Shanghai China: Typhoon Tapah soaks the city



Typhoon Tapah soaks the city

Typhoon Tapah soaks the city


People brave strong winds and rain as Typhoon Tapah hit Shanghai on September 21, 2019.

Typhoon Tapah has brought heavy rain to Shanghai’s eastern parts as well as northeastern Zhejiang Province after it entered the East China Sea at 5am on Saturday morning.

According to the National Meteorological Center, Tapah’s center was at 27.3 degrees north and 125.3 degrees east, about 700 kilometers south of Jeju Island, South Korea, at 2pm, moving northwards at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a blue typhoon alert at 11am for strong gusts in coastal areas until Sunday night. Winds will strengthen in the city on Saturday and start to weaken on Sunday night.

Parts of the city will receive up to 70 millimeters of rain on Saturday and Sunday with the hourly precipitation as much as 30 millimeters.

Next week the cloudy skies will return with the mercury ranging from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius.

As the weather is gets cooler, autumn approaches, officially requiring average daily temperatures at or below 22 degrees for five days in a row.

Generally, Shanghai enters autumn in October 2. In the past decade, the earliest autumn came on September 19, 2011 and the latest on November 15, 2013.

4 Chinese tourists dead, over 20 injured in tour bus crash in Utah, US



4 Chinese tourists dead, over 20 injured in tour bus crash in Utah, US

4 Chinese tourists dead, over 20 injured in tour bus crash in Utah, US


This image released on the Utah Highway Patrol tweeter feed shows a bus transporting Chinese tourists after it crashed on September 20, 2019, near Bryce Canyon National Park.

Four Chinese tourists died and over 20 were injured in a tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park in the US state of Utah on Friday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

A total of 31 people were on the bus including the driver. All 30 passengers are Chinese nationals, according to the update of the UHP on Friday night.

“Four have been killed, 12-15 with critical injuries and 10 more with minor to serious injuries,” the UHP tweeted, later adding that the driver is a Chinese American and one of the injured parties.

“We are working with the Chinese Embassy to assist the passengers as well as make notification to families in China,” the UHP added.

Currently, five of the injured are in critical condition, with several more with very minor to serious injuries in stable condition, said UHP.

The crash occurred before Friday noon on the state road 12 (SR-12), about 5.6 km west of Bryce Canyon, according to authorities and staff of the park.

According UHP, the tour bus was eastbound on SR-12 heading towards Bryce Canyon. The bus drifted off the road to the right. The driver over-corrected to the left and the bus rolled over, during which it landed on a guardrail and then came to rest on its wheels blocking the westbound lane.

The Chinese Embassy in the United States said the bus was carrying a Chinese tour group into Bryce Canyon in Garfield County.

The embassy said in a statement that it has been in touch with local police for further details regarding the accident and has dispatched an emergency team to provide assistance for the victims.

Three helicopters were dispatched and multiple agencies were involved, said the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

A video footage acquired by Xinhua showed the top of the white bus was smashed with one side peeled away. The footage was shot by a Chinese tourist on a bus passing by the scene. Screams and sighs could be heard in the video.

The UHP said multiple air ambulances and rescue crews have been dispatched.

The injured have been taken to area hospitals throughout southern Utah, and several were transported by an air ambulance, according to the UHP.

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent US government agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation, tweeted Friday afternoon it was launching a team to investigate the crash.

Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock told media that he felt terrible for those involved in the crash.

“This is pretty overwhelming for a little county of 4,900 people. This is just horrible for us,” he was quoted by US media as saying.

Some victims were treated at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch City, Utah, according to media reports.

The hospital tweeted Friday night it has received 19 patients so far, among whom 11 have been transferred, one admitted and seven discharged.

“I grieve with all who lost loved ones in this crash and I’m grateful for the quick work of first responders, as well as all those who are volunteering to act as translators,” Utah Governor Gary Herbert tweeted.

Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah is known for its unique geology, according to the National Park Service website.

