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China looks at plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.

"Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency

China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total.

Both the UK and France have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

Chinese debate medical rights after pregnant woman's suicide

The 26-year-old woman, surnamed Ma, jumped from a hospital window in northern Shaanxi province on 31 August. The child she was carrying was also killed.Huo Junwei, a doctor at the Yulin Number One hospital, told China Economic Daily that Ms Ma "left the ward twice and told her family that the pain was unbearable, and that she wanted a caesarean section, but the family were not willing to allow the procedure."Her husband, surnamed Yan, refutes this, telling Beijing Youth Daily that "we did not disagree to a caesarean".

 

'Risky delivery'

Vanuatu receives new PMO building from China

Mr Salwai thanked the government and people of China for their contribution to the development of Vanuatu at the handover ceremony yesterday

He said the old building that used to house the Public Service Commission, State Law Office, Language Services Department and Government Remuneration Tribunal was built by the French Government during pre-independence days and was used by the French Administration until 1980.

Vanuatu chiefs oppose Chinese gravel

The chair of Efate's Vaturisu Council, Chief Henry Manlaewia, said he was alarmed by reports from the Department of Biosecurity that the aggregate had been imported without being treated before shipment.

Citing the fear of contamination from foot-and-mouth-disease, the department stopped the gravel from being unloaded from a ship still moored in Port Vila harbour.

China Civil Engineering and Construction Company was contracted by the World Bank to fix the airport's runway, and the company said crushing the gravel locally would delay the project.

Teen's death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

The 18-year-old had allegedly sustained multiple injuries, and the centre's director and staff members have been held by police, according to reports.

The incident took place earlier this month in eastern Anhui province.

China has seen a proliferation in so-called "boot camps" aimed at treating internet and gaming addictions.

Some are known for their military-style discipline and have been criticised for overly harsh practices.

'Completely covered with scars'

Facebook finds way into China

It's dubbed the Colorful Balloons app, and, according to the Chinese app store's description, it works similarly to Facebook's (FB, Tech30) Moments app.

"Colorful Balloons can group users' phone pictures and videos based on time, locations and characters. It can help you create albums and share them with friends and family," the description reads.

The story was first reported by The New York Times and person familiar with the matter confirmed to CNNMoney that it is a Facebook app. But the Facebook name is nowhere to be seen.

China to hand over new PMO building to Vanuatu Government

The new PMO is one the projects that is funded by Chinese grant.

Both governments said that this year marks a milestone in relationship between the countries with the opening of the Chinese embassy in Port Vila recently, the new wharf in Luganville, the new PMO and the Korman Stadium.

A statement said China is yet to construct a building for the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Malapoa College which is also funded by Chinese grant is currently under construction.

 

Photo by Government of Vanuatu 

     

Team Vanuatu well into training schedule in China

The team which comprises of 190 athletes from boxing, archery, beach volleyball, judo, table tennis, athletics, female football, karate and taekwondo has been training four hours a day for the past three months in China.

The training comes under the Vanuatu Sport Technical Support Project.

Archery coach Francis Runa said their training is very tough.

He said they train in different stages starting from elastic training to shooting on the range of 30-50 metre.

India boxer offers to return belt for China peace

Vijender Singh, an Olympic medallist, beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on Saturday, winning the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight belt from him.

But he dedicated his win to the "India-China friendship", and said he wanted to give the belt back.

India and China have been feuding over a disputed border area since June.

The row erupted when India opposed China's attempt to extend a border road through a plateau known as Doklam in India and Donglang in China.

Mr Singh, 31, has been widely praised in India for his win in the much-anticipated fight in Mumbai.

Apple defends complying with China over VPNs

Virtual Private Networks are often used to skirt censorship and surveillance in countries with tight restrictions on internet use.

The company has been heavily criticised for removing several VPN apps, and was accused of “aiding Chinese censorship efforts”.

Apple said it disagreed with China’s position but had to comply with the country’s laws.

"We would obviously rather not remove the apps,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday.

"But like we do in other countries we follow the law wherever we do business.