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Stricter rules but China still welcomes foreigners 2012-05-24 20:52:21 China Foreigners worry that China is becoming less friendly towards them after Beijing police recently announced a one-hundred-day campaign to curb the illegal entry, residence and employment of foreign nationals. However, the campaign should be no threat to foreigners legally residing in the country. The campaign, which will run until the end of August, will include household checks in Wangjing, Sanlitun and Wudaokou, areas of the city known for high concentrations of foreign residents, as well as on-the-spot street checks that will require foreigners to present valid identification. Curbing illegal entry, residence and employment is, in fact, an international issue, which has bothered many developed countries for years. Illegal entry, stay and work of foreigners in China not only poses difficulties for social management, but more importantly can lead to increased criminal activity, says Prof. Xiang Dang with Chinese People's Public Security University. The announcement of the police campaign came after a video of a drunken British tourist allegedly assaulting a girl in Beijing was uploaded onto the Internet. Another online video of a Russian cellist putting his feet on the seat of a woman passenger in front of him and verbally abusing her has also recently caused outrage. Chinese working and staying overseas are required to observe the local laws and regulations. Equally, China expects foreigners residing here to respect and obey Chinese laws and regulations. With rapid economic growth over three decades, the country is attracting an ever-increasing number of foreigners coming to work and stay. Stricter rules don't mean that China's openness and inclusiveness to foreigners are changing, but mean better management. A draft law on China's exit and entry administration is in the process of deliberation by China's legislature. A new visa category titled "talent introduction" has been added to the draft law. Officials said that China will make greater efforts to resolve issues related to overseas talents' visas and residency permits this year.Meanwhile, China will bolster favorable treatment for them with advantageous policies in social insurance, taxation, medical services, their children's education and academic funding. Related News:
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Global Times May 20, 2012 20:30 Beijing Beijing announced last week that it was about to crackdown on illegal foreigners, and released the official image for the campaign, a giant all-crushing fist. The authorities claim they're looking for "three illegals," those without legal residency, work, or visas. All expats in the capital have scurried home to make sure their papers are up to date, and the foreign community is decidedly upset, confused and angry about the situation. Could there have been a better way to deal with immigration? Chinese citizens abroad are probably not stopped by the police and asked to produce their papers every five minutes. Is it more a case here that China's restrictions and legislation are too confusing? That confusion has only been added to by the Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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British tourist sex attack scandal
Global Times May 21, 2012 21:40 Beijing A front page of Metro Beijing. The story "Brit beaten after alleged sex attack" appeared on May 11 in Metro Beijing's front page. A video which emerged online depicting a foreigner allegedly sexually molesting a young Chinese girl and being beaten by vigilantes has become one of the hottest topics of the year so far. A wave of nationalism and hatred for foreigners has been stirred up in its wake, and foreigners have now become a much commented topic online. The three-minute video recorded by a passerby went viral on the Internet on May 9. It appeared to show a man molesting a Chinese woman by the side of a public road; the man then appears to be violently attacked by angry locals, who continue to beat him on the ground. He is left in the middle of the street as the police arrive. Police confirmed that a British tourist was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault on Xuanwumenwai Dajie on May 8. The British embassy has offered support, but much is going on behind closed doors. The Beijing police have refused to reveal more information in subsequent phone calls. The more I look back on this story, the more I see how much hurt it has created, not just to those involved, but to everyone around it too. I was stunned when I saw the video of the girl, half naked and crying, shouting "I don't know this guy," while a foreign man was standing between her legs. In the background, all the cars honking with their headlights turned right up, were a nasty indication that this was a busy public road. My first reaction was not a particularly journalistic one, there was an urge to join the mob and shout, "how dare you treat a woman like this!" and to shower praise on the gang that beat a foreigner senseless. But I knew that I needed to find out what really happened first. The video was particularly poorly edited and grainy, and there was a lot of Internet speculation as to whether the girl had been "offering her services," and was out for money. I was fed up with the speculation and the questions like "was it rape or seduction?" And I have to say, I was also annoyed at the general indication that all Chinese women would throw themselves at a foreign man for money or otherwise. It's always difficult to dig out the truth behind some of these viral videos and "Internet sensations," and it's not going to happen sitting in an office chair. After watching the video, I headed over to Xuanwumen to poke around and see if anybody knew anything. After asking around 10 local businesses, each of whom passed me on to the next, I was directed to a local hair salon, where a couple of the witnesses I sought were sitting outside. They told me to "get lost" and "stop asking questions." They had been warned by the police not to speak about the incident because of the investigation. They told me they felt victimized for doing the right thing. Their attitude was proven to be unfounded, when the police announcement later that day stated that the vigilantes had "stopped a crime and helped to apprehend a suspect." Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security It's a fact of life in a city of 20 million people that nothing can go unobserved. But none of the waitresses at a 24-hour snackbooth knew anything about the situation, despite my graphic descriptions. It was in the parking lot outside the hair salon that I bumped into a key witness. A car park assistant was being interrogated by his boss. The boss wanted to know exactly what his employee had told the police, in fear that his property management company's name would be dragged through the mud. I intervened along with another car park assistant to try and offer some moral support. Once the boss had left, we had a quiet chat in the car park. Bao Lai was the assistant's name, a 24-year-old, from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Looking at Bao, around 165-centimeters-tall, I found it hard to believe he would have stood up to the much taller foreign man. Bao was the first on scene in the video, attempting to pull the unidentified British man away from the girl. Rolling up his trouser leg, he showed me the bruise he gained from a swift reactionary kick. I pitched the idea to Bao that the entire situation and the video could have been a set up; a way of stirring up anti-foreign feeling, or just a way for the young woman to extort money. Bao hadn't even seen the video, and gave me a puzzled look. In the taxi on the way back to the office, I managed to get in touch with a microblog user named Xiao Lei, who was claiming that he had witnessed the foreigner "sexually assaulting" women on the subway. Xiao said that the man would thrust himself lewdly at the women, and then ask each girl "was it OK?" after performing an indecent act. "Now I am being accused of not reporting him to the police earlier. I feel very guilty," added Xiao melodramatically. "But what could I do if no victim called out for help?" I saw in the Beijing Times that a local man was accused of harassing women in subway on May 19, and was immediately given detention for 20 days. It seems a stark contrast to how the incident in our story was treated. But then there's no need to stir up any controversy over that. The video was posted as a "laowai trying to rape a Chinese girl in public, let's remember his face and beat him every time we see him." The can of worms of Chinese Internet nationalism and hatred for foreigners was officially open. Some web users called for investigations into foreigners and their visa status. The next week a campaign was kicked off, to clamp down on the "three illegal foreigners," including those working on inappropriate visas, but Beijing police told the Global Times that there was no connection between the two events. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Master arrested for raping and extorting netizen 08:37:29 Beijing The Haidian Procuratorate of Beijing recently permitted the arrest of a man, surnamed Lin, for committing rape. 29-year-old Lin, a master graduated from an Inner Mongolia college, disputed with his wife oneday in 2011. He then chatted online and in the middle of September he asked a 21-year-old netizen,surnamed Jiang, to sex with him with 3,000 yuan payment. On their date day, Lin asked about Jiang's clothing and character in order to meet her in a hotel near by the Hangtian Bridge in Haidian District. But later Lin pretended to be a police officer to stop Jiang outside the hotel. Lin took Jiang into a hotel room for more investigation after claiming that Jiang was suspected prostitution and her nitizen, Lin ,was arrested by him for drug trafficking. Lin then force Jiang to sex with him and pay him money by pretending to help her out of trouble. Lin called Jiang in March 2012 again for the same reason but this time Jiang reported the case to the police. Lin was arrested by the police at their pre-agreed hotel soon after. 08:37:29 千龙网 子发生口角后心情不好,在 QQ 上化名"陈晨"找网友聊天,认识了 21 岁的被害人姜某。2011 年 9 月中旬,林某提出想和姜 Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Gambler gets death for murdering children 2012-05-18 12:08:01 Xicheng District, Beijing A gambling addict received the death penalty Thursday for murdering two kids in Beijing last year. The Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People's Court also stripped Wen Quan, 43, of his political rights for life and ordered him to hand over 1.4 million yuan (221,293 U.S. dollars) in compensation to the victims' families. The court found that Wen kidnapped a five-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl from his community in Xicheng district on May 21, 2011. He suffocated them to death on separate occasions and dumped their bodies. The jobless Wen confessed that he was angry after loosing 2 million yuan of his life-savings through gambling online. He was envious of his neighbors as he considered their lives better than his, and decided to murder the two children next door before killing his own son and committing suicide. He said that on the day of the murder he gambled online again but lost another 300,000 yuan. He killed the two children as he planned, but did not have the heart to kill his own son, he said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 24, 2012 00:05 Daxing District, Beijing Police have arrested a man who confessed to having sexually assaulted 15 women in elevators in Daxing district. So far, only two of the victims have come forward, and police have appealed for the others to aid their investigation. The suspect, a 22-year-old property salesman surnamed Li, was detained for indecency last week after allegedly molesting a woman, surnamed Zhang. Officers had been watching out for him since May 10, said a publicity officer surnamed Luo, from Daxing district public department. Li confessed he had molested 15 women during the past two months in the elevators at three different residential communities while wearing the same white shirt, said police. "A woman reported being pushed to the floor of an elevator around 8:30 pm on May 10 by a man wearing a white shirt, and fortunately this incident was caught on camera," said Luo. According to the surveillance video seen on a Beijing Television news program, a man is seen following a woman into an elevator on May 10. Suddenly he grabs her, kissing her on the mouth, and wrestles her to the ground. As the elevator doors open, he exits, then returns, kissing the woman again. In a second clip, filmed on May 17 at 9 pm, the same man touches another young woman on the breast, before rushing out of the elevator. Li allegedly told police that he first wanted to "take out his resentment" after having had a big fight with his girlfriend two months ago, and he became "addicted to the excitement." He harassed women in the residential compounds he was familiar with due to his job in the property business. Local residents in the community have been calling the police station appealing for Li to be severely punished out of outrage or panic, said an officer, surnamed Yin, from Qingyuan Lu Police Station, Daxing district. "It's scary knowing there's an elevator pervert in the neighborhood, and I'm glad he's in detention now," said Yu Miaomiao, a resident of Daxing district. "Now and then you hear of sex harassment cases, and it's a wake-up call to be careful. But later on, we often forget that," said Yang Ying, a resident in the Yizhuang area of Daxing district. Li said he had targeted young women with long hair walking alone at night in comparatively revealing clothing, who he found "most attractive," said Luo. "Many female victims choose to stay silent after a sexual attack, which could affect the investigation and the sentence he gets," said Luo. On the same day Li was arrested in Daxing, a 44-year-old man was detained for allegedly sexually harassing a young woman on a subway train at Dawanglu Station, Chaoyang district, while Fangshan court opened a trial of a teacher accused of sexually attacking three female students at a summer camp. Liu Wenyi, a lawyer from Beijing Kangda Law Firm, said some women could have trust issues with revealing the details of sexual harassment, even to the authorities. "It's happened before that the victims were identified in the press against their will, which caused them trouble, even before the suspect was sentenced," said Liu. "As to this specific case, I see no reason why the suspect wouldn't face the highest penalty for indecency, up to five years imprisonment," said Liu. Wang Xingjuan, founder of Beijing-based NGO Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center, said that almost none of the women calling in over the past few years that had suffered a sex attack eventually chose to report the incident to police. "We always encourage them to do so, but we totally understand how much pressure they are under to stay silent, as it's often considered a shame of the woman instead of a crime committed by a man, even within the victim's family," said Wang. "The system for dealing with sex crimes is not so sensitive, and women often suffer again from telling the details to male police officers, which can cause further mental trauma," said Wang. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Robber caught by passersby 08:29:42 Changping District, Beijing On the evening of April 19 at around 20:00, a woman named Xiaozhao was suddenly attacked and robbed of her packsack by a man whlist walking along a park in Shaihe County,Changping District, Beijing. Two passersby heard Xiaozhao's crying out for help and chased after the robber. The two good samaritans finally caught the suspect,surnamed Zhang. The local Procuratorate was recently permitted the arrest of Zhang. 男子夜劫单身女 路人见义勇为擒凶
