Power shortage even in winterChangsha, the capital city of Hunan province is suffering a serious "power shortage" on Dec.4. Power generation is difficult due to the insufficient water stock in major reserviors in Hunan. The inadequate coal supply for coal-fired power plants and tightened power generation in its neiboring provinces have made the situation even worse. As a result, Changsha is forced to launch a "three days power supply followed by one day blackout" policy, namely switching off electricity one day after three days' supply to different areas.It is estimated that this measure will not be given up until summer of 2004. 7 provinces and regions have adpoted rationing electricity since the power consumption surged in winter. Experts pointed out that many areas in China were facing chronic power shortage around the whole year, no longer limited within peak seasons and hours. The reason for this lies in the power supply lagging behind the increasing demand for power.
2nd China Commodities Fair in BankokBangkok citizens buy varieties of fresh vegetables and fruits from Daxing District of China's capital Beijing, while visiting the Second China Commodities Fair opened at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center in the Thai capital Dec. 4, 2003. Some 200 enterprises from the Chinese mainland bring their products to the four-day exhibition.
Another picture by Chinese Internet surfers to show angerJapanese carmaker Toyota lately roused resentment from Chinese people when it makes two stone lions, a traditional symbol of power in China, salute and bow to Toyota's Land Cruiser and Prado GX in two ads respectively. Toyota translates the word Prado as "Badao" in Chinese, a word that means "high-handed" or "domineering", and the tagline reads "You have to respect Badao." (see picture above)Chinese Internet surfers vented their anger by forging another picture showing stone lions smashing the Japanese new car.
Egyption National Treasures ShowA sanitation worker cleans the carpet in the exhibition hall of China National Museum where the Exhibition of Approaching Pyramid -- Ancient Egyptian National Treasures Show is held in Beijing, Dec. 4, 2003. Set to start on Dec. 5, the exhibition features a total of 143 pieces of ancient Egyptian relics valued over 260 million US dollars, including some 40 top-notched national-class relics.
Toyota apologizes to Chinese consumers for improper adsJapanese carmaker Toyota lately roused resentment from Chinese people when it makes two stone lions, a traditional symbol of power in China, salute and bow to Toyota's Land Cruiser and Prado GX in two ads respectively. Toyota translates the word Prado as "Badao" in Chinese, a word that means "high-handed" or "domineering", and the tagline reads "You have to respect Badao."
Restoring normal life in quake-hit YunnanWomen of Yi nationality clad with their traditional attire stand beside their make-shift tent at Tanhua Village in Dayao County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Dec. 3, 2003. Local people's life is returning to normal in Dayao County, which was struck by an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale on Oct. 16.
Clean energyThe photo shows the methane-generating pit at a village in Kangbao County, north China's Hebei Province. The Ministry of Agriculture has implemented a nationwide project to promote the use of ecological energy in helping enrich peasants' life.
Japan beat China on playfield with 2:0China's Hao Haidong (L) fights for the ball with Alessandro Santos of Japan during the match of the East Asian four-team football tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 4, 2003. Japan beat China 2-0.
Back homeCoffins of the two Japanese diplomats killed in Iraq arrive at the Narita international airport in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 4, 2003. The two diplomats, Katsuhiko Oku and Masamori Inoue, were gunned down last Saturday near the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Rural EconomyLiu Chunfa (L), owner of a "cows nursery", exchanges his cow raising experiences with a famer in Nanguan village of Wangdu County, north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 4, 2003. With the support of local government, Liu built the "cows nursery" which is able to accomodate about 1,000 cows. Each cow raised in the nursery can earn 3,000 yuan (361 US dollars) more than that at a farmer's own home.
WHO and World Bank urging higher tax to reduce smoking in IndonesianA man smokes in a city train in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 4, 2003. The experts of WHO and the World Bank Thursday urged the Indonesian government to raise the tax rate on tobacco in order to reduce its consumption of tobacco. The tobacco retail tax rate in Indonesia is 30 percent currently.
Jia Qinglin meets Pakistani President Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (L) shakes hands with Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), during their meeting in Islamabad Dec. 4, 2003. Jia is on an official goodwill visit to Pakistan.
Rocket AttactRocket Attack An Afghan soldier guards at the explosion site in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 4, 2003. A rocket raided nearby area of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in central Kabul, but no casualties are reported.
Tibetan sytle gift for Tibetan Week in ThailandThai Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam (L) receives a souvenir with Tibetan characteristics from a China Tibetan Culture Week delegation headed by Li Bing (C), vice-minister of the Information Office of China's State Council, and Pelma Trile (R), vice-chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, in Bangkok Dec. 4, 2003. The "China Tibetan Culture Week" to be held in Thailand from Dec. 5 to 18 is designed to demonstrate the long history and unique custom of Tibet through Tibetan song and dance performances, movies and photo exhibitions.
Chinese president meets Slovenian PMChinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Anton Rop at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Dec. 4, 2003.