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Hotpot chain Haidilao sees shares climb 10% in Hong Kong debut

Investors have shown keen interest in the restaurant chain, which has outlets from Japan to the US.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Sep 2018 | 9:00 pm(NZT)

China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

Concerns over CO2 emissions as development restarts at hundreds of coal-fired power stations in China.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Sep 2018 | 6:05 pm(NZT)

Chinese national arrested for 'spying on US engineers'

Ji Chaoqun is accused of trying to recruit engineers and scientists on behalf of a Chinese official.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Sep 2018 | 12:48 pm(NZT)

Why Sweden and China have fallen out so badly

It started with tourists being kicked out of a hotel - but the spat has continued to escalate.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Sep 2018 | 11:27 am(NZT)

Occupied China during WW2

From 1937 to 1945 Chinese soldiers and civilians struggled against better-equipped Japanese forces.

Source: BBC News - China | 26 Sep 2018 | 11:15 am(NZT)



China firm drills East Africa’s longest tunnel

CHINA Communications Construction Co (CCCC) has drilled the longest railway tunnel in East Africa. The tunnel is part of Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that will run from the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi to Naivasha town. An Aijun, general manager of SGR project head office at the CCCC, said on Monday that during the excavation, the project team overcame the challenges of water leaks, uneven pressure, shallow-depth excavation, surrounding rocks, structural fault-line and oil pipeline protection. “With a total length of 4.5 kilometers, the Ngong tunnel is currently the longest tunnel in East Africa and the dominant work in SGR Phase 2A,” An said during celebrations to mark the breakthrough of the Ngong tunnel. The Phase 2A, which extends for about 120km, is set to be completed in 2019. The Ngong tunnel has been designed as a single-track railway tunnel with a clearance height of 9 meters and a width of 7m. CCCC engineers used the New Austrian Tunneling Method of drilling and blasting to build the tunnel and it is the first time that such a method has been used on such a large scale in Kenya. The tunneling method is economical, efficient and has strong adaptability for different geological and groundwater conditions. The method is preferred because it controls surface collapse effectively and enhances the working environment during construction. An said the construction team addressed the technical difficulty in designing and constructing in the Great Rift Valley to ensure a safe breakthrough of the tunnel, and this means the SGR Phase 2A has entered a new stage, laying a solid foundation for inauguration next year. The general manager said that with quality as a foundation and safety as a lifeline, they shall maintain an all-round quality control system in the source, process, methodology and management, and enforce strict safety management at all procedures. “We will continue to protect the environment, implement local contents and participate in social welfare, bringing real benefits to the local communities,” he added. “Together with all our Kenyan partners, and building on what has been achieved at the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) summit in Beijing, we shall construct a time-honored railway that will stand the test of time and operations, achieving greater success in a new era between our two nations,” he added. According to Steve Zhao, spokesman for the CCCC Kenya SGR Project, 146 refuge holes of different sizes have been built within the tunnel to allow maintenance workers to take cover as the train approaches. “There is one large refuge hole set up every 150 meters in the tunnel, and one small refuge hole set up every 30 meters in the tunnel,” Zhao explained. A 533m-wide emergency rescue channel has also been built within the tunnel, to allow for vehicle access in case of emergencies. Zhao said about 600 workers and engineers worked tirelessly overcoming all odds for 24 months to accomplish the engineering marvel.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