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据了解,今年 4 月 19 日晚 8 点左右,单身女子小赵走到昌平沙河镇的沙河火车站铁路公园时,一名男子迎面从她身边走 Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Shanghaidailynet2012-5-24 Shanghai SHANGHAI police have busted the city's biggest counterfeit diploma and certificate ring, with 197 suspects caught, officials said yesterday. From disability certificates to health certificates, from identification cards to residence booklets, hundreds of kinds of fake certificates were manufactured by the suspects, police said. They added that most could be tailored in one day. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Shanghaidailynet 2012-5-23 Shanghai A man who pretended to be a Singaporean businessman and was charged with defrauding two local car sales companies out of 9.15 million yuan (US$144,275) faced trial yesterday in the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court. Prosecutors said Wu Changsheng, 44, claimed he was a shareholder of Shanghai Xinzong car sales company, which sells luxury second-hand cars. He obtained three Land Rover sports cars worth 6.6 million yuan from an investor of the Shanghai branch of Taiwan-based Chuan Kuo Motor International Co surnamed Qiu last October 14. Wu then pretended to be a shareholder of the Taiwan company and sold the three Land Rovers on consignment to Xinzong, the court heard. Wu got 1.78 million yuan payment after a client bought one of the three Land Rovers. He used the money to offset his payment for a red Ferrari he had bought at Xinzong. Wu traded the red Ferrari and a Land Rover for a yellow Ferrari and 200,000 yuan with a man, surnamed Shen, the court heard. In court, Wu admitted only to using a Land Rover to trade for a yellow Ferrari but denied all other accusations. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 23, 2012 23:00 Shanghai A group of four male military enthusiasts, who purchased 10 replica guns were sentenced to jail with reprieves, after being found guilty of illegally possessing firearms, Pudong New Area People's Court said Wednesday. The first of the men to buy the guns, a man surnamed Tang, purchased an M4 army rifle, an M1911 pistol and a Glock pistol, after finding them online two years ago. After seeing Tang's collection, three of his friends were interested in buying their own. They asked Tang to help them purchase seven. Last year, however, local police somehow caught them with the guns, after being tipped off. No further details on the case were released Wednesday. In court, the men argued that they had not violated China's zero-tolerance firearm laws because the guns bought were not real, adding that they were only purchased as collection pieces. But, police said that people can be injured if the guns are shot, especially if targets are at close range. The guns purchased are capable of shooting 6 mm plastic bullets with compressed gas. The court's judge Shi Yaohui said that since the replicas were capable of causing real harm, they should be treated as weapons. He sentenced Tang to three years in jail, but gave him a five-year reprieve. The others were given a year and a half behind bars, with reprieves over the same period. The reason for the reprieves was not disclosed Wednesday. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 23, 2012 23:00 Baoshan district, Shanghai Local police were still searching last night for a male suspect, who fled an Internet café after stabbing an employee who had tried to stop the man from downloading software to play porn. The employee, a 25-year-old surnamed Shi from Jiangsu Province, was still in hospital Wednesday, recovering from the multiple stab wounds to his arm and midsection. Changhai Hospital doctors said that Shi suffered serious cuts, but is expected to make a full recovery. The incident occurred at a t café on Tongnan Road around 3:30 am Wednesday. After Shi told the suspect not to download the software, the man became very agitated, Shi told police. Before Shi knew it, the customer was attacking him with a knife, stabbing him multiple times in the arm and midsection before running out of the café. "It didn't occur to me that he would stab me over such a trivial matter," Shi told local media Wednesday. Police said Wednesday that they had identified the suspect, whose details were not released, and were working to locate his whereabouts. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-23 08:44 Southwest China's Yunnan Province FOUR human traffickers were taken to the court yesterday for abducting 14 women and one child from southwest China's Yunnan Province and selling them at low prices to people who wanted a wife in Shanghai's neighboring Jiangsu Province. Three of the four were caught at a hotel near Shanghai South Railway Station where they sold a woman for 6,000 yuan (US$950) and planned to sell two others to the fourth suspect, the Xuhui District People's Court heard. Prosecutors said Huang Debin, Liu Taozi and Chen Kaixiang abducted women from Fuyuan County in Yunnan Province between February 2008 and last June. They trafficked 13 of them to the city of Suqian in north Jiangsu Province and sold them to villagers there for 2,200 yuan to 22,000 yuan. The fourth suspect, Du Zhaoliang, 50, acted as a middleman. He introduced villagers - who were old bachelors, divorced, or too poor to marry a wife - to buy the women, and got commissions from the trio, the court heard. All four pleaded guilty in court but blamed each other in efforts to avoid stiff punishment. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily2012-05-22 08:28 Shanghai SHANGHAI police arrested a man who upset many parents by posting online rumors about the supposed violent death of a three-year-old girl. The 39-year-old man surnamed Xie was caught in the city of Changxing Island on Thursday and punished with a five-day administrative detention for disturbing public order, officials said. Police said Xie wrote on a well-known online forum last Tuesday that the body of a three-year-old girl on Changxing Island had been found with her kidneys removed. The posting frightened many parents on the island, some of whom called police. Police warned people not to post false information online or they may face legal consequences. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-22 08:27 Shanghai SEVERAL local commuters have been scammed by a taxi company that turned out to be fictional. City taxi watchdogs said they have received three reports of thefts by "Jinhui Taxi," but they suspect there are many more victims. The scam is not uncommon and is perpetrated by black-market cabs using fake names but appearing similar to legal cabs. Passengers have been robbed of money, public transportation cards and even cell phones. Officials said they were still looking for the drivers. "They catch every opportunity they can to pull a scam," said Chen Zhaohui, who is an officials with the city's traffic law enforcement team. Chen said the illegal cabbies, using "cloned" taxis that look very similar to real ones, usually are difficult to trace and then to seize. A rider, surnamed Lin, took a Jinhui Taxi trip on May 13 in the Pudong New Area. Lin's public transportation card was switched as he was paying the fare. Lin's card was loaded with more than 900 yuan (US$142). Another rider, surnamed Gao, also saw her transportation card switched in April on a taxi that used the name Jinhui. Traffic police estimated there are about 5,000 illegal and cloned taxis on city roads and 50,000 legal ones. Authorities said licensed taxis by year's end will have electronic tags for instant identification. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 21, 2012 22:30 Shanghai The young ringleader of a group of 12 people, who helped him scam nearly 3 million yuan ($474,000) off an e-banking scheme in the span of a year, has been sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison and fined 350,000 yuan, Zhabei District People's Court said Monday. Zhu Kaihua, born in the 1990s, a native of Jiangxi Province, came up with the fraudulent plan two years ago, when he spent most of his time hanging out at local Internet cafés. He found several people online, four of whom worked at three major Chinese banks, and bought bank account holders' personal information from them. He used the information with a friend, who he had also met online, to break into individual bank accounts, using the personal information, which included phone numbers and birth dates, to guess banking passwords. The method saw a 20-percent success rate. The pair funneled money through less-obvious means to avoid alarming bank account holders; they cooperated with dealers on China's largest online retailer, which includes a platform for people to pay their utility bills online. The dealers were paid off to complete illegal transfers, which shuffled funds to the pair without notifying individuals of the transactions. Local police finally caught Zhu last year, after receiving reports from people complaining that money had gone missing from their accounts. Penalties for the four bank employees were not disclosed Monday, while the others involved in the fraud received one to four years in jail. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security South Korean man killed in knife attack in Shanghai 2012-05-18 21:12:54 South Korea A South Korean man was killed Friday in a knife attack over a dispute at a clothing wholesale market in Shanghai, local police said. The attack occurred at about 4 p.m. in the Qipulu clothing wholesale market in Zhabei district, the district public security bureau said in a statement. After arriving at the scene, police immediately sent the injured man to a hospital for emergency treatment, which failed nevertheless. The suspect was arrested at the scene. An initial investigation showed that the killing arose from a dispute. A further investigation is under way. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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( China Daily)Updated: 2012-05-24 07:16 Yuyao, Zhejiang province A young couple believed to have buried an elderly woman alive after knocking her down last month while drunken driving have been placed in criminal detention. "It's certain the woman was not dead when buried," a publicity officer from Yuyao public security bureau, who only gave his surname Zhou, told China Daily on Wednesday. "Legal medical experts detected particles identical to those in the surrounding soil in her lungs, which indicates she was still breathing," he said. But police have not formed a definite conclusion on the case, according to Zhou. "Preliminary judgment of the cause of death is brain injury by the impact from the car and asphyxia," he said. Police in Yuyao, Zhejiang province, received a report from construction workers about a car without license plates abandoned in a remote construction site on May 1. Officers found cracks on the windshield of the car. Police received another report the next day from the same people that a body was buried in the mud nearby. They later found the corpse of an elderly woman 300 meters from where the car had been discarded. Judging from the windshield and a bloodstain on the backseat of the car, as well as marks on the body, the police believe the woman might have been buried after being hit by the car on the morning of April 30. "A witness said he heard someone crying and saw an elderly woman lying on the ground near a Santana. A man and a woman got out and put the elderly woman in the car, saying they would send her to hospital," said a policeman surnamed Song, from the criminal investigation brigade of the Yuyao public security bureau, who is handling the case. The woman, surnamed Fang, was a 68-year-old native of Anhui province. The young man and woman, both 25, were captured in Liupanshui city of Guizhou province on May 9. Police believe the couple had been in a karaoke bar all night before the accident. They believe the couple worried about criminal liability because of drunken driving and causing the accident, and may have found the elderly woman was no longer groaning and breathing on their way to hospital, said Song. Shen Ning, a criminal lawyer from Shanghai Watson and Band Law Firm, said it could be considered intentional homicide if the woman was alive when buried. "The approximate time of death and even the conditions at the site can be restored by forensic science," Shen said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security 482 suspects seized in transnational telecom fraud 2012-05-24 17:20:10 China A total of 482 people suspected of being involved in a major transnational telecom scam were seized by law enforcement officials from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Wednesday with the help of police in six countries. Of the suspects, 177 were from the Chinese mainland and 286 were from Taiwan, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday. The other 19 suspects are from Thailand and Myanmar. They are suspected of having stolen more than 73 million yuan (11.5 million U.S. dollars) in 510 cases of telecom fraud, all of which occurred in the Chinese mainland, the ministry said. These suspects spread throughout the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, as well as six other countries -- Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Fiji -- and established money-laundering dens in Taiwan and Thailand, it said. One-hundred-twenty-six suspects from the Chinese mainland were escorted from Thailand and Malaysia to Beijing on Thursday, and they will be interrogated further, according to the ministry. Moreover, 262 of the total 286 Taiwanese suspects have been escorted back to Taiwan. The ministry launched the investigation in November 2011, and invited police from Taiwan to work out effective solutions. Early this May, the ministry sent six groups composed of 70 Chinese police officers to the six countries to further investigate. The group was busted on Wednesday with the help of law enforcement agencies in those six countries, the ministry said. "The group mainly squeezed money from individuals or companies by calling them in the name of police or procuratorate staff and threatening to accuse them of money-laundering crimes," said Liu Ancheng, deputy director of the ministry's Criminal Investigation Bureau. They asked the victims to transfer money into the group's accounts and then told their accomplices in Taiwan and Thailand to withdraw the money from local ATMs, said Liu. Liu noted that the Taiwanese suspects comprised the majority of the group, distinguishing this from most cases that occur in the mainland. "Ringleaders from Taiwan were deterred by mainland police's stern crackdown on telecom scams, so they recruited locals in Taiwan to commit this crime," Liu said. The ministry said it regards the coordinated crackdown on the telecom scam as a new paradigm of transnational police cooperation, adding that China's law enforcement departments are always confident in, and capable of, safeguarding the security of people's property. Related News:
Mainland, Taiwan police bust transnational telecom fraud group 2012-05-24 09:12:00 China Police of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan on Wednesday busted a major transnational telecom fraud group with the help of police in six foreign countries, sources said Thursday. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Shanghai Daily, May 24, 2012 Seoul, South Korean A Chinese man who threw four Molotov cocktails at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in January has been jailed for 10 months by a South Korean court, the People's Daily reported yesterday. Liu Qiang, 36, a native of south China's Guangdong Province, said his grandmother was a South Korean who was forced to be a "comfort woman" by Japanese troops during World War II. Seoul Central District Court said a psychological assessment found Liu had slight mental problems, was easily irritated and prone to exaggeration. Although his problem was not severe, it had impaired his judgment. However, Liu denied he had mental issues. Liu, whose grandfather died during the war, was said to be angry because Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had said Japan "doesn't need to take responsibility for the issue," and South Korea hadn't insisted that Japan apologize. South Korean prosecutors had called for a four-year jail term. No one was hurt in the January 8 incident and Liu was caught at the scene. