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Hourly News 2008-06-11
    2008-06-11 10:13:52     CRIENGLISH.com

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Four Quakes Jolt North, Northwest China in One Day

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted northwest China's Qinghai Province Tuesday evening.

Earlier on Tuesday, the region had been struck by two other tremors with similar magnitude.

A 5.2-magnitude quake also rocked the northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Tuesday afternoon.

No reports of casualties and damages were immediately available.

Vice Premier Hui Liangyu has instructed the China Earthquake Administration to beef up its quake surveillance in affected and neighboring areas.

In the Sichuan earthquake area more than 11,000 aftershocks have been felt since May 12.

Power Mostly back to Normal in Sichuan Quake Zone

China¡¯s State Grid says power has been restored to the worst hit earthquake areas in Sichuan province.

Work on 2,600 power lines downed by the May 12 quake has been completed.

Out of 171 damaged transformer sub-stations, 155 are back in operation with the other 17 completely destroyed by the earthquake.

China's Post-Quake Rebuilding Rule Focuses on Public Structures

China¡¯s State Council's Legislative Affairs Office says reconstruction in areas damaged in the Sichuan earthquake has better focus on the quality of public buildings.

A regulation on reconstruction stipulates that schools, hospitals, stadiums, libraries and other high-occupancy public institutions must be rebuilt to higher standards than those of ordinary buildings.

The new regulation says local governments are responsible for carrying out inspections of quake damaged buildings and for reporting the personnel responsible for sub-standard construction for prosecution.

Ministries Urge Quake-Resistance Checks For China's Schools

China's central government has ordered earthquake-resistance checks of all school buildings nationwide.

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development jointly issued a notice that ordered affiliated departments at all levels to finish the checks before Sept. 1, the beginning of the new semester.

The notice asked local departments to ban the use of any school building that has been found to be potentially dangerous, and to rebuild and reinforce such buildings before re-opening them.

China Outlines National Five-Year IPR Improvement Strategy

China plans to dramatically increase the level of self-directed intellectual property rights, or IPR, and markedly improve the IPR protection situation within five years.

A released document says China will become a country with a fairly high level of IPR creation, use, protection, and management by 2020.

Paulson Says Economic Relations with China Growing In Positive Direction

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says the U.S.-China economic relationship is growing in a positive direction.

Outlining the goals of high-level Strategic Economic Dialogue talks the two countries will hold next week, Paulson described the bilateral relationship as "complex, broad and important to the world economy."

Delegations from both countries will meet in Maryland, north of Washington in mid June.

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