China News Broadcast, May 15, 2013: Arctic Council Observer, Mysterious Powder Scare

Created: 2013-05-15 16:53 EST

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In today’s NTD China News, the Arctic Council has named China as one of six new observer nations, as global interest grow in the Arctic’s trade potentials.

The US Consulate in Guangzhou, Guangdong province received an envelope with suspicious white powder on Monday. The substance is yet to be identified, and the Consulate suspended visa interviews until Wednesday.

Human rights advocates are urging Israel not to deport a Chinese national, saying the Falun Gong practitioner faces torture or even death if she returns to china.

Tang Jianhua, the former deputy police chief of Chongqing, has been given a suspended death sentence for bribery. There is unconfirmed reports saying he was sentenced back in February, and was sacked from official positions last year. State-run media only reported about the developments this week.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has warned that there is little room for the government to put in place policies to stimulate the economy.

The European Union is set to launch investigations into claims that Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE are involved in unfair trade practices in Europe.

Chinese authorities are stepping up control online, targeting popular bloggers on social media sites.

Chinese carmaker BYD has launched a new fleet of electric taxis in Hong Kong in a bid to cut emissions and reduce air pollution in the city.

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