China's He completes hat-trick of world 3m titles

July 26, 2013

He, 26, claimed gold with a score of 544.95 points from Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov's 508.00 and Mexico's Yahell Castillo, who tallied 498.30. Having won men's 3m synchronised gold on Tuesday with parter Qin Kai, who finished fifth on Friday, this was He's fifth gold medal at a world aquatic championships. It brought China's tally to seven golds from eight diving events in Barcelona with two more events to come. Olympic champion Ilya Zakharov failed to qualify for the final after the 22-year-old Russian struggled in Thursday's preliminary round, then missed out on one of the 12 places in the final. Zakharov caused a shock at the 2012 London Olympics by winning the 3m crown ahead of Qin and He, who between them had won the three preceding world titles.

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Separately, China central bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan wrote in Peoples Daily today that the nation still faces large downward pressure on the economy. He reiterated that the country will pursue a prudent monetary policy and reasonable levels of money supply and credit, according to the article in the Communist Party newspaper. The industry ministry said on July 24 that China will accelerate the phase-out of overcapacity in the second half of this year. China is struggling to meet its annual economic growth target amid signs of weakening manufacturing. A preliminary reading on July 24 for a Purchasing Managers Index released by web link HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics was 47.7, which if confirmed in the final report Aug. 1, would be the lowest in 11 months.

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Xi Jinping is a reformist, but not in the Western sense, Professor Liu explains. He doesnt think Western theories of democracy and modernization can help solve Chinas problems. Reform? What kind of reform? Rather, Xi believes in the Communist Party and in its unchallenged rule. But the party he has inherited bloated, bureaucratic, and corrupt has largely lost the trust of ordinary Chinese citizens.

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"The Chinese government never does anything without a reason. China could be using these investigations partly to clean house and to also drive prices down," said Philip Urofsky at law firm Shearman & Sterling, who previously worked at the U.S. Department of Justice on cases involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Big premium for foreign medicine Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other groups shows how China's drugs market has been thrown out of kilter by a system that effectively encourages public hospitals to prescribe large amounts of expensive medicine to earn revenue, given cuts in government subsidies over 30 years. "In China, a very high proportion of health expenditure is spent on medicines, which reflects both over-consumption and high prices," said Hans Hogerzeil, a professor of global health at the University of Groningen and a former WHO director of medicines policy.

China Ships Ply Disputed Waters as Japan Mulls Marine Forces

In order to get into the finer distinctions of Chinese cuisine, researchers at the Beijing Computational Science Research Center put together this great culinary map of China. MIT Technology Review MIT Technology Review tells us a bit more about how they did it: They began by downloading all the recipes from a Chinese recipe website called Meishijie. This contained almost 8500 recipes based on nearly 3000 ingredients. They grouped the recipes according to their origin in one of 20 regions. Finally they created a food web consisting of the set of all recipes on the set of all ingredients. Where recipe contains an ingredient they draw a link between them. Since each recipe belongs to anyone regional cuisines these links can then also be categorised into cuisines.

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I can see the China Coast Guard being able to draw upon many review more ships than before, said Gary Li, a senior analyst for IHS Maritime in Beijing, adding that the increase in capabilities brings China onto an equal footing with Japan. The incident came just as Japans Defense Ministry released a report recommending that the country expand its fledgling marine force, start using drones to patrol its waters and consider developing the ability to strike foreign targets. The report partially echoes proposals put forward in May by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, although it contains fewer specifics and avoids the question of whether Japan should let its armed forces defend allies. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dropped the defense plan approved by the prior administration and is seeking to create a more robust one by the end of the year. Abe, who took office in December, backed Japans first defense budget increase in 11 years. Scope for change is limited by a restricted budget in the worlds most-indebted country and by caution on the part of his Buddhist-backed coalition ally New Komeito. Spending Constrained One of the most contentious proposals is to what extent Japan could obtain the ability to preemptively strike against an aggressor.

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