Successful first flight of China’s Fifth-Generation J-31 Fighter

The report today by entitled “Milestone! Warmly Congratulate the Successful First Flight of China’s AMF Fighter provides 14 photos of the aircraft and its accompanied J-11BS aircrafts.

Captions of the 14 photos

1. According to the information provided by staff of at the site, at 10.31amOctober 31, 2012, the AMF fifth-generation aircraft developed by AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation successfully carried out its first flight. China has thus become the second country in the world that carries simultaneously test flights of the prototypes of two types of fifth-generation aircrafts. Previously only the United States is simultaneously developing two fifth-generation aircrafts, F-22 and F-35

2.     According the information provided by the net friends of, at 10.32am today, the second type of China’s stealth AMF fighter took off. Accompanied by two J-11BS aircrafts, the AMF fighter flew around the airport.

3.     The same as photo 2.

4.     According the information provided by the net friends of, at 10.32am today, the second type of China’s stealth AMF fighter took off.

5.     The J-11BS aircrafts in charge of accompanying the AMF fighter on the day of the first flight.

6.     One of the J-11BS aircrafts in charge of accompanying the AMF fighter on the day of the first flight.

7.     One of the J-11BS aircrafts in charge of accompanying the AMF fighter on the day of the first flight.

8.     The same as Photo 2.

9.     AMF fifth-generation fighter.

At 10.38am, the AMF fifth-generation aircraft flew around the airport at low attitude. At 10.42am, the AMF fifth-generation fighter landed.

10.   AMF fifth-generation fighter.

On October 30, Lin Zuoming, chairman of the board, and Li Yuhai, deputy general manager of the AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corporation went to the speed test center of the company to inspect the work there. They listened to the report on the development of relevant key projects, enquired in detail into the progress of the construction of the new test manufacture center. They expressed solicitude and appreciation to the staff and workers in the test center for their important contributions in the work of research and development for the projects.

11, 12, 13 and 14.   AMF fifth-generation fighter.

Note: It is still unknown whether the new stealth aircraft will be named J-21 or J-31. It is referred to a AMF fighter in this report.

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Migrant workers use internet ‘press conferences’ to fight for back pay

SCMP reports: “Migrant workers pursuing bosses for back pay on the mainland have to be creative, given their low odds of success in petitions and lawsuits.

“Some have taken to prayer, some have arranged for their children to protest on the streets and – in the latest tactic – some have starred in mock government press conferences, with the videos posted on the internet.

“When Quan Wenhua was asked to appear in such a video five months ago to ask her former boss’ business partner to come up with her back pay, she did not expect to become famous. All she knew was that it might help her get the 20,000 yuan (US$3,140) she was owed.

“She is one of more than 100 workers who have been waiting for four years to be paid for their part in building a cemetery in Tianjin’s Hangu district in 2007 and 2008. Their employer, contractor Hei Jinhe, said he was unable to pay them because he had not received payment from the developers – the local funeral affairs administration and an associated company.

“In order to get the money, Hei took a friend’s advice and decided to make a video and put it on the internet in the hope of arousing public attention.”

“In the four-minute video, Quan, using the pseudonym Miao Cuihua, stammered out an imitation of a foreign-ministry spokesman’s speech, urging the Hangu Funeral Affairs Administration to pay 13.8 million yuan (US$2.16 million) to Hei – 3.5 million yuan (US$550,000) of which was owed to his workers.”

“To increase the heat on Hangu’s Civil Affairs Administration, which oversees the funeral bureau and on October 10 denied the accusations in the video, a friend of Hei’s arranged for Quan to show up at a real press conference in Beijing on October 19.”

“Hei was desperate after taking all reasonable measures available to him. A Tianjin court ruled in 2010 that the funeral affairs administration and its associated company should pay him 12 million yuan (US$1.88 million), but the verdict was ignored and petitions in Tianjin and Beijing proved fruitless.”

