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Xinjiang: US sanctions Chinese officials over 'abuse' of Muslims

China is accused of persecuting Uighur Muslims, including by locking them up in detention camps.

Source: BBC News - China | 10 Jul 2020 | 10:04 am(NZT)

Villagers reel as rains, floods wreak havoc

Suffering from rain-triggered mountain torrents twice in 24 hours, residents in Biyun Village in east China’s Anhui Province said they had never experienced such downpours before.“It’s getting bigger every time, and parts of the village were inundated by knee-deep floodwater,” said 54-year-old Xia Minghua, Party secretary of Biyun, in the city of Xuancheng.The village was battered by two torrential floods at 5am and 8pm on Monday, and a total of five bouts of heavy rains in Xuancheng since it entered the flood season this year had forced the evacuation of 22,107 people as of Tuesday.“Before the flash floods, local authorities had arranged for the relocation of a dozen villagers living in lowlands, riverbanks and other places vulnerable to floods,” said Fang Guanghu, a resident of Biyun. “We are now temporarily living in a conference room in our village, provided with free meals, television, mosquito-repellent incense and quilts.”While relocating residents, local authorities are racing against time in their rescue work, as “trees and debris washed down by mountain torrents blocked the river channel. We have to dredge it in time to prevent more severe damage in the upcoming floods,” Xia said.Since June, continuous downpours have lashed parts of China and the waters of many rivers in the affected regions have exceeded warning levels.China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters upgraded the emergency flood response from Grade IV to Grade III on Tuesday. The country has a four-tier flood control emergency response system, with Grade I representing the most severe.Although a few days have passed, Luo Yuehua, 65, still felt scared when recalling her experience on Monday night.“At around 10pm on Monday, local officials came to persuade us to evacuate as soon as possible, as my house was in great danger of collapse due to days of torrential downpours,” Luo said.Hidden in a mountainous area, Qinglong Village, where Luo lives in Qiaoziwan Township, central Hunan Province, was hit by a rain-triggered landslide on Monday night, when local officials went into the village to relocate 62 residents to a small campus on the highland.High-altitude Qinglong was hit hard by Monday’s sudden rainfall, with many sections of the mountain roads to the village blocked by falling rocks and tree branches, making it urgent to conduct relocation, said Liu Furong, head of Qiaoziwan Township.Hunan had evacuated a total of 6,427 people as of Tuesday as a result of the continuous heavy rain that affected more than 146,000 people in the province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.Lashed by incessant downpours, central Hubei Province raised its emergency response from Grade IV to Grade III starting from Wednesday noon.The recent rounds of heavy rain since July 4 had claimed two lives and affected more than 2.55 million residents across Hubei as of Wednesday morning, the provincial emergency management department said, adding that about 65,000 people have been relocated.“With food, drinks and other daily necessities all offered free of charge, we don’t need to worry about anything here,” said Fang Yaorong, a resident of Tianxingzhou Island in Wuhan, capital of Hubei, who was evacuated to a relocation site at a primary school.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

6 hurt in fireworks factory blasts

Powerful explosions rocked a fireworks factory in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Wednesday night, leaving at least six people injured, authorities said.A billowing yellow cloud rose over the factory in Guanghan City after the first blast and then thick, black smoke poured from the plant, according to images broadcast by state channel CCTV.This was followed by a second explosion.Six people were injured, including two with serious wounds, the Guanghan City government said in a statement on social media.The fire was spotted by two guards of the factory at around 9:10pm on Wednesday. They called the police and there was a violent explosion during the evacuation at about 10:25pm, causing injuries to the people.The fire was brought under control by 3am yesterday and the cause of the incident is under investigation, the government said.Zhang Junyi, Party chief of Guanghan City, said that the fire broke out in the Nanfeng production area of Jinyan fireworks factory, which was shut down during the period.Crews from 10 fire stations raced to the factory but for security reasons were kept 500 meters from it, CCTV said.The first batch of firefighters arrived at the scene at 9:34pm on Wednesday. Due to continuous explosions, emergency services were ordered to retreat to a safe distance, 500 meters from the factory.It is understood the firecracker factory is a single-layer brick-concrete structure, covering an area of about 270 square meters, mainly storing fireworks.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

