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People & Points
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UPDATED: April 1, 2011 NO. 14 APRIL 7, 2011
PEOPLE & POINTS NO. 14, 2011

Troubled Chairman


Wan Long, Board Chairman of Shuanghui Group, one of China's largest meat processors, has been put under the spotlight because of an additive scandal exposed by the media on March 15.

It was reported Jiyuan Shuanghui Food Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Shuanghui Group, had purchased pigs fed with clenbuterol, an additive which makes animals more valuable by developing greater muscle mass and producing less fat. The additive is illegal and hazardous to human beings.

"In the future, we will enhance control ability over downstream enterprises to ensure food safety. Feeding bases of our group will be set up wherever slaughtering factories are built. We won't become the next Sanlu Group Co. (bankrupted in 2009 because of the melamine-tainted milk incident)," said Wan in response to the scandal.

Wan, 71, began working for Luohe Meat Factory in 1968 and became its leader in 1984. Since then, he has turned the factory into a large food enterprise.

Honored Dancer


Yang Liping, a renowned dancer famous for her peacock dance, was nominated for the You Bring Charm to the World Award in March 2011. The award was established to recognize Chinese people's accomplishments around the world. This year's award ceremony will be held on April 2 in Peking University. The event has been hosted for four years,

Yang, 53, was born in southwest China's Yunnan Province in the Bai ethnic group. In 1986, Yang debuted her solo dance Peacock, which created a sensation throughout China because of her vivid imitation of the colorful bird and expressive body language. In 1992, Yang became the first dancer from Chinese mainland to perform in Taiwan.

Yang, an advocate of "original dance," created many dances of simple and unadorned fashion, including Dynamic Yunnan (2003), Mystery of Tibet (2007), and Sounds of Yunnan (2009). During past decades, Yang has brought her dance works to more than 50 countries.

This January, Yang, together with four other women, was chosen for China's national image promotion video broadcast in New York City's Time Square as the first group of persons to promote the country and its beauty.

Sacked Chief Engineer


Su Jinsheng, Chief Engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), is under investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, due to an alleged "serious violation of discipline."

The MIIT didn't give further details about Su's investigation, but it has been reported by the media it may be related to earlier investigations into a group corruption case inside state-owned China Mobile Limited, the world's largest mobile phone carrier in terms of the number of users.

Su, 56, became director of the telecommunications management bureau of MIIT in July 2008 and was assigned the post of chief engineer of MIIT in April 2009.

"The BRICS countries are not only committed to their own development, but also to the development of all developing countries and the whole world."

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, in a meeting with experts and scholars of think tanks from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa in Beijing, on March 25

"The region's GDP reached 50.8 billion yuan ($7.75 billion) in 2010, with an annual growth rate of 12.4 percent. The per capita net income of both farmers and herdsmen hit 4,319 yuan ($654.4), double that of 2005."

Padma Choling, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government, delivering a televised speech on March 27, ahead of the Serfs Emancipation Day, which is March 28

"The relevant Security Council resolution is aimed at humanitarian protection, rather than creating greater civilian casualties and a bigger humanitarian catastrophe."

Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, at consultations of the UN Security Council on Libya on March 24

"The recent earthquake in Japan may hurt China's imports from the nation over a short period, but Sino-Japanese trade will not suffer long-term consequences."

Yao Jian, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce of China, in Beijing on March 23

"It is also a timely opportunity for the two governments to show to the world the two nations can play together as well as sit and deliberate together on issues of national importance."

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, at a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on March 28 before his visit to India to watch the World Cup cricket semi-final between the two archrivals

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