China to commit 8,000 troops, $1bln for UN global peace effort

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8,000 Chinese troops will join United Nations peacekeeping force, President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday. That could make Beijing one of the top players in UN peacekeeping efforts.

“China will join the new UN peacekeeping capability readiness system, and has thus decided to take the lead in setting up a permanent peacekeeping police squad,” Xi said.

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In his address, Xi also said that China is set to establish a ten year, $1 billion Peace and Development Fund, aimed at supporting the UN’s work.

Some financial aid will also go to the African Union, as China has promised to provide it with $100 million in military assistance in the next five years. The support is meant for the establishment of an African standby force, and an actual boost of its crisis response ability, according to Xi.

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The statement was made at the general debate of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York. In his speech, the president also reminded of the lessons of the Second World War, saying that “history is mirror,” and the interconnection of different countries and a common future makes it necessary to abandon “I win you lose” or “winner takes all” mentality in the context of global affairs.

“We should renew our commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN charter, build a new type of international relations featuring ‘win-win’ cooperation, and create a community of shared future for mankind,” Xi said.

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Currently, the UN has 16 missions with over 120,000 peace keepers deployed all over the world. Their funding costs over $8 billion per year, with nearly a third of the sum provided by the US.

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US gunning for China: Do you know a pattern for World War when you see it?



An Asian state aggressively expanding its military, bullying its neighbors, illegally fortifying islands, and bent on regional, then global domination – sound familiar? Are you thinking it’s China 2015? No, it is Japan 1937-1944.

So shockingly similar is American propaganda regarding Japan during World War II to the propaganda being leveled against Beijing today that it seems almost intentional. Or perhaps those on Wall Street and Washington think so little of the general public’s ability to discern fact from fiction, they see no reason to revise the script and are going ahead with a remake faithful to the original with only a few minor casting twists.

This US government production is titled “Why We Fight: A Series of Seven Information Films” with this particular part titled, “The Battle of China” released in 1944.

It describes Japan almost verbatim as how the US today describes China. China is depicted as a righteous victim – but as the film elaborates – it is clear that any affinity shown toward the Chinese people is only due to the fact that the US held significant economic and geopolitical interests there. Admittedly, the US military was already occupying China after extorting through “gunboat diplomacy” concessions from China’s subjugated, servile government – not unlike US troops occupying Japan today, hosted by a capitulating government in Tokyo.

Japan in the film is depicted as a “blood crazed” race of barbarians, while the Chinese are depicted as noble resistors. Of course, this narrative shifted immediately as soon as US interests were ousted from China and US troops began occupying and shaping the destiny of conquered Japan after the war.

The Warning Then are Warnings Now

US Marine Corps General Smedley Butler in his book “War is a Racket” would specifically warn about a military build up aimed at Japan for the jealous preservation of American conquests in Asia Pacific. Speaking specifically about these conquests, General Butler would say:

What does the “open door” policy to China mean to us? Our trade with China is about $90,000,000 a year. Or the Philippine Islands? We have spent about $600,000,000 in the Philippines in thirty-five years and we (our bankers and industrialists and speculators) have private investments there of less than $200,000,000.

Then, to save that China trade of about $90,000,000, or to protect these private investments of less than $200,000,000 in the Philippines, we would be all stirred up to hate Japan and go to war — a war that might well cost us tens of billions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives of Americans, and many more hundreds of thousands of physically maimed and mentally unbalanced men.

Of course, for this loss, there would be a compensating profit — fortunes would be made. Millions and billions of dollars would be piled up. By a few. Munitions makers. Bankers. Ship builders. Manufacturers. Meat packers. Speculators. They would fare well.

Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn’t they? It pays high dividends.

Of provoking Japan, he would state specifically that:

At each session of Congress the question of further naval appropriations comes up. The swivel-chair admirals of Washington (and there are always a lot of them) are very adroit lobbyists. And they are smart. They don’t shout that “We need a lot of battleships to war on this nation or that nation.” Oh no. First of all, they let it be known that America is menaced by a great naval power. Almost any day, these admirals will tell you, the great fleet of this supposed enemy will strike suddenly and annihilate 125,000,000 people. Just like that. Then they begin to cry for a larger navy. For what? To fight the enemy? Oh my, no. Oh, no. For defense purposes only.

