During the height of the Space Age, the United States and the Soviet Union bushwhacked a frantic path to the lunar surface, landing nearly 20 spacecraft softly on the moon between 1966 and 1976, including the six carrying NASA’s Apollo astronauts. But after the last of these missions, a robotic Soviet probe that brought back six ounces of lunar soil, Earth’s closest neighbor was virtually abandoned. The public and politicians lost interest. While the occasional orbiter has launched to survey the moon since then, in more than 42 years only one spacecraft touched down softly on the lunar surface: China’s Chang’e 3 in 2013. However, the moon, often referred to as the eighth continent, is again the center of a reinvigorated space race that, like any good Hollywood reboot, features a new cast of characters and novel story lines. There is the rise of China, which on Jan. 3 landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, a historic first. This month, an Israeli … [Read more...] about NASA wants to get to the moon ‘as fast as possible.’ But countries like China and India are racing there, too.
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They arrested Cut Thi Hanh, 42, of Ky Son District of the north central province on Tuesday for human trafficking. Cut Thi Hanh is accused of trafficking a woman to China. Photo by VnExpress/Hai Binh Her accomplice Cut Van Hue, 40, also of Ky Son, had been arrested last month. According to the police, in 2016 Hanh approached a local woman, now 24, and offered to take her to China and get her a well-paid job there. When the woman agreed, Hanh took her to Hue, who took her to Quang Ninh Province near China border and helped smuggle her over the border and sell her as a bride for VND200 million ($8,600). Hue received VND31 million and he gave Hanh VND20 million. But their victim managed to escape and return to Vietnam last month, and reported the crime to the police. The police believe the two are part of a larger human trafficking gang. In Vietnam 670 people were trafficked in 2017, down by almost half from the previous year. Most of the victims were uneducated women and children from … [Read more...] about Second trafficker nabbed for selling woman in China
By Farah Master and Joyce Zhou HONG KONG/HARBIN, China (Reuters) - At the Siberia Tiger Park in the frigid Chinese city of Harbin, visitors can learn about the facility's successful breeding programme and buy chicken carcasses to toss to around 20 tigers pacing the snow flecked ground of their enclosure. At the park gates, a shop sells liquor soaked with tiger bones for up to $1,000 a bottle. China has made significant strides in wildlife protection in recent years, including a total ban on ivory and plans to open one of the world’s largest reserves for wild tigers in northeast China in 2020. But it also has formidable, profit-driven wildlife business interests that risk undermining progress on protecting the endangered big cats, conservationists say. “The industry occupies a strategic position which concentrates in the country’s less developed regions where poverty reduction remains a top priority of the local authorities," said Houston-based Peter Li, a China … [Read more...] about Profit-hungry tiger breeders behind push to lift China’s trading ban
Christopher Woody, provided by Published 2:55 pm CST, Monday, January 7, 2019 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released A Chinese admiral advocated sinking US aircraft carriers in a December speech. While he's not a member of the government, his comments come as the US and China are locked in a trade war and a protracted dispute over Beijing's claims in the South China Sea. China's technological advances threaten the US Navy's effectiveness in the disputed waters near China, a reality the Navy is looking for ways to counter. As China and the US continue to spar over trade and the South China Sea, a Chinese admiral made a bold threat that would eliminate one of the US's primary military advantages, its aircraft carriers — a gaping vulnerability that has concerned US officials as China's military power grows. "What the United States fears the most is taking casualties," Rear Adm. Lou Yuan reportedly said in a speech at the … [Read more...] about A Chinese admiral said his country should ‘attack’ US supercarriers with new weapons, but US Navy is already scrambling to counter the threat
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | On Anniversary of China’s Reforms, Xi Doubles Down on Party Power Supported by ByChris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers Dec. 18, 2018 BEIJING — Facing deepening tensions abroad and anxieties at home, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, delivered an unabashed defense of his policies on Tuesday, using a key anniversary to argue that his recipe of guided growth under strong Communist Party control must not waver. Mr. Xi made his case to some 3,000 officials and guests gathered in the imposing Great Hall of the People to commemorate 40 years since China embarked on far-reaching economic changes after decades of upheaval and malaise under Mao Zedong. The resonant date had inspired expectations among some analysts and investors that Mr. Xi would give clearer priorities to counter … [Read more...] about On Anniversary of China’s Reforms, Xi Doubles Down on Party Power