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Aug 10, 2010

Unstable lake threatens mudslide-ravaged China town

ZHOUQU, China (Reuters) – Engineers battled on Tuesday to drain an unstable lake created by China’s deadliest landslide in decades, fearing it could burst and swamp devastated areas where people are still hunting for survivors.

At least 702 people died in northwestern Gansu province when a torrent of mud and rocks engulfed swathes of the small town of Zhouqu at the weekend, and another 1,042 are missing, an emergency relief official, Tian Baozhong, told reporters there.

Aug 9, 2010

China rescuers search sludge for mudslide survivors

ZHOUQU, China (Reuters) – Wails of grief echoed through a Chinese town half buried by a landslide two days ago, as relatives washed the mud-covered bodies pulled from the ruins and desperately hunted for survivors.

Rescuers and locals, most with just shovels, hoes and rope to work with, Monday spread out over more than 2 km of devastated land to burrow down into homes engulfed by a torrent of mud and floodwater sweeping down from the slopes around Zhouqu late Saturday night.

Aug 6, 2010

Strike at Panasonic unit’s Shanghai plant

SHANGHAI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A small number of workers at a
Panasonic (PC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) subsidiary factory in China are on
strike, employees and Hong Kong media said on Friday, but most
of the plant is operating as usual with little impact on
output.

The partial walk-out is the latest in a slew of strikes
that have hit China’s industrial hubs in recent months, as
workers demand a bigger slice of profits.

Jul 28, 2010

At least 12 dead in blast at China factory

NANJING, China (Reuters) – At least 12 people died and 15 were seriously injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an abandoned plastics and chemicals factory in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, state television said.

The blast flattened buildings within a 100-meter radius, strewing rubble over the ground, and struck a passing bus, on which many passengers were injured.

Jun 24, 2010

Flood-hit China battles fresh rains, landslide threat

FUZHOU, China (Reuters) – Rain-battered parts of south China faced the threat of landslides and fresh floods on Thursday, when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited a city threatened by a burst river dyke.

The Chinese government has rushed troops, food and tents to flood-hit regions, where millions of residents have been displaced by pelting rain that has swollen rivers and dams.

Jun 23, 2010

Flood-hit dyke in south China suffers new breach

FUZHOU, China (Reuters) – A flood-battered dyke in China suffered a fresh breach on Wednesday as heavy flooding that has killed nearly 200 people in the past week intensified and about 100,000 residents fled after an earlier break in its wall.

The Fu River in Jiangxi province first burst through the protective Changkai Dyke late on Monday after days of torrential rain, threatening areas near the small city of Fuzhou.

Jun 22, 2010

Chinese factory steps up vuvuzela production

NINGBO, China (Reuters) – A Chinese factory making vuvuzelas is having to increase production to keep up with huge demand during the World Cup (June 11-July 11).

Chinese manufacturers say almost 90 percent of the vuvuzelas used in South Africa are made in China.

May 7, 2010

Witness: A day chasing North Korea’s camera-shy Kim

DALIAN, China (Reuters) – The day after the glitz covering the Shanghai World Expo opening, midnight found me crouched and shivering on the emergency staircase of a hotel in northeastern China, clutching my video camera.

I had rushed to the border town of Dandong amid speculation that the reclusive North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was about to visit China. His trip would begin when his armored train crossed a bridge into Dandong, over the river that separates the Communist neighbors.

May 7, 2010

A day chasing North Korea’s camera-shy Kim

DALIAN, China, May 7 (Reuters) – The day after the glitz
covering the Shanghai World Expo opening, midnight found me
crouched and shivering on the emergency staircase of a hotel in
northeastern China, clutching my video camera.

I had rushed to the border town of Dandong amid speculation
that the reclusive North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was about
to visit China. His trip would begin when his armoured train
crossed a bridge into Dandong, over the river that separates
the Communist neighbours.

May 4, 2010

China to press North’s Kim on economy, nuclear talks

DALIAN, China (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-il headed to Beijing by train on Tuesday to talk to Chinese leaders about economic reforms and a return to nuclear disarmament negotiations, but any bold move is unlikely.

Reclusive Kim’s last visit to China in 2006 brought effusive promises of economic cooperation between the two neighbors, as well as broad vows from the North Korean leader to seek progress toward “denuclearization.” There have been few signs of either.