December 9, 1993 |
A Chinese businessman with a surgeon's knife hijacked a Chinese passenger plane to Taiwan on Wednesday. It was the eighth hijacking from China to Taiwan since April. The China Northern Airlines MD-82 with 129 passengers and eight crew was hijacked en route from Qingdao in northeast China to Fuzhou in the southeast. The same plane had been hijacked Nov. 12. Gao Jun, 25, from Shandong province, threatened a crew member with a knife, police said.
October 1, 1986
U.S. warships will visit China for the first time under an agreement between Peking and the Washington on port calls by ships capable of carrying nuclear weapons. A port call scheduled for May, 1985, was postponed after Peking complained over this issue. The agreement was announced by Defense Minister Zhang Aiping, who gave no details. He said that U.S. naval vessels could visit the East China Sea port of Qingdao as early as this month. Secretary of Defense Caspar W.
April 28, 2008 |
At least 66 people were killed and 247 were injured when a passenger train derailed early today and slammed into another train in eastern China, state-run media reported. Witnesses said a train traveling from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao hit another traveling from Yantai to Xuzhou about 4:40 a.m. in the city of Zibo, New China News Agency said. News photos showed the derailed train in a ditch, with rescuers removing passengers from one of several carriages that had fallen over.
July 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Like a bright green shag carpet mutating uncontrollably, an algae bloom twice the area of Los Angeles County has engulfed the Chinese coast around the city of Qingdao and buried beaches knee-high in grass-like material. Bulldozers and brigades of workers with pitchforks have been deployed to clean up the algae, called Enteromorpha prolifera, which began to appear a month ago. Though crews are hauling away hundreds of tons of the material per day, it's unclear whether they're even keeping pace with the growth.
April 16, 1987 |
China's air force commander, Wang Hai, left Beijing on Wednesday for an official visit to the United States at the invitation of U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Welch, the New China News Agency said. The Chinese air force chief's official trip follows a visit to Washington by Yang Dezhi, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, and a visit by U.S. warships to the east China port of Qingdao in 1986. China agreed last year to buy $550 million worth of U.S.
August 23, 1985 |
Nearly 1 million civilians and soldiers battled severe flooding in four provinces Thursday after a destructive sweep by Typhoon Mamie that killed at least 16 people in northeastern China. Winds and rains ruined homes and crops in Shandong, Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces, Chinese radio and newspaper reports said. The official New China News Agency said the typhoon struck Monday in Qingdao, 350 miles southeast of Peking, and then blew north over Bohai Bay to batter Dalian.
July 11, 1998 |
A Chinese dissident detained nearly seven weeks ago has been formally charged and barred from seeing his lawyer, a group of exiled democracy campaigners said Friday. Although Chen Zengxiang's family hired a lawyer at the direction of authorities, he has not been allowed to see Chen because police said the case "touched on state secrets," the New York-based Chinese Democratic Justice Party said.
December 14, 1986
The City Council is seeking a sister city in the Soviet Union. The City Council last week endorsed a bid by a group of residents who will travel to Moscow later this month seeking a sister city for Long Beach. Hundreds of American cities have adopted sister cities in foreign countries under a federally funded program. But only half a dozen of those relationships have involved ties to Soviet cities, Long Beach officials said.
August 14, 1989 |
Lightning set fuel tanks ablaze at an oil depot in the coastal city of Qingdao, and official reports Sunday said five firefighters were killed, at least 12 people are missing and 86 injured. Fires were extinguished in five tanks by Sunday night, about 36 hours after the fire started, leaving one tank still ablaze, the official New China News Agency said.