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China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast | Reuters

China has suspended work at more than 200 factories in an eastern province for safety checks as part of a nationwide review following an explosion at an auto parts plant that killed 75 people, government officials and state media said.

Family members cry at a caring centre for relatives of victims of a factory explosion, in Kunshan, Jiangsu province August 3, 2014.REUTERS/Stringer

Officials have been ordered to shut all aluminium and magnesium factories – and others that generate metal dust – for safety violations, the Jiangsu provincial government said in a statement late on Wednesday. Some 214 factories in Suzhou and 54 factories in Kunshan have been shut and will not reopen until they obtain government approval.

It was not immediately clear how long that would take.

Provinces such as Shaanxi, Tianjin and Sichuan, as well as the Guangxi special administrative region, have also stepped up safety checks. The crackdown comes after a blast at Kunshan Zhongrong Metal Products Co Ltd on Saturday, China’s worst industrial accident in a year.

State media has reported that investigators’ preliminary findings show that Kunshan Zhongrong bears the main responsibility for the blast in Jiangsu, which also injured 185 people when a flame was lit in a dust-filled room.

An hour’s drive from Shanghai, Kunshan Zhongrong polishes wheel hubs for automakers including General Motors Co.

“The suspended factories were found to suffer the same safety risk of dust pollution,” the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday, citing the government in Suzhou, which includes the satellite city Kunshan.

Xinhua did not give further details on the factories or what they produced. Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces are known for their alloy wheel makers, with Jiangsu home to four of China’s top 10 exporters, according to the Automobile Association.

Many alloy wheel makers in Jiangsu have poor safety practices, the official China Securities Journal said.

Earlier this week, President Xi Jinping demanded a full inquiry into what happened at Kunshan Zhongrong and that those responsible be punished. China’s State Council Work Safety Commission ordered nationwide inspections and a safety campaign targeting factories that process aluminium, magnesium, coal, wood, paper, tobacco, cotton and plastic, Xinhua said.

Xinhua also said authorities would draw up comprehensive regulations for dust control at factories.

Police took at least two Kunshan Zhongrong representatives into custody earlier this week, Xinhua reported.

via China suspends work at hundreds of factories after deadly blast | Reuters.


How a Chinese Company Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours – China Real Time Report – WSJ

Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme.

Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing.

Such 3-D printers have been around for several years and are commonly used to make models, prototypes, plane parts and even such small items as jewelry. The printing involves an additive process, where successive layers of material are stacked on top of one another to create a finished product.

Winsun’s 3-D printer is 6.6 meters (22 feet) tall, 10 meters wide and 150 meters long, the firm said, and the “ink” it uses is created from a combination of cement and glass fibers. In a nod to China’s green agenda, Winsun said in the future it plans to use scrap material left over from construction and mining sites to make its 3-D buildings.

Winsun says it estimates the cost of printing these homes is about half that of building them the traditional way. And although the technology seems efficient, it’s unlikely to be widely used to build homes any time soon because of regulatory hurdles, Mr. Chen said.

The Chinese firm isn’t the first to experiment with printing homes. Architects in Amsterdam are building a house with 13 rooms, with plans to print even the furniture. The Dutch architect in charge of the project said on the project’s website it would probably take less than three years to complete.

via How a Chinese Company Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours – China Real Time Report – WSJ.

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China, ASEAN to have talks on South China Sea – Xinhua |

China is willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to formulate a code of conduct (COC) for the South China Sea, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Friday.

Flag of ASEAN

Flag of ASEAN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Qin’s comment came ahead of the 10th joint working group meeting between China and ASEAN on the implementation of the declaration on the conduct (DOC) of parties in the South China Sea. The meeting will be held on March 18 in Singapore.

“China is ready to work with ASEAN for comprehensive and effective implementation of DOC and steadily push forward consultations on COC,” Qin said.

Practical maritime cooperation will also be touched upon during the meeting, Qin said.

Qin called for favorable conditions for the implementation of DOC and formulation of COC to maintain peace and stability on the South China Sea.