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times 2012-05-23 09:27:27(Beijing Time) Lishui County, Zhejiang Province A deputy chief of Yunhe county in Lishui, Zhejiang Province, was rescued Tuesday evening some nine hours after she was abducted. According to local media in Zhejiang, the county's deputy chief, surnamed Li, was abducted while on her way to work. The suspect, a local villager surnamed Zhang, was injured by the SWAT team during the rescue. Zhang, who had recently been released from prison, is being treated at the Yunhe County People's Hospital. The case is still under Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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China Daily, May 23, 2012 Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province The former chairman of a State-owned food enterprise was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for a massive graft case involving more than 370 million yuan (US$58.5 million). Ying Guoquan, who had been found guilty of graft, embezzlement, illegal distribution of State assets and taking bribes, was sentenced by a court in Zhejiang province on Tuesday. A death sentence with a two-year reprieve is usually reduced to life in prison if the convict behaves well when serving the term. Another 15 former senior executives of the enterprise, Wenzhou Cailanzi Group, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three to 13 years. "The corruption case involving the group is the most serious of its kind in the province, and many people involved were county-level officials," said Dong Zhongbo, a publicity officer at the Wenzhou Intermediate People's Court. The group, founded in 1998, is Wenzhou's largest enterprise for food production and processing, supplying 99 percent of the pork and 98 percent of the vegetables in the city. It is the only manufacturer of soybean products in Wenzhou, according to the group's website. Ying, 58, established another company named Wenzhou Cailanzi Development Co in 2003 with 80 percent of the shares owned by individuals. Ying's son Ying Feihang was a large shareholder. The court heard that Yang used the new company to misappropriate State assets and illegally transferred State assets to the company, which was under his control. Ying was also convicted of illegal distribution of State assets because he made false reports about the number of workers at the group and the total wages during 1998 and 2007. Most of the defrauded money, nearly 12 million yuan, was distributed to senior executives. The son, Ying Feihang, who was executive deputy general manager of Wenzhou Cailanzi Development Co, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of embezzlement. The investigation into Ying and the other executives was opened at the end of 2010 when authorities scrutinized the operation and management of the group, a worker at the group told China Daily over the phone on Tuesday. He declined to give his name. The case is one of a string of corruption cases in which senior executives in State-owned enterprises were prosecuted in recent years. Shen Wei, an accountant at Wenzhou Longfa Transport Co, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in November after being found to have embezzled public funds of up to 13 million yuan during two years of employment. Wang Guanchao, former board chairman of Beijing Sanjiu Automotive Industrial Co, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in July. He was convicted of embezzling more than 26 million yuan in State assets, and misappropriating 4 million yuan for his personal business. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Team sent to investigate missing children's case 2012-05-23 17:15:01 Southwest China's Yunnan Province The Ministry of Public Security has sent an inspection team to Yunnan Province to supervise and reinforce the investigation of a case concerning at least seven missing teenagers, the ministry said Wednesday. The ministry sent a special group of criminologists to look into the case earlier this month, after media reported that seven or eight teenagers had gone missing over the years near the village of Nanmen in Jincheng Township, Jinning County, which lies under the jurisdiction of the provincial capital Kunming. Among the missing youngsters, a 19-year-old boy, identified as Han Yao, has been confirmed murdered. Local police also launched an investigation and detained on May 9 a middle-aged man named Zhang Yongming, in whose home the dead boy's telephone card, bank card and other cards were found. Zhang, 56, is currently under interrogation. Families of the missing youngsters suspect that they were likely to have been forced to work in illegal brick kilns. The ministry has urged the team to resolve the case as fast as possible. Jinning county authorities have decided to remove the county's police chief Da Qiming from his position following the case, sources with the provincial authorities said Wednesday. Another official Zhao Huiyun, head of the Jincheng Township police station, will also be dismissed, according to the sources. Their removal is being handled according to procedures. Related News:
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Global Times May 22, 2012 01:20 Southwest China's Yunnan Province The number of missing people in Southwest China's Yunnan Province now stands at 17, reported the Shanghai-based newspaper Oriental Morning Post Monday. According to the news report, the Ministry of Public Security several days ago sent some crime investigators in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. Local police launched an investigation after media reports earlier this month detailing eight teenagers who have gone missing in recent years near Nanmen village in Jincheng township which is part of Kunming. The newspaper's report has not been confirmed by local authorities. The Kunming public security bureau declined to provide any additional information about the newspaper report or their investigation. "We will update the public as soon as the investigation is complete," an official from the bureau told the Global Times Monday. The families of missing people say that during their hunt for their relatives, they discovered that 17 people have gone missing in Jincheng, with the eldest said to be around 80 years old, according to the newspaper. "It's too early to draw any conclusion. Police will check the true number of the missing," an official from the publicity department of Jincheng township government who declined to be named, said in an interview with the Global Times Monday. The Oriental Morning Post reported that although all the families claimed they had reported a loved one that had gone missing to local police, none could provide copies of the police report on their case. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security The police announced on May 9 that Zhang Yongming, 56, had been arrested in connection with the disappearance of at least seven teenagers and the murder of one of them. Han Yao, 19, who lived in a village near Nanmen, was found murdered and his telephone card, bank card and other cards were discovered at Zhang's home in Nanmen. Zhang had been sentenced to life imprisonment in 1978 for murder, but was released in 1997, said local police. Local police confirmed that eight young men have been reported missing in the township since 2007, six of whom disappeared over the past 15 months. Lü Enxiang, a lawyer from Beijing-based Chang'an Law Firm, told the Global Times Monday that local police would likely not have investigated the cases if the media had not reported it first. "Local police should be blamed for neglecting their duties. Several people were missing in that area, but they neither put the cases on the record nor took measures to improve the security situation," he said. 云南晋宁连续失踪人数已达 17 人 公安部介入 2012 年 05 月 21 日 06:39 东方网 4 月 25 日,19 岁的韩耀在晋城镇南门村鑫云冷库附近失踪。家属在失踪区域寻找时,竟然发现附近已先后有 8 名青少年 19 岁韩耀遇害 警方锁定嫌疑人 名犯罪嫌疑人。 Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 22, 2012 01:35 Yunnan Province A friend of Zhao Dengyong, the man Yunnan police say deliberately set off an explosion that killed four people, said he witnessed a middle-aged man give Zhao money and knapsack that likely contained the bomb. Lin Guocai told the Guangzhou-based newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily he believes Zhao was duped into carrying the bomb that was then remotely detonated when he reached the intended target . The explosion occurred May 10 and police have labeled Zhao as the intentional bomber who took his own life and three others. Sixteen people were injured in the blast, several of them seriously. The explosion happened at a community hall where local people were signing compensation agreements for the demolition of their homes in Baihetan township of Qiaojia countyVideo footage shows that at 8:59 am, Zhao wandered into the yard of the community hall wearing a knapsack. Five minutes later, Zhao was seen entering the building shortly before the explosion. Following the explosion, local police announced that Zhao was the bomber and he was intent on "taking revenge on society" even though his home was not being Zhao's family has never believed the police's portrayal of Zhao as someone who was intent on committing murder. "My younger brother brought the bomb to the office without knowing anything about it. He was certainly used by others," Zhao Dengji told the Global Times yesterday. "My brother did not have a knapsack. We hope the whole picture of the accident can be made clear as soon as possible." Villagers in Qiaojia said there have been many disputes over compensation for land deals. "According to the video, the conclusion the local police have reached is suspicious," Cheng Lei, a law expert with the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times after the video was described to him. Zhao Dengji said local police have repeatedly told him the case is still under investigation. "Police told me to prepare a funeral for my brother, but we have no money to do that. My brother has a one-year-old baby. How the child will be raised has not been settled," he said. Calls to Lin Guocai and Wen Qicong, a vice magistrate of the county, as well as the local public security bureau yesterday went A rumor has been spreading that suggests local authorities gave the family of a mother and child who were killed just 30,000 yuan ($4,743) in compensation to cover funeral expenses. The family of a government official who was killed in the blast is likely to receive 1.6 million yuan in compensation, a Tencent microblogger named "xinwenge" said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Death-sentenced businesswoman receives lighter penalty following heated debates 2012-05-21 17:51:50 China A Chinese court on Monday imposed a lighter penalty on Wu Ying, who has been convicted of financial fraud, after her initial death sentence sparked heated debates over China's fund-raising system and calls for using capital punishment prudently. Following a retrial, the Higher People's Court (HPC) of east China's Zhejiang Province sentenced the 31-year-old businesswoman to death with a two-year reprieve. The court's final judgement also ordered that all Wu's personal property be confiscated and that she be stripped of her political rights for life. Zhejiang HPC said the verdict was delivered after the court considered that Wu had confessed to her crimes and voluntarily disclosed that she had offered bribes to multiple government workers, three of whom were charged after the briberies were In December 2009, Wu, the former owner of the Zhejiang-based Bense Holding Group, was sentenced to death by the Jinhua Intermediate People's Court (IPC) for cheating investors out of 380 million yuan (60.2 million U.S. dollars). Wu raised 770 million yuan by promising investors high returns from May 2005 to January 2007, the intermediate court found. She still had 380 million yuan as well as a large amount of unpaid debt with creditors when the case was uncovered. The intermediate court said Wu amassed the fortune by fabricating facts, deliberately hiding the truth and promising high returns as an incentive. Despite Wu's appeal, the Zhejiang HPC upheld the death sentence without reprieve on Jan. 18. But the Supreme People's Court overrode the ruling on April 20 and sent the case back to the Zhejiang HPC for re-sentencing. Wu's initial sentence of death sparked public outcry for a more lenient punishment. The public's reaction has grown stronger since China last year did away with the death penalty for 13 types of economic and non-violent crimes, or nearly one-fifth of the total number of crimes punishable by death. Meanwhile, experts believe the current financing system is also to blame in Wu's case, as it has made it difficult for small entrepreneurs to get loans from banks. A thriving underground lending market has been widely documented in Zhejiang, a bustling coastal province flush with abundant liquidity. Companies such as Wu's turned to underground lenders to finance their businesses when they were unable to get loans from banks, creating more problems. "There has been no administrative body designated by law to manage private funding," said Li Youxing, a law professor with Zhejiang University. "A complete supervision system on private funding is also missing." In mid-March, Premier Wen Jiabao admitted at a press conference that Wu's case showed that private financing cannot meet the requirements of economic and social development in China. "We need to guide and permit private capital to enter into the financial arena, standardize it and bring it into the open, encourage its development and strengthen supervision over it," said Wen. Two weeks later, the State Council, China's Cabinet, announced a plan to set up a pilot zone in Zhejiang's city of Wenzhou, where many private businesses have converged to regulate private financing activities. The trial program specifies 12 major tasks, including encouraging and supporting the participation of private capital in the reform of local financial institutions by setting up or taking shares in rural banks and credit companies. As part of the pilot scheme, a private lending registration service center was inaugurated in Wenzhou in late April to serve as an intermediary between borrowers and lenders in an attempt to standardize private lending in the city. On Monday, Wenzhou IPC issued a circular on securing the construction of the pilot zone, offering legal advice on problems that arose during the latest financial reform. Juridical support will be given to private funds, companies offering small loans and rural funding outlets to facilitate the construction of the zone, said the circular. Chen Youwei, deputy head of the Wenzhou IPC, said a special tribunal on finance will be established in the court and it will introduce financial experts as jurors. "There is a lot to do in the juridical field to support the financial reform," said Chen. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Niu Taisheng, deputy head of Zhejiang Provincial Law Society, said Wu's case reflected that China still has a lot of issues to address on the country's systematic level. "China has made huge progress in criminal law reform, and it is foreseeable that death penalties for economic and non-violent crimes will be largely reduced or more prudently used in the future," Niu said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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l Xinhua, May 21, 2012 China Former Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian faces a new charge of illegal possession of classified documents. Chen, already jailed for corruption, was charged on Monday of taking away with him classified documents when he left his post as the island's leader, according to the special investigation division under the island's prosecutors office. Investigators of the special investigation division seized more than 1,300 pieces of documents with sensitive contents at Chen's office in September 2008, while investigating him on graft charges. In 2010, the Taiwan leader's office notified the prosecutors office about documents taken away by Chen, which led to a new raid on Chen's office, where 688 pieces of documents, including classified files, were seized, according to the special investigation division. Chen was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for corruption and money laundering during his tenure as the leader of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008. Chen began serving his sentence in December 2010. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Two arrested in killings of Chinese students in L.A. 2012-05-19 10:25:59 US Two suspects have been arrested in the killings of two Chinese graduate students studying at the University of Southern California (USC), both the Los Angeles mayor and police chief announced Friday. The arrests were announced at a press conference by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck at LAPD headquarters. According to LAPD, the first man, suspected of being the killer, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. local time (2300 GMT). The second man, believed to be involved in the killings, was taken into custody in the Antelope Valley a few hours after the first arrest. The two suspects will be prosecuted next week, LAPD told the press conference. A spokesman for the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles told Xinhua that the Consulate was pleased to hear the arrests, calling for bringing to justice the Wu Ying and Qu Ming, both 23 and second-year graduate electrical engineering students from China, were shot and killed near the USC campus at around 1 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) on April 11, while sitting in a car on the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue, where the female victim once lived. Wu was found shot in the front passenger seat of the car. Qu tried to run and call for help, but he collapsed and was found on a nearby porch, police said. The USC announced a 125,000-U.S.