“Exposing the problem on the internet had helped, Hei said. The Tianjin court summoned him, the district Civil Affairs Bureau, the funeral affairs administration and its associated company for mediation last Wednesday. ‘The chief judge promised me that the case would definitely be solved soon,’ Hei said.

“Believing that her efforts might bear fruit this time, Quan went to her cousin’s home in Tianjin to wait for her money, instead of going home after the Beijing press conference.”

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Protests over industrial projects a challenge for mainland officials

SCMP reports: “Mainlanders are increasingly taking to the streets in protest over industrial development, a phenomenon analysts say is a serious challenge for local officials.

“In the latest case, big demonstrations in the Zhejiang city of Ningbo successfully halted a plan to expand a Sinopec petrochemical complex.”

“Amid widespread distrust of the city government’s pledge to halt a 55.8-billion-yuan (US$8.76 billion) expansion plan, Ningbo deputy mayor Chen Zhongchao spoke on Monday about the abandoned plan to increase production of toxic paraxylene, known as PX, which was the focus of public protests.

“Widely used in paint and plastics, PX can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidneys if inhaled in large quantities. Chronic exposure may be fatal.”

“The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said about 200 protesters were injured by police during the rally. More than 70 were temporarily detained.”

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Billionaire company chief Xu Yusho held for alleged railway bribery

SCMP reports: “Invengo Information Technology president Xu Yusho, who is also a member of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress, was taken into custody by Shenzhen authorities after a request from the Zhengzhou Railway Bureau in Henan province, prosecutors said late on Monday.

“Xu, 47, ranked in the top 500 of the Hurun Rich List in 2009, with 2.2 billion yuan (US$345 million) in assets.

“Invengo is one of two providers of radio frequency identification tags and readers for the Railways Ministry. The company derived more than half of its revenue from railway contracts in 2010.

“Prosecutors, who made the announcement on their official microblog, said the congress’ Standing Committee approved Xu’s detention on Wednesday.”

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Retired leader Li Peng seeks to show influence ahead of congress

SCMP reports: “Ex-premier and other retired leaders seek the limelight in pre-congress political jockeying

“Former premier Li Peng has thrust himself into the public eye before next week’s party congress by donating 3 million yuan (HK$3.7 million) to a scholarship for poor university students in Yanan, the Communist Party’s old revolutionary base in Shaanxi.

“The source of the money was the proceeds of books Li wrote in retirement, CCTV reported yesterday.

“Li’s public foray came just a few days after his successor, Zhu Rongji, and Vice-Premier Wang Qishan met the advisory board of Tsinghua University’s business school last Wednesday. Zhu is the school’s founding dean; Wang, a front runner for promotion to the Politburo Standing Committee, is an honorary board member.

“Retired leaders traditionally stay out of the limelight, except on politically symbolic events such as National Day. But Li, Zhu and former president Jiang Zemin have re-emerged several times in recent months.”

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Trial Flight of China’s Second Fifth-Generation Aircraft J-31 Soon

China Quickly Develops 2 Types of Fifth-Generalion Aircrafts

Recently, the photo of a  J-31 being fine-tuned for trial flight is posted on the Internet. Some sources say that first flight of J-31 fighter will be carried out in the near future. At present, all preparatory work has been completed. China will soon become a country that conducts trial flights of two types of fifth-generation aircrafts.

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Wen’s Son Authorized Refuting NYT, Further Actions Considered

According to Ming Pao, Lawyer Wang Weidong who represented Wen Jiabao’s family to refute New York Times (NYT) report on the family’s wealth revealed to Ming Pao that they issued the statement with Wen Jiabao’s son’s authorization. Some Beijing lawyers believe that the statement aims at expressing the family’s attitude and there is relatively low possibility of actual lawsuit against NYT.

Wang Weidong confirmed yesterday that he issued the statement after he was authorized by Wen Yunsong. He said that the two lawyers are still reading NYT’s long report. He said, “They have said many things” and that he may issue one more statement if necessary. At the question whether they will sue NYT, Wang said, “It is hard to tell,” and refused to reveal the details. When Wang was interviewed by Wall Street Journal, he also said that consideration is being made on further actions.

