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China quake survivors spend second night in freezing cold

Battling bitingly cold weather and a lack of oxygen, rescue workers clawed with their bare hands through the rubble of homes and schools toppled by the 6.9 magnitude quake that hit Yushu county in Qinghai province on Wednesday.

Officials said medical teams and supplies such as tents and quilts were on their way to the zone, where doctors set up makeshift hospitals to treat victims of the deadliest quake in China in two years.

But thousands spent another night without shelter in freezing temperatures after the quake destroyed almost all the mudbrick and wooden houses in Jiegu, the local capital, and flattened schools.

“I lost my husband and I lost my house,” Gandan, a Jiegu resident, told AFP, her son and daughter at her side. All three were living in a tent with other people, with one bowl of barley to share.

“We don’t know what to do, we have no food,” she said, standing by the tent a stone’s throw from her collapsed mud and brick house.

China quake devastates stunned town

The number who perished rose to 760, including dozens of children, while 11,477 were injured, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting rescue coordinators.

The death toll is expected to rise further, with 243 still buried, and local officials say they were short of medical supplies and large digging equipment.

“The rescue job in this disaster zone faces many difficulties,” said Miao Chonggang, of the China Earthquake Administration, which is coordinating more than 7,000 rescuers.

President Hu Jintao cut short a Latin American tour and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao postponed a trip to Southeast Asia.

Hu told a news conference in Brasilia the quake was “a huge calamity which resulted in big losses of human life”.

Chinese president calls quake ‘huge calamity’

Wen on Thursday visited the quake zone, an underdeveloped area of the Tibetan plateau known as the “Roof of the World”.

“The top priority is to save people. We will never give up even if there is only a slim hope,” Wen told a meeting at the quake-relief headquarters in Yushu, according to Xinhua.

Soldiers, police and firefighters used shovels, iron bars and bare hands to dig through the mangled piles of concrete and rubble from 15,000 toppled homes.

Foreign governments offered help as international aid officials warned that the priorities would be providing shelter, medical aid, food and water and ensuring sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of Internet users have been showing their solidarity with the quake victims by posting virtual flowers in online “mourning halls” and donating to appeals, Xinhua said.

Jiegu lies around 800 kilometres (500 miles) by road from the provincial capital Xining, about 4,000 metres above sea level, meaning rescue workers from outside the region struggled to cope with the lack of oxygen.

The government said electricity and phone links had been restored to dozens of towns but the difficult terrain, including deep canyons, and the bitter cold and remoteness of the area were hampering rescue efforts.

Dazed survivors told harrowing stories of loved ones crushed under their homes.

“There are 10 people in my family and only four of us escaped. One of my relatives died. All the others are buried under the rubble,” Samdrup Gyatso, 17, told Xinhua after his two-storey home crumbled.

Facts on China quake zone

Among the dead were at least 66 pupils and 10 teachers, Xinhua said, quoting local authorities, as grieving parents waited for news near the ruins of the schools, where discarded school books and clothes lay.

Xinhua said a baby boy had been born in a tent near the epicentre shortly after the quake.

“It must be the first life that came to the world after the disaster,” Huang Changmei, a doctor, told the agency.

“The baby brought hope to the ruined place.”

The devastation was reminiscent of the huge quake in May 2008 in Sichuan province, where thousands of children were among 87,000 deaths when their shoddily-constructed schools collapsed.

Schoolbooks strewn in China quake rubble as children perish

Xu Mei, of the education ministry, denied a media report that around 200 children had been buried in the ruins of a primary school in Wednesday’s quake.

In Beijing, Zou Ming, the head of the government’s disaster relief department, said nearly 40,000 tents, 120,000 articles of clothing, 120,000 quilts and food were being dispatched.

China vows to stand by North Korea

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China vows to stand by North Korea

BEIJING (Reuters) – China vowed to strengthen bonds with North Korea, saying on Monday that its traditional ties with the isolated state were a boon to peace.

The renewed commitment between the two communist neighbours came in messages between President Hu Jintao as well as other Chinese leaders and North Korea’s top leader, Kim Jong-il, who on Sunday greeted Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the start of a visit focused on bolstering bilateral relations.

The messages marked 60 years since the two countries established formal ties on Oct. 6, 1949, and did not mention North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, instead stressing their focus on shoring up sometimes tense bilateral relations.

“History demonstrates that developing China-North Korea relations is in keeping with the fundamental interests and shared wishes of both countries’ people,” said the congratulatory message from China, issued by the official Xinhua news agency. “It also benefits protecting regional peace and stability.”

In a message to China, Kim Jong-il and other North Korean leaders said relations between the two countries would “constantly consolidate and develop,” Xinhua reported.

The mutual wooing between the world’s third biggest economy and the impoverished and reclusive North has underscored how Beijing’s approach to Pyongyang diverges from the harder line long favoured by Washington, Tokyo and other regional capitals.