Shanghai: An unexpected city where Communist Party of China was born



Shanghai: An unexpected city where Communist Party of China was born

Shanghai is China’s financial center, a place where companies from around the country and around the globe meet to do business. At first thought, it might seem an unlikely place to witness the official beginnings of the Communist Party of China.

But that’s exactly what happened when, in July 1921, Mao Zedong and 11 other deputies from around China met to hold the first-ever meeting of the Party. Now, nearly 100 years later, the CPC is the biggest political party on the planet based on number of members.

I visited that location, as well as a former Shanghai home of Chairman Mao, to find out a bit more about the political history that ultimately led this city to become what it is today.

Andy checks out the site of the First Meeting and visits one of Mao Zedong’s old Shanghai homes.

Put down your biases

The problem for a lot of foreigners when it comes to anything to do with Communism, the Communist Party of China and Chairman Mao is that we often let our pre-existing biases get in the way. In the West, we’re brought up with certain ideas and belief systems, but it’s valuable trying to put them aside and open our minds to other ideas, beliefs and ways of doing things, at least for an hour or so.

The style of politics and governance in China is different to the West, in many ways, so present and past leaders here are usually held in high regard — this can mean that when their image or words of guidance are revered and placed on a pedestal we can feel a little uneasy.

My best advice is to try to step inside the local context for a bit, even if that’s outside of your comfort zone, so that you can truly enjoy the information, history and culture that’s ready to be absorbed.

Shanghai: An unexpected city where Communist Party of China was born

Jiang Xiaowei

The site of the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China is next to Xintiandi, one of Shanghai’s top shopping areas.

Site of the First Meeting

Today China has opened up and enjoys trade and development with the rest of the world. Shanghai is China’s financial center. The transaction volume of the city’s financial market totaled 1,645 trillion yuan (US$231.6 trillion) last year. The city is also home to more than 700 multinational corporations. Xintiandi is one of Shanghai’s top shopping areas, a trendy urban area spanning 30,000 square meters.

Seemingly at odds with it, Xintiandi is also next to the site of the first National Congress of the CPC.

The location has now been turned into a museum and is under state protection, and a redesign of the surrounding area has been given the go-ahead.

Once inside the old, Shanghai-style building, you can check out a replica of the table and teacups Mao and 11 other deputies used during the congress, and there are two multimedia performances incorporating wax figures of the deputies.

Shanghai: An unexpected city where Communist Party of China was born

Dong Jun

A former residence of Chairman Mao near Weihai Road in Shanghai features a wax figure of young Mao Zedong.

Mao’s old house

Mao has several former residences here in Shanghai, but the most interesting for me is definitely the old-style, two-story shikumen home near Weihai Road. Mao lived there when he worked in the city in 1924.

Entry is free of charge, and you can check out a small museum, wax figures of Mao and his wife and children, plus some artifacts including Mao’s old stationery and a leather chair he used in 1961.

Also on display are documents, photographs and more about the backstory surrounding Mao and his time right here in Shanghai.

Now the offices of Shanghai Daily and other media tower over Mao’s old residence, and I can see it directly from my 40th floor window.

But modern Shanghai is easily forgotten once you step inside the gate, and the area somehow becomes clear and quiet. It’s quite easy to imagine what life was like for Mao and his family here back in 1924 during that cold February.

Shanghai has so many culturally significant sites to visit, and they are not all just about political history.

I hope to tick many more off my list in the months to come.

China urges US to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs


China urges US to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs


China on Thursday strongly urged the US side to respect China’s sovereignty and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks in response to reports that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a news conference on Wednesday with House members as well as Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Denise Ho to back the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019.

“China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposes this move,” Geng said at a press briefing, accusing Pelosi and other US politicians of confusing right from wrong, engaging with Hong Kong separatists and grossly interfering in China’s internal affairs.

Geng reiterated the position that Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs and brook no interference from any outside forces.

“We strongly urge the US side to abide by international laws and basic norms governing international relations, respect China’s sovereignty, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs in any form and advancing the Hong Kong-related act,” Geng said.

