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Suzhou police catch gang selling fake Herbalife products

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:43

Police in eastern China said on Monday they have smashed an operation that made more than 20 million yuan ($3 million) from selling fake Herbalife products.

After a tipoff from e-commerce giant Alibaba about suspect activity, police raided a four-story property in suburban Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on Nov 1 and found seven people packing up counterfeit goods.

Officers seized nearly 2 metric tons of raw materials, including protein powder and cookies, as well as labels marked Herbalife, a US brand specializing in weight management products.

Another five people were later detained in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and Guangzhou and Zhanjiang in Guangdong province, for distributing the fake goods online.

All 12 were given criminal detention as punishment by the public security bureau.

Police said the ringleader, identified only as Ding, 36, had employed people in their early 20s from Guangdong to produce hundreds of cans of fake health food a day.

He had confessed to producing fake health foods between 2007 and 2009, but had dodged legal penalties, according to Wu Jianfei, a Suzhou police officer involved in the case.

One of his subordinates, surnamed Jiang, was caught back then and received three years in prison. However, on his release, he reunited with Ding and they started making fake Herbalife products and selling them for about 300 yuan a can, Wu said.

Ding told police he copied the texture and flavor of the Herbalife products with protein powder and cookies, as well as other food additives.

Police said samples of the fake goods had been sent for testing to see if they posed a health hazard.

Jack Ma Foundation pledges millions to boost rural education

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:32

The Jack Ma Foundation has pledged to spend at least 300 million yuan ($45 million) in the next decade to staff rural schools with qualified teachers.

The foundation unveiled on Monday its Jack Ma Rural Pre-Service Teacher Initiative, which aims to draw graduates from normal universities to countryside schools on a five-year program.

This is the foundation’s third initiative supporting rural education development.

For the first phase, starting Jan 21, the foundation said it will cooperate with universities in Hunan, Sichuan and Jilin provinces as well as Chongqing, and channel 100 graduates to villages in the four regions.

Each successful applicant will receive 100,000 yuan in addition to their salary, it said.

To encourage program fellows to stay in rural schools, the foundation has pledged to provide online and offline refresher courses, and allocate mentors to advise on teaching and career development.

New Party delegation from Taiwan visits mainland

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:21

The director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office met with a delegation from Taiwan's New Party on Monday to promote peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

Zhang Zhijun, the office's director, praised the New Party for promoting peaceful development of cross-Straits relations and recognizing the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle.

He said the visit came shortly after the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and reiterated how the mainland will address issue of Taiwan by citing the report from the congress.

Cross-Straits relations have faced challenges because the Democratic Progressive Party, the ruling party in Taiwan, has refused to recognize the one-China principle, leading to a suspension of official communications between the mainland and the island, Zhang said.

He said the DDP had proposed de-Sinofication of the island, cutting ties between the mainland and Taiwan in culture, education and social fields.

"Taiwan independence" is an obstacle to peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, Zhang added.

Yok Mu-ming, chairman of the New Party, who led the delegation, described the visit as an "innovative trip". He cited the report of the 19th CPC National Congress, delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping, saying that the mainland respects the current system and way of life in Taiwan, and is ready to share development opportunities on the mainland with Taiwan compatriots.

He said that, as a Chinese person from Taiwan, he understood the mainland's status quo regarding development and direction by reading the report.

It is a shame that in recent years Taiwan has focused on stirring up conflict internally, while the mainland remains focused on growth and development and some Taiwan people prefer to place their hope in the mainland, he added.

The mainland has issued a series of favorable policies to help Taiwan residents study, work and live in the mainland.

"As a party, we are against 'Taiwan independence', promoting peaceful development and realizing the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Yok said.

Liu Jieyi, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, also attended the meeting.

The eight-day visit by the New Party delegation will end on Saturday, according to An Fengshan, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

The visit aims to promote peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, and advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, An said.

NGO helps epileptic boy realize racing dream in Zhejiang

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:49

An NGO helped an epileptic boy from eastern China realize his dream to ride a race car on an international circuit on Monday.

