Party expels state media exec who fled to Britain

Party expels state media exec who fled to Britain

A former Chinese state media executive has been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from his post for being absent without leave abroad.

An official investigation found Tang Dongning, former deputy head of the “Science and Technology Daily," spent time abroad and obtained permission to settle in the UK without approval from authorities, according to a statement posted on the website of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection today.
Tang obtained permanent residency in the UK.

He breached party rules by keeping a passport and leaving China multiple times to attend to personal affairs without reporting to the party, said the anti-graft body.

According to the statement, Tang also failed to report that his wife and child had acquired permanent residency in the UK.—Xinhua

16 Chinese busted for ivory haul smuggled via HK

Authorities announced the arrests of 16 suspected members of a smuggling ring and the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of ivory along with rhino horns and bear paws.
Police in Beijing said that as a result of a crackdown from May to August on the illegal trade and transport of wildlife products, officers netted 804 kilograms of ivory, 11 kilograms of rhino horns and 35 bear paws in a haul worth 24 million yuan. 

Police said in a statement that the ivory was smuggled illegally from Japan to mainland China via Hong Kong. 

The 16 suspects were arrested by forest police, which investigate crimes involving wildlife, in Beijing, Hebei, Guangdong and Shandong, among other places. 

Traffic, a British-based anti-wildlife trafficking group, praised the operation as a “clear demonstration of the Chinese government's commitment to crack down on illegal wildlife trade.'' Traffic said in a statement that it was possible that all the wildlife products in the case originated in Japan, where people have been selling legally owned ivory and rhino horns from the 1980s and earlier as their popularity has plummeted. 

China is the world's top market for illegal ivory. 

In February, China imposed a one-year ban on ivory imports amid criticism that demand for ivory among its rising middle class threatens African elephants. There is still no ban on ivory trade within the country, and conservationists say legal sales provide cover for a thriving black market. –AP


Yang Jiechi continues political engagement with Tokyo

China's top foreign policymaker will visit Japan tomorrow for a high-level political dialogue.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi, (Pictured with Shotaro Yachi) whose visit was announced today by the foreign ministry, will be the highest-ranking Chinese diplomat to make an official trip to Japan for several years.

Yang is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, Japan's foreign ministry said in Tokyo.

It will be Yang's first trip to Japan since he became State Councilor in 2013, a year after relations soured following Tokyo's nationalization of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

During his three-day trip, Yang will meet the head of Japan's National Security Council Shotaro Yachi as part of an ongoing series of meetings, following the first meetings in Beijing in July, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing.—AFP

Two more Japanese spy suspects arrested in China

Japanese media are reporting that two more Japanese citizens are being held in China on suspicion of spying, bringing the total number of such cases to four.

Japan and China last month acknowledged that two Japanese had been arrested in May on suspected spying charges _ one in Zhejiang province and the other in Liaoning.

Japan's Foreign Ministry refused to confirm or deny the reports. 
Japan's national broadcaster NHK said over the weekend that the cases involve a woman in her 50s, arrested in Shanghai, and a man in his 60s, arrested in Beijing, both in June. 

In 2010, four employees of a Japanese construction company were accused of filming a Chinese military site in Hebei province but were released within weeks. –AP

400 North Koreans due at Dandong city business expo

A 400-strong delegation from North Korea will attend the fourth China-North Korea expo next week, organizers said.

The China-North Korea Economic, Trade, Cultural and Tourism Expo will be held from October 15 to 18 in northeast Dandong City, with more than 100 exhibition booths for North Korean companies.
China and the North Korea will also discuss the launch of new tourism projects during the expo, according to organizers.

Firms from Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Egypt as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan regions will seek business opportunities at the expo.

Dandong is a key hub for trade, investment and tourism between China and the North Korea. There are more than 600 border trade enterprises in the city, and trade with North Korea accounts for 40 percent of the city's total trade turnover.

The Guomenwan trade zone in Dandong is expected to open soon to boost bilateral economic cooperation.—Xinhua

14 students among 17 killed in Anhui gas cylinder blast

Fourteen students were among 17 dead in a restaurant blast in east China's Anhui Province on Saturday, according to the local government.

