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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

54 dead, 21,000 houses damaged in China quake

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24.07.2013 Earthquake China Province of Gansu, Dingxi Damage level
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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 at 04:23 UTC
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Rescue efforts continued as the death toll in a northwestern China earthquake rose to 94. The quake and a powerful aftershock hit a remote area 105 miles southeast of Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu province, on Monday morning, and injured at least 500 people. The U.S. Geological Survey reported two earthquakes, the first at a 5.9 magnitude and a strong aftershock about an hour and a half later at a 5.6 magnitude. On Monday the government of the city of Dingxi, the worst affected area, said more than 27,000 people were left homeless.

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Wednesday, 24 July, 2013 at 13:39 UTC
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Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs chipped away at collapsed hillsides Tuesday as the death toll rose to 94 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of northwest China. Just one person was listed as missing and 1,001 as injured in Monday morning’s quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, with 31,600 moved to temporary shelters, the provincial earthquake administration said on its website. Almost 2,000 homes were completely destroyed, and about 22,500 damaged, the administration said. The quake toppled brick walls and telephone lines, shattered mud-and-tile-roofed houses and sent cascades of dirt and rock down hillsides, blocking roads and slowing rescue efforts by crews trying to reach remote areas. Hospitals set up aid stations in parking lots to accommodate the injured, while hundreds of paramilitary People’s Armed Police fanned out to search for victims in the region of terraced farmland where the quake struck about 760 miles west of Beijing. Min county in Dingxi’s rural south accounted for almost all the deaths and the worst damage. Urban areas where buildings are more solid were spared major damage, unlike the traditional mud and brick homes in the countryside. Tremors were felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou 110 miles north, and as far away as Xi’an 250 miles to the east. The government’s earthquake monitoring center said the quake was magnitude-6.6, while the U.S. Geological Survey said it was 5.9. Measurements can often vary, especially if different monitoring equipment is used. The Chinese Red Cross said it was shipping 200 tents, 1,000 sets of household items, and 2,000 jackets to the area. Other supplies were being shipped in by the army and paramilitary police, which dispatched around 6,000 personnel and two helicopters to aid in rescue efforts. But heavy rain is expected later in the week, raising the need for shelter and increasing the chance of further landslides. Gansu, with a population of 26 million, is one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the New Jersey-sized area of Dingxi has a greater concentration of farms in rolling hills terraced for crops and fruit trees. Dingxi has a population of about 2.7 million.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Earthquakes

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Today Earthquake China Province of Gansu, Dingxi Damage level Details

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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A strong, shallow earthquake struck a moderately populated part of western China on Monday morning, and state media reported at least three deaths. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a largely desert and pastureland region with a population of 26 million. That makes it one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million. The three deaths were reported in Min County in the rural southern part of Dingxi municipality, the Xinhua News Agency reported. The government’s earthquake monitoring center said the magnitude was 6.6, which can cause severe damage. More quakes were detected during the morning, including a magnitude-5.6. It said the initial quake at 7:45 a.m. hit about 12.4 miles beneath the surface, although the Gansu provincial earthquake administration said the quake was at an even shallow depth of just 3.7 miles. Quakes near the surface tend to be more destructive. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude as 5.9 and the depth at 6 miles. Initial measurements of a quake can vary widely, especially if different monitoring equipment is used. Dingxi is about 766 miles west of Beijing.

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 04:23 UTC
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A strong earthquake struck a rural part of western China on Monday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring 296, according to the local government. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. That makes it one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million. The deaths and injuries were reported in Min County and other rural southern parts of Dingxi municipality, the provincial government said in a statement posted on its official microblog. Residents described shaking windows and swinging lights but little major damage and little panic. Shaking was felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou 177 kilometres north, and as far away as Xi’an, 400 kilometres to the east. “You could see the chandeliers wobble and the windows vibrating and making noise, but there aren’t any cracks in the walls. Shop assistants all poured out onto the streets when the shaking began,” said a front desk clerk at the Wuyang Hotel in the Zhang County seat about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the epicenter. The clerk surnamed Bao refrained from identifying herself further, as is common among ordinary Chinese. The government’s earthquake monitoring centre said the initial quake at 7:45 a.m. (2345 GMT Sunday) was magnitude-6.6 and subsequent tremors included a magnitude-5.6. The quake was shallow, which can be more destructive. The centre said it struck about 20 kilometres beneath the surface, while the Gansu provincial earthquake administration said it was just 6 kilometres deep. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the initial quake as 5.9 and the depth at 10 kilometres. Initial measurements of an earthquake can vary widely, especially if different monitoring equipment is used. Dingxi is about 1,233 kilometres west of Beijing.

