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Top 10 best places to retire in China [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, Dalian, Guangzhou, Liaoning Province, Qingdao, Shanghai on May 15, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 8, 2014

For many, retirement is a new phase of life, when you can banish all thoughts that have been bothering you at a younger age and just enjoy the rest of your life.

But if you have a chance to consider new surroundings, you might as well factor into your options doctor availability, housing, living costs, weather and air quality, and so on.

With these considered, we have come up with a list of 10 best Chinese cities for retirement.

* No 10 Chengdu, Sichuan province

The city boasts best medical care services in China, particularly compared to other inland cities, with about 20 first-class hospitals. Besides, medical care costs are much lower than mega cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai…

To see full “Top 10 list” and photos, see: http://english.people.com.cn/205040/8620825.html

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Eight Chinese cities in Liaoning Province fined for air pollution [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Dalian, Energy, Environmental protection, Liaoning Province on December 18, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

SHENYANG, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Local governments in eight cities in northeast China’s Liaoning Province have been fined a total of 54.2 million yuan (8.9 million U.S. dollars) for air pollution, the provincial department of environment protection said Tuesday.

The fines, the first the provincial agency has imposed on lower-level governments, send a clear signal that the provincial government is becoming more serious about tackling air pollution.

The tough penalties come as severely polluted air has become a main source of complaints and frustration over health concerns among urban residents.

Choking smog attracted wide attention again last week as it blanketed 100 cities across more than half the country. Many rushed to buy face masks and air purifiers to ward it off, and primary and middle schools in the eastern city of Nanjing were even forced to close for two days.

According to a regulation which went into effect last year, the Liaoning provincial government evaluates 14 cities on indicators of PM10 (particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter), sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

Shenyang, capital of Liaoning, was ordered to pay a fine of 34.6 million yuan. Seven other cities, including Dalian and Anshan, were fined 19.6 million yuan.

Zhu Jinghai, head of the provincial department of environment protection, said all the fines would be spent in the fight against severe air pollution.

Decades of breakneck economic growth, the coal-dominated energy mix and lax environmental law enforcement are blamed for the prominent pollution in Liaoning and other parts of China…

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/10/c_132956993.htm

Bo Xilai charged with bribery, embezzlement, power abuse [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Dalian, Law enforcement, Liaoning Province on July 26, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

JINAN, July 25 (Xinhua) — Bo Xilai, former Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Chongqing Municipality, has been charged with taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power, according to Jinan City People’s Procuratorate in east China’s Shandong Province.

Bo’s indictment was delivered to the Jinan City Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.

Bo took the advantage of his position as a civil servant to seek gains for others, as well as accepted bribes in the form of large amounts of money and property, according to the indictment.

He also embezzled a large amount of public money and abused his power, seriously harming the interests of the state and people, the document said.

Bo has been informed of his legal rights and interviewed by prosecutors. His defending counsel has delivered its opinion, the prosecutors said.

The CPC Central Committee announced in April 2012 that it had decided to suspend Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and the CPC Central Committee, as he was suspected of being involved in serious discipline violations. The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection also filed the case for investigation.

In September, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to expel Bo from the CPC and his public office. The bureau also decided to transfer Bo’s suspected law violations and relevant evidence to judicial organs.

Bo, 64, also formerly served as mayor of the city of Dalian, governor of northeast China’s Liaoning Province and China’s minister of commerce.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-07/25/c_132572920.htm

Bo Xilai expelled from CPC, public office [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Corruption, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Dalian, Law enforcement on September 28, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his public office, according to a decision made at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Friday.

The meeting also decided to transfer Bo’s suspected law violations and relevant clues to judicial organs.

The decisions were made after the meeting deliberating and adopting an investigation report on Bo’s severe disciplinary violations submitted by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).

At a meeting held on April 10, members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee were briefed on the investigation into the incident of former Chongqing vice mayor Wang Lijun’s entering the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu without permission as well as the reinvestigation into the suspected murder of British citizen Neil Heywood by Bogu Kailai, Bo’ s wife.

Based on Bo’s mistakes and responsibilities in the two cases and clues to his other discipline violations found in the probe of the two cases, the CPC Central committee decided to suspend Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and in the CPC Central Committee, and the CCDI filed the case for investigation.

Investigations found that Bo seriously violated the Party disciplines while heading the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province and the Ministry of Commerce as well as serving as a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and party chief of Chongqing Municipality.

Bo abused his power, made severe mistakes and bore major responsibility in the Wang Lijun incident and the intentional homicide case of Bogu Kailai.

He took advantage of his office to seek profits for others and received huge bribes personally and through his family.

