Beijing Games: Sports coverage fine, other things maybe not
TOKYO (AP) — The IOC says the Olympics are only about the sports; no politics allowed. This will be the mantra, as it always is, when the Beijing Winter Games open in six months. Covering ski races or figure-skating finals should be painless; just stay in the sports bubble and out of trouble. But reporters from other countries who puncture the PR skin to explore other aspects of life in China — as they have in Japan during the Tokyo Olympics — could draw more than criticism. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File) Covering ski races or figure-skating finals should be painless; just stay in the sports bubble and out of trouble.
Endless rows of mud-caked vehicles damaged by deadly floods last month sit abandoned in a parking lot in Zhengzhou, an unwitting memorial to the power of the disaster that hit Henan province.
"We were forced to abandon our vehicles and leave when the waters rose," a Zhengzhou resident surnamed Wang said.
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Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin "noted that Russian-Chinese military cooperation is characterized by high dynamics of development, consistent expansion of areas of interaction and a great intensity of contacts."Russian personnel were met with a warm reception over the weekend as Chinese People's Liberation Army Lieutenant General Liu Xiaowu, deputy commander of the Western Theater Command and commanding officer of Chinese forces in the upcoming exercise, presented a bouquet of flowers to members of the Russian military delegation visiting ahead of the Zapad-Interaction, or West-Interaction, drills set to play out from August 9 to 13.
At least 238,000 damaged vehicles have been sent to 'graveyards' like the one in the outskirts of Zhengzhou, head of Henan's insurance regulator Ma Chao told state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday.
Record downpours dumped a year's worth of rain on Zhengzhou -- the capital of Henan province and the epicentre of the flooding -- in just three days, with over 290 people killed.
Dozens of people died while trapped in flooded subway carriages, underground car parks and tunnels.
The floods also triggered record insurance claims worth $1.7 billion after thousands of cars and buildings were damaged, insurer Goldman Sachs said in a July report.
Once a tool for diplomacy, table tennis now viewed by China as so much more
Fifty years ago, the simple game of table tennis helped mend the frayed relationship between China and the U.S. Today, the game that gave rise to “ping pong diplomacy” is still played by millions in China — and the medals captured at the Tokyo Olympics and in other international championships remain a source of national pride. But as China has turned its gaze increasingly outward and established itself as a true world economic power, table tennis is getting some serious competition — from other sports. After the 1949 Communist Revolution, “the reason table tennis became so popular in China [is] simple.
The local government last week said economic losses due to the floods have ballooned to over $20.65 billion and promised swift compensation.
But critics say the process has been painfully slow.
Resident Wang, who lost his car, added: "Now getting compensation has become a real headache with dozens of forms to fill in."
A landmark UN study released Monday warned that northern China was prone to more freak weather events, including heavy floods and punishing droughts, due to climate change.
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The recalled products come from Mexico, China, South Korea, Guatemala, Poland, Turkey, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Hand sanitizers were highly encouraged by the government as a way to keep the spread of COVID down when the virus worked its way through the states in the first half of 2020. In June 2020, the FDA announced that nine hand sanitizers from Mexico had high levels of methanol, which could have toxic effects on humans.