New COVID-19 bonds

China will issue the fourth batch of special government bonds for COVID-19 control amid efforts to balance epidemic control with economic and social development, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday. The 10-year fixed-rate bonds, worth 70 billion yuan, will be available for tenders on July 15 and become tradable on July 20, according to a ministry statement. In June, the ministry announced the issuance of the first three batches of special government COVID-19 bonds, — 70 billion yuan of 10-year, 50 billion yuan of 7-year and 50 billion yuan of 5-year bonds. China plans to issue 1 trillion yuan of government bonds for COVID-19 control this year.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

Invention patents see stable trend

China witnessed a stable trend in intellectual property development in the first half of this year.More than 683,000 invention patent applications were filed in China, and a total of 217,000 invention patents were authorized in the first half, the National Intellectual Property Administration revealed at an online press conference yesterday.Huawei Technologies Co had 2,772 invention patents authorized last year, ranking first on the Chinese mainland.By the end of June, the number of valid invention patents held on the Chinese mainland had reached 1.996 million. The average ownership of invention patents had also reached 14.3 patents per 10,000 people.There were a total of 27.414 million valid trademarks. China also saw more enterprises applying for patents in H1, said Hu Wenhui, spokesperson for the administration.About 229,000 Chinese companies applied for patents in the first half of 2020, an increase of 32,000 compared with the same period last year. They submitted a total of 404,000 invention patent applications, up by 12 percent year on year.The scale of using geographical indications has gradually expanded. In the January-June period, 322 companies were given approval to use geographical indications, a significant increase from 116 approved in the same period last year.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

China renews orange alert

China’s national observatory yesterday renewed its orange alert for rainstorms, as incessant downpours continue to wreak havoc across vast stretches of the country. From yesterday afternoon to today afternoon, heavy rain and rainstorms are expected in Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Hunan and Guizhou, among other regions, the National Meteorological Center said, warning that some areas will experience downpours with up to 280 millimeters. Some of the regions will see over 70mm of hourly precipitation, accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds, the center said. China has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue. The center advised local authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and mudslides, and halt outdoor operations.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

108 held over gambling

Police in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have arrested 108 suspects for organizing cross-border online gambling involving about 350 million yuan (US$50.1 million).Police in the city of Baise received a tip-off in January that an app named “Zhengshiyule” with over 18,000 registered users is being used for gambling. After investigation, police found that two suspects, surnamed Huang and Xin, had been running the gambling platform from a rented room in the Vietnamese city of Mong Cai since April 2019. In April, police conducted raids in Baise and the border city of Dongxing, apprehending Huang and Xin. Eight suspects nabbed in Mong Cai by local police have been escorted back to China.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:16 am(NZT)

Call for talks in Sino-US ties

SENIOR Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said yesterday that China and US relations face the most serious challenge since diplomatic ties were established in 1979 but the two countries can return to the right track. China and the United States should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence and release more “positive energy,” State Councilor Wang, who is also foreign minister, said in a pre-recorded speech to a China-US think tank forum, at which former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger also spoke. “Current US policy toward China is based on strategic misjudgments which lack a factual basis, and is full of emotional outbursts and McCarthyist prejudice,” he said, referring to an anti-communist witch hunt inspired by a US senator in the 1950s. The two countries should not seek to change each other, said Wang. “China cannot and will not become another America,” he said, adding that a socialist system was suited to China and the choice of its people. Wang said he hoped the United States would build a more objective understanding of China and formulate a more rational and pragmatic China policy. Wang said China is still willing to resume dialogue at all levels to resolve differences. “China and the United States should not seek to transform each other, but should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence of different systems,” he said. More dialogue, separating out different issues and setting to one side the areas of greatest disagreement, and cooperation in fighting against the coronavirus pandemic would help put bilateral relations on the right track, said Wang.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 10 Jul 2020 | 4:14 am(NZT)

'No regrets' for Briton staying in China during coronavirus pandemic

Scott Windass, 27, from Hull, has been living and working in Daqing, northern China, during the pandemic.

Source: BBC News - China | 9 Jul 2020 | 11:36 pm(NZT)

UK universities comply with China's internet restrictions

But universities reject that tests on online learning in China are accepting "censorship".

Source: BBC News - China | 9 Jul 2020 | 8:21 pm(NZT)

How one woman's stolen identity exposed a system of exam fraud

Reports of more than 200 cases have shattered confidence in the life-defining national Gaokao exams.