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 05:41 UTC
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At least 22 people have been killed in an earthquake which hit a juncture region of two counties in northwest China’s Gansu Province Monday morning, according to the provincial civil affairs department. The victims include 19 in Minxian County, two in Zhangxian County in the city of Dingxi and one in Lixian County in the city of Longnan, according to the department. Communication was cut off in 13 towns of Zhangxian County, it said. The 6.6-magnitude quake happened at 7:45 a.m. at the junction of the Minxian County and Zhangxian County, the Gansu Provincial Seismological Bureau said. The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was monitored at 34.5 degrees north latitude and 104.2 degrees east longitude, the China Earthquake Networks Center said. Sources with the Minxian County government said most of the townships in the county have been affected by the quake. The townships of Meichuan and Puma were seriously hit. Many homes in the quake-hit region collapsed, according to the civil affairs bureau of the Dingxi City. Locals in Minxian County said a strong tremor was felt and they saw trees and homes shake, adding that the quake lasted for about one minute. Soldiers, police and more than 300 local militiamen have been dispatched to the quake-hit region to help with rescue efforts. The provincial civil affairs department has sent 500 tents and 2,000 quilts to the quake-hit region. Lanzhou Railway Bureau has started the emergency response to guarantee the safety of railway bridges and communication equipment in the province. Light to moderate rain and partly heavy rain were forecast in Dingxi city, according to the provincial meteorological station, which would affect the rescue efforts. Meanwhile, the earthquake was also felt in Tianshui city and the provincial capital city of Lanzhou. The quake was also felt in the cities of Xi’an, Baoji and Xianyang in neighboring Shaanxi Province.

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 06:57 UTC
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Two strong earthquakes have devastated parts of western China, killing at least 47 people and injuring 296 with villages cut off from contact. The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the initial quake as 5.9 and the second at 5.6-magnitude in Gansu province. The Chinese government measured the first quake at 6.6 magnitude. The death toll has risen to 47, according to the Gansu provincial government, South China Morning Post reported. At least 296 have been injured. An estimated 380 buildings have collapsed and 5,600 more have been damaged in Zhang county, the Dingxi government said, Sina Weibo reported. Eight towns in remote, mountainous areas have been seriously damaged in the earthquake and subsequent flooding and mudslides, Xinhua News Agency reported. Power outages and communications were cut off in 13 towns in Zhangxian county, Xinhua said. The Lanzhou military region has dispatched 1000 soldiers with Gansu Military police sending 500 troops to assist in rescue efforts, Phoenix News reported. Rescuers are battling to reach survivors in remote areas. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. It is one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million. Pictures broadcast on state television showed rural villages with rubble-strewn streets and houses crumbled. Locals in Minxian county in Gansu province, said they saw trees and homes shaking, with the quake lasting for about one minute. Earlier, an official surnamed He from Minxian, said there were 19 dead and more than 200 injured in seven townships severely hit by the quakes. The Chinese government measured the first earthquake at 6.6 magnitude The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. That makes it one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million. Deaths were also reported in Min County in the rural southern part of Dingxi municipality, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 08:16 UTC
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Two strong earthquakes have devastated parts of western China, killing at least 54 people and injuring 337 with villages cut off from contact. The US Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the initial quake as 5.9 and the second at 5.6-magnitude in Gansu province. The Chinese government measured the first quake at 6.6 magnitude. The death toll has risen to 54, according to the Dingxi prefectural-city government, South China Morning Post reported. At least 337 have been injured. A total of 405 tremors have been registered by 3pm, six of which were above 3.0 on the Richter scale. An estimated 380 buildings have collapsed and 5,600 more have been damaged in Zhang county, the Dingxi government said, Sina Weibo reported. Eight towns in remote, mountainous areas have been seriously damaged in the earthquake and subsequent flooding and mudslides, Xinhua News Agency reported. Power outages and communications were cut off in 13 towns in Zhangxian county, Xinhua said. The Lanzhou military region has dispatched 1000 soldiers with Gansu Military police sending 500 troops to assist in rescue efforts, Phoenix News reported. Rescuers are battling to reach survivors in remote areas. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. It is one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns with a total population of about 2.7 million. Pictures broadcast on state television showed rural villages with rubble-strewn streets and houses crumbled. Locals in Minxian county in Gansu province, said they saw trees and homes shaking, with the quake lasting for about one minute. Earlier, an official surnamed He from Minxian, said there were 19 dead and more than 200 injured in seven townships severely hit by the quakes. The Chinese government measured the first earthquake at 6.6 magnitude.

Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 10:08 UTC
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A shallow earthquake struck a dry, hilly farming area in western China early Monday, killing at least 56 people, injuring more than 400, and destroying thousands of homes, the local government said. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a hilly region of mountains, desert and pastureland about 1,233 kilometers (766 miles) west of Beijing. Residents described shaking windows and swinging lights but there was relatively little major damage or panic in the city itself. Tremors were felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou 177 kilometers (110 miles) north, and as far away as Xi’an, 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the east. “You could see the chandeliers wobble and the windows vibrating and making noise, but there aren’t any cracks in the walls. Shop assistants all poured out onto the streets when the shaking began,” said a front desk clerk at the Wuyang Hotel in the Zhang County seat about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the epicenter. The clerk surnamed Bao refrained from identifying herself further, as is common among ordinary Chinese. The government’s earthquake monitoring center said the initial quake at 7:45 a.m. (2345 GMT Sunday) was magnitude-6.6 and subsequent tremors included a magnitude-5.6.

Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 11:38 UTC
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Chinese officials say two shallow earthquakes in rural northwest China have killed at least 73 people and injured hundreds of others. The U.S. Geological Survey said the first quake, with a magnitude of 5.9, hit at 7:45 a.m. near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. It struck at a depth of 10 kilometers. A second 5.6 magnitude quake hit the same region about 90 minutes later at a similar depth. The quakes were followed by hundreds of aftershocks. Officials say several hundred buildings have collapsed and thousands of others have been damaged. Electric power has been lost in much of the region, which is not heavily populated. Soldiers, police and medical personnel have been sent to the region to search for more victims and help the survivors.

Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 14:38 UTC
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A strong earthquake that shook an arid, hilly farming area in northwest China sparked landslides and destroyed or damaged thousands of brick-and-mud homes Monday, killing at least 75 people and injuring more than 400, the government said. The quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province toppled brick walls and telephone lines, shattered mud-and-tile-roofed houses and sent cascades of dirt and rock down hillsides that blocked roads and slowed rescue efforts by crews trying to reach remote areas. Hospitals set up aid stations in parking lots to accommodate large numbers of injured, while hundreds of paramilitary People’s Armed Police fanned out to search for victims in the region of terraced farmland where the quake struck about 760 miles west of Beijing. In addition to the 75 confirmed dead, there were 14 people missing and 459 injured, the central government’s China Earthquake Administration said.

Earthquake in China on Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 03:24 (03:24 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 22 July, 2013 at 16:27 UTC
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Rescuers rushed to find victims buried by twin shallow earthquakes in northwest China Monday after the double tremors killed at least 89 people and injured more than 400, officials said. The government of Dingxi city in Gansu province, which was hit by quakes with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6, gave the figures on a verified social media account. “More than 21,000 buildings were severely damaged and more than 1,200 have collapsed,” an official at the provincial earthquake bureau told AFP, adding that 371 aftershocks had been recorded. The tremor set off landslides which buried often crudely constructed local houses, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Pictures from the scene showed simple buildings reduced to rubble, with the pieces of corrugated metal scattered over the wreckage. In one location 12 people were buried, the broadcaster quoted a witness as saying. “The rescue work is tough, because the house has been completely buried,” the man said. More than 2,000 soldiers, 300 police, 50 medical staff and two helicopters had been sent to the area, the official Xinhua news agency said. “We are rushing to the scene,” Dingxi’s vice-mayor told CCTV, which showed an orange-suited rescue worker riding on a tractor. “The damage to houses made from earth bricks has been severe and many are now unusable,” the official said, adding that the number of people buried by the quake was still being estimated. More than 700 rescue workers had arrived at the scene, CCTV said.

Dozens reported dead in China earthquake

  • The Guardian, Monday 22 July 2013 06.30 EDT

Link to video: Powerful earthquake in north-west China leaves dozens dead

A strong earthquake struck a rural part of western China on Monday morning, killing at least 75 people, according to state media.

The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a region of mountains, desert and pastureland with a population of 26 million. That makes it one of China’s more lightly populated provinces, although the Dingxi area has a greater concentration of farms and towns, with a total population of about 2.7 million.

