Bohai Sea

Beijing warns Shandong fishermen against suing ConocoPhillips over Bohai oil spill

Observers at Bohai Bay, site of an oil leak. Photo: Xinhua

Five hundred fishermen in Shandong who are suing US oil firm ConocoPhillips in Texas for compensation after an oil spill in Bohai Bay have come under pressure from Beijing to drop the lawsuit, as they "have embarrassed some officials", representatives of the group say.

Wednesday, 3 April, 2013, 5:41am

China coastal waters suffering increased, 'acute' pollution

A Chinese boy swims in the sea by a rubbish-strewn beach along the sea coast in Anquan village, south China's Hainan province. Photo: AFP

China’s coastal waters are suffering “acute” pollution, with the size of the worst affected areas soaring by more than 50 per cent last year, an official body said. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said 68,000 square kilometres of sea had the worst official pollution rating last year, up 24,000 square kilometres on 2011.

22 Mar 2013 - 12:21am 1 comment

New plan for Bohai Sea unlikely to end crisis

A national plan will soon be unveiled to tackle the appalling pollution in the Bohai Sea, which seriously threatens the Bohai region's economic rise.

The plan, to be released by year's end, involves the most comprehensive anti-pollution campaign yet for the sea, involving 10 central government departments, according to maritime sources.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Bohai rim shapes up as focus of the future

In the 1980s, the late leader Deng Xiaoping had made the Pearl River Delta a manufacturing centre. The 1990s leadership under former president Jiang Zemin focused development in the Yangtze River Delta, turning Shanghai's Pudong into the country's leading financial and trade centre.

3 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Four dead after ferry sinks in storm

Four people were killed when a ferry sank in rough seas in the Bohai Gulf, off Shandong province, Xinhua said. Rescuers saved 81 passengers and crew who leapt into the water after the ferry capsized in a gale.

23 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Channel swimmer realises his dream

Less than a year after setting a world record by becoming the first swimmer to cross the Bohai Gulf, Beijing teacher Zhang Jian has become the first Chinese to swim the English Channel.

After starting from Shakespeare Beach, Dover, yesterday at 6.30am, he covered the 33.8km to the shores of Calais, France, in 12 hours, Xinhua reported.

31 Jul 2001 - 12:00am