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  1. Business - Commodities - MINING

    Giant copper mine offers Mongolia a cash bonanza

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 05:02pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Ulan Bator Deep in the heart of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia amid a landscape of sand dunes and ice canyons, one of the world’s biggest copper mines is about to come on stream. Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto and Canada’s Turquoise Hill Resources have jointly led construction of the US$6.2 billion Oyu Tolgoi mine which is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1075030/giant-copper-mine-offers-mongolia-cash-bonanza
  2. News - China - MILITARY

    Xi calls on PLA to get combat ready

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... combat ready The People's Liberation Army Air Force finished a large-scale, 12-day military drill in the Gobi Desert on Friday that chimed with new Central Military Commission (CMC) chief Xi ... in the Lanzhou military command's training base in the Gobi Desert, which is on the border between China and Mongolia, Xinhua reported, adding that the exercise was the biggest air-to-air strike ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1098425/xi-calls-pla-get-combat-ready
  3. News - China - SPACE

    China launches Turkish satellite

    Posted Dec 19th 2012, 08:33am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China early on Wednesday “successfully” launched a Turkish earth observation satellite into orbit aboard a Chinese rocket, according to state media, hailed in Turkey as a “historic moment”. A statement from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China’s Gobi Desert said the satellite was launched at 12.13 am and was delivered into its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1107993/china-launches-turkish-satellite
  4. HK next territory on 4 Deserts champ's hit list

    Posted Feb 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... own way with defending champion William Davies and Dan Parr- a winner of the Gobi Desert Race in 2010 and the Sahara Desert Race last year- carrying Hong Kong's challenge, plus a strong ... to suffer and getting into a negative frame of mind. I will try to enjoy myself.' His first ultra event, the 250-kilometre Gobi Desert race, was the hardest of his career as he struggled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/992756/hk-next-territory-4-deserts-champs-hit-list
  5. Space city in the desert not so secret

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... slogans standing on roadside lawns, a visitor would hardly know that this little town in the heart of the Gobi desert was the birthplace of China's missile and space programmes, and still one ... the straight road from Jiuquan to the space city. The vast Gobi desert separates the space city from the nearest village, but every few minutes on the drive there you can see mysterious looking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1004392/space-city-desert-not-so-secret
  6. Magazines - Post Magazine - SUNDAY MORNING

    So near, yet so feared: the melons of Xinjiang

    Posted Sep 16th 2012, 12:00am by CECILIE

    ... Cecilie Gamst Berg Cecilie Gamst Berg Melons: the call of the wild There it is again- the pull of the desert. Around this time every year I get the urge to jump on a train and go north, following the Silk Road far into the Gobi Desert, the Turpan Basin (the hottest place in China) and then farther and farther west to the borders of several countries with names ending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1035872/so-near-yet-so-feared-melons-xinjiang
  7. News - China - TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

    PLA puts military heat on Japan over Diaoyu Islands

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... China Sea. In a front-page report, the PLA Daily said the army's navy, air force and strategic missile corps had staged joint military drills in the Yellow Sea and in the Gobi Desert early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1035320/pla-puts-military-heat-japan-over-diaoyu-islands
  8. Virtual cave shines a light on past

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com A soothing tune echoes through a grotto in the dusty Mogao caves of the Gobi desert in Gansu province, the muted colours of an elaborate Buddhist mural ... University. Shaw was not speaking from the desert caves of Dunhuang in the mainland's north, but from a 3-D stereoscopic re-creation of part of the famous ancient sculptural site in Hong Kong. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/995629/virtual-cave-shines-light-past
  9. Inquiry could lead to charge over ultra-race

    Posted May 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... races in remote locations including the Gobi, Sahara and Atacama deserts as well as Antarctica. In 2010, a 31-year-old Shanghai-based American businessman died a few days after collapsing during a Gobi Desert race organised by RacingThePlanet. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1000879/inquiry-could-lead-charge-over-ultra-race
  10. Gobi challenge like a walk in the park

    Posted Jun 05th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com The Gobi Desert and Hong Kong's country parks may be thousands of kilometres apart and as different in terrain as can be imagined, but for two hardy desert ... themselves for the 250- kilometre Gobi March, a seven-day, six-stage desert race that starts on Sunday. 'If you can stand hiking on Lantau Peak and Tai Mo Shan in 30 degrees Celsius, you can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1003035/gobi-challenge-walk-park

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