China Digest, December 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 5:52am


Valour for sale

A medallion given to a farmer four years ago for saving people buried alive in the Sichuan earthquake will be sold at auction in Beijing on December 22, the Beijing Times reports. Yin Chunlong , 24, said his mushroom farm went bankrupt and he wants money to start a logistics business. Experts say his expectations for raising 10 million yuan (HK$12.3 million) may be overly high.

Tomb despoiler contrite

The lawyer of Wu Shan , whose grandmother is famed writer Bing Xin, read an apology letter on Wu's behalf to a court in Yanqing district on Monday. Wu, 45, is being sued by a cemetery-management firm for defacing a monument near his grandparents' graves in May, the Beijing Morning Post reports. Wu agreed with the company to use third-party mediation to determine how best to clean up the message he painted on the memorial about how his father had shamed his family by divorcing his mother.


Alleged rapist caught

Lanzhou police have caught a man who, with another man, allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in August, resulting in the girl jumping into the Yellow River and killing herself out of shame, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports. The second man turned himself in to police in September.

Jet fans stopped in tracks

Three men from Minqin county, Wuwei , were detained on Sunday for driving an SUV onto a military base in Wuwei's Liangzhou district, in hopes of getting a close look at fighter jets, the Lanzhou Morning Post reports. Security guards tried to stop them, but the men continued driving until more security guards converged on their SUV.


Acid attacker gets 15 years

A woman in her early 20s was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in jail by a court in Sihui for pouring sulphuric acid on her ex-boyfriend's former girlfriend in April, fearing that he was going to go back to her, China News Service reports. The acid burned about 20 per cent of the victim's body. The attacker's friend, who drove her to the victim, received 14 years in jail, and another friend was sentenced to three years for providing the motorcycle they rode to the victim.

Nine missing from boat

Nine people were still missing yesterday after their small cargo vessel capsized in waters near Shanwei on Monday following a collision with a Hong Kong-registered fishing boat, the Nanfang Daily reports. Two crew members aboard the Guangxi-registered vessel were rescued after the accident, and Hong Kong ordered two planes to help local authorities in the search for survivors.


Rescuer lost, dog safe

Police in Baotou were still searching yesterday for a man who jumped into the Yellow River to save his pet dog on Sunday, the Baotou Evening News reports. Two of the man's friends said the dog suddenly jumped out of the car, ran towards the river bank, fell in and was washed away. The dog was eventually able to swim back to the bank, but the man vanished after being pulled downstream.

More loans for small firms

About 61 billion yuan in loans was issued to small and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas of the autonomous region during the first 10 months of the year - 9.8 billion yuan more than was lent to small to medium sized enterprises last year, reports. Rural credit co-operatives in the region pledged to increase loans for these types of businesses, which have been struggling amid a broad economic downturn.


Help at hand for disabled

Starting in March, disabled children under six years old who hold permanent residency in Jiangsu province will have all rehabilitation expenses paid for, and all disabled children with residency will receive free education for 15 years, according to new regulations passed to protect both physically and mentally disabled children, the Xinhua Daily reports.

End-of-the-world debt

A 54-year-old engineer in Nanjing tried to secure a 1.04 million yuan mortgage on her home and has borrowed 70,000 yuan from her friends, with plans to donate the money to underprivileged children so that they may live a happy life … until the world ends on December 21, reports. The woman, convinced the world will end when the Mayan calendar ends, promised to pay back her friends on December 25. Her husband was able to cancel the mortgage before it was processed.


Toxic plant plan canned

Development and reform authorities in Xianyang have put public fears to rest by finally announcing that plans for a large PX chemical plant in the city were cancelled months ago, China News Service reports. There had been widespread speculation that the toxic plant would be located in a local industrial zone. Authorities apologised for not letting people know earlier that the plans were cancelled in August.

Teacher sorry for abuse

A primary school teacher in Zichang county, Yanan , has been disciplined and told to write an apology after he was recorded pressing a 12-year-old boy's torso onto a table while scolding him and threatening to take off his trousers in front of his classmates, the Huashang Daily reports. A one-minute video of the incident was posted online. The teacher said he was angry with the boy for never finishing his maths homework.


Dog row prompts brawl

Eight workers at a restaurant in suburban Minhang district were detained on Sunday for beating up some local residents and attacking police officers who arrived to stop the melee, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The residents went to the restaurant claiming that three dogs being kept there belonged to them and went missing years ago. But the restaurant owner, who said he does not serve dog meat, claimed he had raised the pets since birth. While the restaurant staff were detained, the residents returned on Monday and took the dogs.

Cafe reused leftovers

The owner of a hotpot restaurant in Huangpu district, and an undisclosed number of staff, were arrested for using oil from customers' uneaten meals to fry food for other guests, the Wenhui Daily reports. Prosecutors said the staff would be charged with making and selling toxic food.


Mum bites off boy's penis

A mentally disturbed mother bit off her nine-year-old son's penis in Yibin on Sunday, the West China City Daily reports. The boy was in stable condition, but his penis was not found. The incident occurred when the boy and his aunt went to look for his mother and found her in an old temple, where she had been living for 10 days. The mother is receiving psychiatric treatment.

Man paid girl, 12, for sex

Police detained a 38-year-old man in Gong county, Yibin , for seducing a 12-year-old girl and paying her for sex several times in the past year, the West China City Daily reports. The man said he felt lonely since his wife died last year, so he started seducing the girl and gave her between 5 and 10 yuan every time they had sex. He fled in October when her parents discovered what was happening.