Your daily briefing on China

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-12 14:36:18|Editor: Liu
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BEIJING -- A draft plan to turn the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao greater bay area into the world's largest bay area in terms of GDP by 2030 has been filed with the national economic planner, according to an official.

The plan for the development of a city cluster in the greater bay area, covering the majority of China's Cantonese-speaking regions, was forwarded to the National Development and Reform Commission at the end of June, said Wu Weibao, deputy head of Guangdong's development and reform commission.

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CHENGDU -- There seems to be no end to the Chinese police's creativity in teaching motorists and pedestrians to obey traffic rules. After facial scans, the latest is the "3D" zebra crossing.

At two busy urban intersections in the southwest city of Chengdu, police drew the usually flat zebra strips with shading and perspective to make them "rise" from the road. The stripes were also painted in blue, yellow, and white, instead of the traditional white color.

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BENI SUEF, Egypt -- The first gas regulator station operated by a Chinese company in Egypt will be operational in September, a company representative said Tuesday.

The Beni Suef station, operated by China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation (CPTDC), a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), will start pumping natural gas in September, Qitang Li, a CPTDC representative in Cairo told Xinhua.

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TIANJIN -- Volkswagen Group China made record sales in the first half of 2017 in China, driven by strong SUV sales, the company said Tuesday.

Volkswagen delivered nearly 1.4 million vehicles to the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong from January to June this year. In June alone, Volkswagen's year-on-year sales rose by 5.4 percent, according to Stephan Wollenstein, CEO of Volkswagen China Passenger Cars Brand.

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HOHHOT -- Eight people were killed and two others injured after a collapse at a construction site in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Tuesday.

The accident, which happened at 5:20 p.m. in Ejin Horo Banner, Ordos city, initially left eight severely injured and two slightly injured. They were all sent to a local hospital, but the eight severely injured died Wednesday morning, according to the emergency rescue headquarters.