HARBIN, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's chief justice has urged people's courts around the country to make more efforts to maintain social harmony by improving the judges' ability to better resolve public grievance and resentment. Wang Shengjun, President of the Supreme People's Court, made the remarks during his visit to northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Sunday. The people's courts at all levels should organize more professional trainings for the judges to improve their practical abilities required for better handling the people's discontent, Wang said. The courts should encourage more young judges to work at grassroots positions in which they will encounter complaints and deal with group incidents in the front line, he said. The people's courts around the country should also improve their working efficiency by adopting more equipment and infrastructure with information technologies, Wang said.
BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese police have confiscated close to 53,000 guns by the end of August in a nationwide crackdown started in March this year, and 9,849 suspects involved in gun-related crimes were punished, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Thursday. The ministry started the special crackdown on explosives and gun-related crimes in March, and said it would continue till China's Oct. 1 National Day celebration. The crackdown is part of the ministry's campaign to maintain public stability, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Police also confiscated more than 2 million bullets and 120,000imitation guns, the ministry said. About 12 percent of all guns confiscated were seized in the southern Hainan Province, while about 17 percent of the confiscated bullets came from the central Henan Province, the ministry said. The southern province of Guangdong seized 34,690 imitation guns, which took up one fourth of the total. Meanwhile, the MPS urged that efforts to crack down on gun-related crime must not be relaxed yet. Police forces should mobilize the public to report to the ministry if they have information about gun-related crimes, the ministry said on its website. About 60 percent of the guns confiscated by the police were handed in by the public voluntarily, the ministry said.
BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's insurance capital investments hit 2.45 trillion yuan (358 billion U.S. dollars) in the first seven months of this year, according to the country's insurance regulator. In July alone, the investments from insurance funds stood at 120.4 billion yuan, China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) said in a report on its website. Of the total insurance investment value, about 332 billion yuan, or 9.8 percent, went to the stock markets by the end of the second quarter of this year. During the same period, mutual funds investments suck 228.45 billion yuan, or 6.8 percent from the insurance capital. A booming equities market and an optimistic attitude towards the country's stock markets had led to an increasing investments, said the CIRC. Comparatively, in the first seven months, bank deposit of China's insurance capital decreased to 1.03 trillion yuan, 15.23 billion yuan less than in the first six months. The CIRC's statistics also reflected a slowdown increasing rate in premium income in the first seven months. Premium income was 678.64 billion yuan, representing a small increase of 80 billion yuan than the June figure.
BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official said Monday the government's policies on ethnic affairs are "on the right track" and have helped create conditions for equality, unity and common prosperity among the country's different ethnic groups. Jia Qinglin (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, meets with Luis Alberto Vargas, the president of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), in Beijing, China, July 26, 2009. Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, made the remark in his meeting with Luis Alberto Vargas, the President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), who is in China to attend The 16th IUAES World Congress held in China southwest province Yunnan. Jia said the living standards of the ethnic groups were rising steadily and their political, economic and cultural rights were well safeguarded. Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, poses for a group photo prior to his meeting with Luis Alberto Vargas (5th R), the president of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), in Beijing, China, July 26, 2009. Jia said the Chinese government had attached great importance to the development of anthropological and ethnological sciences, and would actively promote theoretical studies, innovation and application. He praised the IUAES for its role in improving worldwide academic research, promoting the peaceful coexistence of different cultures and harmonious development between man and nature. The IUAES congress, held every five years, has drawn more than 2,000 scholars and experts from all over the world. It will feature 156 panel discussions to explore a broad range of issues, including cultural diversity, AIDS, child trafficking, global aging, ethnicity, urban development, religions and linguistic evolution. China is hosting the congress, which first met in London in 1934, for the first time. Yunnan is home to 26 Chinese nationalities.