Then, incidentally, they announce maneuvers in the Pacific. For defense. Uh, huh.

The Pacific is a great big ocean. We have a tremendous coastline on the Pacific. Will the maneuvers be off the coast, two or three hundred miles? Oh, no. The maneuvers will be two thousand, yes, perhaps even thirty-five hundred miles, off the coast.

The Japanese, a proud people, of course will be pleased beyond expression to see the United States fleet so close to Nippon’s shores. Even as pleased as would be the residents of California were they to dimly discern through the morning mist, the Japanese fleet playing at war games off Los Angeles.

Incidentally, General Butler’s warning of provoking war to fulfill the ambitions of lobbyists in Washington and to protect America’s ill-gotten holding in Asia Pacific, would come to full and devastating fruition.

Today, a similar scenario plays out verbatim. The US seeks to expand its military in Asia Pacific to preserve what US policy makers call “US primacy over Asia,” and has been intentionally provoking China, by flying, sailing, and otherwise maneuvering just at the edge of Chinese territory.



In addition they have attempted to encircle China with military bases from South Korea and Japan to as far south as Darwin, Australia, and as far west as Afghanistan, all while attempting to carve off Chinese territory in the Xinjiang and Tibet regions, destabilize Hong Kong, and stitching together Southeast Asia into an supranational bloc with which to isolate and threaten China with economically and militarily. Political subversion underwritten by the US State Department is ongoing in Xinjiang through the use of Uyghur terrorists, Tibet via the Dali Lama, Myanmar via Aung San Suu Kyi and her “Saffron monks,” Thailand through the Shinawatra family and their ultra-violent “red shirt” mobs, Malaysia via Anwar Ibrahim and his Bersih street movement, and Hong Kong via the so-called “Umbrella revolution.”

Despite this effort, American designs are failing, and China has likely learned many lessons before, during, and after World War II. Asian nations who seek regional peace and stability as well as cooperation with Beijing, have also learned much about the inner-working of US hegemony and how to confound it.

Beijing is unlikely to exhibit the hubris and impatience of the Japanese in World War II, or allow themselves to be provoked into an unwinnable war. Beijing is also well aware that as impressive as America’s grand strategy of geopolitically and militarily encircling China may be, it is failing on all fronts.

China has learned these lessons of history, and by examining history ourselves, we can see how the US provoked, then framed the war with Japan during World War II, and how it is using precisely the same tricks today against China.

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The “Hard-Landing” Has Arrived: Chinese Coal Company Fires 100,000

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(Zero Hedge)  The global commodity collapse is finally starting to take its toll on what China truly cares about: the employment of the tens of millions of currently employed and soon to be unemployed workers.

On Friday, in a move that would make even Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman blush, Harbin-basedHeilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group, or Longmay Group, the biggest met coal miner in northeast China which has been struggling to reduce massive losses in recent months as a result of the commodity collapse, just confirmed China’s “hard-landing” has arrived when it announced on its website it wouldcut 100,000 jobs or 40% of its entire 240,000-strong labor force.

Impacted by the slump in coal prices, the group saw its loss over January-August surged more than 1.1 billion yuan ($17.2 million) from the year before. In the first half of 2015, the group closed eight coking coal mines most of which had approached the end of their mining lives, due to poor production margins amid bleak sales.

Chaiman of the group Wang Zhikui said the job losses were a way of helping the company “stop bleeding.” The heavily-indebted company also plans to sell its non-coal related businesses to help pay off its debts, said Wang. The State-owned mining group has subsidiaries in Jixi, Hegang, Shuangyashan and Qitaihe in Heilongjiang province, which account for about half the region’s coal production.

