Ex-president’s son promoted
Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) on Monday promoted the son of ousted former president Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇) to the rank of general, state media reported. Liu Yuan (劉源), 59, was named by Hu as a full general and the vice chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army during a ceremony in Beijing, China Central Television reported. Liu Shaoqi was ousted as president during the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution, disappeared from public life in 1968 and died in a prison a year later. The elder Liu was once a comrade in arms with revolutionary leader Mao Zedong (毛澤東), but a power struggle between the two led to his fall. He was “rehabilitated” after Mao died in 1976.
Ban to visit PRC, Mongolia
UN chief Ban Ki-moon will depart today for visits to China and Mongolia, his press office said on Monday. In China, where according the Chinese foreign ministry he will arrive tomorrow, Ban will take part in climate change events, including a “Green Light” event focused on energy efficient technologies and the extensive production and use of energy saving lamps. UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said that Ban was scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) and other officials on Friday and Saturday. The talks are also to focus on other global issues, including North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. After his China visit, Ban will visit to Mongolia from Sunday to address the challenges of climate change and adaptation, Okabe said.
Four dead in mudslides
A series of mudslides sparked by torrential rains killed at least four people and left five others missing in the western prefecture of Yamaguchi yesterday, media reports said. A nursing home for the elderly in Hofu city was hit by a landslide, prompting the military to send a rescue unit there, Jiji and Kyodo news agencies said.
Police seize 19,000 guns
Police have confiscated 19,000 guns and 500 tonnes of explosives in a crackdown on illegal firearms ahead of the nation’s 60th anniversary of communist rule, state media said on Monday. More than 5,200 suspects have been arrested in connection with the crackdown that began in March and will continue up to China’s Oct. 1 National Day celebration, Xinhua news agency said. Police also confiscated 1.47 million detonators, 800,000 bullets and 39,000 imitation guns, the report said.
Man ‘chopped up teen’
A man accused of chopping up a 16-year-old girl and flushing her body parts down a toilet claimed he was so dazed by drugs that he had no memory of killing her, a newspaper report said yesterday. Ting Kai-tai, 24, told police he could only remember that he had gripped the girl’s neck for “one or two minutes” as they played “vigorously” in bed, the South China Morning Post said. In a police interview read on Monday at the opening of Ting’s murder trial, Ting admitted taking ecstasy and ketamine the night before meeting the girl. He told police he woke up to find Wong Ka-miu lying dead on the bed. He told police he then dismembered Wong’s body and flushed the pieces down the toilet. He also said he beheaded the teenager and dumped her head into the sea. Ting and Wong met on a Web site specializing in compensated dating, a euphemism for prostitution.
Nun fined for mercy dash