Source: BBC News - China | 9 Jul 2020 | 12:30 pm(NZT)

China renews rainstorm alert as heavy torrents pummel provinces

Heavy downpours continued to wreak havoc across vast stretches of China yesterday as the country renewed its alert for rainstorms and multiple provincial-regions enhanced flood response.China’s national observatory yesterday renewed its orange alert, the second-highest, for rainstorms. Heavy rain is forecast to continue until this morning, in large parts of southern China, according to the National Meteorological Center.The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters upgraded the emergency response for flood control from level IV to level III on Tuesday afternoon.Statistics from the China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday showed that the accumulated precipitation since June 1 in east China’s Anhui and Zhejiang provinces, central Hubei Province, and southwestern Chongqing Municipality, is the highest compared with that of the same period since 1961, with the average precipitation in Anhui and Hubei exceeding 500 millimeters.The NMC also warned yesterday that some areas of the eastern Jiangxi Province will experience downpours, with up to 260mm of daily rainfall.Jiangxi upgraded its emergency response for flood control from the fourth to the third level as of 10am yesterday. Rains that began on Monday have impacted nearly 399,000 people, the provincial emergency management bureau said.On Tuesday, Zhejiang raised its flooding emergency response to the top level along the Qiantang River.In an unprecedented move, the Xin’an River Reservoir, the largest flood control project in eastern China, opened all its nine spillways yesterday morning to release floodwaters. It is the first time that the reservoir has opened all the spillways to discharge floodwaters since it finished construction in 1959. In Hubei, a landslide caused by heavy rainfall swept away nine people in Huangmei County yesterday, which suffered a precipitation exceeding 200mm.The province activated its fourth level emergency response for natural disaster relief from Tuesday noon. It has allocated 50 million yuan (US$7 million) to aid local disaster relief efforts.In Anhui, local authorities raised the emergency response for flood prevention from the third level to second from Tuesday noon as waters of multiple rivers exceeded warning levels.Severe flooding caused by torrential rain disrupted the college entrance examination in Shexian County on Tuesday, as most of the 2,000-plus students were unable to reach their exam sites on time.The students took the examinations yesterday as normal and provincial education authority said the exams on Chinese language and math originally scheduled on Tuesday will be rescheduled today.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Plea to protect cultural relics

The National Cultural Heritage Administration has called for enhanced efforts to protect cultural relics against floods as heavy rainfall lash large parts of southern China. Related relics departments and institutions across the country should pay close attention to forecasts of weather and geological disasters and take effective measures to ensure the safety of cultural relics and personnel, according to a circular. The administration also stressed building a reporting system and improving the capability of emergency handling to ensure minimal loss.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Reservoir opens all 9 spillways

The Xin’an River Reservoir, an important flood control project in the upper reaches of the Qiantang River, opened all nine of its spillways yesterday to lower the crest of local floods.This is the second time all the spillways have been opened since the reservoir’s completion in 1959. The first time was in 1966 for a test run.The Xin’an River Reservoir is more commonly known as Qiandao Lake. It is the main source of drinking water for Zhejiang Province and serves as a strategic reservoir for the Yangtze River Delta. The Qiantang, the largest river in Zhejiang, is known for having the world’s largest tidal bore.Zhejiang has been ravaged by waves of concentrated rainfall for over a month, with the accumulated precipitation of the Xin’an River area reaching 924.37 millimeters, 131.7 percent more than the previous average during the same period as of 10am on Tuesday.The reservoir opened three spillways on Tuesday morning and two more at noon. At about 4pm, seven spillways had been opened.However, due to heavy downpours and floods upstream in Anhui Province, the water level in the reservoir continued to rise. Local officials therefore decided to open all nine of the spillways yesterday morning.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Wang urges full push in flood fight

State Councilor Wang Yong has called for all-out efforts to strengthen detection and emergency response in the battle against floods to ensure people’s safety.Wang, also head of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, made the remarks during a visit to several cities in east China’s Jiangxi Province on Monday and Tuesday as he inspected work for flood control and disaster relief in the Yangtze River basin.Noting that flood control work in the Yangtze River basin is in a grave state, Wang called for efforts to closely monitor the weather and flood conditions, and improve emergency response to safely navigate the flood season.Authorities should issue early warnings and transfer affected people in time while implementing rescue and relief work in an effective and orderly manner, Wang said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Giant dam taking the edge off deluge