China and ASEAN officials met last September in Suzhou, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, for the 6th China-ASEAN senior officials’ meeting and the 9th joint working group meeting on the implementation of DOC.

via China, ASEAN to have talks on South China Sea – Xinhua |

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U.S. Electronics Maker Knowles Adapts to a Changed China – Businessweek

If you’ve ever used a smartphone, phone, tablet, laptop, or camera, chances are you’ve used a Knowles Electronics product—and it may have come from Knowles’s factory in Suzhou, China. Based in Itasca, Ill., Knowles makes the tiny receivers and microphones that go into many products of Apple (AAPL), Samsung (005930:KS), BlackBerry (BBRY), and Huawei (002502:CH), among others.

Knowles, a subsidiary of manufacturing conglomerate Dover (DOV), is trying to figure out how to stay in China, which has changed beyond recognition since the company arrived in Suzhou in 1995. “When we came it was obvious that very low-cost labor was an important driver,” says Steven Lu, China managing director of Knowles, which also makes components for hearing aids. “Now wages for some positions have gone up five times and even more.” Rising land and raw materials prices and an appreciating yuan have further upended the business model.

Low-end producers of textiles, sneakers, and toys have been shutting their China operations and relocating to Vietnam, Cambodia, and India. That’s not an option for businesses that pack a lot of engineering knowhow into their products. “In the past 10 to 20 years, China has developed a very complete supply chain for us. The whole ecosystem is right here,” says Lu. “And all the major cell phones are now produced in China. Staying close to them is a major driving force” to stay put.

via U.S. Electronics Maker Knowles Adapts to a Changed China – Businessweek.


With Takedown in Nanjing, China Corruption Drive Shifts Gears – China Real Time Report – WSJ

The detention of Nanjing Mayor Ji Jianye earlier this week might seem like just the latest move in Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s drive clean up the Communist Party ranks by going after both “tigers” and “flies.”

In fact, the Nanjing case marks a departure from Beijing’s usual method of coping with corruption by Party members, in a number of important ways.

Typically, announcements of an investigation and confinement of a high-ranking cadre that appear in the state-controlled press are terse and uninformative. That’s how the Nanjing media covered the event (in Chinese).

But the official coverage out of Beijing went far further this time, noting Ji’s ties to a Suzhou construction company that worked on major infrastructure projects in Nanjing (in Chinese) and accusing him of taking at least 20 million yuan ($33 million) in bribes (in Chinese).

It’s rare for an official’s connections with local businessmen to be mentioned publicly so early in an investigation. By calling attention to that relationship, Party disciplinarians were out to demonstrate that Ji fit the profile of an imprudent and immoral cadre. But the Party media machine was also revved up quickly to prevent social media from getting its usual jump on the news, before Weibo users could start speculating about the reasons for Ji’s dismissal. Beijing is now especially attentive to making its case before others do it for them.

Also interesting is the nature of the coverage. Much of the mainland press has focused more on Ji’s governing style as his alleged malfeasance. Ji’s treatment of personal staff and subordinates in Nanjing is being portrayed as “very rude and disrespectful” (in Chinese). One widely-reprinted commentary refers to Ji as a “bulldozer” when it came to policy matters there (in Chinese).

Indeed, it was Ji’s obsession with remaking Nanjing through massive urban development — sports stadiums and a disruptive subway project for the upcoming Youth Olympics to be held in the city, for example — that seems to have truly infuriated his superiors in Beijing.

According to public reports, there were unnecessary demolitions of homes to clear land for new buildings and roads, forced relocations of residents, and “projects that from time to time stimulated public resentment.” On one occasion, the renovation of the city to Ji’s specifications – by removing swathes of beloved wutong trees — led to large-scale mass protest by residents.

As one assessment concluded, “Ji’s four years in power disemboweled Nanjing” (in Chinese).

via With Takedown in Nanjing, China Corruption Drive Shifts Gears – China Real Time Report – WSJ.

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