He also called on the United States to stop backing the violent and radical forces as well as Hong Kong separatists and desist from supporting any moves undermining Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.

5 largest employers in the world



5 largest employers in the world

Unless you’re a trust fund baby, you probably work for a living. We go to a place of business on specific days and earn a wage so that we can afford to live. In the United States, many people are employed by small businesses, which according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, can range from a staff of one to as many as 1,500 employees. But many firms employ an international workforce or have so many employees that they are considered some of the largest employers in the world. From smallest to largest, these are the five largest employers in the world according to the World Economic Forum.

5. China National Petroleum Corporation – 1.7 million employees

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Regardless of your feelings about oil discovery and production, it’s a major industry with activity around the world. You might think that a multinational company like Royal Dutch Shell or British Petroleum would make this list, but they don’t. China National Petroleum Corporation is a state-run organization that operates rigs and refineries in 30 countries around the world, even north of our border in Canada.

The organization employs roughly 1.7 million employees, making them the fifth largest employer worldwide. Additionally, they’re also the third largest incorporated energy production firm in the world that specializes in oil and gas. Not only do they explore for new deposits, but they also focus on refining and marketing their products beyond their home country.

4. McDonald’s – 1.7 million employees

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Even if you’re not a big fast food fan, you’re familiar with the Golden Arches, Ronald McDonald and his wacky crew of friends, and iconic sandwiches like the Big Mac and Fillet ‘o Fish. McDonald’s makes the list as the fourth largest employer; they operate in over 100 countries and serve over 69 million customers. Between franchise and corporate employees combined, the eatery employs 1.7 million people. If you narrow the criteria to private companies, the burger chain rises higher as the second largest employer in the world.

3. Walmart – 2.1 million employees

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Depending on who you talk to, Walmart is either the savior of budget-focused families or the bane of small business owners. Either way, there’s no denying that the big box conglomerate is a major employer in the United States and abroad. Often, they replace positions lost when factories and manufacturers move production elsewhere. Because of this, they are the third largest employer in the world.

Walmart also beats out McDonald’s as the largest private employer in the world. The retailer isn’t limited to the United States: The family-owned firm also has subsidiary locations in the United Kingdom under the supermarket name Asda and South Africa as Massmart. Across all of its verticals, Walmart employs 2.1 million employees worldwide.

2. People’s Liberation Army of China – 2.35 million employees

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War is big business, which explains why the second runner-up and leader of this list are two major military operations. China holds the title for the largest population at 1.42 billion people. So, it makes sense that they have a fairly large army. The People’s Liberation Army employs 2.35 million active military personnel or 0.18% of the nation’s population.

Just like in the U.S., China’s army is segmented into branches: Support Force, Navy, Air Force, Ground Force, Rocket Force, and a reservist branch. While the U.S. still has the largest military force in the world, China is quickly ramping up its assets. The nation’s military is currently classified as the fastest growing military outfit in the world thanks to numerous technological advances.

1. United States Department of Defense – 3.2 million employees

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We round out this list with the United States Department of Defense. At 3.2 million employees worldwide, they eclipse China’s army by nearly 1 million. However, the U.S.’s figure doesn’t just refer to active duty military and reservists of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or National Guard. This also includes members employed by the other 38 critical agencies that fall under the Department of Defense.

So why does the Department of Defense have such a huge workforce? This is because the U.S. has the largest military budget in the world and eclipses any other nation in money allocated toward technological defense advancements.

The above list might be a big surprise if you were expecting only Fortune 500 firms. This top five list reflects the fact that China’s influence as a nation and economic force continues to grow while the U.S. is able to maintain a strong presence since more than half of the countries with the largest work forces are headquartered in the United States.

China’s first 8K imaging lab opens in Shanghai



China’s first 8K imaging lab opens in Shanghai

China’s first 8K imaging lab has opened in Shanghai to broadcast UHD (ultra high definition) content and foster industry development.

