China's rural poverty on the decline: report

ChinaBeijing, Dec 26 : The number of rural poor in China has dropped by nearly 67 million from 2010 to 2012, according to an official report.

By the end of 2012, there were nearly 100 million rural residents still living in poverty, Xinhua cited from the State Council's report Wednesday.

Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, delivered the report to lawmakers at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), being held from Dec 23 to 28.

Microsoft auto industry innovation centre launched in China

MicrosoftBeijing, Dec 19 : Microsoft Thursday launched its first automobile industry innovation centre in Changchun, the capital of China's Jilin province.

The centre will focus on the research and development of auto information system technologies, cloud-based mobile internet solutions, and big data management and applications, said Ralph Haupter, Microsoft's chairman and chief executive officer for the Greater China region.

The Changchun Microsoft Innovation Centre will also promote the upgrade of the auto industry in the area, a major auto manufacturing base in China, Haupter said at the launch ceremony, Xinhua reported.

Renault ties up with Dongfeng Motor for Chinese plant

Renault ties up with Dongfeng Motor for Chinese plantAuto giant, Renault has entered into an agreement Dongfeng Motor Group Co to set up a plant in China under the company's plans to sell domestically made vehicles in the Chinese market by 2016.

France's second-largest automaker is planning to manufacture sport utility vehicles at the site, which will be a joint venture between the two companies. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive officer of both Renault and Nissan said that the joint venture will also work closely with Nissan Motor that already produces cars with Dongfeng in order to gain synergies in costs and technology.

China opens space teleoperation centre

China opens space teleoperation centreBeijing, Dec 15 : China's first centre designed for teleoperation of deep space missions was formally opened at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center following its successful trial use on the country's first moon rover early Sunday.

The moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, separated from the lander at 4.35 a. m. Sunday, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe soft-landed on the lunar surface, reports Xinhua.

The successful separation and soft-landing marked the formal operation of the centre, where technicians can fully control and monitor the working conditions of the rover and lander.

Chinese lunar probe landing set for Saturday night

change-3Beijing, Dec 14 : China's lunar probe Chang'e-3 is scheduled to make an attempt to soft-land on the moon Saturday night, according to sources in charge of the mission.

According to the sources, the entire process of soft-landing will last 12 minutes and it will be performed by the probe itself, with "practically zero" chance of manual intervention being required, reports Xinhua.

The sources added that the Chang'e-3 mission has so far proceeded as planned.

China's moon probe enters lunar orbit

China's moon probe enters lunar orbitBeijing, Dec 6 : China's Chang'e-3 lunar probe entered a circular lunar orbit Friday, after about 112 hours on a Earth-Moon transfer orbit, the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre said.

The probe entered the lunar orbit after 361 seconds of precise braking by the variable thrust engine, following orders by engineers of the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre, reports Xinhua.

The centre later verified that Chang'e-3 entered the 100-km-high lunar circular orbit.

The braking was important otherwise Chang'e-3 would have escaped from the Moon, or crashed into it, said the centre.

China exceeds 1.3 bn microblog accounts

Chinese-microblogBeijing, Dec 5 : The number of Chinese microblog accounts exceeded 1.3 billion in November, making this a major channel for disseminating information, according to the State Internet Information Office.

Media institutions' microblogs are developing fast and about 37,000 such accounts have been opened through popular websites including weibo. com and t. qq. com, said Liu Zhengrong, a senior official with the office.

China urges US to respect air defence zone

Hong-LeiBeijing, Dec 5 : China Thursday urged the US to respect its establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone objectively and fairly.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei was responding to media reports that said US Vice President Joe Biden conveyed Washington's "deep concerns" over the air-defence zone during talks with Chinese leaders Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

Air-defence zone to improve identification: China

Air-defence zone to improve identification: ChinaBeijing, Dec 3 : The purpose of China's Air Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea is to improve the country's capacity to identify aircraft and avoid any misjudgement, an official said Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments at a regular press briefing when asked to provide further explanation on the newly established zone, Xinhua reported.

China Nov 23 established the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone, which includes the disputed Diaoyu islands (known in Japan as Senkaku islands).

China tightens approvals for new coal mines

new-coal-mines-chinaBeijing, Nov 28 : China will raise the threshold on new coal mines and halt approvals for those that do not meet specified requirements in its efforts to regulate the sector, authorities said Thursday.

New coal mines with an annual output of below 300,000 tonnes and coal-gas outburst collieries with output of below 900,000 tonnes will no longer gain approval, Xinhua reported, citing a General Office of the State Council circular.

Due to falling demand, severe overcapacity and restructuring towards cleaner fuel, the coal industry has been stuck in protracted bickering since last year.