Yang Tao, 14, from Nantong, Jiangsu province, has had convulsions almost every four days since he was born and has to wear a helmet at all times to protect against head injuries.

He dropped out of school in the third grade of primary school and seldom plays with other children, usually staying at home.

Yet he has loved cars since he was little and long dreamed of racing them.
When workers at Childream, an NGO based in Hangzhou, learned about his ambition, they spent three months arranging for him to take a spin round Zhejiang Circuit in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province.

After some professional training on Monday morning, Yang rode in a car once driven by racing driver Jiang Tengyi and best-selling author and rally driver Han Han, traveling at speeds of up to 210 km/h.

"I felt like I was flying," Yang said afterward.

Xu Wenjun from Childream said, "Many NGOs offer financial aid to help children who are critically ill, but we feel it is equally important to give them spiritual support."

Six killed in Hebei bath house fire

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:39
A fire breaks out in a bath house on Sunday in Yongnian district of Handan, Hebei province.[Photo/Sina Weibo]

Six people were killed on Sunday afternoon in a fire at a bath house in Yongnian district of Handan, Hebei province, authorities said on Monday.

The fire broke out in a sauna in the Jinhai'an Bath Center at 13:51 pm on Sunday, according to a Sina Weibo post by the Hebei Public Security Department.

Two people died at the scene, and four died after being taken to the hospital, the post said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and those believed to be responsible have been detained.

The Handan government has sent out seven inspection teams to conduct citywide safety checks.

Residents mobilized to protect environment in Tibet

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:50

LHASA - Residents of southwest China's Tibet autonomous region have been mobilized for government-paid patrolling jobs to protect the ecosystem on the "roof of the world."

The regional environmental department said on Monday that the government has created 620,000 jobs for forest wardens, patrollers in water source conservation areas and wildlife preservation workers.

The department's figures suggested that since 2004, the regional government has spent 19.2 billion yuan (2.9 billion US dollars) to subsidize environmental jobs.

All 3 million Tibetan residents can volunteer to choose these jobs, and most of them opt to do the work part time, according to the department.

Purbu, 51, of Gyibo village in Xigaze city is a forest patroller responsible for reporting fire hazards.

The cargo truck driver just spent 1 million yuan to build a new house. He said the annual pay of 6,000 yuan for patrolling does not matter much to him, but he is willing to patrol in the winter, when the fire risk is high.

"We have depended on the forest to live for generations. The government pays to have it protected. How could we not do something?" he said.

The city's virgin forest, located 4,600 meters above sea level, yields abundant resources for farmers like Purbu.

Qiao Liwen, a 12-year-old primary school student in Lhasa, the regional capital, is among the youngest patrollers.

She and other students at Nanmuxiang Primary School pick up garbage on the street and throw it into a garbage classification and recycling station at the school, which they call the "Green Bank."

Israeli feels special connection to Harbin

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:45

A recent video about Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, has attracted much attention on the internet.

Yoav Vollansky (left) hugs a girl on the street in Harbin, capital of Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

In the video, a young foreign man walks around the city, giving big hugs to the strangers he meets on the streets.

Through this, he shows his love and gratitude to Harbin. Surprisingly, the foreigner can speak fluent Dongbeihua, or Northeastern Mandarin.

Yoav Vollansky, a we-media producer focusing on cultural communication between China and Israel, came to China seven years ago from his home country.

In September, he came to Harbin to produce a video about the special meaning the city holds to Jewish people.

“As I know, 90 years ago, there were many Jews who lived in Harbin and built a life here. While in other places around the world Jews had suffered discrimination and violence, the Chinese people have always accepted us and treated us as equals,” said Yoav. “I went to shoot a video that conveys this information as well as to personally thank and show my appreciation for that.”

“In my country, some young people know little about the history,” he said. “Therefore, I also hope my video can help more of them know about the city, which had been the homes of our older generations.”

Before coming, he asked some of his friends who came from the Northeast to teach him some Dongbeihua.

