Yuan Renguo, ex-chairman of Chinese liquor tycoon Kweichow Moutai. [Photo/IC]

Yuan Renguo, former chairman of Kweichow Moutai Group, has been expelled from the Party and removed from public office for “serious violations of the Party disciplines and laws”, according to the Guizhou Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Guizhou Provincial Commission of Supervision.

According to a statement issued by the commissions on Wednesday, he seriously violated political disciplines and used the franchise rights of Moutai liquor as a tool to build up relationships and reach higher-position officials.

It said Yuan abused power to assist illegal distributors and seriously undermined the business environment for sales of Moutai.

Moutai is a sorghum-based spirit produced by Kweichow Moutai and is China’s top brand of baijiu. The liquor, often served on official occasions and at state banquets, is considered a luxury item and has long been a popular gift.

According to the statement, his family members were involved in graft-related issues. He was accused of colluding with others to provide false testimony, resisting the inspection and transferring his illicit assets.

The statement said Yuan violated Party disciplines, didn’t truthfully report his personal matters, violated the frugality codes and illegally engaged in profit-making activities.

He was also found to have used his power to trade for money and sex services. He used his position to gain benefits for other enterprises and individuals, then accepted their huge bribes either paid in cash or other properties.

Yuan, 62, was born in Renhuai, Guizhou, where the Moutai group is located. He joined Moutai in 1975 and became deputy manager in 1990.

Between 1990 and 2018, he mainly served as deputy manager and manager of Kweichow Moutai Group, vice-chairman and chairman of Kweichow Moutai Group.

He was replaced by Li Baofang as the chairman of Moutai group in May 2018. One year later, he was dismissed from the Guizhou Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

According to the Guizhou Provincial Commission of Supervision, his criminal evidence will be sent to the prosecutors.

Since late 2012, when the new leadership was elected, China has conducted a sweeping drive to fight against both “tigers and flies” – high-ranking and low-ranking corrupt officials. So far more than 500 high-ranking officials have been probed for alleged graft.

Firefighters stand guard at a the burned area in Xiushan forest farm of the Greater Hinggan Mountains, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, June 22, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

HOHHOT — A forest fire that raged for three days in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region has been contained, local authorities said Saturday.

The clean-up operation is underway at Xiushan, under the jurisdiction of the Jinhe Forestry Bureau in the Greater Hinggan Mountains, according to the firefighting headquarters.

After a huge effort by over 5,000 firefighters, the fire was put under control on all fronts by 4:40 pm Saturday.

Firefighters are calculating the size of the burned area.

The fire had been contained on the northern and eastern fronts by Friday night. Additional firemen joined the firefighting on the southern front Saturday.

Steep hills and dense vegetation on the western and southern fronts earlier complicated the firefighting efforts.

Since June, the Inner Mongolia section of the Greater Hinggan Mountains and its surrounding regions has seen thunder and lightning strike about 30,000 times. Less rainfall and higher temperatures have also increased the risk of fires.

A helicopter carrying firefighters heads to the fire site in Xiushan forest farm of the Greater Hinggan Mountains, North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, June 22, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

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CHONGQING — A total of 87 investment projects were inked between western China provinces and Belt and Road countries in an investment and trade matchmaking event held in southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality on Friday.

The 2019 China (West) “Belt and Road” Cross-border Investment and Trade Matchmaking Event attracted more than 190 enterprises from 22 countries and regions along the Belt and Road and over 440 companies from eight provinces in western China, according to the event organizer.

The attendees were from a wide range of fields including electronic and information technology, chemical medicine, materials and energy, equipment and automobile manufacturing.

The organizer said a total of 272 agreements of intention of cooperation were reached at the event.

The event is a major part of the ongoing Western China International Fair for Investment and Trade held between Thursday and Sunday in Chongqing.

Bamboo scraps are converted into charcoal sticks at an enterprise in Guangze county, Fujian province.LIN SHANCHUAN/XINHUA

At around 7 am, trucks loaded with several metric tons of chicken bones, heads and intestines arrived at a waste disposal plant and dumped the nonedible chicken parts into an underground container through a small hole.

