food safety forum

Geneva, Nov. 15: Changes in food production and consumer habits, as well as increasing trade liberalization and economic globalization, have made food safety an increasingly important global issue. It not only concerns human health, but also has a major impact on national economies.

A high-level International Food Safety Forum will bring together senior officials from Member States of the World Health Organization and representatives of the food industry and consumer organizations to discuss strategies to enhance food safety worldwide.

The meeting will take place at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on November 26 and 27.

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