The CINEX-D8K Imaging Lab, located in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in the Pudong New Area, was developed by the Oriental Pearl Group and Delta Group. It features two screens with sizes of 300 inches and 500 inches, professional projectors and 8K definition displays.

Output from the UHD industry is currently valued at 1 trillion yuan (US$142.8 million) annually in China. The industry is expected to get a further boost with the spread of 5G network technology, as well as the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020, which will broadcast in 8K resolution.

By 2022, China’s UHD industry output is expected to hit 4 trillion yuan.

China’s mobile carriers and Oriental Pearl, the new media arm of Shanghai Media Group, plan to invest heavily in UHD industry development.

China, Russia aim to double trade volume, intensify cooperation



China, Russia aim to double trade volume, intensify cooperation

China, Russia aim to double trade volume, intensify cooperation


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev co-chair the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government in St Petersburg, Russia, September 17.

China and Russia Tuesday agreed to further enhance cooperation in trade, energy and other areas, setting a goal to double bilateral trade volume.

The agreement came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Russia and co-chaired the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Li said China stands ready to better align the Belt and Road Initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union, maintain the growing momentum of China-Russia trade and improve the level of trade and investment facilitation.

He encouraged both sides to strive for the goal to double bilateral trade volume.

China has been Russia’s top trading partner for nine years running. Last year, two-way trade surged by 27.1 percent, breaking the US$100 billion mark for the first time.

Li called on China and Russia to jointly implement the major energy projects, further open up markets to each other and explore the cooperation mode of oil refining and chemical engineering.

He also called for enhanced cooperation in science and innovation, finance, agriculture, sub-national and people-to-people exchanges.

For his part, Medvedev said Russia is willing to further expand trade with China and will work hard to realize the goal of doubling the trade volume.

Besides bilateral cooperation in traditional areas such as energy, Russia will scale up cooperation on hi-tech and promote cooperation in areas including agriculture, industry, aviation and space, nuclear energy to yield more fruitful results, said Medvedev.

Russia attaches great importance to the sub-national cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, he said, adding that the country hopes to conduct more exchanges between young people, universities and local governments.

Li’s visit was made on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of China-Russia diplomatic relations. During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Russia in June this year, China-Russia relationship was elevated to the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era.

As each other’s biggest neighbors and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China and Russia boast healthy and stable ties, said Li.

Against the backdrop of growing uncertain and unstable factors in the international situation, it not only benefits both countries but also contributes to regional and world stability and prosperity that China and Russia enhance strategic coordination, reinforce political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation and intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges, he said.

Medvedev said this year is of significance to Russia-China relations as it marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Noting that bilateral ties are now at their best in history, Medvedev said it is Russia’s priority of foreign policy to develop ties with China as it accords with Russia’s own needs.

He said both countries have been coordinating on the international stage and advocating that multilateral international rules should be followed while unilateral sanctions should be opposed.

During the meeting, Li and Medvedev were briefed by vice premiers of China Sun Chunlan and Hu Chunhua, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Anton Siluanov, and deputy prime ministers of Russia Dmitry Kozak, Tatyana Golikova and Maxim Akimov.

The two heads of government also had in-depth exchanges of views on international and regional issues of common concern.

After the meeting, Li and Medvedev signed a joint communique of the 24th regular meeting and witnessed the signing of a series of deals in areas including investment, economy and trade, agriculture, nuclear energy, aviation, science and technology, and digital economy.

Li arrived in St Petersburg Monday afternoon for a three-day official visit.

Chinese premier arrives in Russia for official visit



Chinese premier arrives in Russia for official visit


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in St. Petersburg Monday for a three-day official visit to Russia.

The visit comes as the two countries are embracing the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and ushering in a new era in their relations, according to Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng.

During the visit, Li and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will co-chair the 24th regular meeting between Chinese and Russian heads of government.

The meeting will focus on two major objectives, according to Le. The first is to promote the implementation of the major consensus reached by the two countries’ heads of state, deepen the integration of interests, and consolidate the material basis of bilateral relations.

