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  1. Officials need lesson in paying Mother Nature more respect

    Posted Feb 11th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei As mainland meteorologists have been keen to point out, the so-called La Nina weather phenomenon was the root cause of the extreme snowstorms that killed at least 60 people and stranded tens of millions of passengers ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. This view has been supported by foreign weather experts who blamed the benign-sounding phenomenon for the severe ...

  2. Officials battling to save people and face over relief debacle

    Posted Feb 04th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei The worst snowstorms to hit the mainland for more than half a century are putting the authorities to their sternest test of leadership, organisational and crisis management capabilities in the full eyes of the international community. After a slow start, mainland leaders have mobilised the mighty national machine and mounted an unprecedented rescue effort in the past few ...

  3. Giving voice to a nation's rage

    Posted Jul 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... widower's intense fury and thirst for justice became a focal point for all their unanswered questions. Yang Feng, 32, first came under the spotlight in a series of dramatic, rage-fuelled interviews ... is a stronghold for the religion- and they were determined to bring their loved ones home for church memorials. Dressed in a rough cotton mourning robe and white headscarf, Yang realised the discussions ...

  4. News - China - SICHUAN

    New births help Sichuan quake victims overcome loss of children

    Posted May 07th 2013, 12:00am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... New births help quake victims get past grief Yang Zhengrong smiled at the mention of her son, who will turn three in August. "He is such a joy to the family," the 45-year-old ... the joy he brings the family makes me so grateful." Yang's 18-year-old daughter died with more than 300 fellow pupils when the Dongqi Middle School in Mianzhu collapsed in the magnitude ...

  5. Official in fatal case of hit-and-run in Jiangsu

    Posted Jun 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Sally Wang sally.wang@scmp.com A senior political adviser in Jiangyan city, Jiangsu, was involved in what seems to be a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident over the weekend. That has prompted questions about whether abuses of government power or resources are involved. Chen Wenya, vice-chairman of the Jiangyan committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative ...

  6. Enraged widower hits back at online critics

    Posted Aug 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... critics and conspiracy theorists who accused him of selling out to the government. Yang Feng's sudden disappearance from the public eye sparked speculation among internet users about whether his silence had been bought, with some questioning his motives and even his marital status. These included a claim that Yang demanded the Ministry of Railways give him exclusive rights to sell ...

  7. A year after Wenzhou, top speeds go back up

    Posted Jul 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... to 300km/h. Professor Wang Mengshu, a key drafter of the blueprint for developing high-speed railways, said the Ministry of Railways had told its subsidiaries to prepare for increased speed limits. 'High speed lines operating at 300km/h at the moment will speed up to 320km/h, and the same increase will be applied on lines operating at 200km/h,' said Wang, who works at Beijing Jiaotong ...

  8. Family strikes 500,000 yuan compensation deal

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... from the Ministry of Railways as to exactly how this tragedy happened and what happened to every single person on board the two trains.' A number of the families rallied round widower Yang Feng, who instigated a protest outside the city's government headquarters on Monday night demanding that top railways officials address relatives' concerns in person. Yang said ...

  9. Lifestyle - Books

    A calamity made by man

    Posted Aug 26th 2012, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... between 36 million and 45 million people. Mao and his policies killed more Chinese than the Imperial Japanese Army during the war of 1937-1945. The other is Tombstone by journalist Yang Jisheng ... Jian. Many consider Tombstone to be the most authoritative book on the famine. After his graduation from Tsinghua University, Yang worked at the Xinhua News Agency from January 1968 until his ...

  10. Rail-crash relatives are resigned to the outcome

    Posted Jul 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the tragedy but now say they want to get on with their lives. Wang Hui, whose husband was killed, said she did not have the courage to go to the accident site and mourn him yesterday. She lives ... ordinary people can't change society and perhaps all we can do is accept fate.' Wang said the influence of ordinary people was negligible compared to that of the powerful railway ...




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