According to China Daily, last year, Longmay launched a management restructuring and cut thousands of jobs to stay profitable, amid the overall industry decline. However, the company still reported around 5 billion yuan ($815 million) in losses.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for the company, which in 2011 reported 800 million yuan in profit with annual production exceeding 50 million metric tons.

Experts said staff costs remain a major reason for the company’s continued heavy losses. That, and the ongoing collapse in met coal prices of course.

Last year its coal production stood at 49 million tons, just 10 percent that of Shenhua Group Corp Ltd, China’s biggest coal producer. But Longmay’s workforce remains well above that of Shenhua’s 214,000 in total.

The announcement came in the midst of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s ongoing tour to the United States, where he assured politicians and businessmen that China’s economy will achieve the targeted 7% growth in gross domestic product.

It gets worse, especially in a worst case scenario: Longmay also has 180,000 pensioners to take care of, with life-long payments covering pensions and medical insurance, which are also considered a huge financial burden. As China Daily notes, “Personnel is probably its largest cost,” said Deng Shun, an analyst at Shanghai-based energy consultancy ICIS C1 Energy.

“Actually many traditional State-owned coal enterprises are facing the same kind of problem. It has become more severe as the industry remains on a downward trend.”

Deng also cautioned on the social problems that massive layoffs may cause, suggesting a reduction in welfare or salaries might be a better way to cut back on costs.

The shocking move is a harbinger of more pain for not only the local government-backed and heavily indebted company, with an eventual bankruptcy looking increasingly probable unless met coal prices don’t stage a miraculous rebound, but China’s entire coal sector, which in recent years has been a source of millions of jobs to China’s unskilled labor force.

And as China’s commodity bubble bursts, and the fixed-investment surge mean reverts, the coal industry is set to become a source of millions of job losses.

Incidentally, far more than the Chinese stock bubble burst, or even the credit and housing bubble, the implications from mass defaults of coal companies are precisely what is keeping Beijing up at night.

As the WSJ reported in a piece earlier this week, “for decades, an army of migrant workers drove China’s boom times, flocking to its cities to sew T-shirts, assemble iPhones, or build apartment blocks and Olympic stadiums. The arrangement helped millions of poor, rural Chinese join a new consumer class, though many also paid a heavy price.

The paper of record adds:

now, many migrant workers struggle to find their footing in a downshifting economy. As factories run out of money and construction projects turn idle across China, there has been a rise in the last thing Beijing wants to see: unrest.”

Because if there is one thing China’s politburo simply can not afford right now, is to layer public unrest and civil violence on top of an economy which is already in “hard-landing” move. Forget black – this would be the bloody swan that nobody could “possibly have seen coming.”

As for the future of China’s unskilled labor industries, the Fifth Element’s Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg has a good idea of what’s coming.

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China Joins Russia in Fight Against ISIS in Syria

According to the Russian Senator Igor Morozov, Beijing has taken decision to take part in combating IS and sent its vessels to the Syrian coast.

Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs claimed about the beginning of the military operation by China against the IS terrorists. “It is known, that China has joined our military operation in Syria, the Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, aircraft carrier follows it,” Morozov said.

According to him, Iran may soon join the operation carried out by Russia against the IS terrorists, via Hezbollah. Thus, the Russian coalition in the region gains ground, and most reasonable step of the US would be to join it. Although the stance of Moscow and Washington on the ways of settlement of the Syrian conflict differs, nonetheless, low efficiency of the US coalition acts against terrorists is obvious. Islamists have just strengthened their positions.

As Leonid Krutakov told Pravda.Ru in an interview, the most serious conflict is currently taking place namely between China and the US. Moscow may support any party, the expert believes, and that is what will change the world order for many years.


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Next stop, Iran: Osborne to lead UK’s ‘biggest-ever’ trade delegation to Tehran

Osborne, speaking on the last day of a controversial visit to China, said he was prepared to take risks to boost the British economy.

The chancellor has faced criticism during his five-day tour of China for refusing to talk publicly about human rights issues, instead focusing on commercial ventures.

