A severe winter storm recently caused massive blackouts in the US state of Texas, leaving millions in freezing temperatures and darkness for days and claiming more than 30 lives. That led to some netizens in China wondering "If similar extreme weather hit China, would the same tragedy happen?" The answer is probably "no", as China's power supply system has several advantages. Texas has an almost completely isolated grid system – power from other states accounts for only 1.7 percent of its maximum capacity. As a whole, the United States doesn't have a national grid system and lacks coordination among states. In comparison, China has a national grid system, which is composed of six regional systems. Except the northwestern region, which has a 750-kilovolt backbone power network, the other five regions all have 500-kV networks, with networks in the North China and East China boasting 1000-kV ultra-high voltage power transmission lines. When Texas was hit by the blackout, … [Read more...] about Could China’s power grid withstand a Texas-sized disaster?
BEIJING -- China's State Council Information Office will in the near future issue a report on the human rights violations in the United States in 2020, an official statement said Monday. Titled "The Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2020," the 15,000-Chinese-character document details facts regarding Washington's incompetent pandemic containment leading to tragic outcomes, American democracy disorder triggering political chaos, ethnic minorities suffering racial discrimination, continuous social unrest threatening public security, growing polarization between the rich and the poor aggravating social inequality, and US trampling on international rules resulting in humanitarian disasters. … [Read more...] about China to issue report on human rights violations in US
HAIKOU -- China's southern island province of Hainan plans to add 25,000 new energy vehicles (NEVs) this year in its latest effort to build a national pilot zone for ecological conservation. All new buses and government vehicles including those slated to be replaced this year must use new energy, except for special use vehicles, noted a plan recently released by the provincial government. Over 80 percent of the taxis to be added or replaced this year must also be NEVs, the plan added. Hainan plans to build 10,000 charging stations for electric vehicles this year and continue to subsidize the private purchase of NEVs. The scenic island province has been promoting the use of clean energy vehicles, aiming to completely phase out the sales of conventional fuel-based vehicles by 2030. Hainan had more than 64,000 NEVs by the end of 2020, accounting for 4.2 percent of the province's total number of vehicles, ranking fourth in the country, according to the provincial department of … [Read more...] about China’s Hainan plans to add 25,000 new energy vehicles
BEIJING -- China's new rules governing school disciplinary methods come into force on Monday, banning physical punishment and verbal abuse in primary and secondary schools. Educators are prohibited from carrying out disciplinary procedures that would inflict direct physical pain on students, according to the trialed regulations released by the Ministry of Education last December. Other forbidden disciplinary methods include verbal abuse that could harm students' mental health, forcing students to stand still or assume physically uncomfortable positions for excessive amounts of time, and covert forms of punishment such as intentional isolation. In addition to demarcating prohibited areas for teachers, the new regulations also clarified the conditions under which educators need to intervene and introduced a three-tiered disciplinary regime. Students who commit minor offenses should only receive minor punishments such as being required to make oral or written apologies or … [Read more...] about China enacts new regulations banning corporal punishment, verbal abuse in schools
HONG KONG: HSBC Holdings Plc said on Friday it would make new investments in its wealth management and insurance operations in mainland China. The announcement comes at a time when the UK-headquartered bank is under fire from some shareholders and British lawmakers for its support for the new National Security Law in Hong Kong, its largest market, which critics say undermines freedoms in the city. HSBC will establish a financial technology company on the mainland, and its life insurance joint venture in China will hire new staff to provide non-branch based wealth management services to customers in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the Asia-focussed lender said in a statement. Many international financial institutions see opportunities in providing services to upper middle class and rich individuals in China and Asia more broadly. HSBC hopes to be the top wealth manager in Asia in the medium to long term, Greg Hingston, the bank's regional head of wealth and personal banking told … [Read more...] about HSBC to invest further in China amid political strife over Hong Kong law