A few links to fill in your day:
- In possibly the saddest headline to come out of China so far this year, Human Rights Watch has reported that lead-poisoned children in four Chinese provinces are being denied medical care in an effort to cover up the illness. This comes just days after over 600 people were found to have been given lead poisoning by a tinfoil plant in Zhejiang province.
- 1.4 tons of exotic animals parts including elk lips, bear claws, and woolly mammoth tusks was stopped at Russia’s border with China on Tuesday when a secret compartment was discovered on a truck crossing the border. (Interesting fact: Did you know there are millions of mammoths frozen in the Siberian permafrost, and that a completely legal trade exists for their tusks?)
- A man in southern China has been arrested for spreading rumors online that likely triggered the three-day riots in Guangdong province last weekend.
- China has declared that all 13 of its active nuclear power plants have passed safety inspections, and plans further inspections for the 28 others now under construction. China plans to have 100 reactors by 2020, but has suspended the issuing of permits after that.
- The State Council of China now has a woman on it! Congratulations Jiang Xiaojuan, former vice director of Research Office of the State Council. She has now been appointed the vice-secretary general of the State Council.