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Today in History: A catastrophic earthquake struck China’s northern city of Tangshan on July 28 in 1976. The city lost over 240,000 lives to the earthquake, which was believed to be one of the deadliest natural  disasters of the 20th century.

Why was this beaten runaway sent home?

A six-year-old boy in Zhangzhou city, southeast China’s Fujian Province ran away after being beaten regularly by his father.

The boy, named Yang Yong, was sent to a local social welfare and was found to have 27 cigarette burns on his body and bruises on his leg.

Yang said the injuries are caused by his father who often bound his hands and feet, hung him up and burned him with cigarettes, according to a report from local media mnw.cn on Friday.

When asked about the reason for beating the boy, the father said, “The kid is too naughty…”. The boy’s mother, named Xiong Qin, left the family a year ago, said the report.

The boy’s father, named Yang Dehua, after being informed of the whereabouts of his son, took the boy home. 

Many people are asking why he was allowed home with an abusive father.

Hong Kong Comic Fair

Hong Kong, the world’s third biggest comic market after Japan and the US, is currently hosting the Animation-Comic-Games Expo.

In the five-day event that began Friday, Sony and Microsoft will go head-to-head on the gaming scene, hoping to entice younger consumers.

The fair is a raucous mixture that offers something for both die-hard gamers and the casual dabbler.

Watch the following video for more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NiuHhaWYYM&list=UUgrNz-aDmcr2uuto8_DL2jg

Is Taiyuan becoming China’s largest parking lot?

Few cities better sum up the stunning growth of China’s second-tier cities than Taiyuan.

The bustling capital of north China’s Shanxi Province has become an urban jungle of people, cars and commerce.

However, the rapid growth has also come with challenges, with one of the most noteworthy being the city’s chronic traffic woes.

Especially during peak times, the city roads are often choked to a standstill. Construction projects in and around the city only compound the difficulties.

Local authorities have responded to the daunting challenges, pumping in tens of billions of Renminbi to road construction projects.

Hundreds of roads and flyovers stretching a total of 180 kilometers have either been newly surfaced or upgraded in an attempt to accommodate the rapid growth.

Safety, however, remains a concern, and moving forward, experts have warned that quality and safety must not be compromised.

Here is a video for more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDwkNBGocfw&list=UUgrNz-aDmcr2uuto8_DL2jg

A big step forward for private banks

In the latest reform of China’s banking system, the country has approved the establishment of three private banks, including Webank by Internet giant Tencent.

The move is intended to continue financial reforms and the opening of the banking sector.

Shang Fulin, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), announced the move on Friday and said that the purpose of the reform is “to provide efficient and diversified financial services to the real economy.”

Webank, located in the southern city of Shenzhen, will have two other main co-founders, Shenzhen Baiyeyuan Investment Co. and Shenzhen Liye Group, according to the commission.

The bank will mainly serve individual customers and small and micro-businesses.

The other two banks are located in the eastern city of Wenzhou and the northern municipality of Tianjin. The trial of private banks will be one of the focuses of financial reform in the future.

However, experts warn that profit margins for banks have shrunk, and that risks remain.

CCTVNews has the story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SIpYf_gxXk&list=UUgrNz-aDmcr2uuto8_DL2jg

Xi’an hotel offers free food to cleaners

A newly-opened hotel in Xi’an, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, has begun offering free lunch, tea and sweet mung bean soup to cleaners working nearby.

The kind hotel owner, surnamed Deng, empathized with their difficult work since he himself first came to the city as a construction worker 14 years ago.

For Deng, it was a chance to give back. “I welcome them to take a rest in my hotel at any time. This is another home for them,” he said.

Netizens on Sina Weibo praised the hotelier’s generosity:

“No matter what the aim of the hotel is,the actual act is worth praising!” @xiaoxiadexiaowu

“I hope this can carry on in the long term,and not just a flash at its opening.” @miyanfu

“I am deeply touched by the photos. It is not for what the hotel did, but for the plain faces of the cleaners.” @shaxiansnack

(Adapted from CRI)

Organ traders sentenced
Twelve suspects were sentenced to prison terms of up to nine and a half years on Friday for illegally trading human organs in east China’s Jiangxi Province.
At the heart of the operation was Chen Feng, whose criminal gang started the organ trade operation in May 2011 with his associate Jiang Zhenglin. Xinhua reports that Chen and others found “suppliers” while Jiang, a doctor by profession, performed the procedures.
Despite online promises of more than $16,000 per kidney for willing suppliers, the victims emerged from surgery with far less.
The profits instead went to Chen and Jiang, who from October 2011 to February 2012, netted over $247,800.
Chen was sentenced to over nine years, while Jiang will be sentenced shortly.
Many netizens on Sina Weibo called for even stiffer punishments.
“So this is the law? Whoever harms others’ health or traffics organs should be sentenced to death or stay of execution.Such a crime is no different than murder. ” @yitongkangshifu
“With such a light penalty and low price, there will always be people willing to take the risk (to commit crimes). The most pathetic are those who are willing to sell their soul and health!” @shoujiyonghu2776759113
Others however, called for understanding.
“Guys, could you check the laws before commenting on the judgment? If they really take kidneys without permission, or take kidneys from minors, the crime is intentional injury, and not human organ trading. Those victims volunteered to sell their kidneys, and they have the right to dispose of their body. The law bans organizing the trade, but why should the court sentence them to death? ” @miao_mimiu
 (Adapted from Xinhua)

Organ traders sentenced

Twelve suspects were sentenced to prison terms of up to nine and a half years on Friday for illegally trading human organs in east China’s Jiangxi Province.