His position was also abused by his wife Bogu Kailai to seek profits for others and his family thereby accepted a huge amount of money and property from others.

Bo had affairs and maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women.

He was also found to have violated organizational and personnel disciplines and made wrong decisions in personnel promotion, which led to serious consequences.

The investigation also found clues to his suspected involvement in other crimes.

Bo’s behaviors have brought serious consequences, badly undermined the reputation of the Party and the country, created very negative impact at home and abroad and significantly damaged the cause of the Party and people.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-09/28/c_131880079.htm

Authorities launch relief operation in flood-hit NE China [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Dalian, Dandong, Liaoning Province, Natural disaster on August 5, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) — China has launched relief operation in northeastern province of Liaoning and northern province of Hebei where millions of people were affected by floods caused by Typhoon Damrey.

The National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs sent two teams to the flood-hit regions to direct relief work, according to a ministry statement on Sunday.

Nearly 1.46 million people of 43 counties and urban districts in 10 cities of Liaoning were affected by heavy rains and floods, which left one dead and five missing, according to the statement.

More than 10,000 houses collapsed and about 17,000 houses were damaged, forcing 138,000 people to evacuate. Nearly 70,000 hectares of crops were also damaged, with direct economic losses reaching 2.36 billion yuan (370.4 million U.S. dollars).

In Hebei, about 2.33 million people were affected by the disaster, including one dead, one missing and 151,000 people who were relocated. About 9,400 houses were destructed in the flooding.

Article link here

S Korean “New Right” anti-DPRK subversives held in China for criminal violations of PRC’s national security [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in Dalian, DPR Korea, Juche Idea, Kim Il Sung, south Korea on May 19, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

[Edited to remove The Hankyoreh’s bourgeois liberal nationalist bias, and considerable anonymously-attributed rumor-mongering. I can find no support to the story in Chinese media. – Zuo Shou]

May 16, 2012

By Kim Kyu-won, staff writer

…Kim Young-hwan and three colleagues were reportedly arrested on March 29 in Dalian, China by intelligence agencies on charges of violating the country‘s national security law. [They] are suspected of having sent defectors back into North Korea [sic] to promote democracy [sic]. Their detention has been made public through the testimonies of [unidentified] other[s]…

On May 15, a figure familiar with Kim and the other three men, said, “The defectors they sent into North Korea are said to have distributed leaflets and collected information. I know that the object of their activities was bringing down the North Korean [sic] regime…”

Reports suggest that the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) targeted five individuals for arrest, but one of them evaded capture and is now on the run. The source, said, “He left his passport behind, so he’s unable to come back to Korea.” The source claimed that three of the five were former students…from North Jeolla province.

“…they are all influenced by Kim Young-hwan. I know that they followed Kim when he turned to the New Right movement…”

Some have raised suspicions about the relationship between the arrested individuals and South Korean intelligence services. They have been traveling to and from China for between five and ten years, supporting defectors, and are known to have run restaurants and internet cafes in order to fund the operations . Some suspect that the individuals received financial support from South Korean intelligence agencies . An official at the National Intelligence Service [issued a boilerplate denial]…

An official at South Korea‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) stated with regard to the incident, “Of the four individuals, only Kim Young-hwan wanted consular access, so the [South Korean] consul general in Shenyang met him on April 26. We have requested telephone calls and meetings with the other three individuals, who signed documents waiving their rights to consular access, to confirm their exact intentions….

The four individuals are currently being held by the MSS as they await indictment. MOFAT reported that it was not yet certain whether they would be handed over to a court….The MOFAT official stated that individuals convicted of violating China’s national security law are subject to sentences of up to life imprisonment for ringleaders and up to ten years in jail for accomplices.

In the 1980s, Kim Young-hwan was a pro-North Korea [sic] activist. He is widely known as the writer of “Gangcheol Seosin,” a work that served as the textbook of the left-wing Jusapa faction of the 1980s. In the 1980s he was a scholar of North Korea‘s Juche ideology as part of the National Liberation movement. He visited North Korea and met premier Kim Il-sung in 1991.

After his visit to North Korea, Kim…turned against North Korea…

Original article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/533087.html

Bo Xilai removed as Chongqing’s Party Chief [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, CPC Central Committee (CPCCC), Dalian, Liaoning Province on March 16, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 15, 2012

Beijing,May 15–Bo Xilai was removed from the post of Party chief of Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, according to a decision of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee announced Thursday.

Bo, born in July 1949, became mayor of Dalian, Liaoning province, in 1993. He served as governor of Liaoning and minister of commerce before being appointed Party chief of Chongqing in 2007.

Article link: http://english.people.com.cn/90785/7759015.html