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Qingdao: death toll climbs from oil pipeline explosion
So far, 52 people died in the disaster with another 130 injured and 11 still missing. President Xi Jinping visits the area, calling for a thorough investigation and severe punishment. Blame game among parties kicks off.
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Middle East, North Korea, Iran focus of G8 starting tomorrow in Russia
The economic growth of Asia and other countries, and the new "cold war" between Russia and the United States are increasingly undermining the importance of the meeting. Experts say it is a must to expand the body to include India and China.
Beijing gets a blue sky, demonstrators get beaten and activists get arrested
Beijing welcomes foreign athletes under a blue sky. Police stop demonstrators from talking to journalists. A pro-democracy activist is reported arrested by police. Journalists must make a “reservation” if they want to cover Tiananmen Square. Torch relay reaches a devastated Sichuan where there is no electricity.
Ningbo: 51 detained during anti-pollution protests
Residents take to the streets to oppose the expansion of a petrochemical plant accused of polluting the area. The authorities said they would stop the project but people remain suspicious.
China’s energy production drops further
More and more plants are shutting down production for lack of coal, now priced at US$ 150 per tonne. The situation is expected to get worse in the summer as a result of the massive use of air conditioning. Billions of yuan are given to companies that sell fuel below cost.
Stories of ‘ordinary corruption’ on the margins of Communist Party congress
SINOPEC’s former chairman Chen Tonghai is in detention; former Finance Minister Jin Renqing is banned from the congress. Hu calls for zero tolerance on corruption and bad governance if the Party wants to survive. However, experts note that it continues to be widespread at all levels.
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