Briefs, January 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 6:10am

Ancient calligraphy tells of heartache

A rare copy of a work by fourth-century Chinese calligraphy legend Wang Xizhi has been unearthed in Japan, the first such discovery in four decades, Tokyo National Museum said. No original works survive but Wang's innovative style was so influential that Chinese courts created precise copies of his writings more than a millennium ago, some of which are held by Japan as national treasures. The writing, owned by a Japanese individual, shows 24 Chinese characters in three lines on a piece of paper. "I am tired everyday. I am living only for you," part of the script says. AFP


Police probe report of punters' sick bets

Police in Taiwan have launched an investigation into a report that gamblers are betting on the life expectancy of terminally ill cancer patients. The investigation comes after Next magazine claimed that gamblers - including the families and doctors of cancer sufferers - in the city of Taichung placed bets as high as NT$1 billion on when patients would die. AFP


Russia a priority, Xi tells delegation

Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping told a delegation from Russia that relations with their country was a priority for China. Xi told visiting Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev that China would push forward a bilateral strategic partnership of co-ordination. Patrushev said Moscow was willing to continue strengthening Russia-China high-level exchanges. Patrushev is in Beijing for two days for the eighth round of the China-Russia strategic security consultation. Xinhua