The second is to contribute the two countries’ wisdom to and voice their support for safeguarding multilateral-ism, open economy, and liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment.

Li and Medvedev will hold talks and sign a joint communique of the 24th regular meeting in St. Petersburg. The Chinese premier is also scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Iran says Canada’s sale of properties ‘unlawful’



Iran says Canada’s sale of properties ‘unlawful’


Iranian Foreign Ministry has said that the recent sale of Iran’s properties in Canada by the Canadian government is “unlawful,” Iran’s state TV reported on Saturday.

Based on a Canadian ruling back in 2016 and later an endorsement by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, seized Iranian government properties worth of tens of millions of dollars have been sold in Canada and the proceeds have been handed to “victims of terrorist groups (allegedly) sponsored by Iran.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Friday dismissed the Canadian move, saying that it is “a clear breach of the international law.”

Mousavi urged the Canadian government to “immediately” return the properties and revoke the decision.

“If Ottawa fails to immediately revoke the unlawful decision and does not compensate the damage, Tehran will take action to restore its rights based on international regulations,” he was quoted as saying.

“The government of Canada will be held responsible for all the consequences,” he added.

Pakistan battles to push for UN debate on Kashmir amid lack of support

(This article is courtesy of India’s Hindustan Times)


Pakistan battles to push for UN debate on Kashmir amid lack of support

Diplomats based in Geneva and New York said, barring China, other countries in the 47-member UNHRC haven’t expressed a demand for a debate on Kashmir while European nations have maintained radio silence on the issue.

INDIA Updated: Sep 14, 2019 14:20 I ST

Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
New Delhi
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a pro-Kashmir rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, on Set 13, 2019.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a pro-Kashmir rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, on Set 13, 2019.(AP)

With Pakistan getting no traction for its efforts to raise the Kashmir issue at least four times at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Islamabad is at its wit’s end about forcing an urgent debate or introducing a resolution at the session in Geneva.

Diplomats based in Geneva and New York said, barring China, other countries in the 47-member UNHRC haven’t expressed a demand for a debate on Kashmir while European nations have maintained radio silence on the issue.

Pakistan, as a coordinator of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), issued a joint statement that claimed all 58 members were supporting Islamabad and standing against New Delhi for revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. While OIC members haven’t castigated the coordinator for issuing a statement on their behalf or challenged the document, an influential section of the grouping has made it privately known to Indian counterparts that it has little to do with the statement.

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To date, Pakistan has not named the 58 countries, apart from China and other Arab non-members, who are backing the statement on the changes in Kashmir and alleged human rights violations.

“The fact that Pakistan, despite raking up the issue four or five times in Geneva, has got no overt support in the UNHRC shows that the council has no appetite to discuss Kashmir,” said a top UN diplomat.

“I would say a debate over the issue without any outcome is possible as European nations are silent on the issue and feel there is no harm in debating Kashmir. However, the possibility of Pakistan forcing a resolution in Geneva is very unlikely,” the diplomat added.

Apart from Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and former foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua’s statements, Islamabad has made two “right of reply” interventions on the Kashmir issue since the council’s session began on September 9.

Pakistan battles to push for UN debate on Kashmir amid lack of support. It is understood Pakistan had got support on the Kashmir issue from a 22-member Arab group, though only a couple of them are members of the UNHRC.

Pakistan has so far not moved the UNHRC for an urgent debate and Indian diplomats are keeping their powder dry to scuttle any such move. Ajay Bisaria, who was till recent India’s envoy to Islamabad and was sent to Geneva to help counter Pakistan’s efforts, will stay on till the UNHRC session ends on September 27, people familiar with developments said.

“If the statements by Pakistan on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir have no support from UNHRC members, it will be very difficult for Pakistan to muster the numbers to force a debate, what to talk of a resolution in Geneva,” said a senior diplomat.

First Published: Sep 14, 2019 00:56 IST