With the Rare Earth Elements being in the news at the moment in terms of China’s production thereof and the WTO I thought it a good idea to take a look at exactly what these elements are(via MINING.com)
Here’s an unpleasant bit of new evidence, from a respectable Japanese think tank. The rising red line above shows Japanese people who don’t like China. The rising purple line is Chinese people who don’t like Japan.
The plummeting blue and green lines are people in each country who like the other. You can list explanations for these trends. Japanese leaders have made repeated inflammatory visits to the wartime Yasukuni shrine; Chinese state media have run nonstop anti-Japanese war dramas on TV; both sides have pushed the dispute over the Diaoyu / Senkaku islands. You can also think of officials in each country who would back off (and have, in the past few months) if the hostile attitudes threatened to provoke actual hostilities.
"That demographics will cease to be a positive for China’s economic growth and start to have a negative impact is an issue of great concern to local analysts and economists and has sparked fears the nation will grow old before it grows rich," said Nomura Economist Richard Koo in a new note to clients…. The dependency ratio generally relates the number of people in the labor force to those who are too young or too old to work. (via Business Insider)
China’s manned space program is now entering its second decade, with ambitious plans including a permanent space station, manned lunar missions, and a possible manned mission to Mars in 2040-2060. Two weeks ago, the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft landed safely with a crew of three in inner Mongolia. The mission was the longest yet for China — 15 days in orbit, including a successful docking with the Tiangong-1 Space Laboratory, the first module in a planned space station. To date, China has successfully put eight astronauts into orbit in five missions. Chinese authorities are vague about announcing future missions, so no specific launch dates have been announced for Shenzou-11 or Tiangong-2 (2nd module of the Tiangong program space station). gathered here are images of the Shenzhou-10 mission, and several other highlights from the past decade of Chinese manned spaceflight.
Africa’s first “container hospital,” developed by Chinese scientists, could be ready for use by the end of the month after two years of development. It will be located in either Cameroon or Namibia, depending on government approval.
Its developers say that the hospital’s ten component containers can be slotted together in different configurations, like toy blocks, depending on individual countries’ needs. Each hospital consists of ten containers with rooms for general clinics, waiting patients, treatments, a pharmacy and back-up power supply. The hospitals developers say they can be used for decades if properly maintained, and are intended for long-term service. It is hoped that several African countries will eventually benefit.