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News & Reports 2010-11-20

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Hello and Welcome to News and Reports on China Radio International.

In This Edition

The Chinese government says it will not agree to any deal linking rich nations' aid to its acceptance of tighter oversight1 of its efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions2.

The death toll3 from the deadly fire in Shanghai has now risen to 58.

Leaders from 28 NATO countries endorse4 new Strategic Concept at the military bloc's annual summit.

Food prices appear to be dropping in some places in China, after the government promised to adopt a series of measures to reign5 in price hikes.


Hot Issue Reports

Shanghai High-rise Fire Death Toll Rises to 58, 4 More Detained

The death toll from the deadly fire in Shanghai has now risen to 58.

Meanwhile, officials now say they've detained 4 more people in connection with the blaze, and say they've now positively6 identified 26 of the victims.

More than 70 injured in the fire are receiving treatment in eight local hospitals in Shanghai.

Xu Jianguang is the Director of the Shanghai Health Bureau.

"Now we have 71 patients, and 16 of them are in critial condition, one more than before."

Xun Jingning is a doctor at Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital.

"Now some of the patients have shown symptoms of pneumonia7, especially senior patients."

The blaze erupted Monday afternoon after sparks from a welding torch set the nylon netting and scaffolding surrounding the building on fire.

A total of 12 people have now been detained in the incident, including the managers of the chief contractor8 and two sub-contractors of the renovation9 project.

The State Council has now ordered a new round of fire safety inspections10 across the country in the wake of the tragedy.


China Rules out Linking Climate Aid to Transparency

The Chinese government now says it will not agree to any deal linking rich nations' aid to its acceptance of tighter oversight of its efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Huang Huikang, China's special representative for climate change talks, made the pronouncement ahead of a high-level climate meeting in Cancun, Mexico later this month.

"In principle, we really don't see increasing transparency as an issue. And mitigation actions by developing countries, with the technological11 and financial support from developed countries, can be measurable, reportable and verifiable."

Negotiators from some 200 countries are set to meet in Cancun to try to agree on a "green fund" for poor countries and other building blocks for a new agreement to combat global warming.

A meeting in Copenhagen last December ended with a loose, non-binding accord with many gaps.

Cancun is meant to be the stepping stone to a legally-binding deal next year, that would lock governments into reducing the greenhouse gas pollution.
Huang says the key to success in climate negotiations12 is advanced economies leading the way with big emissions cuts.

"Developed countries have the responsibility to take the lead in making deep emissions reductions and provide adequate financial support and environmentally friendly technologies to help developing countries deal with climate change."

Huang adds China's emissions will keep growing for some time, given that the priority remains13 developing the economy and eliminating poverty.

China has pledged to reduce its "carbon intensity14" by 40 to 45 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels.


High-level Forum15 Seeks Ways to Green Development

Researchers at a high-level forum on green development in Beijing now say China must rely on technological innovation to pursue sustainable economic growth and tackle climate change.


NATO Approves a New Strategic Concept

NATO on Friday approved a new strategic concept that retains its nuclear deterrent16 and is intended to ensure the military alliance adapts to contemporary security threats.

The new concept is not simply strategic statement but action plan, which set up concrete steps NATO will take, said Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

"We face new threats and challenges and this strategic concept will ensure NATO remains as effective as ever in defending our peace and security .It also modernises the way NATO does defence in the 21st century.

As radical17 changes have occurred on the global scene since the last strategy was adopted in 1999, leaders decided18 to revise the document to take into account new security threats, such as terrorism and cyber criminality.


New Zealand Miners Missing After Explosion

As many as 30 workers remain unaccounted for after an explosion ripped through a coal mine in New Zealand this afternoon.

Emergency services have been racing19 to the Pike River Coal Processing Plant near the town of Atarau on the west coast of New Zealand's south island.

"The police have told me that there has been an explosion at Pike river coal mine and that there's between 25 and 30 unaccounted for at the moment.

Local Mayor Tony Kokshoorn.

That's not a 100 percent confirmed but that's what they think at the moment."

Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Wittall says two workers managed to made it out of the mine, but adding it's not exactly clear how many others are still inside.

"We've had our afternoon shift underground and we've had communications with a couple of the employees and we've had two men return to the surface..
They're being interviewed and we're trying to determine ... the full extent of the incident."

Ambulances and helicopters have arrived at the mine, along with some of the families of the missing miners.

It remains unclear at this point what the fate of the missing miners is, or what caused the explosion.


