- China’s worst train crash in a decade happened yesterday somewhere between Qingdao and Beijing and killed at least 70 people. Fatalities did not include any foreigners, although a group of four French nationals travelling together were among the hundreds left injured. Terrorism was ruled out as a cause of the train collision and two railway officials (unnamed) have been sacked following the accident.
- Police in Guangdong province have busted a factory there for making Free Tibet flags and shipping them overseas, but apparently, the factory owner had no idea what the flags stood for.
- The People’s Daily dutifully informs us that patriotic Chinese people all over the world are taking it to the streets in support of the Beijing Olympics — in Georgia, New Zealand, Sweden and at Yale University.
- To stop the price of rice from further fluctuating, the Ministry of Railways will accelerate shipment of rice from the grain-rich northeast to other parts of China.
Video: France24 report of China’s fight against piracy.