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China’s industrial output growth lowest in 7 years

November 13, 2008

Growth in China’s industrial output slowed in October to its lowest in seven years, adding to signs an economic downturn is worsening as Beijing rushes to launch a massive stimulus package.

Industrial output grew 8.2 percent in October from a year earlier, down from September’s 11.4 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. Citigroup said that was a bigger, sharper decline than during the Asian financial crisis a decade ago.

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

Adding to the gloom, Premier Wen Jiabao said the impact of the global financial crisis on China is “worse than expected,” the China Daily newspaper reported. It said he made the remark Tuesday as he met with the director of the statistics bureau.

China, the world’s fourth-largest economy, is trying to avert a too rapid slowdown in economic growth with a $586 billion stimulus package announced Sunday. President Hu Jintao is expected to come under pressure to contribute to a global bailout fund at a meeting of world leaders in Washington this weekend but Chinese officials say the most important thing Beijing can do is to keep its own economy sound.

A Chinese migrant worker walks on a street bridge crossing railways ...
A Chinese migrant worker walks on a street bridge crossing railways near Beijing South Railway Station in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. Growth in China’s industrial output fell in October to its lowest level in seven years, the government said Thursday, adding to signs an economic slowdown is worsening as Beijing rushes to launch a massive stimulus package. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

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China’s Premier Says Global Financial Meltdown “Worse Than First Thought” for China

November 13, 2008

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said the effect of the global financial meltdown on the country was “worse than expected,” state media said Thursday, in a sign of growing concern at the impact of the crisis.


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a press conference in Beijing. ... 
Part geologist, part economist, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a press conference in Beijing. Wen Jiabao has said the effect of the global financial meltdown on the country was “worse than expected,” state media have said, in a sign of growing concern at the impact of the crisis.(AFP/File/Eric Feferberg)  

Wen was quoted as making the assessment by the director of the National Bureau of Statistics Ma Jiantang when he briefed his staff on Tuesday, according to the website of the bureau’s newspaper China Information News.

“The impact of the global financial crisis on the Chinese economy is much worse than many had expected,” Ma said according to the website, passing on remarks made by Wen.

China initially said the global financial crisis would not cause too much harm to its economy, but in recent days the signals from Beijing have changed markedly.

Wen’s comment comes after the Chinese government unveiled a four trillion yuan (586 billion dollars) economic stimulus plan on Sunday aimed at boosting domestic consumer demand in the face of flagging exports.

China: Protecting domestic economy is top priority

November 11, 2008

China’s government indicated Tuesday it would resist pressure to contribute to a global bailout fund, saying that ensuring the country’s economic stability is the most important step it can take to tackle the financial crisis.

President Hu Jintao is due to attend next weekend’s summit in Washington of leaders from 20 major economies to discuss a response to the crisis. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called on China, which has nearly $2 trillion in reserves, and oil-rich Middle Eastern nations to fund the bulk of an increase in an IMF bailout fund.

Associated Press

“We should put our own house in order and we should stabilize our own financial market and maintain market order,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang. “I believe this is the most effective contribution China can make to tackling this financial crisis. It will help to maintain the sound and steady development of the world economy.”

Graphic charting China's consumer price index, which hit ... 
Graphic charting China’s consumer price index, which hit a 17th-month low of 4.0 percent in October(AFP/null)

China, the world’s fourth-largest economy, unveiled a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus package Sunday, which Premier Wen Jiabao said was its “biggest contribution to the world.”

The plan calls for higher spending through 2010 on airports, highways and other infrastructure, more aid to the poor and farmers and tax cuts for exporters.

Economic growth slowed to 9 percent in the last quarter, down from last year’s stunning 11.9 percent rate and the slowest growth in five years. Export orders have fallen sharply as global demand weakens, leading to layoffs and factory closures.

China: Your Worst Environmental Nighmare

November 7, 2008

I admit I have a deep distrust for anything the communist leadership and the state controlled media of China proclaims.  But when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated before a United Nations conference on the environment Friday China’s position that, as a developing country, it had no real role in the world’s environment and global warming issues, I was again dismayed and angry.

China’s sprawling and largely unregulated coal-fired industries are spreading a brown pall over the globe.  Every household in China cooks and heats with coal.  Coal soot blackens Chinese buildings and homes, inside and out, like never before seen on earth, even in Scotland 100 years ago.  And scientific study after scientific study has said that Chinese people die premature deaths in the millions due to pollution.

Above: Tiananmen Square in Beijing, just before this summer’s Olympics.  Photo: Odid Bality, Associated Press.
Wen Jiabao, a scientist, a geologist in fact, knows all this to be true.  But to continue making inexpensive goodies for your local Wall Mart which keeps the Chinese people employed and earns China a tidy profit, Mr. Wen will continue to foster the myth, in fact the lie, that it took decades for the “developed nations” to learn to be environmentally smart so therefore China has decades to do the same.