His stance was welcomed by media in Beijing however, with the China Daily and state-owned Global Times newspapers heaping praise on the “pragmatism” of Osborne’s China policy.

Osborne wanted to engage with Tehran providing it fulfils its obligations under the nuclear deal, he told the Financial Times.

We can either sit on the sidelines, watch the world move ahead and gradually decline — plenty of other countries are taking that path — or we can get out there and plant our flag in the ground,” he said.

Assuming that Iran honors the nuclear deal, and it’s properly verified, I think there will be growing potential to do business with Iran.

Next year I would love to lead a proper, big economic and trade delegation to Iran,” he added.

Britain was one of the first western countries to formally engage with Iran after the nuclear settlement was signed in July.

Last month Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond led a diplomatic and trade delegation to re-open the British Embassy in Tehran after nearly four years without diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Representatives from Royal Dutch Shell were part of the trade delegation and met with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif during the trip.

Oil giants Total and Eni have also met with Iranian officials to discuss working in Iran, which holds 9.3 percent of the world’s oil reserves and 18.2 percent of the world’s natural gas reserves.

Osborne’s love-bombing of China has attracted fierce criticism from human rights groups and Britain’s allies.

The chancellor refused to publicly raise human rights issues in China, but maintains he discussed the subject in private meetings.

A visit to the western region of Xinjiang was condemned because of China’s repressive policies against the local Uyghur population.

A spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a group for exiled Uyghurs, said Britain’s silence is “disappointing.”

Britain can’t give the silent nod to China’s particular suppression of the Uighurs due to economic benefits, sending the wrong signal to China and leading to China increasing monitoring and suppression in the region. China is using economic interest to divide the West.

The Financial Times quotes an unnamed Western diplomat in Beijing as saying Britain’s approach to China has been reduced to purely mercantile matters.

The UK’s China policy seems to have been reduced to pursuing commercial interests. There’s nothing wrong with looking after your business interests, but how far do you go?

Chinese media took a more positive view however, with the Beijing-based China Daily praising the chancellor for his “pragmatic policy.

In an editorial (in Chinese), the state-owned Global Times praised Osborne and said “it should be diplomatic etiquette for foreign leaders not to confront China by raising the human rights issue.

Keeping a modest manner is the correct attitude for a foreign minister visiting China to seek business opportunities. Some Westerners believe their officials should behave like a master of human rights to show their superiority over China and the East,” it added.

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Osborne love-bombs China, but stays silent on human rights

Osborne visited Urumqi, the capital of the politically sensitive region of Xinjiang, on Wednesday where he spoke of Britain’s commitment to supporting growth in the region.

The Chancellor faced criticism for failing to speak out about the repression of the region’s Muslim Uyghur minority, which many observers’ blame for the occasional outbreaks of violence in Xinjiang.

At least 40 people were killed in an attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang on Wednesday, the day Osborne arrived in the region.

The Chancellor has so far remained silent on China’s human rights record, refusing to discuss the subject in public and insisting he had raised the issues as part of a “broader conversation with China.

China’s emerging regions, like Xinjiang, hold enormous potential in the years ahead,” the Chancellor said in Urumqi on Wednesday.

That’s why I wanted to come here today to see this place for myself, and highlight Britain’s absolute commitment to support the growth of Urumqi together with the whole of the Xinjiang region.”

Asked by the Guardian about the latest outbreak of violence in Xinjiang, Osborne refused to comment as he did not know any details.

We are only just getting reports about this, this morning, so I don’t want to rush to comment on something until we have all the details. But obviously if people have been injured or indeed killed that is a tragedy and our sympathies are with the victims and their families,” the Chancellor said.

We never condone violence – whatever the cause. We always seek a peaceful resolution of disputes in our world and we hope a peaceful resolution can be arrived at.”

At least 40 people were killed, including police officers, security guards and colliery manages in an attack on a coal mine on Wednesday, according to the US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Osborne’s apparent supplication to Beijing has received criticism from human rights groups, who accuse the Chancellor of sending China the wrong message.

A spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a group for exiled Uyghurs, said Britain’s silence was “disappointing.”

George Osborne’s inability to publicly denounce China’s suppression of Uighurs is disappointing,” Munich-based Dilxat Raxit said.

Britain can’t give the silent nod to China’s particular suppression of the Uighurs due to economic benefits, sending the wrong signal to China and leading to China increasing monitoring and suppression in the region. China is using economic interest to divide the West.

The Chancellor has also come under fire for promoting what some pundits consider a ‘risky’ economic relationship with Beijing, given the country’s recent market crash.

Osborne wants to give Chinese investors a direct link to the London Stock Exchange and make China the UK’s second biggest trading partner by 2025.

Earlier this week he announced £2bn of subsidies to encourage Chinese investment in Britain’s nuclear power industry.

Economist Linda Yueh warned Osborne’s strategy came with significant risk after China’s stock markets tumbled on ‘Black Monday’ last month.

Chinese stock markets are down by 40 percent this year,” she said.

If you link up in this way you are directly transmitting the volatility of a country that is undergoing this dramatic transition. That is something that needs to be looked at very hard. I would be very surprised if this link up happens quickly.”

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Robot revolution sweeps China’s factory floors

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors
In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, a Chinese worker is seated next to orange robot arms at Rapoo Technology factory in southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen. Factories in China are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

In China’s factories, the robots are rising.

For decades, manufacturers employed waves of young migrant workers from China’s countryside to work at countless factories in coastal provinces, churning out cheap toys, clothing and electronics that helped power the country’s economic ascent.

Now, factories are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks.

It’s part of a broader overhaul of the economy as China seeks to vault into the ranks of wealthy nations. But it comes as the country’s growth slows amid tepid global demand that’s adding pressure on tens of thousands of manufacturers.

With costs rising and profits shrinking, Chinese manufacturers “will all need to face the fact that only by successfully transitioning from the current labor-oriented mode to more automated manufacturing will they be able to survive in the next few years,” said Jan Zhang, an automation expert at IHS Technology in Shanghai.

Shenzhen Rapoo Technology Co. is among the companies at ground zero of this transformation. At its factory in the southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen, orange robot arms work alongside human operators assembling computer mice and keyboards.

“What we are doing here is a revolution” in Chinese manufacturing, said Pboll Deng, Rapoo’s deputy general manager.

The company began its push into automation five years ago. Rapoo installed 80 robots made by Sweden’s ABB Ltd. to assemble mice, keyboards and their sub-components. The robots allowed the company to save $1.6 million each year and trim its workforce to less than 1,000 from a peak of more than 3,000 in 2010.

Such upgrading underscores the grand plans China’s communist leaders have for industrial robotics. President Xi Jinping called in a speech last year for a “robot revolution” in a nod to automation’s vital role in raising productivity.

Authorities have announced measures such as subsidies and tax incentives over the past three years to encourage industrial automation as well as development of a homegrown robotics industry.

Some provinces have set up their own “Man for Machine” programs aimed at replacing workers with robots.

Guangdong, a manufacturing heartland in southern China, said in March it would invest 943 billion yuan ($148 billion) to encourage nearly 2,000 large manufacturers to buy robots, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Guangzhou, the provincial capital, aims to have 80 percent of manufacturing automated by 2020.

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors
In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, a Chinese man works next to an orange robot arm at Rapoo Technology factory in southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen. Factories in China are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

A relentless surge in wages is adding impetus to the automation revolution. China relied on a seemingly endless supply of cheap labor for decades to power its economic expansion. That equation is changing as the country’s working age population stops growing and more Chinese graduate from university, resulting in a dwindling supply of unskilled workers, annual double-digit percentage increases in the minimum wage and rising labor unrest.

Deng said Rapoo’s wage bill rising 15-20 percent a year was one big factor driving its use of robots.

“Frontline workers, their turnover rate is really high. More and people are unwilling to do repetitive jobs. So these two issues put the manufacturing industry in China under huge pressure,” he said.