Unattended Suitcases Sparks Another Bomb Scare in Germany

Two unattended suitcases have sparked another bomb scare in Berlin.

Security forces there remain on heightened alert in the wake of the German government's latest terror threat assessment20.

The owner of the cases at Berlin's train station was quickly found and the cordon21 lifted, but police remain vigilant22 at Germany's train stations, airports and borders.

Earlier this week, authorities revealed that an Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Munich was delayed after police found a bag with a fuse in the luggage hall of the airport in the southern African nation's capital.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says the preliminary investigation23 shows the suspect bag was destined24 for the German flight.

"A lot speaks for the idea that the piece of luggage was supposed to be transported on a plane that was to fly to Munich. But we'll learn more details in the coming days, and once we have reliable results, we will of course inform the public."

German authorities are suggesting it could have been a fake device meant to test the airport's security measures.

China Pledges Adequate Grain Supplies as Inflation Increases

The People's Bank of China has announced that it's raising the reserve required ratio for banks by another 50 basis points.

This afternoon's move is seen as a way to try to further reign in the excess liquidity25 in the market, which is widely believed to be one of the main drivers of the rising inflationary pressure in the country.

Meantime, the central authorities now say the government will ensure adequate grain supplies to manage inflation, after consumer prices advanced at the quickest pace in two years.

Nie Zhenbang, director of the State Administration of Grain, says the government will increase packaged grain and cooking oil stockpiles for timely release onto the market.

The government has also confirmed that it will sell soybeans and vegetable oil from its stockpiles from next week to stabilize26 prices.

The government is pushing to increase its grain supplies and may impose temporary price controls, after inflation gained 4.4 percent last month. Food prices climbed 10 percent.

Chinese corn, sugar and rice futures27 have reached record highs over the past two weeks on concern that supplies may lag behind demand.
For more on what the government may have to do to deal with inflationary pressures over the longer-term, we spoke28 earlier with Kevin Lai, a Hong

Kong-based economist29 with Daiwa Capital Markets.

Kevin Lai, Hong Kong-based economist with Daiwa Capital Markets.


Initial Price Drop Thanks To The Policy

Food prices now appear to be dropping in some places here in China, after the announcement that the central government, along with local authorities, are planning on bringing in a series of measures to reign in rising prices.


Guest Coaches Change Games and Culture

In a somewhat interesting side-bar at the ongoing30 Asian Games in Guangzhou, observers are noting that a number of teams are pocketing medals in events that they traditionally haven't been that strong in. Some attribute this trend to outside coaches being brought in to guide teams from other countries.
Media Digest

From Xinhua: Chinese and Italian anthropologists have now established an Italian studies center at a leading university in northwest China to determine whether some Western-looking Chinese in the area are the descendants of a lost Roman army from ancient times.

Experts at the Italian Studies Center at Lanzhou University in Gansu are now set to conduct excavations31 on a section of the ancient Silk Road to see if it can be proved that a legion of lost Roman soldiers eventually settled in China. There is speculation32 that a group of western-looking people with traces of foreign DNA33 now living in a village called Liqian on the edge of the Gobi Desert are the descendants of the ancient Roman army headed by general Marcus Crassus.

In 53 B.C.E., Crassus was defeated and beheaded by the Parthians, a tribe occupying what is now Iran, putting an end to Rome's eastward34 expansion. But a 6,000-strong army led by Crassus's eldest35 son apparently36 escaped and were never found again.


From the Shanghai Daily: Officials in Xiaxian County in Shanxi Province are now accusing the county head of tapping people's phones and then ordering police to put the supposed troublemakers37 in jail.

The allegations are being made after the county's education bureau chief sent out an sms to other officials, suggesting that the county head was taking bribes38 and abusing his power in other ways. Two days later, the education chief was detained for libel, and had his house searched and a number of personal items seized.

When higher authorities heard about this, they ordered him released.

And while officials say this isn't the first time the county chief has abused his position, it remains unclear if he's facing disciplinary action.


Market Update

Wall Street edged higher Friday although there were expectations that it was on course for losses as markets pulled back from an autumn rally, largely taking cues from overseas.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.2 percent, to 11,204. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index went up 0.2 percent, to 1,200. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.1 percent, to 2,517.

In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.6 percent to 5733, Germany's DAX was up 0.2 percent to 6843, while France's CAC-40 was down 0.3 percent to 3860.