The immensity of China’s destruction of the earth is almost unfathonable.  Seventy percent of China’s rivers and inland waters are polluted and some 90% of its ground water has pesticide and toxic levels of fertiliter and animal dung in it.  The air in China pegs all measurement instruments with pollution like an earthquake registering a “ten” on the Richter scale.  The Chinese government has almost no control over its far-flung industries, as the poisoned milk and other food product scandals proved.  So now China, even when equipped with thousands of ways learned in the West to cut down on pollution, is urging the world to look the other way.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks to Danish Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard in Beijing on Friday.

Above: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks to Danish Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard in Beijing on Friday.

The world should say “No way” to China on pollution and the environment.

But as the decision is to be made at the United Nations, where other “developing nations” dominate and the United States is the Great Satan, expect the U.S. and other Western nations to work their butts off on the environment on a fool’s errand for years to come: because the destruction of our planet earth by China will continue unabated as long as the West remains “tolerant” and accepts such lies as those spewed by Mr. Wen.

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia
November 7, 2008

China: Dodges All Responsibility, Says Rich Nations Must Take Climate Lead

China: 70% of waterways and 90% of underground water polluted

China is the World’s E-Waste Dumping Ground

Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, ... 
Cyclists pass through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 2006. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a top UN official urged industrialised nations Friday to alter their lifestyles and not let the global financial crisis hamper climate change efforts.(AFP/File/Peter Parks)

The New York Times’ produced a nine article series on pollution in China before this summer’s Olympics.  Here is an exerpt:

In its rush to re-create the industrial revolution that made the West rich, China has absorbed most of the major industries that once made the West dirty. Spurred by strong state support, Chinese companies have become the dominant makers of steel, coke, aluminum, cement, chemicals, leather, paper and other goods that faced high costs, including tougher environmental rules, in other parts of the world. China has become the world’s factory, but also its smokestack.

This mass shift of polluting industries has blighted China’s economic rise. Double-digit growth rates have done less to improve people’s lives when the damages to the air, land, water and human health are considered, some economists say. Outmoded production equipment will have to be replaced or retrofitted at high cost if the country intends to reduce pollution.

China’s worsening environment has also upended the geopolitics of global warming. It produces and exports so many goods once made in the West that many wealthy countries can boast of declining carbon emissions, even while the world’s overall emissions are rising quickly.

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China, Air Pollution and the Olympics

In China, airborne pollution causes more than 650,000 premature deaths a year, according to medical professionals.

·”International experts said that hundreds of millions of Chinese are exposed every day to the potentially lethal mix of soot particles and smog.” New York Times, Dec. 9, 2007.

• A UN Environment Report indicated that high levels of air pollution were a “legitimate concern” for anyone taking part in the Beijing Olympics.

• Beijing is so choked with smog that athletes are concerned about competing. In fact on 9 April Olympic chief Jacques Rogge conceded that air pollution was an issue for athletes’ health in Beijing during the Games. He earlier denied fears over pollution, but then suggested that certain events of more than one hour could be exacerbated by the weather. The marathon, road cycling, triathlon, open water swimming and race walking are the events. Most at risk are the marathon, road cycling, triathlon, open water swimming and race walking.

• Marathon record-holder Haile Gebrselassie withdrew from the Olympic event because of the pollution.

• New Zealand and American athletes wore face masks frequently while in Beijing.

• Some countries such as Britain, Australian and Canada delayed their teams’ arrivals in Beijing until the last possible moment to protect their athletes from air pollution.

• The Daily Telegraph reported that Britain’s swimming team trained in Osaka, Japan instead of in China nbecause of the air pollution. The Canadian team provided athletes with asthma inhalers.

• In an interview with the BBC, the World Health Organization’s Dr. Michal Krzyzanowski warned visitors to Beijing that “high pollution levels may be a trigger to serious problems if they already have, for instance, cardio-vascular disease. Those who come with asthma may suffer attacks.”

Premier: China’s government shares responsibility for tainted food

October 18, 2008

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao says the government was partly responsible for the tainted milk scandal that has sickened tens of thousands of children and shaken consumer confidence in the country’s food exports.

In an interview published in this week’s Science Magazine, Wen said the government feels “great sorrow” about the crisis, which erupted last month and has been blamed on the deaths of four babies.

China's Premier Wen Jiabao (pictured) has admitted his government ...
Above: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has admitted his government is partly to blame for the tainted milk scandal that has killed four infants and sickened 53,000 throughout the country.(AFP/File/Frederic J. Brown)

“We feel that although problems occurred at the company, the government also has a responsibility,” Wen said in the Sept. 20 interview posted Friday on the Web site of the weekly science journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A Chinese version of the interview in the People’s Daily newspaper, the ruling Communist Party‘s mouthpiece, also quoted Wen as saying that the government had especially been lax in “supervision and management.”

From the Associated press by writer Audra Ang in Beijing

It is a rare admission by a member of China’s leadership, which still needs to cultivate popular support and strengthen bonds with ordinary citizens. Wen, who has made a reputation as a man of the people, is widely popular and has won admiration for his visits to the country’s poor rural areas and his work to rally victims of the devastating May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province.