The government’s earthquake monitoring service said an additional 459 people were injured.

The deaths and injuries were reported in Min County and other rural southern parts of the municipality, Dingxi mayor Tang Xiaoming told the state broadcaster CCTV. Tang said damage was worst in the counties of Zhang and Min, where scores of homes were damaged and telephone and electricity services knocked out.

Residents described shaking windows and swinging lights but little major damage and little panic. Shaking was felt in the provincial capital of Lanzhou and as far away as Xi’an, 250 miles (400 kilometres) to the east.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

Floods sweep away homes in China

16.07.2013 Flash Flood China Province of Gansu, [Huanxian County area] Damage level Details

Flash Flood in China on Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 at 09:14 (09:14 AM) UTC.

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Three people have died and another seven have been reported missing after torrential rains since Sunday triggered floods in a county of northwest China’s Gansu Province, authorities said Tuesday. From Sunday evening to Monday morning, heavy rain pounded Huanxian County, with rainfall reaching up to 42.3 mm within an hour in Fanjiachuan Township, said a spokesman with the county government. As of Tuesday, rain-triggered floods had forced over 200 people in six villages to relocate to tents, and 9,267 hectares of crops had been damaged, said the spokesman. Road traffic, telecommunications and electricity were disrupted in the township, and power has not yet been fully restored.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

Sandstorm in  China  April 17th  2013 photo SandstorminChinaApril17th2013_zpsf696b6a0.jpg

17.04.2013 Extreme Weather China MultiProvinces, [Xinjiang, western Inner Mongolia, western Gansu, central and northern Ningxia and northern Shaanxi] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in China on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 at 07:44 (07:44 AM) UTC.

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A strong sandstorm hit Kashgar, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, leaving the city shrouded in orange dust. The affected areas will include parts of southern Xinjiang, western Inner Mongolia, western Gansu, central and northern Ningxia and northern Shaanxi. From Tuesday, a cold front has caused sandstorms in northwest China, especially parts of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, the center said in a statement on its website. Sandstorms can cause health problems and may trigger or worsen illnesses like coughs and allergies, the statement warned. The cold front will bring low- to medium-strength rain to northern Xinjiang in the coming three days.

Sandstorm Obscures Sky in Northwest China

 

 

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Here are pictures from China’s Xinjiang region. A strong sandstorm moved in on Tuesday afternoon, blanketing much of the area with a reddish haze.

China’s National Meteorological Center said a cold front brought the sand from Xinjiang’s deserts into the cities.

Visibility is less than 100 feet. Cars are driving with their lights on and pedestrians cover their faces to keep out the wind and sand.

Weather authorities said this is the first sandstorm for the spring, and will stay around until Thursday.

 

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Tibetan Farmer Sets Self on Fire

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff Created: January 23, 2013

 

Carrying posters of people who have self-immolated themselves, protesters march down 42nd street to the United Nations General Assembly Building in recognition of International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2012 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Carrying posters of people who have self-immolated themselves, protesters march down 42nd street to the United Nations General Assembly Building in recognition of International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2012 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Another Tibetan has set himself on fire on Tuesday, raising the total to 98 in a sign that the fiery protests against Chinese Communist Party rule won’t end any time soon.

The man was identified as 26-year-old Kunchok Kyab, a father of two, from western Gansu Province, sources told Radio Free Asia. It is the third self-immolation already this year.

“I have seen Kunchok Kyab’s body being carried away by the Chinese police,” a Tibetan living close to the Bora monastery, near where he set himself on fire, told the broadcaster.

The family threatened a “sit-in protest in front of the local police station” if the police did not return the body, the Tibetan source said. He was not named likely due to security reasons. Kyab set himself on fire to protest against oppressive Chinese rule, an exile source in India told RFA.

 

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Watches, mistresses on show as China highlights graft

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Beijing (AFP)

Lurid reports of Chinese officials sporting luxury watches or promoting their twin mistresses are being hailed by state media as proof of a corruption crackdown — but real reforms remain a distant prospect.

Less than a month after Xi Jinping ascended to China’s most powerful post as head of the Communist Party and proclaimed the scourge of graft an existential threat to the ruling organisation and the country, official outlets are striving to show action is being taken.

Several senior Chinese officials have been placed under investigation, including the vice party head of Sichuan province and a former deputy mayor of the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen.

A web page run by the Communist party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, hailed their fall as “the start of an anti-corruption storm”.