“It’s like filling oil tanks in a gas station,” said Jiang Haijun, general manager of the plant in Guangze county, East China’s Fujian province.

The waste was then pumped into a chain of cauldrons and tubes in a separate room for high-temperature sterilization, steaming and drying. Five hours later, the waste was converted into fish feed.

The plant, which is able to treat 300 tons of chicken waste each day, is owned by Fujian Sunner Group, one of Asia’s largest chicken breeders, headquartered in Guangze. The poultry giant supplies chicken products to KFC and McDonald’s in China.

Last year, Sunner’s breeding farms in Guangze produced 300 million broilers along with 60,000 tons of waste, which were turned into 8,000 tons of animal feed by the plant. Jiang said the feed was sold at up to 13,000 yuan ($1,880) per ton.

“It’s an eco-friendly way of treating poultry waste, and to make profits,” Jiang said. “If we dump untreated waste into fish ponds, we might risk polluting groundwater or spreading diseases.”

He added that a large amount of steam and hot water generated during chicken waste processing was later sent back to the nearby poultry slaughterhouses and used for plucking chicken feathers.

Jiang’s waste disposal facility offers a glimpse into Sunner’s efforts to go waste-free.

About five minutes’ drive from the facility lies a cluster of plants that disposes of chicken blood, feathers and sewage produced by Sunner’s farms. One plant turns chicken blood into protein powder, while another converts chicken feathers into animal feed.

Last year, a local biomass power plant used around 28 tons of chicken manure from Sunner’s farms to generate 163 million kilowatt hours of electricity. Most of the electricity, which was worth more than 100 million yuan, was provided to the State Grid. Fu Longrun, vice-director of Guangze’s ecology and environment bureau, said Sunner’s model of the circular economy is indicative of Guangze’s efforts to make full use of solid waste and build a zero-waste city.

Enterprises in Guangze have developed techniques to convert bamboo scraps into charcoal sticks and turn construction waste into sand. Guangze is among 11 cities and five areas in China selected by the government last month to pilot waste-free programs. Other participating cities include Shenzhen, downtown Chongqing and Sanya in Hainan province.

According to Du Xiangwan, an academician from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, about 10 billion tons of solid waste are produced annually in China.

The amount of waste, if poorly handled, would be a huge burden for the environment and a waste of resources. “The long-term goal is to minimize solid waste production, maximize the use of recycled resources and ensure safe waste disposal,” Du said.

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A 24-year-old man who raped and murdered a university student at a scenic spot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, last year was given the death sentence by an intermediate court on Friday.

Xiong Zhicheng, from Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, was convicted of intentional homicide and forceful sexual assault by the Hangzhou City Intermediate People’s Court.

He was sentenced to five years’ prison for the rape and handed the death sentence for murdering the university student, surnamed Tan. Xiong was also deprived of his political rights.

“The convict used cruel means to kill the victim, resulting in serious consequences and causing great harm to society, so he should be severely punished,” the court said in a statement.

Xiong was heavily in debt after losing money gambling on the internet, the court said.

Before the attack in November last year, Xiong had walked around the West Lake — a famous scenic spot in Hangzhou — for several days to search for a victim, the court said.

He eventually befriended Tan who was alone in the West Lake area.

Xiong stabbed Tan in the chest and belly and pushed her down a steep slope nearby. He then went down the slope and sexually assaulted her, the court said.

Xiong eventually slit her throat and stabbed her to death.

The court said Xiong had given up hope in life because of his gambling debts and wanted to take revenge on society.

A farmer in Gansu province is busy harvesting potatoes. [PHOTO BY WANG JIANG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

Top officials from Gansu province are confident it will reach its zero-poverty goal by the end of next year, the national deadline, a news conference in Beijing was told on Wednesday.

The display of faith by one of China’s least developed regions is noteworthy amid the nationwide effort to eliminate absolute poverty in time for the centennial of the Communist Party of China in 2021.

Lin Duo, Gansu’s Party secretary, said poverty relief will be the focus of government work and no effort will be spared to ensure the province becomes a moderately prosperous society, alongside other regions.

Relief officials have been sent to every registered impoverished households to make sure they can afford food and clothing, as well as their children’s basic education, safe housing and healthcare, he said.