Authorities have blamed dairy suppliers, saying they added the industrial chemical melamine to watered-down milk to dupe quality control tests and make the product appear rich in protein.

Melamine is used in the manufacturing of plastics, fertilizer, paint and adhesives. Health experts say ingesting a small amount poses no danger, but in larger doses, the chemical can cause kidney stones and lead to kidney failure. Infants are particularly vulnerable.

Wen said the process of making milk products — from the collection of raw milk to the production and transportation — “all need to have clear standards and testing requirements and corresponding responsibilities.”

“I once again solemnly emphasize that it is absolutely impermissible to sacrifice people’s lives and health in exchange for temporary economic development,” Wen said. “Food, all food, must meet international standards.”

In its efforts to deal with health and public relations issues stemming from the situation, the government has issued strict standards…

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China vows to help cash-strapped Pakistan

October 16, 2008

BEIJING (AFP) – China vowed Thursday to do what it could to help cash-strapped Pakistan avert financial disaster as Islamabad’s leader continued an official visit aimed at rustling up crucial Chinese investments.

The promise came as Premier Wen Jiabao met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who is on his first official visit abroad after being elected in September.

“As a long friend of Pakistan, China understands it is facing some financial difficulties,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters.

An employee counts Renminbi banknotes at Bank of China branch ... 

“We’re ready to support and help Pakistan within our capability.”

Zardari met Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on Wednesday in a meeting in which the two sides pledged to strengthen decades-old ties and signed 11 bilateral agreements, one on unspecified economic cooperation.

The Financial Times newspaper has reported, without citing sources, that Zardari would seek a soft loan of between 500 million and 1.5 billion dollars from China to help Pakistan avoid looming bankruptcy.

However, Qin offered no specifics on the form that Beijing‘s financial help would take.

China’s state news agency Xinhua late Thursday released the full text of a joint statement between China and Pakistan which covered economic cooperation and foreign policy issues but was short on details.

“Pakistan appreciated the strong support and assistance provided by the government and people of China to Pakistan in its economic development,” the joint statement said.

Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Masood Khan, said earlier this week in an interview with Pakistan television station Geo an agreement on a civilian nuclear pact with China could be reached during the trip.

But Qin declined to give any details….

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China’s premier invites Taiwan for ‘big-issue’ talks

April 1, 2008

BEIJING 2008 (AFP) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has invited Taiwan to hold “big-issue” talks on establishing direct transport links and signing a peace agreement, state media reported Monday.

Wen, who was speaking to reporters during a visit to Laos, extended the invitation in his first public remarks on Taiwan after the more China-friendly of two presidential candidates won an election on the island this month.

“(What we can talk about) include big issues, such as the implementation of the Three Links and the end of cross-strait hostility by reaching a peace agreement,” Wen was quoted as saying by China National Radio‘s website.

The “Three Links” refer to direct transport, trade and postal links, something that has not yet materialised because of continuing tensions between the two sides who split after a civil war in 1949.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, and has vowed to aim for eventual reunification, even if it means war.

The Chinese premier said talks should take place on the basis of the so-called “1992 consensus” which lets both parties agree there is only one China, but leaves the precise definition of the term to each.

Observers said Wen’s remarks were significant due to their timing, after the landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential election for opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou.

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Premier says China is in a critical time

March 5, 2008
By CHARLES HUTZLER, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING – China‘s premier on Wednesday extolled the prosperity the Communist government has brought to many Chinese, yet he sounded an alarm that inflation could derail the country’s rapid emergence.

Chinese paramilitary police officers raise the national flag ...
Chinese paramilitary police officers raise the national flag in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square before the opening ceremony of the National People’s Congress Wednesday March 5, 2008.
(AP Photo/Greg Baker)

The mixed message in Premier Wen Jiabao‘s annual policy address underscored the problems Chinese leaders face in meeting public expectations for ever rising standards of living.

For the first time in more than a decade, inflation is emerging as a danger at home, potentially eroding incomes….

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China premier warns against Taiwan referendum

March 5, 2008

By Ben Blanchard 

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told self-ruled Taiwan on Wednesday it cannot unilaterally decide its political future as the island prepares to hold a contentious referendum on whether to seek U.N. membership.
Taiwan, which China claims as its own, is to hold the referendum alongside presidential elections on March 22, ignoring warnings from the United States, France, Japan and China.

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Fighting Inflation, China Freezes Energy Prices

January 9, 2008
January 9, 2008
BEIJING — Prime Minister Wen Jiabao responded Wednesday to growing public anxiety about inflation by announcing that China would freeze energy prices in the near term, even as international crude oil futures have continued to surge.The new effort to fight rising prices comes with inflation hitting an 11-year high in China. A recent nationwide public opinion survey found that “rising prices of consumer goods” ranked as the top public concern, followed by income inequality and corruption.

The latest freezes, announced on the government’s main Web site, came after Mr. Wen presided over a Wednesday meeting of the State Council to revise policies on price controls.

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