But the breadth and depth of the campaign are still unclear, even as corruption threatens the ruling party’s claim to legitimacy — a recent Pew Research Center survey found 50 percent of Chinese considered official graft a very big problem.

Since Xi’s promotion after the Communist Party Congress, a motley parade of lower-level officials have been featured by state-run media after being exposed, including a police chief being investigated for allegedly keeping twins as mistresses and giving one a local government job.

The mayor of Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, was pictured apparently wearing a range of expensive watches, and an official in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing was sacked after a video of him having sex with a mistress spread like wildfire.

A Chinese investigative reporter on Thursday used Sina Weibo — a website similar to Twitter — to accuse the head of China’s National Energy Administration of fraud, graft and sending death threats.

The official, Liu Tienan, was travelling in Russia with Wang Qishan, China’s newly appointed anti-corruption chief, the state-run Global Times reported, making the accusations potentially embarrassing for the senior official.

The energy body quickly moved to dismiss the report, but the original post on Sina Weibo was not deleted by censors on Friday, as often happens with items critical of high-level officials.

 

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Two more Tibetans in China self-immolate: reports

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Beijing (AFP)

China’s official Xinhua news agency said that two herdsmen self-immolated in northwestern Chinese provinces.

Tsering Dongdri, 35, set himself on fire close to a remote gold mine in Gansu province on Tuesday, the report said, adding an investigation was underway.

Another herdsman, 25, died after setting himself on fire late Monday inside the home of his brother, a Buddhist monk, in Qinghai province, Xinhua said.

US-based Tibetan rights group International Campaign for Tibet, meanwhile, also reported two self-immolations for the same days and provinces.

It said that a farmer and nomad named Tsering Dundrup, who it described as being in his 30s, self-immolated Tuesday in Gansu, while Wangchen Norbu, 25, died after setting himself on fire late Monday.

Though some details differed, the times, dates and locations strongly suggest they were the same incidents reported by Xinhua.

Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.

China rejects this, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom. Beijing points to huge ongoing investment it says has brought modernisation and a better standard of living to Tibet.

The Tibetan government-in-exile says 76 people have set themselves on fire since 2009, of whom 62 have died. Those figures were released before the latest reported self-immolations.

China police hold car protest sticker printer
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2012 – Police in southern China have detained a car owner for online attempts to organise a campaign against rising licence fees, state press said Wednesday in a sign of official concern over potential unrest.

The owner, publicly identified only by an online name, hoped for 100 cars to parade around Yangjiang in Guangdong province after the city proposed a 400 yuan ($65) annual fee for vehicles with up to nine seats, reports said.

The driver printed bumper stickers depicting a clenched fist and reading: “To hell with the annual fee” and “Say No to corruption!”, the state-owned Global Times said, and was detained by the authorities.

But no protest took place and the detention has raised concerns among lawyers, who say it was not legal, while social media commenters have raised fears over curbs on civil liberties.

“The car owner shouldn’t be detained as there was no parade or gathering,” the paper quoted Xie Jiajun, a lawyer in Guangdong, as saying.

Police in Yangjiang refused to comment on the case when contacted by AFP.

The car licence fee has yet to be approved or implemented.

The Nanfang Rural News identified the car owner as Zhu Fu 4321, and said the detention was for “inciting and planning illegal gatherings, protests marches and demonstrations and refusing to listen to warnings”.

It added that Zhu Fu 4321’s protest call came in late October, when police nationwide were on alert to quash all unrest ahead of last week’s Communist Party congress that saw the start of a once-in-a-decade leadership handover.

Social unrest is anathema to the ruling party but academics estimate China saw 180,000 protests last year over a wide range of issues including corruption, government-backed land grabs, police brutality and food safety.

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China launches 2nd satellite built for Venezuela

(AP)—China has launched a second satellite built for Venezuela’s government.
China launched Venezuela’s second satellite on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, delivering a spacecraft to monitor the country’s territory, survey crops and natural resources, and aid Venezuela’s security services.
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The remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. The launch was shown live on Venezuelan TV on Friday night. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez applauded as he watched alongside aides in Caracas, congratulating those who worked on the project. Officials have said the satellite cost $140 million and will provide images for tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring floods. The launch came more than a week ahead of Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election, in which Chavez is seeking another six-year term. The satellite is named after Venezuelan independence hero Francisco de Miranda. Venezuela’s first satellite was named after independence leader Simon Bolivar. It was launched from China in 2008.