“To be honest, I didn’t know much of it before I came to Harbin, but I was always curious about it. I love Chinese dialects in general because they carry an interesting flavor that doesn’t always exist in Putonghua,” he said. “I always heard that Dongbeihua has lots of characteristics, and only when I started learning it I had a bit of a feel to it.”

Vollansky still remembers the first time he visited the city in 2015. “It was in the winter, so I had an opportunity to enjoy the famous Ice and Snow Festival and of course the pleasure of eating a popsicle in -20 C.”

“Hopefully I could learn more Donbeihua in the future. If anyone is willing to teach me, I’ll be happy to invite them to coffee here in Beijing,” he told China Daily.

Honor mobile phone leading in AI speed

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:36

Fiercely competitive smartphone market shifts focus from hardware features to virtual brainpower

Zhao Ming, president of Huawei's Honor Brand, delivers a speech at the launch ceremony for their AI phone Honor V10. [PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY]

Many commentators have deemed 2017 to be year one for the artificial intelligence smartphone as iPhone X and Honor V10 launched into the highly competitive but uniform cellphone market. So will an intelligent phone be the next great breakthrough?

The smartphone competition battlefield has shifted from pursuit of super-slimness, dual-cameras, fast-charging to full screen, yet none of these hardware features lies at the core of phone manufacturers' competitiveness, explained Zhao Ming, president of Honor – a phone brand of Huawei.

According to a China Academy of Information and Communications Technology report, cellphone shipments by domestic brands reached 3.19 million in October, down 15.4 percent year on year. Similar features and designs make domestic smartphone players swim in the highly competitive, margin-eroding "Red Ocean".

The smartphone market's future lies in the prospect that an intelligent handset can serve as a personal assistant for users’ daily lives, taking care of their needs and letting amateurs become masters, empowered by state-of-the-art AI technology.

Last month Honor launched its full-screen V10 smartphone with AI-enabled chipset in Beijing. The new handset promises fresh, exciting AI features; it supports face-unlock technology – the screen will light up automatically when the owner gazes at it.

The phone can identify 13 kinds of scene and improve parameters in photo shooting and video recording. The more consumers use the AI-empowered phone, the more data it collects. The handset in your pocket will know you better and function in a more nuanced way to make your life easier.

Younger appeal

Honor, launched four years ago in 2013, has thrived by taking advantage of its parent company Huawei's well-established name.

The brand, which sells its products primarily online, has issued several flagship phones which have been well-received by the market; it has become a pioneer in the intelligent phone field.

"We give unique identities to Huawei and Honor. Huawei Mate are our flagship phones that boast upscale business style, while many of the functions we put in Honor are appealing to young people," noted Zhao.

Highlights of the latest model include 30 sets of mobile phone WLAN co-broadcast music and optimizing performance when the users play the smash-hit game King of Glory.

The cost-effective internet business model has let the brand sell models to younger consumers at 1,000 yuan ($151) to 3,000 yuan.

Honor V10 is priced at 2,699 yuan for the 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage variant and 3,499 yuan for 6GB RAM/128GB internal storage variant.

AI speed revolution

The AI smartphone became a buzzword when iPhone launched its latest gadget, iPhone X. The iPhone X's "original deep camera" achieves facial recognition by sensing the depth of the user's face and modeling it with 300,000-point clouds to achieve high precision.

There is at present no consensus on defining an AI smartphone. But the growing consensus among researchers is that AI smartphones should have end-to-end capability from AI chips that can conduct AI processing on the mobile devices; an AI algorithm that enables deep learning; cloud services and an AI system.

Honor V10's Kirin 970 AI chip is designed to be used in smartphones. The Kirin 970 is custom-made to conduct such tasks as sorting images, translating text and understanding speech.

"It's a game with very few players," Zhao said.

In 2012, Honor began its AI research. Last year it released the first AI cellphone, Honor Magic. Honor V10 AI is a complete upgrade to Magic. Zhao said years of accumulation in this field had given Honor first-mover advantage.

