Briefs, August 31

PUBLISHED : Friday, 31 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2012, 9:31am


Panetta to visit China as military ties grow

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will visit China in mid-September, the spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defence said yesterday. Geng Yansheng said China and the US plan military exchanges aimed at combating piracy. Asked if a recent beach head drill was in response to a US-Japan joint exercise, Geng said the exercise was scheduled and aimed at improving the co-operation among different forces. AFP and Staff Reporter

Attendant accuses PLA officer of assault

A Guangzhou Yuexiu district PLA officer has been accused of assaulting a flight attendant on a China Southern Airlines flight over a luggage dispute. She posted photos on her microblog showing bruises on her arms and neck, accusing the officer of assaulting her because she did not put away his luggage, the Nanfang Daily reports. Li Jing

Cholera outbreak in Hubei contained

A cholera outbreak in central Hubei has been contained after four people were quarantined, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing health authorities. The August 25-29 outbreak happened after a group of villagers dined together, Xinhua said. Bloomberg

Typhoon hero arrested over corruption charge

Taiwan's former fire chief Huang Chi-min, a hero during Typhoon Morakot in 2009, has been arrested on corruption allegations. He was suspected of favouring unidentified firms in several contracts. AFP