A few links to start off your day:
- A Chinese submersible manned by a three-member crew has successfully dived 5000m in the Pacific Ocean. This means China now has the technical capabilities to reach more than 70 per cent of the world’s seabeds. The next goal is a 7000m test dive, which would give it a lead over Japan’s Shinkai, currently the world’s deepest diving active submersible.
- Xinhua News Agency has leased an 18-meter by 12-meter wide sign on the north end of Times Square in New York City, in an effort to reach the estimated half a million people that pass through the area daily.
- The deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance, Pastor Shi Enhao, has been sentenced to two years in labour camp, says Christian activist organisation ChinaAid.
- 14-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps suffered a shocking defeat yesterday at the FINA world championships 200m freestyle by his own team-mate Ryan Lochte.
- Lai Changxing’s extradition from Canada to China has been hailed by the People’s Republic as a sign of improving ties, but is he the fall guy for former friends in high places, asks the Vancouver Sun.
- A 62-year-old Italian activist-priest, Franco Mella, has been denied entry into China at an immigration checkpoint between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Meanwhile, Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Archbishop of Hong Kong has blasted China for its attempts in controlling the Roman Catholic church.