Xinhua News Agency

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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 December, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong-based magazine banned from the mainland

The Hong Kong-based weekly magazine Yazhou Zhoukan has been banned on the mainland for undisclosed reasons, the publisher confirmed. The magazine, which is popular among intellectuals for its broad content including political, economic and international news, is no longer available for subscription. The magazine's strategic director, Chan Hing-yuan, said it had been notified of the ban by the China International Book Trading Corporation - the mainland's sole authorised agency for subscribing to publications from outside the mainland. Minnie Chan

Guangxi vice-chairman named

Ma Biao, the former party boss of the Guangxi autonomous region's capital Nanning had been promoted to vice-chairman of Guangxi and would govern the region until a new chairman was announced, Xinhua reported. The region's People's Congress yesterday accepted the resignation of chairman Lu Bing , Xinhua said. Mr Lu, at 63 had reached retirement age. Raymond Li

Centuries-old shipwreck housed

A merchant ship sunk 800 years ago was moved to its purpose-built museum in Yangjiang , Guangdong, yesterday, five days after being raised from the sea. The salvage work is one of the nation's most important archaeological discoveries in years. The ship is one of the oldest and biggest merchant boats sunk in the country's waters and is expected to provide invaluable information on maritime trade in ancient China. Staff Reporter