"The Honor V10 we launched today has functions and capacity that no other phone can even achieve in half year," Zhao said with confidence in the launch.

Honor V10 uses EMUI8.0 AI system which based on AI 2.0. It switches context with homogenous multi-core. With revolutionary system, the fluency can be much improved.

"AI knows you better", "AI speed revolution" is integrated into Honor's campaign; Zhao thinks AI phones comprise the future market.

"For the past years, when we talk about the speed of smartphones, we are thinking about hardware. Yet the improvement in hardware has reached a bottleneck; even when the processing speed doubled, it brought negligible differences of fractions of seconds to users.

"The moment we had an idea in mind, we are already operating our phone, if we respond to such a request from the users' minds we can streamline the process significantly," Zhao said.

Taking the parameter camera setting as an example – using AI, people who have no knowledge of photo-shooting can snap pictures that mirror those taken by professional photographers.

"I think that is the beauty of AI smartphone, that you can be more engaged in many facets of life effortlessly," Zhao said.

Xi’an security guard dies trying to save suicidal woman

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:54

Police in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, are investigating the death of a security guard who tried to catch a woman who jumped from the 11th floor of a building, Huashang Daily reported on Monday.

The 43-year-old man, identified only as Li, had worked as a security guard for more than five years and was married with a 6-year-old daughter.

The woman, who lived on the 11th floor of the building, also died in the incident on Sunday.

Video footage shared online shows Li trying to stop the woman jumping at about 8:30 am. When she jumps, Li tries to catch her but is knocked over the side with her.

“Li was shocked when the woman jumped. Then he stretched out his hands to catch her, only to be knocked to the ground himself,” a witness said.

One of Li’s relatives said his parents and daughter had not yet been told of his death, and that his wife was staying with relatives.

Zheng Yumeng contributed to this story.

'Naughty' elephant damages two vehicles in SW China

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:44

KUNMING - A wild Asian elephant turned a highway in Southwest China's Yunnan province into its playground, damaging a minibus and a sedan Saturday afternoon.

According to forest police in Menghai county, an adult elephant walked near a parked minibus at around 6 p.m. and began hitting the windshield with its head. It then scratched itself against the bus, lingering until 8:30 p.m.

There were no passengers in the vehicle, and the driver was not injured and was taken away after the elephant left.

A sedan drove by at about 6:20 p.m. Seeing the elephant and the minibus, the driver turned back immediately and fled for about one kilometer before pulling over and leaving on foot.

However, when the driver came back at 7 a.m. on Sunday, the parked sedan had already been thrown down a slope by the elephant.

Chang Zongbo, spokesman for the forest police, said more staff from the police station and local forestry bureau have been dispatched to the area for monitoring and early warning.

Wild Asian elephants are under Class A protection in China, with a population of about 300, mainly scattered in Yunnan. With strengthened protection efforts for the environment and wildlife, the number of wild Asian elephants has been growing in recent years.

Algerian boy, 12, wins Shenzhen talent contest

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:51

A 12-year-old Algerian boy was crowned winner of the eighth Shenzhen Expats Chinese Talent Competition on Sunday.

Younes Bensebaa wowed judges with his recital of Nostalgia, a popular poem by Yu Guangzhong, to claim the top prize.

Aleksandr Vaskin, 11, from Russia, and 12-year-old Ahn Tae-hyeon from South Korea were both named runners-up.

The annual event, which promotes Chinese culture as well as exchanges between Chinese and foreigners in Shenzhen, attracted hundreds of entrants this year, organizers said.

After several heats, they were whittled down to 10 finalists from nine countries.

During the three-hour event on Sunday, contestants had to make a three-minute speech in Chinese, play a word-guessing game, and perform a talent.

One of the judges, professor Gu Xiaojin from Shenzhen University’s School of Communication, said the competition shows that Chinese culture is well-recognized among the city’s expats.

“They’ve learned about Chinese culture, blended into the culture, and will probably promote it when they return to their home countries,” he said.

The talent contest is organized by Shenzhen Daily and its English-language website, Eyeshenzhen, and is sponsored by the city’s foreign affairs office and information office.