Other governments have pushed China to use its crucial energy and food supplies to the North to put more pressure on Pyongyang to curb nuclear weapons development.

Analysts have said China, the closest North Korea has to an ally, would not send Wen unless it had some assurance from Pyongyang that could ease tensions following its second ever nuclear test in May and its claims to have made progress in enriching uranium.

China wants North Korea to return to international talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons plans.

Six-party talks among the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the United States ground to a halt about a year ago, with Pyongyang saying it would boycott the sessions aimed at curtailing its nuclear weapons capability in return for aid.

But Beijing does not want international pressure on North Korea to risk political turmoil there that could release a flood of refugees into China.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il made a rare appearance to greet Wen at the start of his trip, showing how serious he is about shoring up ties with China. Kim is widely believed to have suffered a serious illness last year.

Wen also held talks with North Korean Premier Kim Yong-Il — no relation to his supreme leader — who told him Pyongyang was open to talks on its nuclear weapons programme, which has drawn United Nations Security Council sanctions backed by Beijing.

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Five dead in latest unrest in far-west China

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Five dead in latest unrest in far-west China

URUMQI, China  – Five people died in unrest this week in the far-west Chinese city of Urumqi, its deputy mayor said on Friday, after a third day of protests which were broken up by police using tear gas.

Han Chinese protesters massed in the capital of the Xinjiang region, angry at authorities they blamed for failing to control a spate of syringe attacks and being slow to bring to trial ethnic Uighurs charged with deadly rioting on July 5.

The demonstrations are a rare direct challenge to the government by middle class urbanites, and could inflame ethnic resentments as Beijing prepares to showcase the nation’s achievements on Oct. 1, the 60th anniversary of Communist rule.

Troops blocked protesters’ access to neighbourhoods that are home to Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking Muslim people native to the energy-rich region.

Faced with deteriorating support among the majority Han Chinese, Beijing dispatched public security minister Meng Jianzhu to Urumqi, where he urged officials to “restore social order as soon as possible”.

The unrest came two months after deadly ethnic riots swept the city, killing at least 197 people, most of them Han Chinese. The July 5 riots began after police stopped Uighurs demonstrating against the deaths of Uighur factory workers attacked by Han co-workers in southern China in late June.

Among the five who died on Thursday, two were “innocent civilians”, while police were still investigating the other deaths, Deputy Mayor Zhang Hong told a news conference. He did not specify the ethnic backgrounds of the dead nor how they died.

On Thursday, thousands of Han Chinese demanded the resignation of the region’s powerful Communist Party secretary, Wang Lequan, who has held the post for 14 years. Friday’s evening television news showed Wang grimly taking notes at a meeting held by public security minister Meng.

Meng repeated government accusations that separatists, trying to stir up instability, were behind the syringe attacks.

“Maintaining stability is the central task of overriding importance in Xinjiang at the present time,” he said.

Twenty-one Uighurs had been detained for the syringe attacks, Zhang said, adding that four have already been indicted. Most of the victims were Han Chinese, he added, but other ethnicities were also attacked.

Alarm spread after government text messages a week ago warned of attacks with syringes. Some parents were afraid to send their children to schools which opened earlier in the week.

In one protest, a group of young Han Chinese men unfurled a Chinese flag and tried to lead a march to the central People’s Square shouting “safety”. Police snatched away the flag, but people returned later to march with some of the red propaganda banners that festoon the city.

Angry crowds confronted paramilitary troops and police at intersections, demanding “more rights for Han people”.

“These Uighurs have been stabbing us with needles,” said a man trying to push through barriers sealing off a Uighur neighbourhood. “We need to take care of the problem.”

For Uighurs, the crowds were a frightening reminder of attacks on their neighbourhoods on July 7 when Han Chinese demanding revenge for the riots two days earlier.

Uighurs said many young men have been detained without cause since July.

“There have been many Uighurs beaten up,” said Arwa Quli, a Uighur woman who paused on her way to work to watch the crowds.

“If you just brush against someone, they might think that you tried to stab them.”

Xinjiang’s population is divided mainly between Uighurs, long the region’s majority group, and Han Chinese, many of whom moved there in recent decades and who now make up about half the population. Most Urumqi residents are Han.

“I think the government has been way too lax towards the Uighurs,” said a Han shop owner who identified himself as Zhang.

“This policy has got to change. We shouldn’t have all these minorities. We should only have one Chinese ethnicity.”

China says Uighurs campaigning for independence are allied with Islamist militants in the region. Deadly bomb attacks have occasionally hit government targets in Xinjiang.

The Xinjiang government, apparently trying to calm tempers, announced on Thursday that 196 suspects have been charged over the July riot. Fifty-one were indicted and will face prosecution.

Urumqi hospitals are treating 531 victims of syringe stabbings, the Xinhua news agency said, with 106 of them “showing obvious signs of needle attacks”.

Rumours of AIDS patients attacking people with hypodermic needles have previously rattled parts of China, but were later shown to be unfounded.

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