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January 2014 – Progressivechina
Jan 202014
 

South Korea’s producer prices rebounded in four months due to higher prices of farm goods and industrial products,central bank data showed Monday y. The higher producer prices came amid a round in industrial goods prices amid higher global oil prices and higher prices of farm goods during the winter season n.

Jan 162014
 

Xinjiang vows to crack down on terrorism, as maintaining social stability is a priority for 2014. [photo / chinamil.com.cn]

Xinjiang vows to crack down on terrorism, as maintaining social stability is a priority for 2014. [photo / chinamil.com.cn]

The government of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Thursday vowed to crack down on terrorism, as maintaining social stability is a priority for 2014.

“The regional government will resolutely crack down on religious extremism, prevent violent terrorist attacks and mass incidents from happening,” said Nur Bekri, chairman of the regional government.

The official told the second session of the 12th regional People’s Congress that the government will continue combating the “three evil forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

However, the battle is still chronic, complicated and severe, he warned.

He said that the government will continue carrying out ethnic unity campaigns because safeguarding unity will fundamentally guarantee the region’s long-term social stability.

In addition, the regional government will strengthen community services and improve the residence permit system to serve people better, said Nur Bekri.

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Jan 122014
 

China's moon rover 'Yutu' (Jade Rabbit) and the Chang'e-3 lander have just 'woken up' after a period of dormancy that lasted two weeks, or one lunar night, in a move designed to ride out harsh climactic conditions. [photo / Xinhua]

China’s moon rover “Yutu” (Jade Rabbit) and the Chang’e-3 lander have just “woken up” after a period of dormancy that lasted two weeks, or one lunar night, in a move designed to ride out harsh climactic conditions. [photo / Xinhua]

China’s moon rover “Yutu” (Jade Rabbit) and the Chang’e-3 lander have just “woken up” after a period of dormancy that lasted two weeks, or one lunar night, in a move designed to ride out harsh climactic conditions.

Yutu was awakened autonomously at 5:09 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday and has finished necessary setting procedures and entered a normal working mode following orders from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), according to a statement issued by the BACC on Sunday.

It has started its rove around the moon surface and scientific missions.

Chang’e-3 has also been awakened automatically at 8:21 a.m. on Sunday, and is currently in normal condition, the statement said.

One night on the moon lasts about 14 days on Earth, during which the temperature falls below minus 180 celsius and there is no sunlight to provide power to the instruments’ solar panels.

“During the lunar night, the lander and the rover were in a power-off condition and the communication with Earth was also cut off,” said Zhou Jianliang, chief engineer of the BACC.

“When the night ends, they will be started up with the power provided by sunlight and resume operation and communication according to preset programs,” Zhou said.

The awakening of the rover and lander marks the success of Chinese technology in surviving the lunar night, and the center will instruct the two instruments to carry on scheduled exploration missions, the chief engineer added.

Chang’e-3 soft-landed on the moon’s Sinus Iridium, or the Bay of Rainbows, on Dec. 14 last year, and Yutu later separated from the lander.

The rover fell asleep on Dec. 26 as the mission’s first lunar night arrived.