Since its launch in 2010, the competition has become an important event among the expat community. Thousands of people have taken part, with some going on to become rising stars on Chinese TV.

Duke Kunshan starts search for bachelor’s degree students

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:51

Duke Kunshan University, a joint venture between Duke University in the US and China’s Wuhan University, has started to enroll its first class of undergraduate students.

The university — based in Kunshan, Jiangsu province — will launch its inaugural bachelor’s degree program in August, according to Li Hui, assistant to the university’s president, Liu Jingnan.

She said Duke Kunshan plans to enroll 175 students from 15 provincial areas, including Beijing and Shanghai, “with the total number including international students reaching 225”.

The four-year degree is based on liberal arts and sciences, and will allow students to explore a variety of subjects and build a broad base of knowledge in the first two years before selecting a major, Li said on Sunday.

“Designed by faculty from Duke University with input from Chinese higher-education experts, our curriculum develops deep subject matter expertise while integrating coursework from multiple disciplines, ensuring that graduates are well prepared for employment or advanced studies in their chosen field,” she said.

“Studying at Duke Kunshan will be much like doing so overseas. After spending years studying overseas, students may find it hard to stay there after graduation or find it hard to adapt to the rapid developments in their homeland.

“Yet studying at a university like Duke Kunshan will enable students to keep up to date with China’s development and gain an international perspective.”

Li added that courses will be taught in English and will be primarily conducted in small, discussion-based classes with a ratio of one teacher to 11 students.

Former Chongqing Party chief under investigation

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:13

Sun Zhengcai, the former Party chief of Chongqing, is being investigated on allegations of bribery, State prosecutors said on Monday.

The Supreme People's Procuratorate, the top prosecuting authority, said Sun has been placed under "coercive measures", which may include summons by force, bail and detention, and further investigation is under way.

Sun was investigated in July by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on suspicion of serious violations of Party discipline.

He was removed from his post as a deputy to the National People's Congress, the top legislature, in September and later expelled from the Party.

Top procuratorate investigates Sun Zhengcai

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 05:06

BEIJING -- The Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) of China announced on Monday that it has started investigation into Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Sun, also former member of the Political Bureau of the 18th CPC Central Committee, was put under investigation on suspicion of accepting bribes.

The SPP has taken "coercive measures" against Sun, which may include summons by force, bail and detention, and further investigation is under way.

Xi stresses nonstop efforts to fight undesirable work styles

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 04:38
The Chinese characters read: Formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and extravagance.


BEIJING -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, stressed that the fight against undesirable work styles should not be stopped.

Xi, also Chinese President and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in a written instruction on an article by Xinhua News Agency about new forms of relevant misconduct.

World's largest automated container terminal starts operation in Shanghai

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 04:20
The fourth phase of Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, the largest automated container terminal in the world, started trial operation on Sunday. As part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, the system can operate completely unmanned.[Photo/Xinhua]

The fourth phase of the Yangshan Port will initially be able to handle 4 million TEUs after it enters full operation, which will help consolidate Shanghai port's position as the world's leading port.

So far, the equipment that has been put into trial operation includes 10 bridge cranes, 40 rail-mounted gantry cranes and 50 AGVs. The project will eventually be equipped with 26 bridge cranes, 120 rail-mounted gantry cranes and 130 AGVs.

Located at the South of Donghai Bridge, the fourth phase of Yangshan Deep Water Port covers 2.23 million square meters and has a 2,350-meter shoreline. [Photo/Xinhua] The fourth phase of Yangshan Deep Water Port starts trial operations on December 10, 2017. [Photo/VCG] Containers are seen at Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, Dec 10, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua] Containers are seen at Yangshan Deep Water Port, part of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, in Shanghai, Dec 10, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

China launches communication satellite for Algeria

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:33
China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, on Dec 11, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

XICHANG - China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday.

The satellite was the first cooperative project in aerospace industry between the two countries. It will be used by Algeria for broadcast and television, emergency communication, distance education, e-governance, enterprise communication, broadband access and satellite-based navigation.