Efforts will also be made to prevent those lifted out of poverty from falling back into it, Lin added.

“We are both determined and confident about achieving the goal,” he said.

Lin was speaking at a news conference held by the State Council Information Office to detail Gansu’s progress over the 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Gansu has long been one of the country’s most underdeveloped regions.

Provincial government figures show it was home to 12.54 million rural poor in the early 1980s, before China launched programs to develop its vast northwestern regions, and had a poverty rate above 75 percent.

Gansu is also home to several major deserts, and its lack of water has been a constraint on development for decades, adding to difficulties in poverty alleviation.

But Lin said Gansu has made notable progress on that front, especially since the central leadership stressed in 2013 that the province give priority to relief work.

Among other measures, relief funds have been used to help farmers develop industries ranging from cattle husbandry to growing medicinal herbs, in a bid to provide sustainable income, he said.

By the end of last year, 5.81 million people living in rural parts of the province had shaken off poverty, with the poverty rate plummeting to 5.6 percent.

“Thirty-six of 75 poverty-stricken counties saw their underdeveloped labels removed last year, a leap forward to the zero-poverty goal,” Lin said.

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BEIJING — China has made progress in its integrated circuit industry and vowed to share opportunities with other nations, a senior official said.

The industry maintained an annual growth rate of above 20 percent in 2012-2018, with sales reaching 653.2 billion yuan (about $94.77 billion) last year, according to Wang Zhijun, vice minister of industry and information technology.

The country has seen constant progress in its chip design, manufacturing and test technologies, Wang told Xinhua in an interview.

For example, he said Kirin 980 mobile phone chip developed by HiSilicon, Huawei’s chipset subsidiary, is manufactured by the cutting edge 7nm process.

Stressing the industry’s high level of globalization, Wang said recent US moves had disrupted the order and international division of labor in the industry, reduced the efficiency of resource allocation, and hindered the industry’s stable development worldwide.

Looking ahead, China will be more integrated into the global ecosystem of the industry and seek further development in opening-up, innovation and cooperation, Wang said.

The country will continue improving its the business environment, treating domestic and foreign investors equally and strengthening the protection of intellectual property rights to share with the world the opportunities provided by the Chinese market, he added.

BEIJING – China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) has urged all procuratorial agencies to increase supervision over criminal investigations conducted by local police stations.

The move will improve cooperation between public security organs and procuratorates so as to deepen the country’s judicial reform, said the SPP.

Since 2015, the SPP has carried out a pilot program in 10 provincial level regions involving 1,064 local procuratorates and 8,370 police stations, it said.

Procuratorial agencies have supervised 5,243 cases filed by police stations in the program since 2015, and made suggestions on dealing with criminal investigations that violated the law, it said.

Such supervision should spread across the country by the end of 2017, it added.

Deputy Procurator-General Sun Qian said that the supervision will ensure the validity of evidence and improve effectiveness of investigations.

Hu Chunhua was re-elected as Party chief of Guangdong province during the 12th Guangdong Provincial Party Congress, which occurred in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, on Friday.

Hu promised to build a clean and honest Party and government leadership and construct a well-off society in Guangdong in the next five years.

Hu, born in 1963, is a native of central China’s Hubei province. He has been the top official of Guangdong, an economic powerhouse in China, since December 2012.

Ma Xingrui and Ren Xuefeng were elected as deputy Party chiefs of the southern province.

Ma, born in 1959, is governor of Guangdong province, while Ren, 52, is Party chief of Guangzhou.

Shi Kehui, 56, was elected as secretary of Guangdong Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection, the province’s top anti-graft body.

Other members of the standing committee of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China are Wang Weizhong, Shen Haixiong, Lin Shaochun, Zou Ming, He Zhongyou, Jiang Ling, Yan Zhichan and Zeng Zhiquan

Meanwhile 70 Party members have also been elected to represent Guangdong province at the Party’s 19th National Congress in Beijing later this year.

About 900 Party members from the province have attended the congress which occurred on May 22.

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a congratulatory letter to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on the 40th anniversary of its founding.

Xi praised the academy’s work in serving the decision-making of the Party and the nation.