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July 17, 1990 | Associated Press
China on Monday launched a new rocket with the ability to carry an eight-ton satellite into low-level Earth orbit, the official New China News Agency reported. The improved Long March 2 rocket, with four boosters, carried a dummy satellite and a small, experimental Pakistani satellite when it blasted off from the Xichang launch site in southwest China's Sichuan province. China entered the international satellite launching business in April when it sent aloft a U.S.
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December 25, 1987 | From Reuters
Twenty-six men have been sent to prison for killing and skinning giant pandas in China's southwestern Sichuan province, the China News Service said. The sentences ranged from three years to life. The agency said on Wednesday that the men killed six pandas, a protected species in China, and tried to smuggle their skins abroad for sale. They also skinned 16 pandas that had starved to death because of a shortage of the pandas' staple food, arrow bamboo.
SPORTS
July 2, 2008 | Chuck Culpepper, Special to The Times
WIMBLEDON, England -- As an exhilarating and surprising Wimbledon semifinalist, Zheng Jie will win at least 187,500 British pounds, which on Tuesday came to almost $374,000 -- about 20% of her $1.815 million in career earnings. Hailing from Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the epicenter of the May 12 earthquake, she plans on giving an undetermined percentage of her winnings to earthquake relief. "Yeah, it's hard for me because in China, sometimes it's a different pressure," she said.
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April 8, 1992 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sign that China intends to develop great-power prestige in the coming decades, the government announced Tuesday that it plans to send astronauts into space by the year 2000. China will first develop the technology for a manned spacecraft and conduct practice launches with no astronauts aboard, the official New China News Agency reported, quoting a document released by the State Commission of Science and Technology. Then the manned flights will occur, the agency said.
SCIENCE
December 2, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Welcome to the lunar club, China. A rocket carrying a moon rover blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday (9:30 a.m. Sunday Pacific time). The mission, called Chang'e 3, will be the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon since 1976, when the Soviet Union sent up a sample-collecting mission called Luna 24. Chang'e 3 follows two other Chinese lunar missions: Orbiter Chang'e 1 launched in 2007 to take a map of the entire lunar surface, and Chang'e 2 blasted off in 2010 to check out the moon before traveling to other points of interest in space.
NEWS
April 22, 1990 | JANET SNYDER, REUTERS
The recent discovery of a way to speed up bamboo flowering, hailed as the salvation of the giant panda, was a waste of effort, according to a Chinese expert who says inbreeding could be the end of the endangered animals. Indian researchers announced in March that they had developed a revolutionary process to cause bamboo, the panda's only food source, to flower and produce seeds decades earlier than its normal life cycle.
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July 5, 1992 | CHARLENE L. FU, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A cemetery official stopped a man with a three-foot-tall paper house from performing the centuries-old ritual of burning paper offerings at a relative's grave. "That's superstition!" the official snapped. The man pointed to countless other people burning incense and fake paper money at graves and protested, "But all of this is superstition."
BUSINESS
March 28, 1996 | EVELYN IRITANI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mou Qizhong is known in China for excess. Not personal extravagance, mind you, but a philosophical excess of the sort that would lead one to advertise a new venture as "the biggest business opportunity in human history." The wealthy Chinese entrepreneur (no longer an oxymoronic concept) is a legend within his own country for taking to heart Deng Xiaoping's slogan "To get rich is glorious." Mou remains, like many of Asia's wealthy, a relative unknown in the West. But that may be about to change.
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June 17, 1989 | K. SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
While the world watched in horror as army troops and tanks brutally suppressed protesters around Beijing's Tian An Men Square on June 4, a similarly violent confrontation took place in this provincial capital, off camera and out of sight to all but a few Western observers. The details may never be fully known, but what is certain is that thousands of Chengdu residents defied authorities by rushing to defend a student-led demonstration from an attack by police, and that some paid with their lives.
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February 28, 1985 | MARY BARBER, Times Staff Writer
At the Allendale Branch of the Pasadena Public Library you can get books five days a week, storytelling on Tuesday afternoons, and won-ton soup and mu shu pork on certain Mondays. The unconventional fare is the offering of librarian Janet Woo, who is so accustomed to unconventional living that, for her, cooking Chinese meals in a public library seems reasonable. She and her mother, Weiling Chien, teach simple Chinese cookery at 10:30 a.m.
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