CPC expels Shanxi ex-official
Ling Zhengce, a former senior official in Shanxi province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and public office after an investigation suspecting him of corruption. The probe found that Ling, former vice-chairman of the Shanxi provincial committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, exploited his position to help family members in business, sought profits for others in the promotion of officials and business operations, and took bribes, the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on Friday in a statement on its website.
Abe’s wife visits Yasukuni Shrine
China again demanded Japan squarely face its aggressive past after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Akie Abe wrote on her Facebook page on Tuesday that she visited the war shrine in Tokyo earlier in the day. The shrine honors 14 Class-A convicted war criminals among 2.5 million Japanese who died in World War II, and is regarded as a symbol of militarism. Japan should make a clean break from militarism and do more that will promote trust and reconciliation with its neighbors, said China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday.
Taxi companies await guideline
Taxi companies are awaiting a new guideline from the Ministry of Transport that will include rules for obtaining cab licenses. Analysts said the government’s control of taxi licenses is meant to protect consumers, but a cartel of taxi companies has been taking advantage of current regulations to monopolize the market.
Experts warn of Typhoon Goni
Meteorologists in Fujian province warned of gales brought by the approaching Typhoon Goni on Friday. The typhoon, packing maximum winds of 172 kph, is moving north by west toward the eastern seas of Taiwan, at a rate of 6 kp/h, according to the Fujian meteorological department. Goni is expected to bring gales to a large area off the coast of the East China Sea, including the Taiwan Straits and Diaoyu Islands. Fujian flood control authorities are preparing to evacuate vessels ahead of the typhoon.
(China Daily 08/22/2015 page2)