At the heart of the operation was Chen Feng, whose criminal gang started the organ trade operation in May 2011 with his associate Jiang Zhenglin. Xinhua reports that Chen and others found “suppliers” while Jiang, a doctor by profession, performed the procedures.

Despite online promises of more than $16,000 per kidney for willing suppliers, the victims emerged from surgery with far less.

The profits instead went to Chen and Jiang, who from October 2011 to February 2012, netted over $247,800.

Chen was sentenced to over nine years, while Jiang will be sentenced shortly.

Many netizens on Sina Weibo called for even stiffer punishments.

“So this is the law? Whoever harms others’ health or traffics organs should be sentenced to death or stay of execution.Such a crime is no different than murder. ” @yitongkangshifu

“With such a light penalty and low price, there will always be people willing to take the risk (to commit crimes). The most pathetic are those who are willing to sell their soul and health!” @shoujiyonghu2776759113

Others however, called for understanding.

“Guys, could you check the laws before commenting on the judgment? If they really take kidneys without permission, or take kidneys from minors, the crime is intentional injury, and not human organ trading. Those victims volunteered to sell their kidneys, and they have the right to dispose of their body. The law bans organizing the trade, but why should the court sentence them to death? ” @miao_mimiu

 (Adapted from Xinhua)

Venezuelan dancer remembers China trip 30 years later

You may be familiar with Venezuela for its food and its football team.

In China, however, many older people first learned about the country from a dance piece, presented by up and coming dancer Yolanda Moreno.

The young girl and her dance troupe toured China in the early 1980s, giving Chinese audiences a taste of the fiery dance tradition of her home country.

Moreno, now in her 80s looks back on her time in China with fondness. The country left an indelible impression on her and one that she says she’ll never forget.

CCTVNews has her story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbyrbJZpgs4&list=UUgrNz-aDmcr2uuto8_DL2jg

China’s worst entrepreneurZhejiang Province has long been known for its clever entrepreneurs. It seems however, that one foolish local is doing his best to change the province’s reputation.The man, surnamed Zhang, stole 30,000 bottles of ice tea, worth over 170,000 yuan ($27,370), and then emptied their contents so he could resell the plastic bottles to recyclers. The total profit from the enterprise: 115 RMB (about 18 USD).A local beverage distributor surnamed Liang returned from a business trip to find his locked storage facility had been burgled and his stock missing on March 16.After he was apprehended, Zhang told police he had arrived at the storehouse in the early morning and found it unlocked. Inside he discovered 2,000 stacked cartons of iced tea.After moving the goods outside, Zhang then recruited three nearby trash recyclers who, over the course of 12 hours, poured out the iced tea and harvested the plastic bottles.So far, no charges have been pressed.Netizens on China’s social media site Weibo questioned the wisdom of his choices:“It’s terrible to be lowly educated, and having a low IQ does a lot of damage” @chuxiaohanyin“Sticking to their professional principles: only using the waste (just the bottles)!” @yingxiaoxuezhezhuhuafeng“IQ levels decide your fate. No wonder some people become rich, while others can only be thieves all their lives.” @jinghongyipie1984(Adapted from Global Times and ECNS)

China’s worst entrepreneur

Zhejiang Province has long been known for its clever entrepreneurs. It seems however, that one foolish local is doing his best to change the province’s reputation.

The man, surnamed Zhang, stole 30,000 bottles of ice tea, worth over 170,000 yuan ($27,370), and then emptied their contents so he could resell the plastic bottles to recyclers. 

The total profit from the enterprise: 115 RMB (about 18 USD).

A local beverage distributor surnamed Liang returned from a business trip to find his locked storage facility had been burgled and his stock missing on March 16.

After he was apprehended, Zhang told police he had arrived at the storehouse in the early morning and found it unlocked. Inside he discovered 2,000 stacked cartons of iced tea.

After moving the goods outside, Zhang then recruited three nearby trash recyclers who, over the course of 12 hours, poured out the iced tea and harvested the plastic bottles.

So far, no charges have been pressed.

Netizens on China’s social media site Weibo questioned the wisdom of his choices:

“It’s terrible to be lowly educated, and having a low IQ does a lot of damage” @chuxiaohanyin

“Sticking to their professional principles: only using the waste (just the bottles)!” @yingxiaoxuezhezhuhuafeng

“IQ levels decide your fate. No wonder some people become rich, while others can only be thieves all their lives.” @jinghongyipie1984

(Adapted from Global Times and ECNS)

 A close look at wild Asian elephants in Yunnan

Twenty-one wild Asian elephants were recently spotted in Jiangcheng County, in China’s Yunnan Province.

The largest land animal in Asia, about 300 wild Asian elephants currently live in China.

Globally elephant populations have diminished significantly due to poaching. Elephant products, especially ivory, are highly prized on the Asian black market for its supposed medicinal properties and for jewelry.