China’s auto industry was the trailblazer for automation, but other industries are rapidly adopting the technology as robots become smaller, cheaper and easier to use. It now only takes on average 1.3 years for an industrial robot in China to pay back its investment, down from 11.8 years in 2008, according to Goldman Sachs.

Companies such as electronics maker TCL Corp. are using robots to produce higher-value goods. At one factory in Shenzhen, TCL uses 978 machines to produce flat screen TV panels. At another TCL plant in Hefei, near Shanghai, steel refrigerator frames are bent into shape before being plucked by a blue Yasakawa robot arm that stacks them in neat rows for further assembly.

Fridges and big washing machines have heavy internal components, so “if you use automated robots to make them, they also let you cut your labor intensity by a lot,” said TCL Chairman Tomson Li.

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors
In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, a Chinese man works amid orange robot arms at Rapoo Technology factory in southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen. Factories in China are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

China held the title of world’s biggest market for for the second straight year in 2014, with sales rising by more than half to 56,000, out of a total of 224,000 sold globally, according to the International Federation of Robotics.

There’s plenty more room for explosive sales growth. China has about 30 robots for every 10,000 factory workers compared with 437 in South Korea and 152 in the United States. The global average is 62. Beijing wants China’s number to rise to 100 by 2020.

The switch to robots has raised fears that it will contribute to slowing job though there are few signs that’s happening yet.

Deng said Rapoo hasn’t had to resort to layoffs. Rather, the company is just not replacing workers who quit.

“It’s not simply replacing the operation of workers by robot. We do more than that. We are making a robot platform” in which humans and machines work together to make production more flexible, he said.

On a recent tour of Rapoo’s factory, Deng pointed out the efficiencies.

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors
In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, Chinese workers and an orange robot arm are seen at Rapoo Technology factory in southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen. Factories in China are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

As a conveyor belt carried circuit boards out of an industrial soldering machine, a robot arm removed them from metal jigs and placed them on another belt. Human workers typically do this job in other factories, Deng said, but turnover is high because of the heat and repetitiveness.

In a glass-walled room, robots assembled receivers for wireless mice, tasks that were previously done by 26 people, Deng said. Now, one or two humans supervise as a laser automatically fuses shut metal USB plug housings, four at a time, while steps away, arms slide the plugs into plastic sleeves.

Automation means “accuracy can still remain very high and there are seldom failures for the robots,” said Deng.

Boosting quality also helps China’s companies achieve another national goal of shedding their reputation as shoddy, low cost producers to compete with global rivals.

Robot revolution sweeps China's factory floors
In this Aug. 21, 2015 photo, a Chinese worker is seen behind orange robot arms at work at Rapoo Technology factory in southern Chinese industrial boomtown of Shenzhen. Factories in China are rapidly replacing those workers with automation, a pivot that’s encouraged by rising wages and new official directives aimed at helping the country move away from low-cost manufacturing as the supply of young, pliant workers shrinks. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Automation will allow Chinese factories to grab a bigger share of industries where accuracy and precision are crucial, such as aerospace, medical devices and optical components, said Derick Louie, of the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

Makers of toys and other low-profit consumer goods, however, “probably will have to move outside of China due to rising labor costs and environmental taxation,” he said.

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China launches new type of carrier rocket: state media

China has launched the Long March-6, a new type of rocket that will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media
China has launched the Long March-6, a new type of rocket that will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media report

China on Sunday launched a new type of rocket that will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme.

The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday morning carrying 20 “micro” satellites, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The white rocket, imprinted with the Chinese flag at the top, climbed into bluish-grey skies, footage aired by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) showed.

The rocket is 29.3 metres (97 feet) high and uses fuel composed of liquid oxygen and kerosene, which is said to be free of toxicity and pollution, state media said.

The will be used for “experiments” in technology and new products, CCTV said, but gave no details. China’s space programme, which has potential military applications, is shrouded in secrecy.

