China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second.

If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing.

The Asian giant built the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight machine, in June last year, which was twice as fast as the previous number one. Continue reading

China to build world’s biggest animal cloning factory in Tianjin

Commercial operation to produce dogs, cattle, racehorses and ‘non-human primates’

Tianjin is building the world’s largest animal cloning factory, aiming to produce one million cattle embryos annually, state media reported yesterday.

According to a Xinhua, mainland scientists have signed a deal to establish a 200 million yuan (HK$242 million) commercial animal cloning centre in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area, a government-sponsored business development park.

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China developing new attack helicopter with stealth power

Aviation Industry Corp of China, an aircraft manufacturer and supplier to the PLA, has been given the responsibility of researching and developing the helicopter, Cankaoxiaoxi.com website reported Sunday, citing Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster.

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China Rocked By Another Massive Chemical Explosion

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This is the second explosion in Shandong, which both follow the huge and deadly explosion in Tianjin. Continue reading

‘700 tonnes’ of sodium cyanide reportedly in warehouse during deadly Tianjin blasts

 70 times the normal amount of cyanide is needed for what, exactly?

 

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Chinese officials investigate claims of sodium cyanide 70 times more than the permitted amount stored at Ruihai site

A large discrepancy over the precise quantity of hazardous chemicals being stored at a warehouse in the port area of Tianjin at the time of Wednesday night’s two deadly blasts is just one of the many unanswered questions surrounding the tragedy, which has claimed at least 85 lives.

Southern Metropolis News has reported that 700 tonnes of sodium cyanide – a highly toxic substance that can kill rapidly if inhaled – were being stored the warehouse owned by Ruihai International Logistics, according to a claim by the owner of a Hebei chemical company that owned the substance – 70 times the permitted amount.

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As Beijing Becomes a Supercity, the Rapid Growth Brings Pains

For decades, China’s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people.

The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York’s, is meant to revamp northern China’s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth. Continue reading

Now 500 global users of China’s Tianhe-1 supercomputer

More than 500 global users from a range of industries, including oil exploration, biomedical science, aviation, and weather forecasting, are now making use of China’s Tianhe-1 supercomputer, which resides at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin.

The Tianhe-1 runs more than 1,000 programs every day, and its users originate from countries such as the US, Singapore, and Spain, reports the state-run China News Service. Continue reading

China steps up speed of oil stockpiling as tensions mount in Asia

Beijing has ordered an “unprecedented” build up of oil reserves as West prepares for possible oil sanctions against Russia

China is stockpiling oil for its strategic petroleum reserve at a record pace, intervening on a scale large enough to send a powerful pulse through the world crude market. Continue reading

China plans cross-strait highways with Taiwan

Beijing drafts plan for symbolic bridge, but lacks approval from Taiwanese authorities

The mainland government has recently approved a national road project that includes two cross-strait highways linking both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

If completed, the project would be a literal and figurative bridge between the mainland and Taiwan and would mark a major milestone in cross-strait relations.

However, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, the island’s top cross-strait policy planning body, told the South China Morning Post the project had been “unilaterally worked out by mainland authorities“.

“Based on national security concerns and cross-strait interactions, we have not planned anything with such high political sensitivity and complexity,” the council said, spelling out the island’s political and security concerns. Continue reading