China firm drills East Africa’s longest tunnel

CHINA Communications Construction Co (CCCC) has drilled the longest railway tunnel in East Africa. The tunnel is part of Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) that will run from the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi to Naivasha town. An Aijun, general manager of SGR project head office at the CCCC, said on Monday that during the excavation, the project team overcame the challenges of water leaks, uneven pressure, shallow-depth excavation, surrounding rocks, structural fault-line and oil pipeline protection. “With a total length of 4.5 kilometers, the Ngong tunnel is currently the longest tunnel in East Africa and the dominant work in SGR Phase 2A,” An said during celebrations to mark the breakthrough of the Ngong tunnel. The Phase 2A, which extends for about 120km, is set to be completed in 2019. The Ngong tunnel has been designed as a single-track railway tunnel with a clearance height of 9 meters and a width of 7m. CCCC engineers used the New Austrian Tunneling Method of drilling and blasting to build the tunnel and it is the first time that such a method has been used on such a large scale in Kenya. The tunneling method is economical, efficient and has strong adaptability for different geological and groundwater conditions. The method is preferred because it controls surface collapse effectively and enhances the working environment during construction. An said the construction team addressed the technical difficulty in designing and constructing in the Great Rift Valley to ensure a safe breakthrough of the tunnel, and this means the SGR Phase 2A has entered a new stage, laying a solid foundation for inauguration next year. The general manager said that with quality as a foundation and safety as a lifeline, they shall maintain an all-round quality control system in the source, process, methodology and management, and enforce strict safety management at all procedures. “We will continue to protect the environment, implement local contents and participate in social welfare, bringing real benefits to the local communities,” he added. “Together with all our Kenyan partners, and building on what has been achieved at the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) summit in Beijing, we shall construct a time-honored railway that will stand the test of time and operations, achieving greater success in a new era between our two nations,” he added. According to Steve Zhao, spokesman for the CCCC Kenya SGR Project, 146 refuge holes of different sizes have been built within the tunnel to allow maintenance workers to take cover as the train approaches. “There is one large refuge hole set up every 150 meters in the tunnel, and one small refuge hole set up every 30 meters in the tunnel,” Zhao explained. A 533m-wide emergency rescue channel has also been built within the tunnel, to allow for vehicle access in case of emergencies. Zhao said about 600 workers and engineers worked tirelessly overcoming all odds for 24 months to accomplish the engineering marvel.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Brave warrior women on early flight

Chinese paleontologists have identified an extinct bird species from a 127 million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China.A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provided new information about avian development during the early evolution of flight.Zhou Zhonghe, Wang Min and Thomas Stidham from the institute of vertebrate paleontology and paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences described a well-preserved, complete skeleton and feathers in their study.The analysis of this early Cretaceous fossil revealed that it was from a pivotal point in the evolution of flight: After birds lost their long bony tails, but before they evolved fans of flight feathers on their shortened tails.They named this extinct species Jinguofortis perplexus.The genus name “Jinguofortis” honors women scientists around the world, deriving from the Chinese word jinguo, meaning female warrior, and the Latin word “fortis” meaning brave.The bird had a unique combination of traits, including a jaw with small teeth like its theropod dinosaur relatives; a short bony tail ending in a compound bone called a pygostyle; gizzard stones showing that it mostly ate plants; and a third finger with only two bones, unlike other early birds.The fossil’s shoulder joint also lent clues to its flight capacity. In flying birds, the shoulder, which experiences high stress during flight, is a tight joint between unfused bones. By contrast, Jinguofortis perplexus preserves a shoulder girdle where the major bones of the shoulder, the shoulder blade and the coracoid are fused to one another.The existence of a fused shoulder girdle in this short-tailed fossil suggested evolutionary variety during this stage of evolution, which probably resulted in different styles of flight, according to the researchers. Therefore, Jinguofortis perplexus probably flew a bit differently than birds do today.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Booze bust

Police in Beijing said yesterday that they have busted two fake liquor production and sales rings and detained 64 suspects. An operation was conducted in Guizhou, Shanxi and Hubei provinces in August. More than 25,000 bottles of counterfeit high-end liquor, packing materials and tools were seized. The case involves around 400 million yuan (US$58 million).