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1 oversight WvgyJ     
n.勘漏,失察,疏忽
参考例句:
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把这件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章没有打分。
2 emissions 1a87f8769eb755734e056efecb5e2da9     
排放物( emission的名词复数 ); 散发物(尤指气体)
参考例句:
  • Most scientists accept that climate change is linked to carbon emissions. 大多数科学家都相信气候变化与排放的含碳气体有关。
  • Dangerous emissions radiate from plutonium. 危险的辐射物从钚放散出来。
3 toll LJpzo     
n.过路(桥)费;损失,伤亡人数;v.敲(钟)
参考例句:
  • The hailstone took a heavy toll of the crops in our village last night.昨晚那场冰雹损坏了我们村的庄稼。
  • The war took a heavy toll of human life.这次战争夺去了许多人的生命。
4 endorse rpxxK     
vt.(支票、汇票等)背书,背署;批注;同意
参考例句:
  • No one is foolish enough to endorse it.没有哪个人会傻得赞成它。
  • I fully endorse your opinions on this subject.我完全拥护你对此课题的主张。
5 reign pBbzx     
n.统治时期,统治,支配,盛行;v.占优势
参考例句:
  • The reign of Queen Elizabeth lapped over into the seventeenth century.伊丽莎白王朝延至17世纪。
  • The reign of Zhu Yuanzhang lasted about 31 years.朱元璋统治了大约三十一年。
6 positively vPTxw     
adv.明确地,断然,坚决地;实在,确实
参考例句:
  • She was positively glowing with happiness.她满脸幸福。
  • The weather was positively poisonous.这天气着实讨厌。
7 pneumonia s2HzQ     
n.肺炎
参考例句:
  • Cage was struck with pneumonia in her youth.凯奇年轻时得过肺炎。
  • Pneumonia carried him off last week.肺炎上星期夺去了他的生命。
8 contractor GnZyO     
n.订约人,承包人,收缩肌
参考例句:
  • The Tokyo contractor was asked to kick $ 6000 back as commission.那个东京的承包商被要求退还6000美元作为佣金。
  • The style of house the contractor builds depends partly on the lay of the land.承包商所建房屋的式样,有几分要看地势而定。
9 renovation xVAxF     
n.革新,整修
参考例句:
  • The cinema will reopen next week after the renovation.电影院修缮后,将于下星期开业。
  • The building has undergone major renovation.这座大楼已进行大整修。
10 inspections c445f9a2296d8835cd7d4a2da50fc5ca     
n.检查( inspection的名词复数 );检验;视察;检阅
参考例句:
  • Regular inspections are carried out at the prison. 经常有人来视察这座监狱。
  • Government inspections ensure a high degree of uniformity in the standard of service. 政府检查确保了在服务标准方面的高度一致。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 technological gqiwY     
adj.技术的;工艺的
参考例句:
  • A successful company must keep up with the pace of technological change.一家成功的公司必须得跟上技术变革的步伐。
  • Today,the pace of life is increasing with technological advancements.当今, 随着科技进步,生活节奏不断增快。
12 negotiations af4b5f3e98e178dd3c4bac64b625ecd0     
协商( negotiation的名词复数 ); 谈判; 完成(难事); 通过
参考例句:
  • negotiations for a durable peace 为持久和平而进行的谈判
  • Negotiations have failed to establish any middle ground. 谈判未能达成任何妥协。
13 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
14 intensity 45Ixd     
n.强烈,剧烈;强度;烈度
参考例句:
  • I didn't realize the intensity of people's feelings on this issue.我没有意识到这一问题能引起群情激奋。
  • The strike is growing in intensity.罢工日益加剧。
15 forum cilx0     
n.论坛,讨论会
参考例句:
  • They're holding a forum on new ways of teaching history.他们正在举行历史教学讨论会。
  • The organisation would provide a forum where problems could be discussed.这个组织将提供一个可以讨论问题的平台。
16 deterrent OmJzY     
n.阻碍物,制止物;adj.威慑的,遏制的
参考例句:
  • Large fines act as a deterrent to motorists.高额罚款是对开车的人的制约。
  • I put a net over my strawberries as a deterrent to the birds.我在草莓上罩了网,免得鸟歇上去。
17 radical hA8zu     
n.激进份子,原子团,根号;adj.根本的,激进的,彻底的
参考例句:
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在医院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
18 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
19 racing 1ksz3w     
n.竞赛,赛马;adj.竞赛用的,赛马用的
参考例句:
  • I was watching the racing on television last night.昨晚我在电视上看赛马。