-dollar reward two days after the tragedy for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever gunned down two Chinese students. Days later, the city of Los Angeles also offered 75,000 dollars in reward for information over the killing. The arrests came after the parents of the two Chinese students filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the USC on Wednesday. Alan Burton Newman, attorney for the plaintiffs, confirmed Thursday to Xinhua via telephone that the court accepted the lawsuit. The USC website states the university is ranked among the "safest of U.S. universities and colleges, with one of the most comprehensive, proactive campus and community safety programs in the nation." But the parents accuse the USC of not providing patrols in the area where the students were killed and the campus is in a high-crime area. In a statement issued Thursday in response to the suit, USC attorney Debra Wong Yang called the shooting a tragedy, but said there were no grounds for the lawsuit. More and more Chinese students are coming to the United States for study. Nearly 160,000 Chinese students were studying in the U.S. colleges in 2010/11 school year, up 23 percent from the previous year, according to statistics provided by the Council of Graduate Schools. In USC alone, there are 2,513 Chinese students, accounting for 34.8 percent of international students and representing the single largest group in the school's international scene. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Smuggling kingpin sentenced to life imprisonment, May 18, 2012 China Lai Changxing, the kingpin of a notorious smuggling ring, was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday for smuggling and bribery, the Intermediate People's Court of Xiamen said. The sentence was handed down given the graveness of Lai's offences and "an extremely large amount of money" involved, and Lai as the mastermind should be held responsible for all the crimes his syndicate committed, the court said. The court deprived his political rights for life and confiscated all his personal assets, according to the verdict. His illegal income would also be confiscated, the court said. The court found that Lai, 53, had formed a smuggling ring by establishing firms and bases in Hong Kong and Xiamen since 1991. From December 1995 to May 1999, Lai's syndicate smuggled cigarettes, cars, refined oil, vegetable oil, chemical materials, textile materials and other commodities worth 27.395 billion yuan (US$4.35 billion) and evaded duties of 13.999 billion yuan, according to the court. To facilitate his transactions, Lai himself and his ring members, instructed by Lai, bribed 64 government officials with 39.13 million yuan between 1991 and 1999, the court said. Lai fled to Canada mid-1999 to avoid punishment but was repatriated to China on July 23, 2011. He was then arrested and investigated for smuggling and bribery. Lai was prosecuted in February and the trial ran from April 6-22 with his defense attorneys and family members present. The case should be seen as a clear sign of China's unyielding determination to fight corruption and crime, said an unidentified "No matter how powerful and cunning criminals are, once they commit crimes in China, they will be punished according to law," the official said. "The authority of Chinese laws and judicial sovereignty of China shall not be undermined and justice will Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 18, 2012 00:55 China The business practices of China's leading online business-to-business platform, Alibaba, have again come under scrutiny after 13 people were sent to jail for swindling overseas clients who paid for merchandize that was never delivered. The "well-educated, young men" were tried in six separate cases by the Binjiang District People's Court in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province Thursday. They were given one to three-year prison terms. While Alibaba provides a platform for Chinese suppliers to promote their products to clients worldwide, it does not supervise the transactions or oversee payment and delivery. Police in Hangzhou arrested 13 men in Putian of Fujian Province on April 27 last year, after some overseas clients complained that they never received the merchandize they paid for via wire transfers sent directly to the Chinese supplier. "The prosecutors found that the convicted men had purchased several Alibaba accounts from small Chinese trading companies and then used them to promote goods for sale at extremely low prices," Zhang Yi, a Binjiang court official, told the Global Times. The buyers paid for the merchandize, usually worth $200 to $900, trusting that the goods would be shipped. Zhang told the Global Times that the convicted men who are in 20s believed deceiving clients was an easier way of making money rather than working. "They have a weak sense of law," Zhang added. Zhang said only a few overseas buyers chose to file a complaint and pursue the case because of the distances involved and the language barrier. During the hearing, the court heard that the 13 men defrauded some 500,000 yuan ($79,049) from more than 100 buyers in the US, Canada and European countries. "Considering the harm they have done to Alibaba, foreign buyers, and China's national image, their sentence was the maximum in accordance to the law," Zhang said. In February 2011, Wei Zhe, former CEO of Alibaba, resigned after more than 1,000 dodgy Chinese suppliers had their accounts deleted from the platform. The company has since upgraded its system of checks. Accounts registered on the platform are no longer transferable, offshore companies and small companies that are operated by an individual are banned from opening accounts, according to Alibaba. The platform also launched an accreditation system with China Post this year. Postal staff help collect information on a company by taking pictures of its premises and production facilities. "We punished 35,000 members for dishonesty in 2011 and the number of complaints of fraud dropped 80 percent during the same period. We will further prevent and crack down on all illegal activity this year," Gu Jianbing, director of public relations department of Alibaba, told the Global Times. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 23, 2012 00:40 Fengtai District, Beijing A cave-in killed a construction worker in Fengtai district, injuring a few others Tuesday morning, the Legal Mirror reported. The collapse occurred at 4 am on a construction site of Subway Line 9. Witnesses said a steel bar went through the abdomen of the worker. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 21, 2012 00:20 Sanlitun Area, Beijing Hong Kong-based Canadian actor Edison Chen was involved in a confrontation Sunday morning in Sanlitun where his entourage allegedly assaulted a paparazzo, the Legal Mirror reported. Chen, who has returned to show business after a sex scandal in 2008, was dining in a bar around midnight when his companions became embroiled with a photographer from tabloid agency FX. Police questioned the assailants but did not detain Chen, who did not join the fight. Chen apologized later and paid the photographer 5,000 yuan ($790) in damages. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily2012-05-24 08:41 Zhongshan Park Subway Station, Shanghai A helping hand from a foreigner, again. A French man gave emergency first aid to a man who fainted yesterday at a downtown Metro station, winning approval from the Metro authorities as well as passengers. Police said the man surnamed Xue, 63, became conscious after he was sent to a hospital. "I could not stand by watching the old man lying on the ground and no one helped," the good samaritan told Shanghai Daily. He asked not to be named, only saying his friends usually call him "Damo" in Chinese. "I do not come here to be a hero," said the foreigner. The incident happened about 11:45am in a transit passage at Zhongshan Park Station linking Metro lines 2 and 4. The man suddenly fell down and broke his nose, said passers-by. "When I saw him, he was soaked up in his blood," said Damo, who said he quickly straightened Xue's arms and legs, and opened his mouth to enable him to breath. Police said Damo had basic knowledge of first aid. Alerted to the incident, police officers based at the station called an ambulance, which carried Xue away about 11:50am. Police said Xue, who lives alone in the city, carried medicine epilepsy, but it was not yet known whether his fainting was caused by a seizure. Damo said he has been staying in Shanghai for three years and is in the security business. Fluent in Chinese, Damo said it's the first time he conducted first aid in the city. "I'm glad to know the man is fine now," he said. "We should praise and learn from the foreign friend," said an Internet user, who posted a photo online, showing Damo squatting beside the man lying on the ground with others watching. It's not the first time a foreigner extended a helping hand at a time that society worries about moral descent and people are often seen as indifferent to those in need of help. Shanghai Daily reported in August last year that Greg Carew, a South African, helped a Metro passenger apparently having an epileptic seizure on Metro Line 2, who later expressed his sadness that "no one among the huge crowd came to help." Another foreign man helped a woman who was stabbed at Pudong International Airport in March last year. Other Chinese travelers simply watched. "I can understand that they are afraid that they might be sued by the people they help, especially when there's no witness," said Damo. "I cannot judge whether they are right or wrong." "To me I do not have such concerns." Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-23 08:43 ONE child has died from hand, foot and mouth disease so far this year in Shanghai, while both the nation and city have seen a rising number of patients suffering from the infectious disease, officials from the Shanghai Health Bureau yesterday. The bureau said most patients in the city have not suffered serious symptoms and there were no big outbreaks in any specific areas. The entire epidemic situation is stable, bureau officials said, and the city has enhanced the monitoring and administration on the disease. The disease killed two children in the city last year. Children age three and younger are the main sufferers of HFMD, which is characterized by fever, painful sores in the mouth or throat and skin rashes. Shanghai has required more reporting of critically sick and fatal cases, stepped up etiological and epidemiological study of the disease and urged schools and kindergartens to tighten morning checks on students. The Children's Hospital of Fudan University and Xinhua Hospital are the two designated hospitals for critical HFMD cases. Xinhua Hospital saw 150 to 160 patients in its outpatient department per day recently, 10 percent more than the same time last year. The number reached 209 on Monday. "We have 10 HFMD patients with serious complications like encephalitis at the ward now," said Dr Zhang Qingli from Xinhua Hospital. Local health officials said most HFMD patients are migrant children, and the rising caseload comes because of the weather, the environment and the higher numbers of migrant people, who tend to have poor hygiene habits. The city reported 3,293 HFMD cases in March, compared with only 1,039 cases in March and 2,094 cases in April last year. The bureau has not released this year's April figure, but it will be higher than March, as hospitals are reporting many more patients. In turn, the May figure will be higher than April, based on preliminary doctors' reports. The Ministry of Health issued a warning in late March, requiring regional health and education authorities to step up prevention and control of HFMD, which is proliferating at higher levels and with more deaths throughout China than last year. HFMD cases on China?s mainland this March and April were more than double the same month last year. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-23 08:44 Yangpu District, Shanghai Police and local education authorities are probing a private kindergarten where parents of a three-year-old girl accused a young female teacher of molesting their daughter by putting a kidney bean into her vagina. The parents yesterday protested at the Gelin Shuangyang Kindergarten in Yangpu District, demanding an explanation. The parents claimed they took the girl for an emergency surgery to remove the fingertip-size bean from her vagina last Tuesday, four days after it was inserted. "Miss Lin put the bean into my body," the three-year-old girl nicknamed Niu Niu told her parents. Lin, 25, is the girl's teacher. Police started the investigation last week. The kindergarten told police the surveillance camera tape was "automatically deleted" and the girl is too young to be a witness, said the girl's father, Qin Lin. Kindergarten officials apologized to the family last week, begging them not to expose the incident to the media by promising to give them a response in time, said Qin. According to Qin, the little girl told a plainclothes policeman that most of her classmates were out on the playground on May 11 while she was playing with a few children in the classroom. Lin then told the girl that they were going to play a private game and she put the kidney bean into her vagina, Niu Niu told the policeman. Her face turned pale when talking about Miss Lin, and she screamed, "Bad woman!" and hid herself behind a desk, Qin said. A woman surnamed Mei, a friend of the girl's parents, told Shanghai Daily that she was shocked to see such a big bean that had been taken out of the girl's vagina. A bag of such kidney beans were found on a desk in the kindergarten's corridor, Mei said. An official surnamed Xie with the kindergarten told the media that they would negotiate with the parents. Previously, the school authority told the parents they were trying to protect the little girl and also the teacher, who is going to get married, the parents said. The parents said that so far Lin hasn't directly responded to the incident as she always avoided conversation or even eye contact with them. "When she paid a visit to the little girl at the hospital, she was just there, not speaking a word or even taking a look at the family," said Mei. She said Lin cried to the police during the investigation and said, "I'd rather choose to die than admit to have molested the kid." Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 21, 2012 22:35 Shanghai Non-Chinese speakers living in Xintiandi's three high-end Lakeville compounds are able to seek service from a new hotline that opens today, the phones for which will be manned by staff who speak English or Japanese. The 180-164-70528 hotline belongs to a new pilot to help the growing number of foreigners residing in the area, a station that was set up last Friday on Huangpi Road South with the aim of making lives easier for non-Chinese speakers in the neighborhood - given that 60 percent of the population in affluent Xintiandi is currently comprised by foreigners from 38 countries and regions. Six officers, including a policeman and an officer from the city's entry and exit authority, will rotate in shifts to serve the center seven days a week, except during holidays, from 9 am to 8 pm. The center will accept temporary residence registrations from foreigners, offer legal and medical consultancy services, introduce housekeepers and aid with kids' enrollment for international schools.Ding Hong, an officer of the station, told the Global Times yesterday that the center is also planning on expanding in the future to serve foreigners from all seven residential compounds in Xintiandi. The center is also preparing to eventually manage visa extensions, she added. The station comes after two similar ones were formed in heavily-populated foreign communities in Minhang district and Pudong New Area within the past year. Some 160,000 foreigners were living in the city as of last year, when the city's entry and exit officials issued 80,000 visas, 180,000 temporary residence permits and 200 permanent residence permits. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-21 08:30 Shanghai THE door controller of a sightseeing lift in a downtown restaurant malfunctioned Saturday night, trapping 10 passengers for 45 minutes. Some experienced discomfort such as chest congestion and shortness of breath, as the ventilation equipment in the lift car did not work in Laofengge Restaurant on Beijing Road E. Rescue workers freed the passengers. