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无人机闯入长沙国际机场 中国类似事件半年增7倍

一架无人机19日上午入侵长沙黄花国际机场,一度与客机擦身而过,迫使机场停飞半小时,共有13个航班为此受到影响,相关部门已经介入调查。

三湘都市报22日报导指出,19日早上9时8分,在距黄花机场跑道延长线3公里处,发现有一架无人机正在飞行;为了安全起见,机场不得不关闭跑道,导致机场停飞了约半个小时,共有9架待降落的航班,4架待起飞的航班受影响延误。

报道说,黄花机场附近发现无人机已经不是第一次了,但阻碍航班还是首次。

新浪网报导,中国民航局表示,今年上半年共收到无人机影响航班运行报告44起,与去年同期相比增加37起;受影响航班790班,与去年同期相比增加689班。(责编:石山)

Shanghai phone booths to become mini-libraries

Shanghai has found a new use for its public phone booths — as mini-libraries.

Some 263 booths across the city's Xuhui district will be converted to hold books and tablet PCs offering access to a range of e-books and audio files.

There will be six kinds of mini-libraries, including one that will offer books and digital information on well-known figures who used to live in the area, according to the Xuhui cultural bureau.

"Residents will first need to apply for membership at Shanghai Library," said Wang Zhuojun, a spokeswoman at the bureau. "To access the booths, users will need to scan their library card and palm print."

She said the face-lift will be completed this year, and the first will make its debut soon on Fuxing Middle Road.

College student travels across China by train

Liu Tongfeng poses with local kids for a photo during his trip. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

From embracing the country's first sunshine at Fuyuan, the most eastern part of China, to enjoying the unique natural landscapes of the Pamirs Plateau in the westernmost part of the country, Liu Tongfeng completed his train trek across China in a month.

Liu, 20, a junior at Heilongjiang College of Business and Technology, spent two months designing his tour route and raising money for it with a part-time job before departing at the beginning of his summer vacation.

Starting from Fuyuan, he traveled west through Beijing, Shanxi, Ningxia, Gansu and Qinghai, then he arrived in Xinjiang's Kashgar.

With his camera, he took more than 3,000 photos to record the 6,000-kilometer trip.

"I seldom stayed in the scenic areas," said Liu, "I like walking around the alleys and lanes where the local residents congregate."

"I like chatting with them and listening to their stories," he said. "The photos and the stories will be the most interesting things I can share with my classmates in the new semester."

The people he met also touched him deeply during the trip.

Liu Tongfeng poses for a photo during his trip. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

"I still remember when I arrived in a village of Guyuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous region, I felt the strong warmth of the whole village," Liu said. "The children gave me apricots they picked from the trees and the kind villagers asked me to have dinner with them."

"They refused to take any money, even though they live in an economically under-developed area," he said.

Travel and photography are his favorite hobbies. Before this trip, he had traveled to most parts of China since he started college.

To save money, he chose to travel by train for the entire trip, except the return journey.

"Usually, I would choose the night train, which would help me save money on hotels and not waste time on traveling," said Liu. "Therefore, it cost me only 6,500 yuan ($975) for the month."

While still on the trip, he made plans for his upcoming winter vacation.

"I want to do volunteer work at the Youth Hostel in Yunnan," he said. "I hope I can get some experience and open a Youth Hostel next year."

New evidence of Japanese wartime atrocities released at Harbin museum

The Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

New evidence related to Japanese atrocities committed during The War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression was released by a museum in Harbin, capital of North China's Heilongjiang province.

Evidence of human experiments and germ warfare crimes by Japan's notorious Unit 731, which includes written confessions, a transportation record of human experiments, some old photos and an incubator for producing plague bacillus, was released by the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731.

"The incubator was used for biological production," said Jin Chengmin, curator of the museum. "We got it from a local resident in the city and it is powerful proof of Unit 731's atrocities."

A documentary released earlier by Japan's public broadcaster NHK vividly presented the cruel truth through the testimonies of Unit 731 participants and records of the Khabarovsk War Crimes Trials in 1949.