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River has not hit its maximum flood-intercepting capacity as the river’s first flood of the year passed through the dam last Saturday, its operator said.The dam still has leeway to deal with even greater flooding in the country’s largest river, the Three Gorges Cascade Dispatch and Communication Center said.“The current flood situation in the Yangtze’s main course is not particularly severe, so the reservoir’s flood storage capacity has yet to be fully utilized,” said Bao Zhengfeng, assistant director of the center.The river’s first flood this year arrived at the Three Gorges dam on July 2, with a peak flow rate of 53,000 cubic meters per second, raising the reservoir’s water level to 149 meters after the passage of the flood. Bao said, however, the reservoir can handle a water level as high as 175 meters.The China Three Gorges Corp said the dam was expected to absorb up to 18,000 cubic meters of water per second during this round of flooding, to take the edge off the deluge. The huge dam is in Yichang, central China’s Hubei Province. Before every flood season, its reservoir releases water to ensure enough storage capacity. When the deluge comes, the dam impounds water to whittle down the flood, protecting downstream cities and villages.Bao refuted claims that the dam’s discharge of floodwater caused flooding in downstream cities, saying some cities experienced waterlogging as intense rain overpowered their drainage systems, not as a result of the flood in the Yangtze.Since June, continuous downpours have lashed large parts of southern China, raising the water levels in many rivers above the danger mark.The Three Gorges project is a multi-functional water control system, consisting of a 2,309-meter-long and 185-meter-high dam, a five-tier ship lock, and 34 hydropower turbo-generators. “The Three Gorges Dam plays a big role in flood control. In 2010 and 2012, we weathered a deluge of over 70,000 cubic meters per second, ensuring the safety of the downstream basin,” Bao said.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Visa limits on US officials over Tibet

CHINA said yesterday it will impose visa restrictions on US individuals following Washington’s imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials it accuses of restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move would target “US individuals with egregious conduct related to Tibet issues.” “We urge the US to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs with Tibet-related issues ... so as to avoid further damage to China-US relations,” Zhao told reporters in regard to the US’s “Reciprocal Access To Tibet Act.” Noting that China is firmly committed to opening up further to the outside world, the spokesperson said Tibet is open and has never had regulations restricting foreigners from entering. Nearly 176,000 foreigners visited Tibet for sightseeing or business from 2015 to 2018, said Zhao, adding that the number includes 175,000 tourists, around 500 diplomats and 343 journalists. He also pointed out that over 40 million domestic residents and foreigners visited Tibet last year, including the US ambassador to China Terry Branstad, which fully shows that there is no problem for foreigners to visit Tibet. While China encourages travel to the Himalayan region, it has adopted certain management and protection measures for foreigners visiting Tibet in accordance with law and regulations, along with consideration for Tibet’s special geographical and climatic conditions, Zhao said. The Trump administration announced its new travel ban on Tuesday, hitting an unspecified number of Chinese officials with visa restrictions, limiting or entirely eliminating their ability to travel to the United States. In announcing the restrictions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused China of systematically obstructing the travel of foreign diplomats, journalists and tourists to Tibet.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

‘Historic’ as HK security office opens

CHINA’S national security office in Hong Kong was inaugurated yesterday, marking a major step forward to restoring law and order in the global financial hub. A plaque bearing the name of the new office was unveiled at a ceremony early yesterday, drawing rousing applause from the around 80 attendees representing various sectors of Hong Kong. The office is located in the former Metropark Hotel, a 33-story building in the shopping and commercial district of Causeway Bay, near Victoria Park. Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam said the inauguration of the office was a historic moment and marked another milestone in establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong. Echoing Lam, Luo Huining, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, described the national security office as “the envoy of Hong Kong’s security” and “the gatekeeper of national security” in his speech. Safeguarding national security is essentially within the purview of the central authorities, which have both the power and the responsibility to take all measures necessary, said Luo, who also serves as director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR. Zheng Yanxiong, director of the newly established national security office, made his debut in Hong Kong at the ceremony and pledged that the office will undertake its mandate in strict compliance with the law and be subject to supervision in accordance with the law. The office will not infringe upon the lawful rights and interests of any individual or organization, Zheng said. Welcoming support from all sectors in Hong Kong for the office, Zheng called for joint efforts to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, promote the steady and sustained implementation of “one country, two systems,” and ensure the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong. According to the national security law, the office will analyze and assess developments related to safeguarding national security, provide opinions and make proposals on major strategies and important policies, and oversee, guide, coordinate with and support Hong Kong in safeguarding national security. The law stipulates that the new office will handle national security cases when Hong Kong has difficulties in exercising jurisdiction due to the involvement of foreign or external forces or is unable to effectively enforce law due to the severity of a situation occurring, as well as when there is a major and imminent threat to national security. Former Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR government Elsie Leung said the provision in the national security law is reasonable and she believes that the office will only exercise jurisdiction under specific circumstances.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 9 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Hong Kong pupils banned from political activity

