Chinese premier calls for closer military exchanges with Pakistan
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for enhanced military exchanges and cooperation between China and Pakistan so as to cement the bilateral strategic partnership of cooperation.
Wen Jiabao made the remarks while meeting with senior Pakistani military leaders in Islamabad on Saturday.
He applauded the close exchanges between the two militaries in the areas of anti-terrorism and disaster relief, and hoped to further enhance the military links to contribute to the development of bilateral ties.
On the same day, the Chinese Premier announced a package for post-flood reconstruction in Pakistan, including a 10 million U.S. dollar grant for flood victim compensation and a 400 million dollar concession loan.
Chinese, Russian FMs call for restraint on Korean Peninsula
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have called for restraint from all parties concerned to avoid escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula.
During a phone conversation with Lavrov Saturday night, Yang Jiechi, who is accompanying Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on a visit to Pakistan, said the situation on the peninsula has become tense recently and may further deteriorate.
He said China firmly opposes any actions to cause tension and worsen the situation, and demands both sides on the peninsula show calmness and restraint, carry out dialogue and contact, and completely avoid any actions that would fuel the tension.
China lashes Japanese attempt to mark seizure of Diaoyu Islands
China lashed a Japanese city's move to commemorate Japan's "stealthy" occupation of the Diaoyu Islands more than a century ago, saying any scheme to infringe upon its territorial sovereignty is nothing but fruitless labor.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu made the comments after the city assembly of Ishigaki in Okinawa Prefecture of Japan decided to mark Jan.14 as the day of the Japanese "pioneering" of the Diaoyu Islands, known as Senkaku in Japan.
Jiang Yu said On January 14, 1895, Japan stealthily occupied the Chinese territories of the Diaoyu Islands. The so called 'pioneering' of this nature is absolutely nothing close to a graceful action.
She emphasized that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands which have been an inherent part of China since the ancient times.
35 people killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh
At least 35 people have been killed and about 10 people went missing as a boat capsized in Bangladesh's Sunamganj district, some 300 km northeast of capital Dhaka.
It is reported the boat clashed with a sand-laden trawler in the Surma river in the district.
35 bodies have been recovered so far.
The boat was carrying around 50 passengers.
U.S. Congress abolishes military gay ban
The U.S. Senate has voted to repeal a Clinton-era ban on gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, sending the measure, previously passed by the House of Representatives, for President Barack Obama's signature.
The repeal has already been approved in the House. Once it is signed by Obama, who supports the repeal, it will take effect immediately.
Death toll from central China fireworks blast rises to nine
The death toll from a fireworks explosion in central China's Hunan Province has risen to nine after another body was found Saturday.
The total number of injured had also risen from four to nine as the search of ruined and damaged buildings near the blast site continued.
The blast occurred in Ningxiang County, in Changsha, the provincial capital, Friday morning when a truck loaded with fireworks fuses hit a power pole and sparks from fallen cables ignited the fuses.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
China forms new state-owned publishing group
Three state-owned textbook publishers and two other companies have merged to form a new Chinese publishing group, in the latest move to reform the country's state-owned publication business.
In a letter of congratulation on the inauguration, Senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC)Li Changchun
said the founding of the new company--China Education Publishing & Media Group Ltd-- marked important progress in the reform of China's culture sector,
He hoped the new company would improve and reform its management, give full play to its advantages and resources to achieve a good commercial performance and social impact.
China warns of school corruption ahead of major festivals
China's Ministry of Education has warned schools and teachers not to take bribe and misuse public money ahead of the coming New Year and Spring Festival.
A circular issued by the ministry says teachers are banned from accepting money, securities and other costly gifts from students and their parents. They must not ask for gifts from students or indicate bribery.
The ministry also forbids schools to spend public money on festival banquets, gifts, overseas tours or entertainment activities.
It pledges that education authorities and auditing departments would tighten supervision on finance of schools.
Battle to contain prices being fought in China's homes
An end-of-year survey of the most commonly used Chinese characters in 2010 by Internet forum Tianya had the term "price hike" at the very top.
The list of items that elevated the term's usage is extensive: mung beans, which sold in May at double their price at harvest in October 2009; garlic, which rose 40 percent in the seven months to November; sugar; ginger, and so on.
And that's just the basics. With meat and gasoline on the list, many ordinary Chinese are wondering if they can continue the standard of living to which they're accustomed.