Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian was finally arrested after five hours of questioning over various corruption charges on Tuesday. He has been accused of embezzling of 14.8 million Taiwan dollars (480,500 US) and otherwise using his Presidential powers illegally during his eight year term.
Five cement factory workers died on the job yesterday when a building in Donghe, Qinghai Province collapsed. Another worker was seriously injured and is in critical condition, but “might still survive”, according to doctors. Officially, the building’s collapse was not related to the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked the region on Monday.
Beijing has just committed RMB240 billion ($34 billion USD) to upgrade traffic infrastructure over the next five years. By 2012, the city is expected to have 420km of subway lines up and running. Oh, and that RMB240 billion sum? It’s RMB70 billion more than Beijing spent in the five years leading up to the Olympics.
Jinan’s China National Games Stadium caught fire for the second time in four months, this time requiring some 300 firefighters to help put out the blaze. The stadium, which is being built for next year’s National Games, was supposed to be nearing completion.
On a happier note, the number of China-based environmental NGOs have doubled over the last three years.