BEIJING, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Most parts of China saw limited rainfall through Saturday as people could get view of a bright full moon in clear meteorological conditions at the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. Only the southwestern and part of the northwestern regions saw some rainfalls, but starting Sunday, weather in those regions will also clear up for the locals to get view of the full moon, according to China Meteorological Administration. In the coming three days, parts of the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region expect a weak rainfall with strong wind. Temperature will drop 4-8 degrees Celsius after the cold front moves over the region. Meanwhile, parts of the northeastern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Heilongjiang Province will also see some weak rainfalls in the next three days. The Administration also warns of twin typhoons Parma and Melor churning in the Pacific Ocean. Typhoon Parma which now is bearing down on the Philippines expects to bring gales and major rainfalls along China's southeastern regions in its course during the coming three days.
BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Li Changchun has pledged to strengthen cooperation between Chinese and foreign media and to facilitate foreign media coverage of China. Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks Friday evening when he met the heads of 10 major media organizations attending the World Media Summit in Beijing. The Chinese government has been promoting media development and supporting Chinese media in enhancing exchanges and cooperation with foreign counterparts in news, human resources, information technologies and business development, he said. Li Changchun (L5, front), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, poses with heads of some media organizations attending the World Media Summit, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 9, 2009. Hopefully, the media could strengthen mutual understanding and friendship through exchanges and cooperation and contribute to building a harmonious world, he said. He said he expected more foreign media leaders and reporters to visit China and introduce China to the world with true, accurate, comprehensive and objective reports. The World Media Summit ending on Saturday was launched by Xinhua News Agency and another eight world media organizations. About 300 representatives from more than 170 media outlets from around the globe gathered to discuss how to develop the industry amid challenges from the economic crisis and new technologies.
BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- China vows to strengthen the prevention and control of the A/H1N1 flu virus in the run-up to the National Day celebrations, amid fears that the situation will worsen through autumn. According to a statement released after a meeting held by the State Council here Monday, schools are currently the key places in the country's fight against the virus and classes should be suspended "properly" to avoid mass infection when an outbreak occurs. "Currently the global epidemic situation is getting worse. As autumn comes, the number of domestic cases in China is also on the rise... The prevention and control work faces fresh obstacles," said the statement. Primary and secondary schools in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, remained closed Monday in the wake of a recent outbreak of 43 A/H1N1 influenza cases. Similar outbreaks have also been reported at schools in other regions, including the provinces of Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Anhui and Hainan, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The State Council urged railway and aviation departments to improve their emergency plan against possible epidemic outbreak in crowded situations. According to the statement, medical staff, technical equipment and materials should be ready at any moment in case of an emergency -- especially around the National Day, which falls on Oct. 1. In addition, the State Council urged medical companies to stock vaccine and other medicines and ensure vaccine safety for human use. The meeting was presided over by premier Wen Jiabao. By last Friday night, 4,415 cases of A/H1N1 flu had been reported on the Chinese mainland, of which 3,577 have recovered. There have been no deaths from A/H1N1 in main land China.
BEIJING, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-two types of new weapon systems developed with China's own technologies, including airborne early warning and control (AEWC) aircraft, will be showcased at the military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China. Further cutting-edge weaponry would include sophisticated radar, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and satellite communication devices of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), Lieutenant General Fang Fenghui, general director of the parade, told Xinhua Wednesday. The Oct. 1 parade would also show personnel and equipment from the navy, air force and China's ballistic missile corps, Fang said. Fang did not identify the specific models of the weapon systems but said all of the weapons are tagged: "Made in China". "They (the weapon systems) embody the ongoing transformation of the PLA from a labor-intensive force to technology-intensive might be capable of joint operations in modern warfare," said Fang, who is also commander of the PLA's Beijing Military Area Command. "The weapon systems to be shown in the parade also showcase the ability of the PLA to carry out diverse military missions," he said. There will be 56 regiments on the ground and in the air during the parade, symbolizing the country's 56 ethnic groups marching along the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics in solidarity, Fang said. Fourteen of the regiments will march through Chang'an Avenue on foot, 30 in wheeled transport and 12 will take to the air. All the troops in the parade will be dressed in PLA 07-type uniforms and most of them are from generations born in the 1980s and 1990s. Compared with the previous military parade on National Day 10 years ago, this one would have less troops and equipment but increased high-tech weaponry and special force units, Fang said.