The satellite was launched 40 minutes after midnight by a Chinese Long March-3B carrier rocket, making it the 258th flight mission for the Long March rocket family.

China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, on Dec 11, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua] China launched Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, on Dec 11, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Chinese, Algerian presidents hail successful launch of communications satellite

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:18
China launches Algeria's first communication satellite, Alcomsat-1, into a preset orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday, Dec 11, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - President Xi Jinping and his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika exchanged congratulatory messages on the successful launch of Alcomsat-1 in the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern province of Sichuan early Monday.

In his message, Xi pointed out that the project of Alcomsat-1, Algeria's first communications satellite, is an important manifestation of the China-Algeria comprehensive strategic partnership, which starts a precedent in aerospace cooperation between China and Arab countries and will play an important role in promoting Algeria's economic development, improvement of its people's livelihood and social progress.

The year of 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Algeria, Xi said, adding that Beijing is willing to work with Algeria to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in various fields, promote the in-depth development of the comprehensive strategic partnership so as to benefit the two countries and two peoples.

For his part, Bouteflika said in his message that the successful launch of Alcomsat-1 is a remarkable achievement in aerospace cooperation between Algeria and China, which reflects the deep traditional friendship between the two sides.

Algeria is willing to work with China to jointly promote cooperation in various fields to achieve more results, he added.

Autopsy: Jiang suffered several injuries before the fatal stab

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:12
Jiang Qiulian, the victim Jiang Ge's mother, meets the press one day before the trial in Tokyo, on Dec 10. [Photo by Yao Wei/VCG]

Jiang Ge's autopsy report has been revealed, showing Jiang suffered five or six defensive injuries before the fatal stab, evidence against the accused Chen's claim saying Jiang fell down and died from the first stab. Jiang's neck had 11 or 12 stab injuries.

Jiang's mother cried bitterly many times when appearing at court.

Suspected killer of Chinese student denies it was premeditated murder

Chen Shifeng, the alleged killer of Jiang Ge, claimed he did not plan to kill the postgraduate student, reported ifeng.com on Monday.

On the first day of the trial, Chen said Liu Xin, the roommate of Jiang Ge, passed the fruit knife to Jiang Ge from the inside of the house and then closed the door right away. Jiang Ge rang the bell with the elbow several times but Liu Xin didn't open the door.

According to Chen, Jiang died from loss of blood. He said that Jiang fell down when he first stabbed her, but he defended his action saying "I didn't any motive to kill her when I first stabbed her."

He also said "the next nine stabs had no causal relationship with the first stab".

Chen remained calm during the trial.

According to reports, the mother of the victim did not attend the court hearing.

Alleged killer of Chinese student goes on trial in Tokyo

The trial of the alleged murderer of Chinese student Jiang Ge began at 10 am on Monday in Tokyo. It will last seven days and the verdict is expected on Dec 20.

Jiang Ge, a 24-year-old postgraduate student, was killed outside her apartment in Tokyo over a year ago after she was reportedly attacked by Chen Shifeng while trying to defend his former girlfriend Liu Xin from him.

The mother of the victim Jiang Qiulian has been in Japan for 30 days, with the purpose of petitioning for a death sentence for the accused. Jiang has accused Liu of being indifferent to the sacrifice of Jiang, sparking a heated online debate.

Liu Xin, the roommate of Jiang Ge, will appear in court as a witness.

Asia's tallest wooden pagoda destroyed

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:11
Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. [Photo/VCG]

 

Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. [Photo/VCG]

 

Flames and smoke billow during a fire at a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. [Photo/VCG]

 

Fire crews work to put out a blaze that flattened a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. [Photo/VCG]

 

Fire crews work to put out a blaze that flattened a wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, on Dec 10, 2017. The 16-story structure was said to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Asia. No casualties were reported in the incident. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. [Photo/VCG]

 

The wooden pagoda at Jiulong Temple in Mianzhu, Sichuan province. [File photo/VCG]

 

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