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 20, 2012 22:40 Shanghai Johnson & Johnson has won the first-ever monopolistic dispute between a producer and dealer on the Chinese mainland, with the court rejecting the dealer's compensation request of 14 million yuan ($2.21 million), said Shanghai No.1 Intermediate The US pharmaceutical company, which had cooperated with Ruibangyonghe Trading Company for 15 years, renewed its relationship with the Chinese dealer in 2008, signing a new contract regulating distribution areas and a minimum resale price for Johnson & Johnson products. But several months later, the pharmaceutical giant claimed that its dealer had been under-selling its products and halted supplies to Ruibangyonghe, an action the dealer claims cost it 14 million yuan. Furious, the Beijing company sued Johnson & Johnson to recover the sum. Ruibangyonghe argued that Johnson & Johnson had restricted the resale price of its products, in violation of the nation's anti-monopoly laws - permitting the dealer to adjust its prices accordingly. The court, however, sided with Johnson & Johnson, saying that a lack of evidence failed to prove the US company was guilty of monopolistic behavior, or that its loss was caused by such behavior. Moreover, while the contract restricted the dealer's resale price, the clause did not guarantee that it was part of a monopolistic agreement, the court said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily 2012-05-18 09:14 Shanghai DON'T take it for an accident when you discover an anti-theft magnetic chip mixed inside your bottled shampoo, cream or lotion products, because it has already become a common practice by some supermarkets seeking tougher measures against store pilfering. Consumers are raising concerns about health hazards but there are no rules to ban it. A local consumer found that out when he filed a complaint against a Lotus supermarket outlet this week after discovering an anti-theft chip that blocked a shampoo container. The consumer, surnamed Lin, said the metal-like chip was partly exposed from a white plastic wrap. Since the chip surface looked black, he was worried that its contact with the liquid already caused it to turn rusty or triggered some chemical reaction. The customer said the supermarket had violated his consumer's right for placing the theft-control chips inside the products without the buyer's knowledge. Anti-theft chips are widely used by supermarket managers to prevent pilfering. They are usually pasted on the surface of the goods and will be demagnetized during check-out. The chips activate the alarm sirens when attempts are made to bring goods outside that have not been paid for. "If I ever noticed that the shampoo contained such a chip inside, I would never have bought it in the first place," Lin complained. Despite the complaint, the Lotus outlet on Baode Road in Zhabei District said it knew of no potential harm. "All the magnetic chips are protected by magnetic covers. It's impossible for them to become rusted," a worker with the store's customer service department said yesterday. She said the chips served as an additional anti-theft effort and were placed inside only relatively pricey skin and body care brands. "The practice involves absolutely no food products at all," she said. An industry insider confirmed that such practice was popular inside the supermarket industry. The Chutian Metropolis Daily reported last August that a consumer was shocked to discover an anti-theft chip in a 20-yuan tube of toothpaste he bought from a local supermarket. He suspected the supermarket had squeezed it into the toothpaste to avoid thefts. The newspaper said 17 of the 20 shoppers it interviewed in supermarkets said they had made the same finding inside shampoos and facial creams. Some Shanghai consumers said they were surprised to learn of the practice since few opened up containers that mostly work through push tubes and buttons. The Shanghai Chain Enterprise Association confirmed that some supermarkets had been practicing the method for a long time to prevent losses. "There's no specific market rule to monitor or ban such practice," said an official. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily2012-05-18 09:14 Shanghai ANOTHER award-wining news photographer was beaten up by two men, suffering a bone fracture on his chest yesterday when he was taking pictures of their sedan illegally parked in a bicycle lane. Lu Haitao, a journalist with the Oriental Morning Post, one of the city's popular newspapers, is the fifth reporter in Shanghai to be beaten up during legal journalistic activities in one month. Lu was riding his bicycle and taking pictures about 4pm on Chongqing Road M. near Jinling Road W. in downtown Huangpu District for a news topic on the city's cycling conditions when he saw a car illegally parking in a bicycle lane, according to Lu's colleague surnamed Liu. A car occupying the bike lane near a huge bicycle sign - Lu thought it was a good example of the hardships for cyclists so he took several pictures. But two men immediately got out of the sedan, which had a car plate from Anhui Province, and asked Lu to delete the pictures, Liu said. When Lu refused to delete the photos, the two men tried to grab his camera and one of them kicked down Lu's bicycle. The two men then beat the photographer, kicking him on the ground for about eight minutes before police arrived, Liu said. A statement of Huangpu police last night described the altercation as a "body conflict" between Lu and the two men. "Fortunate for the young man that the police arrived in time, or I fear that the two men may beat him to death," said a passer-by who witnessed the scene. The two men warned Lu they would beat him whenever they see him again, the witness said. Lu was diagnosed by doctors to have a bone fracture in his chest, ligament injuries to his right leg and several bruises. The two men were taken by police for investigation. One of the two men told the police that his parents were military officers, according to Liu. Lu earned his fame with a set of photos shot inside the debris of the high-rise residential building that caught fire on November 15, 2010. He earned several national and international photo prizes. Lu's case followed a similar one last Friday when Yong He, 56, an award-winning photographer and two other news photographers were beaten up by 20-plus construction workers when taking pictures at a demolition site in downtown Huangpu District. Police detained two workers involved in that incident. All three journalists were injured. On April 21, a Shanghai-based reporter was manhandled while doing interviews after a football game in Dalian. Tao Xingying, a reporter for the Xinmin Evening Post, was interviewing a coach when she was obstructed by Guo Jun, secretary of the Dalian Football Association. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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(Source: China Daily) 2012-05-24 10:31:02 Southwestern China's Yunnan Province Another 10 tons of suspect oil needs to be recalled from the market in southwestern China's Yunnan province, according to a source from a local oil manufacturer that was believed to be adding industrial animal fat to edible oil products. Zhang Yingyu, deputy general manager of the company, told China Daily on Wednesday it was possible that the problem occurred during the purchasing of raw materials. "We bought the suspected lard and fish oil from a supplier in Guangdong province and we had found nothing wrong with it in the past," said Zhang, adding the supplier had cooperated with his company for nearly two years. An initial investigation revealed that Yunnan Fengrui Oil and Fat Company was suspected of producing three types of cooking oil with animal fat that is only supposed to be used for industrial purposes, according to a news conference jointly held on Tuesday by three government departments, including the Yunnan bureau of quality and technical supervision. The use of industrial animal fat in the production of food products is prohibited, as it cannot meet the hygienic standards required for cooking oil and contains high levels of chemical pollutants such as paraffin, said Dong Jinshi, executive vice-president of the International Food Packaging Association in Beijing. Industrial animal fat is mainly used to make soap, he added. Wang Ruiyuan, vice-chairman of the oil branch of the Chinese Cereals and Oils Association, said Fengrui has been known to be producing lard. Animal oil for cooking should meet higher quality standards than that for industrial production, and people can tell the difference between the two from their color and smell, Wang said. Liu Yunfeng, the head of the division of food production supervision of Yunnan provincial bureau of quality and technical supervision, told the news conference that the food safety authorities had investigated thousands of local markets and restaurants, and had asked the oil company to recall more than 136 tons of inferior oil by late on Monday. "We have suspended all oil production and set up more than 20 offices across the province to recall suspect oil," said Zhang Official food quality inspectors will be deployed to supervise the entire recall process, according to a statement released during the news conference. The food safety watchdog in Yunnan province also planned to investigate all cooking oil in the province, the statement said. To encourage public supervision of food safety, the provincial office of the food safety committee will speed up enacting regulations to provide rewards for whistleblowers, it said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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2012-05-23 20:46:17 China Heart attacks and strokes are on the rise among young people, reports on Wednesday. "He called me the night before he died. It's just unbelievable that he died this way. It is just so out of the blue." said Luo Guixing, whose colleague, surnamed Li, died unexpectedly in Nanning city on the evening of May 11, 2012. The 35-year-old Li may have had a lifestyle that attributed to his sudden death. He worked at a construction site nine hours a day and smoked and drank regularly. "People over 40 used to be the main sufferers of these types of death, but social pressure and the change in living habits are drawing more young people into this problem," explained Zheng Xiaofeng, a physician at Ruikang Hospital of Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University. Since January, 2012, more than fifty such cases have been received by the hospital. Coronary problems and strokes are the prime reasons for these unexpected deaths. From January 1, 2012 to May 15, 2012, 1,973 people died of heart disease and 2,849 died of strokes in the Guangxi Autonomous Region. Young people accounted for a considerable number of these deaths. Sun Hua, professor from the psychology department of the Hospital of Guangxi Medical University believes that pressure, smoking and drinking, and psychological problems all increase the rate of these types of death among young people. A survey from, a leading Chinese job-hunting website, and Peking University involving 30,000 participants employed in China showed that the participants work 8.66 hours a day and sleep 7.33 with 20.5 leisure hours on the weekend. The time spent on physical exercise is less than one hour per week. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Forest fire put out in Inner Mongolia 2012-05-23 21:39:37 North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region A forest fire that had been raging in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from Tuesday to Wednesday has been put out, local authorities announced on Wednesday evening. The fire that broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the region's primitive forest in the Hanma National Nature Reserve was extinguished as of Wednesday evening due to persistent efforts by 2,000 rescuers including firefighters and forest workers, according to the regional forest fire prevention headquarters. Windy weather in the forest made it extremely difficult to extinguish the blaze. About two square km of forest has been burnt. An initial investigation showed that a lighting strike was likely to blame for the fire, although the cause is still being investigated. Located on the western slope of the Greater Hinggan Mountain, Hanma National Nature Reserve, with an area of 107,348 hectares, is known for coniferous forests and diverse animals. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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[source:China Daily] 2012-05-23 Western China Major cities in western China, such as Chongqing, are becoming increasingly attractive as costs rise along the coastal region. The city attracted $10.8 billion in foreign direct investment last year, overtaking Beijing. Nelson Ching / BloombergChina's western region, with its lower land and labor costs, is becoming a new hot spot for foreign investment. That is good news for the entire country, a large part of which remains relatively underdeveloped. But should the eastern coastal region be worried that sharing foreign investment with the west will stall its growth? Not necessarily, according to analysts. First, more investment in the west doesn't necessarily mean less in the east. Foreign companies could just be investing more. Second, even though some investment will be diverted to the west, this is chasing lower labor and land costs, which the east is no longer able to offer at its current stage of development. For now, a larger part of foreign direct investment still goes to the east, but FDI to the west is growing at an astonishing rate. In 2011, FDI to China as a whole stood at $116 billion. Only around $12 billion went to the west. But the west saw a growth rate of 28 percent, more than four times the rate in the east. A report by the Economist Intelligence Unit singled out Chongqing as an example of investment moving inland in China. In FDI terms, it went from 22nd place out of 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on the mainland in 2007, to overtaking Beijing in 2011, when the western metropolis attracted $10.8 billion in investment. The trend is expected to continue, with the city set to overtake Tianjin and Shanghai by 2014. "It's just natural that some industries are going to the west after labor and land prices have shot up so much in the east over the past decade. Meanwhile the market in the west is also maturing," said Sun Lijian, a professor at the School of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai. That is not bad news for the east, Sun added, as it can focus on industries with more added-value. In fact, the central government has been encouraging the east-to-west industry transfer. A document released last year said that moving labor-intensive industries to the west is an "inevitable requirement" if the nation wants to upgrade its industries. A typical example of this transfer can be found in Shanghai. Formerly a manufacturing center, the manufacturing capacity of the city, which is aiming to become a global financial center, has been moving to the surrounding Yangtze River Delta. As part of this trend, US firms are moving their high-end manufacturing capacity from Shanghai to the In a recent survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, two-thirds of respondents said they imported parts or finished goods from the United States into China to support their operations in the country, where around 200 AmCham Shanghai members produce products in the Yangtze River Delta. Companies used to regard the delta primarily as Shanghai's "backyard", but it is gradually becoming a "one-stop shop" for innovation and design, finance, manufacturing, marketing and sales, said Aaron Lo, a partner at KPMG. According to AmCham Shanghai President Brenda Foster, there is a clear trend that more members are expanding from Shanghai to the delta region, encouraged by policy incentives, lower costs and opportunities to extend their market "We see enlightened local governments in second-tier cities like Nanjing and Suzhou, who are very proactive in seeking investment, offering incentives, and they usually have a clear business plan as to what types of industries they want to develop," said Foster. For example, special zones have been set up, such as Suzhou Industrial Park, with small and medium-sized enterprise centers and research facilities to attract investors. The transfer is a natural outcome, said Foster, citing Shanghai as an example. As the city develops into a major hub for finance and services, its industries are moving to surrounding areas. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security "The market in the delta is still unsaturated. A growing middle class with an increasing disposable income drives many businesses to integrate their regional sales, manufacturing functions and even R&D into the region," she said. As this transfer gathers pace, a domino effect is being witnessed. While many high-end manufacturers move from Shanghai to the Yangtze River Delta, their low-end colleagues are moving from the delta to the west. For example, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, decided last month to set up a memory chip plant in the northwestern city of Xi'an. Foxconn, a manufacturer of Apple iPhones and iPads, already has a manufacturing site in Chengdu, Sichuan province. "It's a trend that foreign investment in low-end manufacturing goes to the central and western regions. But capital and technology-intensive industries will stay in eastern China," said Sun from Fudan University. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Business China 2012-05-23 08:56:50(Beijing Time) Mianyang City, Sichuan province A school in Mianyang, Sichuan province, rebuilt after the devastating 2008 earthquake, is being torn down to make way for a commercial real estate project. The middle school was rebuilt with a HK$ 4 million ($515,000) donation from the Hong Kong government and Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers and 2.56 million yuan from the local city government. It is to be replaced by a new, larger school that will cost 70 million yuan to build, with funding coming from the government since the original site was too small to hold all 300 students, principal Cheng Xiaodi told the official People's Daily. What's wrong with a big, new school you ask? Well, the land use contract to develop the site into a 6 billion yuan commercial project to be developed by conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group was signed in 2009, a mere 4 months after rebuilding work started on it. It will also cost 70 million yuan to relocate despite the rebuilding project costing a fraction of that sum. Only 30 million yuan was raised from selling the land use rights, with the local government having to fork out the rest, according to the China Daily. The school is closing less than a year after it reopened its doors. "[Hong Kong] authorities came to the site for an investigation in early May, and are negotiating a solution with the local government and Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers," a spokeswoman with Hong Kong Trade Development Council told the 21st Century Business Herald. "They are considering taking back the HK$2 million donation by the [Hong Kong] This is the second Sichuan-reconstruction related scandal to attract outrage from netizens in less than a month. In April, we reported on how the local government in another earthquake stricken area, Wenchuan, was under fire for spending 33 million yuan from a reconstruction fund, most of which came from donations, on a lavish government building rather than being using to build schools and homes for victims. Around 70,000 people died in a massive magnitude-8 earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan province in 2008. Some of the most shocking images from the devastating earthquake were of schools that had completely collapsed, burying students and teachers, because of inadequate construction caused by building funds being directed to government officials. Chinese netizens expressed their disappointment and anger in comments on Sina Weibo, China's most popular microblogging website. @寒水虾: I really think the donation is needless. Our government is actually very rich, and it is its obligation to aid and reconstruct the disaster-hit area. Why should we ordinary people pay it with our hard-earned money? What could the reason be that the children should donate with their lunch expenses? Moreover, we don't know where our donation goes. @郁崇幽: If built by Hong Kong donors, the fund must be transparent and the local officials is hard to fish for their own goods. But when it comes to a reconstruction plan [of 70 million yuan], who don't know what it means? @杜家的大小姐: Those who profit from the country's disasters, what are your hearts made of? @讨厌豆制品: So talking about charities, I prefer Chen Guangbiao's way: You must keep high-profile. [Editor's note: Chen Guangbiao is a Chinese tycoon and a web celebrity who is famous for his high-profile but controversial charity acts such as filming the process in which he threw several bunches of 100-yuan notes to a group of people.] @有时堕落: So ugly and shameful before Hong Kong people. @江海一杰: Whoever donates is just the coward! Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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China Daily 2012-05-22 18:45:12(Beijing Time) China Ninety-four percent of participants in a recent online survey agreed that the financial conditions, real estate assets and job status of foreigners living in China should be more closely scrutinized. More than 6,000 netizens have responded to a poll created on Monday by outspoken children's writer Zheng Yuanjie on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site. Zheng kept the poll simple, limiting it to a single question with two choices: maintain the "status quo" of China's visa policy, or implement a stricter examination process. Although some angry respondents cited examples of unqualified foreign teachers "lazing away" as language instructors at English training schools, other netizens criticized the poll's "biased and populist" nature. A netizen using the name "chenlianhua" chastised Zheng for his "closed-door mentality," while another respondent using the name "nelnel" said foreigners' criminal records, rather than their financial assets, should be more closely scrutinized. The number of foreigners coming to China has increased significantly since the country implemented its opening-up and reform policies in the late 1970s. Official figures indicate that the number of foreigners entering China jumped from 740,000 in 1980 to 27.11 million last year, with an average annual increase of 10 percent over the last decade. As of 2011, over 4,700 foreigners were issued permanent residence permits in China. More than 20,000 foreigners were found to enter, reside or work in China illegally last year, figures from the Ministry of Public Security show. A source from the ministry claimed that illegal residents tend to be from neighboring countries and are typically employed as foreign language teachers, entertainers or housekeepers. The lack of a national database for foreign residents and a shortage of foreign language-speaking police officers have made the identification of illegal foreign residents more difficult, the source said. China's top legislature recently began deliberating changes to laws concerning the entrance, residence and working status of foreigners in order to "cope with new conditions." The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee has reviewed twice a draft law that combines two separate current laws regulating entry and exit procedures for Chinese nationals and foreigners, respectively. A recent report submitted to the NPC Standing Committee by the State Council, or China's cabinet, proposes ramping up legislative efforts and creating an information database for the purpose of strengthening management over foreigners entering and exiting the country. Hou Jianguo, a member of the NPC Standing Committee, said strengthening management does not imply a "raised threshold" for foreigners who wish to enter China. "Efforts are being directed at both facilitating entries for financial, recreational and academic purposes and reducing the number of people who are illegally entering, residing or working in China," he said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Hunan food poisoning sickens over 100 students 2012-05-22 16:58:43 Central China's Hunan Province Over 100 high school students have fallen ill after eating street food in central China's Hunan Province, and one of them is in a severe condition, local authorities said Tuesday. They suffered dry mouthes, vomiting and skin redness on Sunday afternoon after eating bean jelly and cold noodles at a snack food stand outside the No. 2 High School of Longhui county, according to a county government spokesman. The students then went to local hospitals for medical checkups. By 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 110 had returned to school, but five were still being treated, including one in a severe condition, the spokesman said. Local disease control authorities found nitrite in food sold at the stand and accordingly concluded it was a food poisoning case, he said. One of the eatery's owners, surnamed Zhang, was detained by police on Monday on suspicion of putting dangerous articles into food. Police are hunting the other owner, who fled, the spokesman added. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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(Source: 2012-05-22 14:45:31 Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province Property owners in Shenzhen suspect that their private information has been leaked by the post office, New Express Daily "Each member of my family received a promotional letter from Sam's Club with the logo of Shenzhen Post Office on the envelope," a netizen named "Zuojia-Tianyou" posted on his microblog. The person who made the claim lives in Pengda Garden, in the Longgang district of Shenzhen. Moreover, dozens of other property owners within the two neighborhoods of Pengda Garden and Diecui Garden, also received promotional letters sent by the Shenzhen Post Office from Sam's Club, a division of the Wal-Mart chain of supermarkets, located in Longgang, Shenzhen. "Sam's Club and Shenzhen Post Office do cooperate, and this cooperation refers to the delivery services offered by Shenzhen Post Office," Zheng Zhong, PR manager of Wal-Mart (China) Investment Co., Ltd. said. Zheng added, "All operational processes are controlled by the Post Office, and staff of Sam's Club do not have access to the private information of home owners." However, Zhu Yongping, a lawyer at the Guangdong Datong Law Firm said, "The practices of Shenzhen Post Office have led to the suspicion that the private information of citizens has been leaked." "Even if the Shenzhen Post Office has not disclosed the private information of residents to enterprises, this form of delivery service with the purpose of making profit encroaches on the right of privacy," Zhu added. The Longgang Public Security Bureau in Shenzhen has received the resident's complaints and will carry out further investigation. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 22, 2012 01:35 Beijing Beijing Symphony Orchestra (BSO) fired Russian chief cellist, Oleg Vedernikov, 46, over what they called insulting conduct while he was a passenger on a train, the BSO stated Monday. This orchestra had suspended the cellist on Friday. "Vedernikov's behavior has severely tarnished the reputation of the BSO, and we decided to expel him in accordance with his employment contract and rules of the orchestra," the BSO told Monday. Public anger was inflamed after a four-minute Weibo video was uploaded to the news portal Sina showing Vedernikov with his bare feet on the headrest of the seat in front of him. The video showed him steadfastly refusing to remove his feet even after a woman passenger vehemently complained. The cellist can also be heard swearing at the women in Chinese. Vedernikov was taking the train from Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province, last Monday. Related News:
To foreign friends: You may also need "Good Scouting" 2012-05-21 13:29:14(Beijing Time) China A video about a Briton sexually harassing a Chinese woman in the street went viral, angering the Chinese public. Immediately afterwards, one netizen commented online, "do you think we are still in the time a century back when foreigners could do as they pleased on the Chinese soil?" With China going global, it is quite a common scene nowadays seeing foreigners jostling with us in the street and living next door or in the neighborhood. Megacities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are already "melting pot of different cultures." Any coin has two sides, as the popular saying goes. The influx of foreigners is also immingled with the good and the bad. Criminal crimes involving foreign offenders have seen a stark rise in recent years, in particular, when it comes to those illegal aliens, referring to the foreigners enter China without a legal visa, the foreigners stay in China with an expired visa, and the foreigners have a job in China without a working permit. Some of them even commit crimes in China such as theft, fraudulence, smuggling and drug trafficking. The reason why these foreigners go so far as to run amuck in the Chinese society and even act wildly against the Chinese law is far too complicated to make a brief explanation. Perhaps, China's preferential policies in their favor have granted them a wrong mind picture of being superior and privileged to the local Chinese, which is, therefore, falsely interpreted by some as being treated lenient always by Chinese laws. But, what is noteworthy is the fact that China is, first and foremost, a country ruled by law, apart from the well-accepted reality that Chinese culture is hospitable to guests. "Isn't it a great joy to have friends come from afar?" as quoted Confucius. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the theme song "Beijing welcomes you" went resonating across the country. But to the foreigners like the above-mentioned Briton, Beijing would say unwelcome. As it happens, whether or not you are a popular guest and can win the due respect from the host will all depends upon your behaviors, and whether or not you wholly alienate or even hostile to the host. It is advisable to bear in mind: "Only good scouting is likely to preserve the respect and freedom so dear to the heart of the eternal Boy Scout." Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Russian cellist draws public anger for insulting train passenger 2012-05-18 21:59:21 China A Russian cellist has come under fire in China for behaving rudely and cursing a female passenger while on a high-speed train traveling from Shenyang to Beijing Monday night. Millions of Chinese netizens have watched the cellist's misconduct since a video of the incident was posted Tuesday night on Sina Weibo, the country's largest microblogging website. In the clip, the cellist can be seen putting his bare feet high on the back of the chair in front of him, touching the head of a female Chinese passenger with his feet. After her requests to lower his feet were met with silence, the woman began to beat the man's feet with a magazine, leading him to reply in fluent Chinese: "It's comfortable! Do it again! You're giving me a massage!" The cellist then proceeded to ignore the woman, who can be heard saying "you really bring shame on your country!" After resorting to pelting the man with water bottles, the woman finally received a reply from the cellist in the form of several insults: "You silly idiot! You son of a bitch! You are insane!" -- all in Chinese. The furious woman then attempted to start a physical brawl with the man, but was held back by other passengers. A train security officer who arrived on the scene later said simply "Forget it! He is an artist." The video sparked strong indignation after it was posted on the Internet. The Russian man was later recognized as Oleg Vedernikov, a 45-year-old award-winning cellist who plays for the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. "How can such a morally ugly man play melodious music?" wrote netizen "Xing Zou De Kun Jie" on Sina Weibo. "Why does the Beijing Symphony Orchestra employ such an uncivilized man? How can you expect his music to be pure? Who wants to listen to his music?" another netizen using the name "ZJL_SHOW" wrote. In response, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Vedernikov has been suspended from the orchestra and is awaiting disciplinary measures. Vedernikov himself also posted a video on the Internet Thursday, apologizing in Russian for his misconduct on the train. "I feel deeply sorry for my behavior. I offer an apology to the woman and the public as well. Meanwhile, I apologize for the negative impact on the Beijing Symphony Orchestra due to my bad behavior," Vedernikov said. However, his apology largely failed to soothe the public's anger. "Why didn't you use Chinese language to offer an apology, since you can speak such good Chinese? Your apology is so insincere," wrote netizen "Wei An and Susan" on Sina Weibo. "This artist is so good at using Chinese to insult others. I wonder how such an uncivilized foreigner was able to get a visa to China?" wrote netizen "TTbabyy". Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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[source:china daily] 2012-05-22 China The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced Monday that China will continue to impose anti-dumping measures against catechol imports from the United States and Japan for another five years starting from Tuesday. "If such measures cease to be implemented, the dumping of imported catechol from the US and Japan may continue to occur in China and cause damage to the domestic catechol industry," the MOC explained in a statement on its website. The MOC handed down the ruling after a one-year review of the previous anti-dumping measures, which were imposed in 2006 and were set to expire on May 22 this year. During the review period, the MOC examined the possibility of continuing the anti-dumping measures and evaluated any possible damage that might result if the measures were discontinued. China implemented a five-year anti-dumping duty of 4 percent to 46.81 percent on catechol imports from the United States and Japan on May 22, 2006. Catechol is a chemical material that can be used as an antiseptic or photographic developer. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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(Global Times)08:03, May 21, 2012 Hong Kong Influenza claimed the lives of nine Hong Kong residents in the week preceding local health authorities' bulletin issued Thursday, bringing the total number of people killed by the viruses so far this year to 98. The latest report released by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of Hong Kong says the flu season has not yet peaked and is likely to last throughout the summer, the local newspaper Wen Wei Po reported over the weekend. Since the beginning of this year, some 160 people suffered serious illness caused by flu viruses. Most people who were stricken also suffered from disabilities or other chronic diseases and were elderly, according to the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong. Thomas Tsang, controller of the CHP, said that influenza A (H3) viruses are similar to viruses detected in other Asian nations. Tsang believes that tamiflu vaccine remains an effective way for people to protect themselves from the flu. According to a recent survey by Hong Kong University, eight pigs in a pool of more than 1,100 that were examined to contain the genes of H1N1 viruses, or the swine flu. Experts say the H1N1 subtypes do not pose a serious public health risk nor, will it impact food safety. They urge residents to ensure the pork they consume is cooked to more than 70 C. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Rainstorm-triggered floods in NW China prove deadly 2012-05-21 16:38:48 Floods have left one villager dead and two others missing in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province. From 10 p.m. Sunday to early Monday morning, floods have ravaged several districts and counties of the city. In Yuzhong county, a villager has been confirmed dead and two others are still missing, according to the Yuzhong county government. Rescuers are still searching for the missing, local government authorities said Monday. In the eastern Jiangxi province, thunderstorms and heavy rains from Friday to Saturday, have placed over 30,000 people in danger, and over 200 houses have collapsed. Rainstorms, hail and high winds are forecast to continue hitting parts of Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Guizhou from Monday to Tuesday, the National Meteorological Center said in a statement. Thunderstorms and hail are likely to hit parts of Guangxi and Hunan on Tuesday, the statement said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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( China Daily)Updated: 2012-05-21 07:47 China McDonald's started its biggest ever recruitment plan in China on Sunday, hoping to meet its ambitious expansion goals in the company's third-largest market. The US-based fast-food giant plans to open 225 to 250 new stores nationwide and hire 70,000 employees this year. McDonald's has more than 1,400 restaurants in China, with more than 80,000 employees. It wants to increase the number of restaurants to 2,000 by 2013. Liu Chao, a college student in Beijing who will graduate this June, went to a one-stop recruitment event on Sunday morning at a McDonald's outlet in Oriental Plaza. Liu was led by an "employee brand ambassador" to see the work environment and learn about McDonald's culture, job descriptions and career path, before being interviewed by a manager. Liu said he is satisfied with McDonald's pay of about 10 yuan ($1.60) per hour, with 13 monthly salaries a year. The company also pays for social insurance costs and gives performance bonuses. "At a time when it's hard to find a job, working for McDonald's is not bad. I have not yet got any other job opportunity, so if McDonald's calls me within two days, I'll come to work here," said the The fast-food chain also attracted many part-time job seekers. Part-time workers are included in McDonald's recruitment plan this year. "I want to get a job at McDonald's because the work environment is fairly good and I could enjoy special offers of food for employees at weekends," said Wang Mengke, a 19-year-old college student in Beijing. The store had received 10 applicants by midday and was expecting 20 more in the afternoon, according to Song Yang, a manager at the restaurant. Zhang Jianwei, a manager with a McDonald's store on Wangfujing Dajie, was optimistic about the recruitment. "We received seven applicants within an hour after the recruiting event started at 10 am. It's quite promising," he said. "We offer employee training and we have a clear promotion path, through which an employee making coffee could be promoted to store manager or an even higher management post in the company." Zhang added that they also provide jobs such as cleaning for people who have speech or hearing impairments, and they had two such applicants during the morning. A Shanghai-based manager with McDonald's China's human resources division, who declined to be identified, told China Daily on Sunday that the company expects to interview 30,000 people during the recruitment event. "We hope to demonstrate the advantages and culture of McDonald's, which offers a happy working environment and a familylike atmosphere, to interviewees as well as customers, who could be potential employees," he said. The manager said the company has made the hiring process more efficient. For instance, it now takes no longer than a week to hire someone, while in the past it would take one month. Applicants had to fill in 11 pages of forms before, but now they only need to fill in no more than two pages, he said. Applicants who pass the interview will receive notice within two days to come in for a two-hour on-site test to check if they can do the job. In Shanghai, a McDonald's restaurant in CITIC Square on West Nanjing Road received more than 10 applicants between 10 and 11 am. Another store, on Huashan Road, received four between 2 and 3 pm. "The interview was relaxing. The recruiter asked me if my parents would allow me to take a part-time job and if I could handle the job when I had academic pressure. He also asked me if I would put my job aside and go to help a stranger in the restaurant," said Pan Lu, a junior at the Shanghai Jianqiao University. McDonald's has said that each year, May 20 will be its public recruitment day and all McDonald's restaurants across China will set up recruitment zones for a one-stop recruitment process. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Lin Huirong, McDonald's China's chief human resources officer, said at a news conference on Tuesday that the big recruitment plan aims to build up a talent pool for the future. "We are mainly targeting college graduates this time and we will provide employees with competitive wages, benefits and incentives," she said. Last year, more than 10,000 employees were promoted and the company spent some 35 million yuan on training and development, according to Lin. Some insiders said they believe McDonald's ambitious goal of opening more stores and recruiting more employees is a response to fiercer competition in China's fast-food market. McDonald's biggest competitor, KFC, has more than 3,000 stores on the Chinese mainland, more than twice the number of McDonald's. The market share of McDonald's on the Chinese mainland is 16 percent, while KFC has 40 percent, the Innovative Finance Observation magazine quoted figures from market research firm Euromonitor International as saying. KFC's parent company Yum! Brands recently signed a deal with Suning Appliance, one of China's largest home appliance retailers, to allow KFC and Pizza Hut to open stores in Suning's outlets across China. The plans aim for 150 such outlets in the next five years. Other foreign and domestic fast-food chains are also eying expansion in the market. However, Yin Xingmin, deputy director of the China Center for Economic Studies at Fudan University, said the McDonald's expansion plan is not targeted at other competitors but China's market potential. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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( China Daily)Updated: 2012-05-21 07:43 Central China's Hunan Province Safety violations on a vehicle unloading explosives have been cited following a deadly tunnel blast in Central China's Hunan province that killed 20 people on Saturday. The blast at a highway construction site occurred when explosives were being unloaded from a vehicle. A spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety, who requested anonymity, said on Sunday that the vehicle carrying the explosives belonged to the construction team building the tunnel. He also said that safety rules were violated as more than one person was in the vehicle at the time. "The regulations state that there must not be any passengers in a vehicle transporting explosives." The victims of the blast were in close proximity to the vehicle. "More than 200 kilograms of explosives were in the vehicle as the blast happened," the spokesman said. Preliminary investigations show that the blast occurred at about 8:20 am Saturday in Baimianshan tunnel and that 24 people were in the tunnel at the time. The tunnel, 2,355 meters long, is being built for an expressway between two counties, Yanling and Rucheng, in the province. Twenty workers died and four were rescued. Of them, one worker is in serious condition and another slightly injured. Two others escaped injury, according to provincial authorities. The injured are being treated in a nearby hospital. The bodies of 19 workers have yet to be retrieved. The blast occurred as explosives were being unloaded. The explosives were contained in 12 cases and each weighed about 24 kg. Wang Biao, head of a rescue team organized by the fire department in Yanling county, in the province's Zhuzhou city, told China Daily that there was little chance of finding any survivors. "We dispatched 12 fire fighters to the blast site at about 1:50 pm on Saturday and seven of them left the tunnel at midnight on Sunday," Wang said. Firefighters will remain at the scene on standby, Wang said. Immediately after the blast there were initial fears that the tunnel might collapse, but despite the danger rescuers went in and managed to pull one man to safety. The tunnel has been made safe for public use, Wang said. After the blast, provincial departments, including police, fire, health, transport and work safety administrations, arrived at the tunnel and coordinated search and rescue work and launched investigations, according to provincial authorities. Relatives of the victims are being comforted by police and officials from various provincial departments, as well as other workers on the project. An official of the China Railway No 3 Engineering Group, who declined to give his name, said the cause of the explosion is not yet known and investigations are under way. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Xinhua, May 20, 2012 Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region Twenty-one students and a teacher from a school in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region have been hospitalized after a confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A, local authorities said Saturday. The infected are from the Ligao high school in Liujiang county, Liuzhou city, according to officials with the provincial bureau of health. The school has been receiving reports of stomach aches and nausea from the students since the middle of April. The infected are in stable conditions and there has been no new reports of illness in the last week. Experts said preliminary investigation shows that the outbreak was probably caused by a pollution of the school's water source. Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, is caused by infectious or toxic agents and characterized by jaundice, fever, liver enlargement and abdominal pain. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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( China Daily)Updated: 2012-05-19 02:55 China Nankai University, one of China's most prestigious universities, will have some of its most popular degree courses taught in English in the coming semester to attract more foreign students. The courses are about Chinese society, politics, culture and economics given by more than 20 Chinese teachers. "We want to attract more students from European countries as well as the United States by teaching in English," said Li Dan, who works in the Tianjin-based university's office for international academic exchanges. Giving courses in English for international students has been a good way for Chinese universities to attract more foreign students. Tianjin Medical University, for example, has offered courses in English for international students since 1997, and has established a medical practice exclusively for international students, all in English. More than 1,200 international students have graduated from the university. The University of International Business and Economics in Beijing held 10 job fairs for its international students last year, and just last month set up a Foreign Students Career Advisory Center. "We are trying our best to attract more international students as a source of revenue for the university, and to enhance our university's international reputation," said Li Yong, head of the university's Foreign Students Career Advisory Center. Li said that the 2,900 international students studying at the university bring more than 40 million yuan ($6.3 million) to the university every year. For example, while an MBA for international students taught in Chinese costs 33,000 yuan, the same degree taught in English costs 120,000 yuan. The university recruited 2,500 international students in 2010. That increased to 2,900 this year, accounting for more than 20 percent of the university's enrollment. Alix Honore, a 26-year-old student from Dominica who graduated with a master's degree in finance this year, has received a few job offers from companies with the help of the university's career center. "Since earlier this year, the career center has taken us to tour around five companies in Beijing and Tianjin, where they can talk with the recruitment department and leave resumes. "My classmates and I have been a bit worried about how to land a good job, as we have to compete with Chinese students from the same major in Chinese, and sometimes we cannot express ourselves properly in Chinese," Honore said. "Organized trips to the companies help employers know us better." She also thinks that the opening of English courses would be an interesting move. "It took me seven years learning in China to speak survival Chinese," Honore said. "And many of my classmates' Chinese is worse than mine, and they need language tutors in their first year here. It would be really helpful for us to understand China with courses provided in English." But Grant Gilreath, a 27-year-old law student from the US, said though he is interested in working in China, he does not find courses given in English attractive. He is now on a six-month exchange program at Tsinghua University, and takes all of his courses with Chinese students. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Dormitory building on fire at north China construction site 2012-05-19 17:49:43 North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region A fire broke out Saturday afternoon at a dormitory building of a construction site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Local fire authorities said that the accident happened around 2 p.m. at a three-story building with 15 rooms on each floor at a construction site in Hohhot. Most of the workers were working outside when the accident happened. The fire has not been completely distinguished and there has been no report of casualties, firefighters said. Rescue work is underway and the cause of the accident is being investigated. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Chinese woman released from east Indian jail after two years 2012-05-19 17:11:18 India A Chinese woman was released from jail in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal Friday after serving a two-year sentence for having violated visa regulations, official sources said. Jing Ping Ling, a 47-year-old Chinese woman, was arrested in July 2010 by the police from a bus in Kharibari in Darjeeling district in north Bengal. Ling was on her way from Nepal via Darjeeling to Sikkim, a north-east Indian state on the foothills of the Himalayas bordering China. The police was conducting a routine search when they found that Ling had over stayed in India even after her visa had expired. The police even charged her with espionage and she was remanded to 14-days jail custody in Siliguri town in Darjeeling district. Ling knew only Mandarin and since none could understand her language she became a recluse. Meanwhile, a local court convicted her to two years in prison on charges of violating immigration law. A human rights activist came to know of her plight and helped her to move to Presidency Jail in this city and later shifted to Alipore Central Jail for Women. The Chinese consulate here came to know of her plight and contacted her. She hails from Sichwan province in China. Being divorced, she has no relations except a sister.The Chinese consulate contacted India's external affairs ministry for her repatriation and ultimately she was released from prison. She has boarded the flight to Kunming where she will be received Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security 370 cases involving illegal maps handled in 2011 2012-05-18 21:17:11 China A total of 370 cases involving illegal maps were investigated in 2011 during a national campaign, according to a Friday statement from the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG). More than 100,000 maps were confiscated during the campaign, which was co-launched by 13 departments, including the NASMG, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Foreign Ministry, the NASMG said. The NASMG said 41 percent of 338 websites investigated during the campaign were found to be hosting illegal mapping information, adding that 154,000 attempts to upload related confidential information were successfully stopped last year. The illegal maps are found to show incorrect national boundaries, as well as lack some island territories, the NASMG said. According to the NASMG, China will extend the campaign to teaching materials travel guides and imported publications, as well as make efforts to boost public awareness of territorial issues. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Xinhua, May 18, 2012 Taiwan A blast Thursday evening and ensuing fire at a metal product factory in Taiwan's western Chang-hua county has left one person dead and 13 others injured, the county's fire department said Friday. The fire was reported to the department at 7:51 p.m. and took firefighters about five hours to extinguish, it said. The blaze destroyed factory facilities and products, causing an estimated direct loss of 8.5 million New Taiwanese dollars (about 287,000 U.S. dollars). A leak of flammable methylbenzene chemicals stored in the factory is believed to have caused the explosion, according to the bureau. Closed-circuit screening images aired by local TVs show a huge fireball erupting while several workers work on a production line. "They were producing an additive used for making metal mold," a fire bureau official responsible for the probe told Xinhua. An investigation into the accident is still under way. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security PLA, Ministry of Health to coordinate on emergencies 2012-05-17 22:51:20 China The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have created an emergency coordination plan to help deal with medical emergencies more efficiently. The MOH said Thursday it has signed an agreement with the PLA General Staff Department and General Logistics Department to create the plan. The plan covers operational support, technical preparation, information releases, consultations, exercises and training exchanges, as well as clarifies procedures concerning PLA participating in handling medical emergencies. The plan is intended to bring the PLA's role in dealing with emergencies into full play in order to enhance cooperation between civilians and the military, the statement said. Minister of Health Chen Zhu said at a signing ceremony earlier this week that the agreement will "consolidate the integration of military and civilian power" and effectively safeguard public health. The plan will be conducive to boosting the country's overall ability to handle medical emergencies, Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Freeloaders exploit new train policy
Global Times May 21, 2012 23:40 Beijing Railway Station Beijing Railway Bureau plans to tighten up the real-name ticket identification checks at stations in the capital to crackdown on people who take advantage of the current lax ticket checks, said the bureau Monday. Booths established outside the railway stations for ID card checks during the Spring Festival traffic peak will be in service again, and passengers who try to pass with scalped or other people's tickets might find it harder to a get a free ride. Since the real-name ticketing system was launched nationwide last year to combat ticket scalping, there have been complaints among residents that the policy has defects that can be exploited. For example, tickets bought from scalpers can still offer passengers' access because ticket ID checks are not always enforced. If a passenger loses a ticket, it's even worse, as they must buy another ticket for another train, since one person can only purchase one ticket for a train with their own ID card, according to the policy. As a response to loopholes in the system, the Ministry of Railways put a new measure in place on May 10, which stipulates one does not have to pay for another ticket if the original is lost. Passengers can report the loss to the ticket office, get a new ticket for the same train by paying for it first, plus a 2-yuan service fee. The cost of the replacement ticket is then refunded at the destination. However, the new measure has again proved to be flawed. The refund system allows two people to travel using the same ticket, by simply claiming the original was lost. Web users even posted "a guide to ticket-evading" online telling others how to get a free ride. "With the real-name identification process applied in our daily work, people using scalped tickets or carrying other people's tickets will be easily found and it will minimize our financial losses," said a media spokesperson from the bureau, surnamed Liang. Currently the bureau has restored the ticket-checking booths at Beijing Railway Station, and has been training their employees in how to do identity checks, he said. Liang did not specify how much money and labor is needed for the new measures, or when exactly they will be fully enacted. Zhu Tao, an expert on transportation with Beijing University of Technology, told the Global Times it needs time to prove the new policy's effectiveness and whether it will work long-term. "Checking all passengers' ID cards can be time-consuming, and railway administrators will have to put more money and labor into it to see it done," he said. Some 10 passengers reported ticket losses at each major railway station every day after the new rule took effect, but the number of free riders who took advantage of the rule is unclear, said Liang. Yang Wei, a Beijing resident who regularly takes the Beijing-Tianjin fast train, said real-name ticket identification is necessary to lower the rate of freeloaders, but there still may be fare evaders at peak travel times, especially if there is no strict supervision. "I guess there are only a small number of freeloaders. But there still might be people who make it without being checked, if there's a big crowd of passengers in the narrow passageways, and the railway employees overlook them," Yang Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Xinhua, May 20, 2012 Beijing Capital International Airport A total of 12 flights were delayed and 18 others cancelled at the Beijing Capital International Airport as of 6 p.m. local time due to thunderstorms, a statement from the airport said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Source:Shanghai Daily2012-05-23 08:44 Shanghai A concrete mixer truck crashed into a bus in a downtown area yesterday morning, putting 12 passengers in the hospital, traffic authorities said. The passengers, including one who suffered severe injuries, were in stable condition. The truck driver was injured lightly, with bruises on his left arm. The crash happened about 6:40am when the truck slammed into the middle of the bus at Xinzha Road and Chengdu Road N., shattering the bus windows and damaging its right side. There were about 20 passengers on the bus, and many suffered cuts and bruises. One middle aged man suffered head injuries and multiple fractures to his right arm. A witness, surnamed Xia, said he saw the truck approach the intersection when the traffic light was Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Global Times May 20, 2012 22:45 Shanghai Travelers with drastically altered physical appearances are being urged to update their passports and identification documents, after yet another woman, who had undergone plastic surgery, was nearly prevented from boarding a plane on the weekend, local airport authorities said over the weekend. An unidentified Chinese woman almost missed her flight to Japan on Saturday, after Shanghai Pudong International Airport officers failed to confirm identity by looking at her identification documents, which contained photo images of a person who looked entirely different, according to airport authorities. The old photos used for her passport and identification card showed an individual with single eyelids, a flatter nose and no makeup, while the woman at the airport - after plastic surgery - had double eyelids, a raised nose and heavy makeup, said authorities. With just a few moments to spare, the woman finally managed to catch her plane, after passing several identity verifications, including a high-tech photo-imaging test. More than 30 of such cases have caused unnecessary headaches for airport officers in the past year, a nuisance that travelers can avoid simply by updating their travel documents and identification cards before planning trips, said authorities. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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( Xinhua)Updated: 2012-05-23 13:22 China The number of drunk driving cases in China has dropped by 40 percent over the last year after the implementation of an amended law that imposes stricter punishments for the offense, according to a public security official. Police across China have handled 368,000 drunk driving cases since May 1, 2011, when China's amended Criminal Law took effect, the Beijing News quoted Huang Ming, vice minister of public security, as saying on Wednesday. The cities of Beijing and Shanghai both witnessed a sharp drop of 70 percent in the number of cases, according to Huang. In 2011, drunk drivers caused 3,555 traffic accidents and killed 1,220 people, representing a year-on-year drop of 18.8 percent and 37.7 percent, respectively, official statistics show. The amended law defines all drunk driving occurrences as criminal offenses, even if the act does not result in a traffic accident. Under the current law, drunk drivers risk having their driver's licenses permanently revoked if they cause a serious accident, while the earlier version of the law imposed a license suspension of three to six months for drunk drivers. According to the current law, drivers who have at least 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in their body are considered drunk. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
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Xinhua English 2012-05-23 11:07:10(Beijing Time) Chongqing Municipality Rainstorm in Chongqing, southwest China triggered a landslide on the No. 319 national highway beside the Wulingshan Tunnel. The landslide, which happened at around 11:00 a.m., resulted in an accumulation of more than 10,000 cubic meters of earth and stone and cut off traffic from Qianjiang district to Pengshui county in Chongqing, said Zhou Xinguo, deputy director of the district's transportation commission. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Tough stance proposed against driving, drugs
( China Daily)Updated: 2012-05-22 07:47 China Experts are debating whether driving after drug use should be considered a criminal offense after a bus driver who used drugs and drove caused a fatal traffic accident in Jiangsu province on April 22 that killed 14 people and injured 20 others. "We are working with the anti-drug department to conduct further research on the potential risks caused by driving after drug use, and preparing to promote the legislation," said a statement released by the Ministry of Public Security. It's a move many experts have been calling for. "Actually, when the newly amended Criminal Law was discussed in 2010, many legal experts, including me, were pushing for it to be written into the law," said Hong Daode, a professor from China University of Political Science and Law. "Severe punishment would be a strong deterrent to drug-addicted drivers, and have an instant effect in solving the problem," Hong told China Daily on Tuesday. He said that according to a British study, the reaction time of drunken drivers is 12 percent slower under the influence of alcohol compared with sober ones. However, a driver under the influence of drugs is nearly two times slower than a drunken driver, and 21 percent slower than a sober driver. "So drug-addicted drivers have poor capability in reacting to different circumstances and to control themselves, which will bring great harm to other people and society," he said. Drunk driving is a criminal offense in China, and drunken drivers face sentences of between one and six months as well Dai Peng, deputy director of the criminal investigation department under Chinese People's Public Security University, echoed Hong, saying it is necessary for drug-addicted drivers to be held criminally accountable and face penalties. "Recently, fatal traffic accidents have frequently occurred due to improper driving, especially bus and truck drivers who drive after using drugs, which has caused widespread concern and the public is strongly calling to treat it as a crime," he said. Meanwhile, he put forward some practical challenges the police face when cracking down on people who drive after drug use. "Drug-addicted drivers look the same as normal ones, and the police don't have convenient devices to check them," Dai said. But there are still other commentators who oppose the behavior being included in the Criminal Law, saying it is an abuse of the law and won't have any effect at all. "People cannot depend too much on the Criminal Law, because serious punishments sometimes aren't the best choice," said Yi Shenghua, a Beijing lawyer from Ying Ke Law Firm. China has enough regulations about traffic and driving for legal departments to enforce and punish wrongdoers, Yi said. What is urgent is to enforce current regulations effectively, he added. Li Guifang, deputy director of criminal defense department under the All China Lawyers' Association, said: "Administrative punishment is enough for the behavior of driving after drug use if the current regulations are implemented well, such as revoking the drivers' licenses." "The fundamental issue in solving the problem is to crack down on the drug trade, strengthen education among the public, and improve compulsory treatment and rehabilitation work for drug addicts," he said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Bus collision injures over 30 people in south China 2012-05-21 12:25:20 South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Two buses collided on a highway in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region monday, leaving more than 30 people injured, local police said. The accident took place at about 6 a.m. on a highway in Nandan county. Two long-distance buses collided, leaving four people in serious condition, according to local traffic officer Bai Zhiyong. Bai said the injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the cause of the accident, he added. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor. Weekly Newsletter
Brought to you by PSU – Corporate and Personal Security Ten killed, two injured in E China road accident 2012-05-20 05:41:32 East China's Shandong Province Ten people were killed and two more were injured in a road accident happened Saturday in east China's Shandong Province, local authorities said early Sunday. The accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m. Saturday when a small passenger vehicle collided with a light truck in Weicheng district of Weifang city. The two injured were in stable conditions. Cause of the accident is being investigated, local government sources said. Official Sponsor for the Swedish participation at World Expo 2010, in the role as security advisor.


Previnfad / papps - prevención del tabaquismo

PrevInfad (AEPap)/PAPPS infancia y adolescencia PREVENCIÓN DEL TABAQUISMO EN LA ADOLESCENCIA Autor: Dr. José Galbe Sánchez-Ventura y Grupo PrevInfad / PAPPS ƒ Introducción ƒ Magnitud del problema ƒ Políticas antitabaco ƒ Factores predisponentes y protectores ƒ Evaluación del consumo y de la dependencia ƒ Clasificación del tabaquismo según el CO espirado ƒ Consejo antitabaco ƒ Programas antitabaco ƒ Tratamientos de deshabituación ƒ Recomendaciones de PrevInfad ƒ Calidad de la evidencia y fuerza de la recomendación ƒ Bibliografía ƒ Estrategias de búsqueda ƒ Direcciones útiles en Internet ƒ Anexos:

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