BEIJING, Oct.3 (Xinhua) -- The luminous full moon is always faithful to be there when Mid-Autumn Day falls, but Chinese people are going beyond their home and tradition to observe the festival that boasts a history of thousands of years. Wang Jiayue, 26, celebrated the festival Saturday with her family at a lakeside resort that was 70 kilometers away from her home in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. The luminous full moon shines at night when all Chinese around the globe celebrate their traditional Mid-Autumn Day which falls on October 3 this year."We ate moon cakes while drifting on the tranquil lake glistening with the silver moonlight. That was a perfect place to enjoy the moon," she said. Traditionally, Mid-Autumn Day, as a festival for family reunion like the Spring Festival, is always observed at home, eating moon cakes, but in recent years, creative young people are going to various places in a hope to make the holiday a poetic, romantic and more joyous occasion, partly thanks to the government's decision to make the festival a public holiday. Tourists dance with local people of the Miao ethnic group at Goutan Village in Rongshui County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 3, 2009. Plentiful tourism items in many scenic spots around China attracted many tourists from at home and abroad during the National Day holidayMore than 10,000 travelers Saturday gathered at Tianshan Grand Canyon, 40 km from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where they rode horses by the canyon's serene Swan Lake in the day and climbed onto the mountain to gain a closer view of the bright moon at night. "I enjoyed very much the day when we looked at the golden grassland surrounded by numerous mountains, and it seemed that we were also having a day of the idyllic life of local Kazkhstan herdsmen," said Wang Jianfeng, a tourist. "And it is so peaceful sitting here to wait for the night to fall and the moon to shine," he added. Visitors take photographs in front of a large-sized flower pot on the Tian'anmen Square in central Beijing, capital of China, on Oct. 3, 2009. Visitors from across the country took a tour here on Saturday during the National Day holidays, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.Many people in east Fujian Province chose to spend the day in Taiwan. Xiamen Travel Agency in Xiamen City alone organized more than 50 tourist groups to Taiwan for the holiday. In Fuzhou, the provincial capital, about 40 percent of the group tours were Taiwan-bounded. The Sun and Moon Lake in Taiwan was a good place to enjoy the full moon, said Jia Ronglin, general manager of Fujian Tourism Company. Tourists are seen on the Huaguoshan Hill, a famous scenic area in Lianyungang, a city in east China's Jiangsu Province, Oct. 3, 2009. Plentiful tourism items in many scenic spots around China attracted many tourists from at home and abroad during the National Day holiday.EAT, OR NOT TO EAT Young people are showing little appetite to moon cakes, a must on the Mid-Autumn Day menu. To cater to this group of picky consumers, bakeries, have in recent years introduced diversified-flavor, and usually expensive, moon cakes. "Actually few young people like moon cakes, but, anyhow, we have to have some as it is a day for that," said Zhang Chao, a young man in Hohhot, capital of northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. He was buying moon cakes at a supermarket. "So, I prefer small moon cakes. Larger ones or those with delicate packing are too much for me," says Zhang. For some, they would rather give uneatable "cakes" to their friends. E-moon cakes are becoming popular among Chinese Internet users. "Such a moon cake carries as much affection as the traditional edible cakes to my friends, as I have made it with my own hand," said Wang Yue, a student at Shandong University in east China's Jinan City. An e-moon cake also requires a process of stuffing, baking and packing, but those are done with clicks of the mouse. There are still people, however, who keep their faith to the traditional flavor of the festival food. Every day since mid September, Li Shifu has been seeing long queues in front of his bakery in Hohhot. People queued to wait for Li's moon cakes, which they said were simple but delicious. Li, his wife and three employees have been busy making moon cakes for more than half a month, and sometimes they can not rest until midnight.