Investor in roads to press ahead

Road King Infrastructure will make further investments in mainland toll roads this year despite problems in recouping guaranteed returns on existing projects.

Tuesday, 4 May, 1999, 12:00am

Guangxi steps up anti-porn campaign

GUANGXI is taking its pornography crackdown further by establishing centres across the province to try to convince people it is illegal.

Training centres are being set up in Nanning, Guilin and other main cities to educate residents on pornography laws.

Guangming Daily said management of relevant markets would also be tightened.

21 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Trial for former top cadre

The former vice-chairman of the Guangxi autonomous region, Xu Bingsong, is to stand trial on Friday charged with taking bribes, it was reported yesterday.

Xu, the most senior official in Guangxi to face prosecution, is to appear in the Nanjing Intermediate People's Court, the semi-official China News Service said.

20 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

TOT project allowed yuan loans

Beijing will allow the mainland's first transfer-operate-transfer (TOT) project to source loans in yuan for up to 50 per cent of its non-equity financing in the wake of the tightening credit environment.

28 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Overseas investors invited to run plant

Foreign investors will be allowed, for the first time, to participate in mainland infrastructure projects through transfer-operate-transfer (TOT) practice.

The move underscores Beijing's efforts to diversify funding sources amid a multi-billion dollar infrastructure investment spree.

17 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Sheet show on ice

Three years ago, British artist Cornelia Parker got actress Tilda Swinton, the god-daughter of the Queen Mother and star of films by Derek Jarman and Sally Potter, to sit in a glass case for a week as part of an exhibition called The Maybe.

19 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Graft arrest confirmed

The arrest of the former vice-chairman of the Guangxi Government has been confirmed by the local people's congress, Xinhua reported yesterday.

Xu Bingsong, 56, was arrested on charges of taking bribes, the news agency said.

He had recently been formally put under arrest by local prosecutors.

15 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Massive clean-up urged to tame polluted 'black dragon'

Pollution is turning tributaries of the Pearl River red and black, according to an environmental study that recommends a massive clean-up operation.

The China Environment Daily said a survey by the environmental protection agencies of Guangxi and Guizhou provinces found serious pollution.

28 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Call for press to expose scandals

NPC Chairman Li Peng has called for a strengthening of the media's role as society watchdog.

'The press should criticise the Government's mistakes and shortcomings more and expose corruption,' Mr Li said.

The chief legislator made special reference to China Central Television's prime-time programme Focus, which highlights corruption and scandals.

18 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Provinces enjoy tourism boom

Tourist numbers and income grew substantially in Guangxi and Sichuan provinces last year. Xinhua news agency said Guangxi had 573,000 overseas visitors, up 10.1 per cent on 1996, lifting tourism income 15.7 per cent to US$178 million. The province also had 32 million domestic visitors, bringing income of 13.8 billion yuan (about HK$12.83 billion), up 8 per cent.

31 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Interpol seeks $409m fraud probe suspect

Guangxi authorities have asked for Interpol's help in tracing an official who is suspected of cheating small investors out of 438.3 million yuan (HK$409.81 million).

Wang Lizhong, 52, a member of the Guangxi Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and his wife are believed to have fled the country with the cash.

10 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Nanning-Bangkok flights plan

China Southern Airlines will open a new route between Nanning, capital of southwestern China's Guangxi region, and Bangkok, Xinhua news agency says. The new route, to be launched on Christmas Day, would be serviced by one Boeing 737-300 flight each Thursday, Xinhua said. The route would boost co-operation between Guangxi and Southeast Asian countries.

17 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Sugar production group set up

The mainland has set up its largest sugar production group, controlling 24 sugar refineries and about 11 per cent of national output, Xinhua said yesterday. Nanning Prefecture Sugar Group, based in Guangxi, will produce 850,000 tonnes of sugar a year, with production expected to rise to 1.1 million tonnes by the turn of the century.

6 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Police smash drug-making centre

Police have smashed a drug-manufacturing centre in Guangxi.

Five men, including a Macau resident, were arrested in Nanning after police found 25 kilograms of a soft drug and drug-manufacturing equipment in their possession.

Three of the suspects were named by the China News Service as Mo Guanchang, Macau resident Yu Hong-ki and Yu's niece, Yu Guangqing.

25 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Southwest mayors join up for region

Authorities have held an extended joint meeting on co-development for top officials in the southwest in a move to stem regionalism.

The meeting, attended by 61 mayors, was held in Liuzhou, Guangxi. It was aimed at mapping out a joint strategy for the southwest's four provinces, its municipal and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

25 Oct 1997 - 12:00am