The other lawyer Bai Tao has so far given no response to Ming Pao’s e-mail queries.

Hong Lei, spokesman of Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed for the first time yesterday that Wen Jiabao’s family had issued a statement through their lawyers. He said that the Chinese Communist Party has led Chinese people to “obtain glorious achievements”, but there have always some influential people in the world who are unhappy to see China grow stronger and “try any means to smear China and Chinese leaders” in order to sow instability in China.

He said that such schemes were doomed to failure and the Party, government and people will “surmont any interference and steadfastly and bravely march forward on their road of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

Chinese official media published articles of counterattack against NYT. A signed article on listed NYT’s scandals over the past few years such as plagiary and trainee reporter passing for full-time reporter. The article also quoted an NYT’s loyal reader’s words pointing out that NYT was not trustworthy as it had become a propaganda tool of the government and some consortiums. However, they all said nothing at all about the report of Wen family’s wealth and NYT’s websites remain blocked.

In response to Chinese side’s denouncement, NYT said the day before yesterday that the report on Wen family’s wealth is an example of the paper’s quality investigative journalism and “We are standing by our story”.

There is rumor that foreign media in Beijing have received a very thick report from NYT, giving detailed information about Wen family including their names and investment that has even been certified by some audit institutions. However the reporters stationed in China from quite a few foreign media including Dong Fang of the Voice of America all said they have not received such reports.

North Korean First Lady Reappears after 50 Days of Absence

Ming Pao reports: According to North Korean official Korean Central News Agency, Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju yesterday attended the performance of an orchestra that marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of Kim Il-sung Comprehensive Military University.

The agency says, “Our party and people’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju watched the performance together. At that time, the theater was filled with shouts of ‘Long Live’.”

Ri accompanied Kim in various occasions last July and August, but has suddenly disappeared from public scene since September and given rise to various speculations.

Some guessed that she was pregnant, but others said that perhaps some senior military leaders had showed aversion to Ri’s public activities.

From lawyer to leader, Li Keqiang will be best-educated leader yet

SCMP’s Cary Huang reports from Beijing: “The next premier is likely to be the best educated since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, who holds postgraduate degrees in law and economics from prestigious Peking University, due to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao in March.

“At university, Li studied the ideas of leading British judges and mixed with democracy advocates, leading some to hope his premiership will herald significant political change in the world’s last major communist-ruled nation.”

“A member of the first group of students admitted to university after late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping ordered the resumption of the university entrance exam in 1977, following the chaos of the Cultural Revolution, Li studied law under Professor Gong Xiangrui , an expert on Western constitutional law who had studied in Britain in the 1930s. Li followed that with a PhD in economics under Li Yining, the mainland’s market reform guru.”

“Li is one of the few top leaders fluent in English, surprising observers during a visit to Hong Kong last year when he broke with protocol and addressed an event at the University of Hong Kong in English. His wife, Cheng Hong, is a linguistics professor and an expert on American literature who has translated several modern American works into Chinese.”

“He started his political career as secretary of the youth league at Peking University and went on to become a member of the secretariat of the league’s central committee in 1985, when Hu headed the secretariat. He was appointed president of the league’s Chinese Youth Political Academy in 1993 and also headed the league’s secretariat from 1993 to 1998.

“In 1999, Li became the mainland’s youngest governor – and the first with a PhD – when he was appointed to head the central province of Henan at the age of 43. He became Henan party secretary in 2003 and Liaoning party boss in 2004.

“He won promotion to the central leadership in late 2007, becoming a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, and was made executive vice-premier in March 2008.”

“Li reportedly plunged into campus politics as reformist ideas galvanised students, befriending freethinkers who went on to become dissidents in exile, and helping to translate The Due Process of Law by famed English jurist Lord Denning.