"It is good news that it had raised more people's attention to this part of history," said Jin. "In the past decades, we've been committed to collecting and organizing the files about Unit 731."

The 10,000-square-meter building is divided into six exhibition rooms, displaying about 20,000 relics and 300,000 pages of reference material.

"NHK came and asked us for help twice during the process of making the documentary," Jin said.

An exhibit at the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An exhibit at the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An exhibit at the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

An exhibit at the Museum of Evidence of War Crimes by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Daily Debrief: What Happened Today

Metro in talks on potential sale of indirect 30% stake in Chinese firm23 Aug 2017

METRO Holdings said that it is in talks with H-Change Real Estate Group Ltd on a potential disposal of its indirect 30 per cent interest in a Chinese company called Nanchang Top Spring.

Fintech startup SingX secures second round of funding
FINTECH start-up SingX has raised US$4.5 million in its second round of funding as it expands its online remittance services to two new markets, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
2 R&F, cheesegrater owner replace Wanda in London land deal
[HONG KONG] Two Hong Kong-listed developers, including the owner of London's Cheesegrater tower, agreed to buy a £470 million-pound (S$821.2 million) land plot in London that Dalian Wanda Group Co relinquished after coming under Chinese government scrutiny.
US Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia
[WASHINGTON] The US Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.
World Bank to Support China in Agricultural Land Pollution Control
August 22, 2017,  Washington D.C. – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a $100 million loan today to demonstrate a risk-based integrated approach to managing heavy metal pollution in agricultural land in China’s Hunan Province in support of the government’s efforts to ensure food safety and security for the population. Over the past decades, China has successfully fed its population of 1.3 billion people with less than seven percent of the world’s arable land. However, China also faces agricultural land pollution by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic due to rapid industrialization combined with lax environmental enforcement, affecting about 13.9 percent of the country’s grain production. “Heavy metal contamination of soil threatens public health, environment and national food security. This project is the first of its kind supported by the World Bank in China, and will be innovative in addressing heavy metal pollution in agricultural lands,” said Wendao Cao, World Bank’s Senior Agriculture Economist and Project Team Leader. Hunan is the largest rice producing province in China, accounting for one tenth of the nation’s rice production. It is also home to nonferrous metal, nonferrous metallurgy, chemical, and mining industries which make up more than 80 percent of the province’s industry. Agricultural land in Hunan has been contaminated by industrial discharges of flu gas, wastewater and waste residue, and metal mine tailings. Soil is further affected by overuse of agrochemicals and poor farming practices, as well as acid rain caused by severe air pollution. To address these problems, the Hunan Integrated Management of Agricultural Land Pollution Project will introduce a risk-based integrated approach. The project will support implementation of site-specific demonstration plans in selected farmlands of about 8,000 hectares in 15 participating counties, the development of an agricultural environmental monitoring database and a risk management tool, and the formulation of local regulations and technical standards for risk-based integrated agricultural land pollution management. “We will also conduct studies on sustainable financing models, and assist the project counties and Hunan Province in developing action plans. Experience gained from the project will be disseminated in Hunan and China to maximize impact,” said Qing Wang, Senior Environmental Specialist and co-team leader for the project. The total project cost is $111.94 million; the IBRD loan will finance $100 million and the rest will come from Hunan Provincial Government and participating counties. The project will be implemented over a period of six years from 2017 to 2023. The project’s direct beneficiaries are farmers and farmers’ cooperatives in the selected farmlands that adopt the risk-based integrated approach to address heavy metal pollution. Through project support, the provincial and county-level governments will develop their capacity in applying the risk-based land management approach and managing heavy metal pollution sources.
China - Hunan Integrated Management of Agricultural Land Pollution Project
IBRD Loan: US$100.0 million equivalent Terms: Maturity = 26 years, Grace = 6 years Project ID: P153115 Project Description: The objectives of the project is to demonstrate a risk-based integrated approach to managing heavy metal pollution in agricultural land for safety of agricultural production areas in selected counties in Hunan.
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