China welcomes Geneva II conference on Syria

Ban-Ki-moonBeijing, Nov 26 : China Tuesday welcomed and expressed support for the second Geneva conference on Syria, urging all parties concerned to engage in the political process and make positive progress.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday announced that the Geneva II conference will be held Jan 22, 2014.

"It's important progress in implementing Resolution 2118 of the UN Security Council and pushing for a political solution on Syria, which has also been China's constant orientation," Xinhua quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang as saying.

China's lunar probe to land on Moon next month

China-lunar-probeBeijing, Nov 26 : China is scheduled to launch Chang'e-3 lunar probe to the Moon in early December, the first time a Chinese spacecraft will soft-land on the surface of an extraterrestrial body, an official said Tuesday.

The lunar probe will land on the Moon in mid-December if everything goes according to plan, said Wu Zhijian, spokesman of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

Chang'e-3 comprises a lander and a rover called Yutu (Jade Rabbit), Xinhua reported.

China Mobile's ex-vice president gets life sentence

Lu-XiangdongBeijing, Nov 22 : The former vice president of China Mobile, the country's largest telecom operator, was sentenced to life imprisonment for taking bribes, a court in China's Jilin province confirmed Friday.

Lu Xiangdong, 53, stood trial and received the sentence at the Intermediate People's Court of Jilin city last week, Xinhua reported.

Lu was found guilty of taking bribes totalling more than 25 million yuan (around $4.1 million) from 2003 to 2011 when he used his position to seek profits for others and accepted large amounts of bribes.

China’s reforms blueprint boosts stocks

China’s reforms blueprint boosts stocksChinese stocks reported considerable gains in morning trade on Monday, thanks to the announcement of a bold and wide-ranging plan to reform the country's economy.

The blueprint for the country's economic and social reforms over the next decade suggests that the government would open the financial sector, relax investment norms in many closed sectors, let prices of natural resources to mirror market demand. The plan also suggests that more money would be put in the pockets of rural population.

China becomes world's largest gold consumer

China becomes world's largest gold consumerWashington, Nov. 17 : China has bet India and become world's top gold consumer.

China has purchased 798 tonnes of the precious metal so far this year, compared to 715 tonnes that India bought, the latest World Gold Council report has revealed.

According to CNN, the group recently lowered its 2013 forecast for India's gold consumption by 10 percent to 900 tonnes.

It estimated that China will buy 1,000 tonnes by the end of the year.

China to ease one-child policy

one-child-policyBeijing, Nov 15 : China will loosen its decades old one-child population policy, allowing couples to have two children if one of the parents is an only child, according to a key decision announced Friday by the Communist Party of China (CPC).

China will implement this new policy while adhering to the basic state policy of family planning, according to the decision on major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms, which was approved at the third plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee held Nov 9-12 in Beijing.

China, US should strengthen policy coordination: Xi Jinping

Xi-JinpingBeijing, Nov 15 : China and the US should strengthen policy coordination during their respective reform and restructuring process, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday.

Xi made the comment during a meeting in Beijing with US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, special representative of President Barack Obama, Xinhua reported.

The just concluded third plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee stressed economic reform.

"China will push forward reform with greater impetus and maintain the sustainable and healthy growth of the economy," Xi said.

Saina aims top-5 return at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 9 : Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal will aim to make a return to the women's singles top five in world rankings at the China Open Super Series Premier which will be held here from Nov 12-17.

World No. 7 Saina, who will open her campaign against a qualifier, has been troubled by injuries this year. She had to withdraw from last years’ China Open due to a knee injury and will be hoping to make a mark this year at the $350,000 fifth and final Super Series Premier of the year.

China’s consumer prices rise lower than expected

China consumerAccording to the latest figures released, China's consumer prices have risen lower than expected during the month of October.

The National Bureau of Statistics said today in Beijing that the consumer price index rose 3.2 per cent in October compared to 3.3 per cent median estimate in a Bloomberg News survey. China's annual consumer inflation increased to the level of 3.1 per cent in September, which was its highest in several months. The October CPI gain was the highest since February when the index also rose 3.2 per cent.

Saina seeded 6th at China Open

Saina-NehwalShanghai, Nov 8 : Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has been seeded sixth at the $350,000 China Open Super Series Premier to be held at the Yuan Shen Gymnasium here from Nov 12-17.

Saina is the only Indian who is seeded at the Tier-II tournament.

Other Indian shuttlers who will participate in the event are Arundhati Pantawane in women's singles and Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram in men's singles.

Others will try to qualify for the main draw. (IANS)

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