  • The two racing drivers fenced for a chance to gain the lead.两个赛车手伺机竞相领先。
20 assessment vO7yu     
n.评价;评估;对财产的估价,被估定的金额
参考例句:
  • This is a very perceptive assessment of the situation.这是一个对该情况的极富洞察力的评价。
  • What is your assessment of the situation?你对时局的看法如何?
21 cordon 1otzp     
n.警戒线,哨兵线
参考例句:
  • Police officers threw a cordon around his car to protect him.警察在他汽车周围设置了防卫圈以保护他。
  • There is a tight security cordon around the area.这一地区周围设有严密的安全警戒圈。
22 vigilant ULez2     
adj.警觉的,警戒的,警惕的
参考例句:
  • He has to learn how to remain vigilant through these long nights.他得学会如何在这漫长的黑夜里保持警觉。
  • The dog kept a vigilant guard over the house.这只狗警醒地守护着这所房屋。
23 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
24 destined Dunznz     
adj.命中注定的;(for)以…为目的地的
参考例句:
  • It was destined that they would marry.他们结婚是缘分。
  • The shipment is destined for America.这批货物将运往美国。
25 liquidity VRXzb     
n.流动性,偿债能力,流动资产
参考例句:
  • The bank has progressively increased its liquidity.银行逐渐地增加其流动资产。
  • The demand for and the supply of credit is closely linked to changes in liquidity.信用的供求和流动资金的变化有密切关系。
26 stabilize PvuwZ     
vt.(使)稳定,使稳固,使稳定平衡;vi.稳定
参考例句:
  • They are eager to stabilize currencies.他们急于稳定货币。
  • His blood pressure tended to stabilize.他的血压趋向稳定。
27 futures Isdz1Q     
n.期货,期货交易
参考例句:
  • He continued his operations in cotton futures.他继续进行棉花期货交易。
  • Cotton futures are selling at high prices.棉花期货交易的卖价是很高的。
28 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
29 economist AuhzVs     
n.经济学家,经济专家,节俭的人
参考例句:
  • He cast a professional economist's eyes on the problem.他以经济学行家的眼光审视这个问题。
  • He's an economist who thinks he knows all the answers.他是个经济学家,自以为什么都懂。
30 ongoing 6RvzT     
adj.进行中的,前进的
参考例句:
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
31 excavations 185c90d3198bc18760370b8a86c53f51     
n.挖掘( excavation的名词复数 );开凿;开凿的洞穴(或山路等);(发掘出来的)古迹
参考例句:
  • The excavations are open to the public. 发掘现场对公众开放。
  • This year's excavations may reveal ancient artifacts. 今年的挖掘可能会发现史前古器物。 来自辞典例句
32 speculation 9vGwe     
n.思索,沉思;猜测;投机
参考例句:
  • Her mind is occupied with speculation.她的头脑忙于思考。
  • There is widespread speculation that he is going to resign.人们普遍推测他要辞职。
33 DNA 4u3z1l     
(缩)deoxyribonucleic acid 脱氧核糖核酸
参考例句:
  • DNA is stored in the nucleus of a cell.脱氧核糖核酸储存于细胞的细胞核里。
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code.基因突变是指DNA密码的改变。
34 eastward CrjxP     
adv.向东;adj.向东的;n.东方,东部
参考例句:
  • The river here tends eastward.这条河从这里向东流。
  • The crowd is heading eastward,believing that they can find gold there.人群正在向东移去,他们认为在那里可以找到黄金。
35 eldest bqkx6     
adj.最年长的,最年老的
参考例句:
  • The King's eldest son is the heir to the throne.国王的长子是王位的继承人。
  • The castle and the land are entailed on the eldest son.城堡和土地限定由长子继承。
36 apparently tMmyQ     
adv.显然地;表面上,似乎
参考例句:
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
37 troublemakers 2d09f1f3c2345e9bf267eb0820a3b2ec     
n.惹是生非者,捣乱者( troublemaker的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • He was employed to chuck out any troublemakers. 他受雇把捣乱者赶走。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She had automatically labelled the boys as troublemakers. 她不假思索地认定这些男孩子是捣蛋鬼。 来自《简明英汉词典》
38 bribes f3132f875c572eefabf4271b3ea7b2ca     
n.贿赂( bribe的名词复数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂v.贿赂( bribe的第三人称单数 );向(某人)行贿,贿赂
参考例句:
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • corrupt officials accepting bribes 接受贿赂的贪官污吏
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