“Former classmate and prominent dissident Wang Jintao, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1994 after being sentenced to 13 years in jail for supporting the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy movement, said Li was outspoken and quick-witted on campus.

“Both were active student leaders and Wang said he was so impressed with Li’s speeches he nominated him to be chairman of a student congress.

“Wang said he was surprised his former classmate had remained in the bureaucracy for so many years because Li had expressed his dislike for the bureaucratic way of doing things.

“‘On campus, Li Keqiang was a student with an active mind and sharp words,’ Wang wrote in a memoir. ‘He has his own independent thinking and preferences. But he will not challenge authority on major issues. He is also a person who wants to have big personal accomplishments.’

“Another exiled dissident, Hu Ping, recalled that in 1980 Li, then a member of the official student union, backed controversial campus elections contested by Hu and other pro-democracy activists. Party conservatives were aghast at the radical experiment.

“‘After the election, I talked to him about elections, democracy and the political future of China,’ Hu Ping told overseas media.

“At the university, Li attached himself to Professor Gong, whose classes became a seedbed for exotic, liberal ideas. Gong had earned his PhD at the London School of Economics and was also a student of Qian Duansheng, a Harvard professor in the 1930s who was the founder of constitutional law studies in contemporary China and also a key drafter of several Kuomintang and Communist constitutions.

“Gong organised Li and two other students to translate The Due Process of Law.

“‘As a student of Gong at an age when a person’s value framework is set and as a translator of the great British work, he must have deep belief in the rule of law and modern constitutional systems,’ another of Gong’s former students said.”

“Li, born into a traditional Chinese bureaucrat’s family, also underwent systematic training in Chinese philosophy and culture before he was admitted to university.

“His father was a county magistrate who later became the official in charge of relics and historical records in Anhui province. The younger Li was taught to recite many classical Chinese works when he was a child.”

“A former China Youth League official described Li as cautious and prudent. ‘He’s seldom the first to speak up or lose his composure in conversations or meetings,’ the former colleague said. ‘And he also never lost his temper, at least in my memory.’”

“Like the incumbent Wen, Li has been at the centre of reports about his family’s business interests. Research by Cheng Li shows that his brother, Li Keming, holds a key position in the tobacco industry as deputy director of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration.”

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China Li Keqiang’s wife, a low-profile scholar

SCMP report on premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang’s wife Cheng Hong: Cheng is a leading expert on American nature writing, but she no longer teaches students.

SCMP says, “Like many who lived through the Cultural Revolution, Cheng Hong felt she’d had enough excitement to last a lifetime. It was in 1995, while she was a visiting scholar in the United States at Brown University, Rhode Island, that these thoughts crystallised.

“Cheng, wife of premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang, revealed how she developed her interest in writings on nature and ecology during her stay in New England in her book Tranquillity Is Beyond Price, published a decade later.”

“‘Cheng comes back to our university on an extremely rare basis, and most our staff members are not in contact with her,’ said a professor from the same English department. ‘She was still teaching English and American literature for postgraduate students when her husband was the top leader of Liaoning province. But ever since Li Keqiang assumed his role inside the central Politburo, she has given up any course workloads.’”

“It has become almost routine for relatives of top leaders to become very wealthy during their family members’ leadership. But people interviewed by the Post say Cheng is a serious scholar with no business interests.

“One professor said Cheng was once put forward by university officials to become dean of the department, but she refused. ‘Cheng is a dedicated scholar who prefers to concentrate on her work. She treats others with sincerity and courtesy,’ said the professor, who also teaches English literature in the department.”

“One graduate of the English department described Cheng as a strong competent teacher of English literature and a researcher who has made an impact in her chosen field.

“She is also considered one of the leading Chinese scholars of American nature writing, having published two books on the subject and translated several books from English to Chinese.

“‘Her studies definitely played a role in popularising nature literature in China,’ said one literary critic based in Guangzhou. ‘None of the wives of high-level officials have such English ability and writing skills. Cheng’s books are beautifully written’.”

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