Thousands of secondary school students have been involved in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

Source: BBC News - China | 9 Jul 2020 | 2:55 am(NZT)

FBI director: China is 'greatest threat' to US

China is working to be the world's superpower "by any means necessary," Christopher Wray said.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Jul 2020 | 9:00 pm(NZT)

Hong Kong security law: Beijing security office opens in Hong Kong

Mainland agents based in the office can, under a new law, investigate Hong Kongers for security crimes.

Source: BBC News - China | 8 Jul 2020 | 3:23 pm(NZT)

Twin panda cubs dead after illness

Two giant panda cub twins have died of multiple organ failure caused by severe allergies, to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in southwest China’s Sichuan Province says.On April 26, the two cubs, Liuliu and Shunshun, began to suffer from acute diarrhea and refused to eat. They were isolated and given a series of comprehensive treatments including routine anti-infection and nutritional support.But they developed severe allergic reactions, including ocular proptosis, bottle jaw, swelling of the tongue and anus, and apnea.They were temporarily out of danger after an initial series of emergent anti-allergy treatment, but they deteriorated again during follow-up treatment. Liuliu and Shunshun, born on October 11, 2019, died on May 11 and May 20, respectively.Allergic reactions in giant pandas occur occasionally in clinical treatment, but such severe and recurring types of allergies are very rare.The veterinary team at the base collected samples and is working with multiple research institutions to identify the cause of the allergies and search for possible treatment.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Data begins flowing from new satellite

The Chinese Academy of Sciences yesterday confirmed China has successfully received data from its newly launched high-resolution multi-mode imaging satellite.The satellite, launched on July 3, is a civil-use optical remote-sensing satellite with a resolution up to the sub-meter level. According to the Aerospace Information Research Institute under the CAS, China’s remote sensing satellite ground station in Beijing’s Miyun District first tracked and received the downlink data on July 3.Ground stations in Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Sanya in Hainan Province, as well as the China Remote Sensing Satellite North Pole Ground Station, have also confirmed reception of data.The satellite provides high-precision remote-sensing image data for several industries including surveying and mapping, natural resources, emergency management, agriculture and residential construction.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

China raises national alert level as flooding kills more than 100

China raised its national emergency response level yesterday as days of torrential rain triggered flooding across the country, killing more than 100 people.State television reported the Chinese government’s office for flood control raised the response level to III from IV on its four-tier scale, and said 13,117 emergency response and rescue staff had been deployed to deal with the floods.At least 3,200 rescue operations have been carried out during the flood season nationwide and rescued over 6,400 people so far.The latest official figures put the number of people dead or missing nationwide at 121, while the emergency ministry estimated economic losses to be in excess of 40 billion yuan (US$5.7 billion).Guizhou, Anhui, Hunan and Hubei provinces were expected to record 250-280 millimeters of rain yesterday, according to the China Meteorological Administration.In the central city of Wuhan, a record-breaking 426 millimeters of rain fell on Sunday, and authorities were using giant pumps to remove water from flooded roads.Sections of the Yangtze River, China’s longest waterway, are swelling above flood warning levels in its middle and lower reaches amid continuous heavy rains.Water at several hydrological stations of the Yangtze River, including those in Lianhuatang, Jianli, Jiujiang, and Nanjing, all rose above warning levels on Monday.As rain continues, the river water levels are expected to rise further, up to one meter above the warning levels, in the coming days.From Monday to tomorrow, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River are forecast to be lashed by rainstorms.Rainfall is expected to be between 100 mm and 200 mm.The Yangtze River water resources commission on Monday continued to issue a yellow alert for flooding.More rains are on the way as China’s national observatory yesterday issued an orange alert for rainstorms, as heavy downpours are forecast to hit vast stretches of the country.From last night to tonight, heavy rain and rainstorms are expected in Hubei, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, among other regions, the National Meteorological Center said.It warned that some areas of Hubei, Jiangxi and Anhui will experience up to 280 mm of daily rainfall.China has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.The center advised local authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and mudslides.And it recommended halting outdoor operations in hazardous areas. Since June, continuous downpours have lashed large parts of southern China.And and the waters of many rivers in the affected regions exceeded warning levels.The Ministry of Water Resources has called for all-out efforts to prevent floods.And it has dispatched teams to affected areas to facilitate flood prevention and control.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Xin’an Reservoir opens floodgates

