Daily China News (01/12/2011) – life imprisonment, emission quota, and more.
January 12, 2011Jing Gao2 CommentsConfucius, demolition, earthquake, energy, Environment, forced demolition, greenhouse gas emissions, J-20, land seizure, legal system, life imprisonment, military, red songs, revolutionary program, stealth jet
According to China Seismological Network, at 9:19 a.m. (GMT+8) on January 12, 2011, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck South Yellow Sea. Residents in Shanghai could feel the quake.
J-20, China’s stealth jet took off just before 1 p.m. local time and flew for about 18 minutes, according to Chinese bloggers. The test flight coincides with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ China visit. Guan Youfei, deputy director of Foreign Affairs Office of the Defense Ministry, said that China’s military hardware development is not aimed at any other country, nor was the test flight timed to upstage Gates.
Headline in Reference News, a newspaper daily with the largest circulation in China, reads, “Is J-20’s take-off a showcase for power to the U.S.?”
Chinese netizens are enthusiastic about naming the stealth jet. So far, the candidates include Thunder Dragon (雷龙), Flying Dragon (飞龙), Fierce Dragon (狂龙), Geili (给力)
Li Chengpeng, a prominent blogger and activist, said, “I am naming it Chinese Chengguan. It will daunt the enemies and make them surrender without much ado.”
A man surnamed Shi purchased two trucks and used fake military licenses to transport construction materials (Vehicles with Chinese military licenses are exempt from toll). Within the eight months between May 4, 2008 and January 1, 2009, he traveled free of charge on highways 2,361 times, dodged 3.68 million yuan of tolls and made a profit of 200,000. On January 10, 2011, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and permanent deprivation of political rights and was fined 2 million yuan. Shi pleaded guilty and decided not to appeal.
The studio of Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist and activist, was demolished forcibly in Shanghai.
In order not to exceed the quota of greenhouse gas emissions, the city of Linzhou in Henan Province stopped heat supply to the city’s residents and promised to refund all heating bills. City officials say the requirements of saving energy and reducing emissions by the state council behoove them to shut down power plants. Meeting the requirements brooks no obstacle of heat supply. Temperature of Linzhou on January 11 is –10 C (14 F).
Dissatisfied with land being seized by developers and the local government’s non-interference, villagers in Baoshan, Hainan presented a banner (a typical gesture by Chinese to praise and thank an organization) to the government of Dongjiao County, which administers Baoshan Village. The banner reads “THE AWARD OF NONFEASANCE IN VILLAGERS’ HEARTS.”
A bronze statue of Confucius as high as 9.5 meters (31 feet) was erected in front of National Museum to the east of Tiananmen Square on January 11, 2011.
Three high-rise residential buildings in Suzhou began to charge each outside visitor 30 cent elevator-taking fee. In Nanjing, Mr.Zhang was also told to pay 20 cents for taking the elevator when he visited his friend.
Chongqing Satellite Television replaced its TV dramas with red revolutionary programs during the prime time on January 3. According to Lianhe Zaobao, a Singaporean Newspaper, ever since Chongqing began its campaign of singing red songs and running red shows in 2008, the ratings have dropped dramatically. Among 10 people surveyed by the newspaper, eight of them haven’t tuned to the channel for at least a year.
20,000 positioning watches for kids were meted out this morning in Beijing. The watch is a combination of cellphone and a GPS device. The cellphone service is also bundled with that of their parents’ cellphone.