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

FAST home county celebrates 2nd birthday with tourist riches

tHE Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, FAST, is celebrating its second anniversary. The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, has been helping scientists understand the universe by receiving and recording pulsars and interstellar signals from extraterrestrial sources.Engineers and astronomers are always working to improve the telescope, making it see farther into space. Those fortunate enough to visit the telescope find themselves in awe of the giant dish and its abilities.Since it began trial operations in 2016, FAST has found some 50 stars which bear features similar to pulsars, with 44 confirmed, according to scientists in National Astronomical Observatories of China.Pulsar observations are used in research on gravitational waves, black holes and to help solve many other questions in physics.“We are still improving the system,” said Jiang Peng, chief engineer of FAST, during Xinhua’s recent tour of the observatory. “We have already met many goals we set for the telescope.”The sensitivity of a telescope is the minimum brightness that it can detect. The lower the number, the farther a telescope can see. In FAST’s case, Jiang’s team has cut the number by 20 percent in the last two years, making it arguably the world’s most sensitive telescope. They have also extended its annual observation time from around 700 hours to more than 1,000 hours. More observation time means more data to analyze.Please turn off your phoneThe telescope will start formal operations in 2019.“We often say the telescope was almost usable two years ago; now it is usable. Our goal is to make it good to use,” Jiang said.The giant dish has become a major tourist attraction. “My son is interested in science and aliens,” said Wang Lifa, Wang Jun’s father. “We are here to satisfy his curiosity.”Wang drove for six hours to get to Kedu township, Pingtang County, around 15km from the telescope and the main stopping off point before the dish itself. The once-impoverished town in the forest now has wide roads, hotels and shops.In the first half of 2018, Pingtang County received 5.13 million visitors, up 40.6 percent. The tourists brought in 550 million yuan (US$80 million) to the small county, according to the local newspaper Qiannan Daily.There are so many tourists that there are growing worries that signals from their mobile phones might affect the telescope, so a 30km “silent zone” has been set up, where signals are strictly limited.To view the telescope, tourists go to within 5km of the FAST. Restrictions there are even tighter: no phones, laptops or cameras. Even the GPS system on the ferry to the site is disabled.The local government has restricted the number of visitors to the site to 2,000 per day.“So far, the protection against interference in the core zone has been effective,” said Jiang.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Moon soon

China plans to explore the southern and northern regions of the moon by 2030, according to the China National Space Administration.Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering of the CNSA, said at a recent conference in Beijing that China is planning four missions in the fourth stage of its lunar exploration program including landing on the South and North Pole regions. The exploration of the South Pole will investigate the age of the lunar soil and isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, helium and oxygen in the solar wind. At the North Pole, the focus will be on the possibility that ice exists in the permanent shadow area.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

No road overload

Major highways and artery roads saw little congestion and no major accidents during the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, when millions of people took trips home. Over 160,000 police officers were deployed and more than 50,000 vehicles dispatched per day to keep the traffic moving smoothly and safely nationwide. Unfortunately, a total of 432,000 cases of traffic violations were handled.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

Eye in the sky puts a stop to sand thievery

Chinese scientists have used satellite images to investigate illegal sand dredging in Hongze Lake, Jiangsu Province.Hongze Lake is the fourth largest freshwater lake in China. As it has a plentiful supply of sand that can be used in construction, illegal sand mining is widespread. These activities destroyed the lake’s original ecosystem and its previous bottom structure.Most sand dredging vessels hide during the day and work at night, making conventional monitoring difficult. Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology used both daytime and nocturnal satellite data to evaluate the intensity of dredging and the associated effects on the aquatic environment.The research provides technological support for the government’s own monitoring and the control of illegal sand dredging activities.This method is being promoted and applied in other lakes across the country. The research was published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Source: Shanghai Daily: Nation | 26 Sep 2018 | 4:01 am(NZT)

The hotpot chain heading for $1bn share float

Beijing-based hotpot restaurant chain Haidilao plans to use the money raised to continue its rapid growth.

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Sep 2018 | 10:01 pm(NZT)

Smash! Andy Murray drops commemorative plate in Shenzhen

The former world number one took to social media to share the awkward moment.

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Sep 2018 | 6:45 pm(NZT)

China shuts down 4,000 websites in purge on 'improper values'

It says it targeted "harmful" online content, spreading "improper values, vulgarity or obscenity".

Source: BBC News - China | 25 Sep 2018 | 1:48 am(NZT)

International group praises green revival

A high-level international advisory body applauded China's efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Monday.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Memorial Day a time to 'remember', 'inspire'

A memorial service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre committed during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45) brought together hundreds of activists and members of the Chinese and other Asian communities on Sunday in San Francisco.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)



Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Beijing, Moscow drill for potential missile warfare

China and Russia kicked off their second joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill on Monday, a move experts said could deter potential missile threats amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Education, health fees among key concerns

China to legislate on preschool education

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Beijing, Moscow drill for potential missile warfare

China and Russia kicked off their second joint computer-assisted anti-missile drill on Monday, a move experts said could deter potential missile threats amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

Memorial Day a time to 'remember', 'inspire'

A memorial service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre committed during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45) brought together hundreds of activists and members of the Chinese and other Asian communities on Sunday in San Francisco.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)

International group praises green revival

A high-level international advisory body applauded China's efforts to improve the environment and suggested a 15-year strategy against pollution in a draft recommendation report on Monday.

Source: China Daily > China News | (NZT)












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