A 2011 policy paper issued by the State Council, or cabinet, said the Long March-6 would be capable of placing not less than one tonne of payload into orbit at a height of 700 kilometres (434 miles).

China’s “Long March” family is named after an epic journey by Communist forces escaping the then ruling Kuomintang in the 1930s.

State media publicly announced plans for the Long March-6 in 2009, but said at the time the first launch was scheduled for 2013.

China launches its own satellites as it builds a homegrown satellite navigation system, but also carries out launches for other countries and commercial companies.

Chinese scientists earlier this month said the country is planning to land a lunar probe on the dark side of the moon before 2020, according to state media.

In 2013, China landed a rover dubbed Yutu on the moon, making it only the third nation after the United States and Soviet Union to land on the Earth’s natural satellite.

China completed its first return mission to the moon last year with an unmanned probe landing successfully back on Earth.

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Chinese men ‘encouraged to donate sperm’ to buy new iPhone 6S

Two banks, Renji Hospital in Shanghai, and another one in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, have posted their appeals on WeChat, the South China Morning Post reported, citing Chinese-language media.

Hubei’s provincial sperm bank said it was looking for donors, aged between 22 and 45, and would pay 5,000 yuan ($785) for each 40 milliliters of semen they provided.

“You don’t need to give up a kidney to raise cash to buy an iPhone 6s as you can get enough money just by donating sperm!” the message said, according to the news website, which added the post garnered hundreds of thousands of clicks.

Some university students reportedly criticized the campaign, saying it was wrong to use the appeal of the iPhone6s to encourage new sperm donations.

Apple’s iPhones have proved extremely popular in China, home to nearly 520 million smartphone users. China has been projected to become Apple’s largest single market in the near future. The company sold more iPhones in China than in the US for the first time ever. First quarter sales of iPhones in China skyrocketed, boosting revenue in the region to $16.8 billion, a 71-percent increase, the tech giant’s report published in late August said.

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Earlier this week, two men allegedly attempted to sell their kidneys to buy a new iPhone 6s, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported, citing Modern Express local daily.

The men found a salesman over the internet and were reportedly told to take medical tests at a hospital. When they arrived, their agent was nowhere to be found. One of the prospective donors has since gone missing, however.

A 17-year-old student from Hunan sold one of his kidneys on the black market to buy an iPhone and iPad, the BBC reported in 2011.

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Be Careful What You Buy – Plastic Rice Is Spreading Across Asia

First there were artificial eggs from China and now plastic rice

Shocking news was revealed recently, the one of the fake rice that spreads all over the Asian continent. In the beginning, it was only known as a rumor on Facebook or Whats App, but then it was verified by the major media in the world. Just a couple of days ago, the main information spread all over the world were about the fake eggs from China, and now, the plastic rice kicks in. just two more of the many examples on why we should be very careful and thoroughly read the labels when we buy things.



Local media in Asia state that this fake rice was first produced in Kerala, a southern state in India. Its origins were from China, but it quickly spread all over India, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Even famous brands are not safe to buy, because many brands sell this plastic rice mixed with normal, natural rice. It is very difficult to say which brands are clean and which ones not. You can only feel the consequences for sure, them being stomach problems.


The ingredients of this rice are potatoes, sweet potatoes and synthetic resign, so it may cause harm to the system of digestion. But not only that, the poisons which you take in by eating this rice can cause numerous issues in your body; they may even lead to poisoning. The media also broadcast the information that it is present on the market for a long time. The first places where it appeared are Shaanxi and Taiyuan. The similarities to normal rice cause people not to check it before use.

The Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry strongly refutes the information and claims that the rice they produce and sell is safe to consume. Nevertheless, they state that they cannot guarantee that fake rice is not imported in the country and sold in some small shops.


Can we avoid fake rice?As we said, it is especially difficult for you to recognize the quality of the rice you buy in the shops, but you can do it at home. Even when cooked, this rice remains same. It also gives every meal some kind of different, unusual taste. When exposed to great heat, it burns like plastic does.

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