The Xin’an River Reservoir, an important flood control project in the upper reaches of the Qiantang River, opened spillways for the first time in nine years yesterday to lower the impact of floods. It is the seventh time spillways have been opened to release floodwaters since the reservoir was built in the 1950s. The reservoir is more commonly known as Qiandao Lake. It is the main source of drinking water for Zhejiang and serves as a strategic reservoir for the Yangtze River Delta. The Qiantang River is the largest river in Zhejiang and is known for having the world’s largest tidal bore.(Xinhua)

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

WHO monitoring bubonic plague cases

The World Health Organization said yesterday it was monitoring a case of the bubonic plague in China after being notified by the authorities in Beijing.A herdsman in north China’s Inner Mongolia region was confirmed at the weekend as having the plague.Two other cases were confirmed in Khovd province in neighboring Mongolia last week involving brothers who had eaten marmot meat, according to the China’s state news agency Xinhua.“Bubonic plague has been with us and is always with us, for centuries,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters at a virtual briefing.“We are looking at the case numbers in China. It’s being well managed. “At the moment, we are not considering it high-risk but we’re watching it, monitoring it carefully.”She said the WHO was working in partnership with the Chinese and Mongolian authorities.The UN health agency said it was notified by China on Monday of a case of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia.“Plague is rare, typically found in selected geographical areas across the globe where it is still endemic,” it said.“Bubonic plague is the most common form and is transmitted between animals and humans through the bite of infected fleas and direct contact with carcasses of infected small animals. It is not easily transmitted between people.”Though the highly-contagious plague is rare in China and can be treated, at least five people have died since 2014. The man infected in Inner Mongolia was in stable condition. In neighboring Mongolia, another suspected case, involving a 15-year-old boy who had a fever after eating a marmot hunted by a dog, was reported on Monday.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

Floods force rescheduling of tests

THE national college entrance examination starting yesterday did not proceed as scheduled in Shexian County, east China’s Anhui Province, as torrential rain caused severe flooding in the county, authorities said. River water overflowed into downtown streets of the county seat, and most of the examinees were unable to reach their exam venues on time, according to the provincial education examinations authority. All of the 2,000-plus examinees in the county were affected yesterday. After reporting to the Ministry of Education, the provincial education examinations authority said the exams on Chinese language and math originally scheduled for yesterday will be postponed to tomorrow in the county, and exams on other subjects will be held as scheduled today. Heavy rain has affected over 420,000 people in Anhui, as local authorities launched the level II emergency response, the second-highest, for flood prevention yesterday. The downpour that started on July 2 has affected seven cities and 31 county-level administrations in the province, leading to the evacuation of 27,000 people and a direct economic loss of 510 million yuan (US$72 million) as of Monday, local emergency management department said. The rain has also affected 31,700 hectares of crops and damaged 617 houses. The province raised its emergency response as the waters of multiple rivers exceeded warning levels, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters. A bridge dating back over 480 years to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) collapsed in floodwaters in the province. Zhenhai Bridge, a state-level cultural relics protection site located in Tunxi District in the city of Huangshan, was destroyed.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 8 Jul 2020 | 4:05 am(NZT)

TikTok to exit Hong Kong 'within days'

The move by the short-form video app comes after China imposed its new security law on the city.

Source: BBC News - China | 7 Jul 2020 | 5:49 pm(NZT)


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