The dead students, aged 15 to 20, came from nearby schools. Three other men aged between 33 and 59, including a father and his son, were also killed. Many of deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

A gas cylinder at the private restaurant, located on the first floor of a six-storey building in Jinghu District of Wuhu City, caught fire at 11:44 a.m. Saturday, followed by a blast six minutes later, according to an initial investigation.

The fire was put out in about half an hour. Rescuers retrieved 17 bodies.

The owner of the snack bar, Zhang Baoping, a 38-year-old man from Hanshan County of Anhui, is being investigated.

The snack bar opened on August 18 without a license.
Zhang said he and his wife rented the restaurant more than two months ago to sell snacks including fried noodles.

When the accident happened, he tried to put out the fire with water and a fire extinguisher, but the blast followed shortly after. Both he and his wife were injured. A witness said that he heard at least two blasts.—Xinhua


Rights lawyer Wang Yu’s young son grabbed from Myanmar

The teenage son of a rights lawyer detained in a crackdown on civil society is under house arrest in northern China after being grabbed in Myanmar while trying to escape to the United States, a family friend said today. 

Bao Zhuoxuan, also known as Bao Mengmeng, is under 24-hour police surveillance at his grandparents' house in Inner Mongolia and is not allowed contact with the outside world, Liang Bo, a San Francisco-based family friend, said by phone. 

Bao, 16, is the son of Wang Yu, (Pictured) a lawyer who disappeared on July 9 amid a rounding up of dozens of rights lawyers and social activists in a broad crackdown on groups that seek changes in society and that operate outside the Communist Party. Wang has represented people involved in politically sensitive cases and earlier this year was the legal counsel for one of five women's rights activists jailed over a planned event against sexual harassment. 

Bao and his father were detained on the same day by police at Beijing's international airport on their way to Australia, where Bao was to attend high school. Bao was released after two days, but his passport was revoked, Zhou said. His parents are still missing.
Chinese authorities routinely put pressure on activists by targeting their family members.

After his release the teenager was watched and harassed by police in Beijing, and at times beaten by them, said Liang, who was intending to look after Bao in San Francisco. Beijing police did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.

San Francisco-based rights campaigner Fengsuo Zhou, who was involved in the escape plan and was to help Bao seek refuge in the U.S., said: ``He has expressed his will to study abroad, and eventually study law, like his mother.''

Zhou traveled to the Thai capital of Bangkok and grew worried when Bao failed to meet him there last week. He said that Bao and two men helping him leave China were taken by local police in a Myanmar border town on Oct. 6, citing information from the guest house in Mong La. 

Liang said Bao was with his mother's parents in Ulanhot city. Calls to two numbers for Bao's grandmother were not answered. People who answered calls to Ulanhot police's general and criminal investigation offices said they were not aware of the case. 

The two men helping him to leave China were Tang Zhishun, 40, an engineer from Beijing, and Xing Qingxian, 49, a human rights activist in the southwest city of Chengdu, Zhou said. Their whereabouts was unknown. –AP

Guangdong reports fewer dengue cases

A total of 1,312 dengue cases, 95.85 percent less than the same period last year, have been reported in 18 cities across Guangdong Province so far this year, local health authorities said.

There have been no deaths reported yet, and 99 people caught dengue outside of the province. Chaozhou City has seen the highest number of cases, at 1,162, said the province's health and family planning commission.

Guangdong reported the majority of China's 46,000 dengue cases last year, including more than 35,000 in Guangzhou.—Xinhua

Political advisory body sets November meeting

China's top political advisory body will hold a meeting in early November.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference presided over the 35th chairpersons' meeting today, at which the schedule and agenda of the 13th meeting of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee was decided.

The meeting will focus on studying important messages from the soon-to-be-convened fifth plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee.

The CPC's key plenum will be convened this month and discuss the 13th five-year plan of national development (2016-2020).—Xinhua

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