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Over One-third of Irradiated Food in the World Produced in China

China has a 50 years history of food irradiation. Irradiation, a new sterilization preservation technology, has been widely used in China to preserve grain, vegetables, fruit, meat, spices, and Chinese herbal medicine.  According to research that the Chinese Society of Nuclear Agricultural Sciences did, by 2005, China’s irradiated food production reached 145,000 tons, accounting for 36 percent of the total irradiated food in the world. However, few Chinese knew that the food they ate might have been irradiated. 

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Xingtai Government Denied the Fact that They Released Reservoir Flood Water

According to a Beijing News article published on July 23, 2016, it has been confirmed that nine villagers from Daxian Village, Xingtai City drowned in a sudden flood on July 20, 2016. [Editor’s note: RFA previously reported the number of casualties in Daxian Village in an article published on July 22, 2016.] According to the updated official statistics that Xingtai City released at 11:30 am on July 22, 2016, nine people drowned and 11 are missing as a result of the recent flood.

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RFA: Without Warning, 18 Reservoirs Released Flood Water after Midnight; Many Died in Their Sleep

According to Radio Free Asia, on July 22, 2016, Hebei Province officials in Shijiazhuang, Handan, Xingtai, Baoding opened the gates of 18 reservoirs to release flood water without any warning. Netizens said on the Internet: Flooding in Xingtai is a man-made disaster. The Xingtai government opened the reservoir gates to release water at 2:00 am without any warning. Many villagers, at least over 50 people at that time, drowned in their sleep. Many children drowned. The Xingtai government did not provide any aid, and no electricity was available. The government has also censored flood related information.

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Knight Island Criticized the Central Communist Youth League over the Zhao Wei Incident

Because of attacks in a series of articles from the Central Communist Youth League and many other accusations posted on China’s Internet, the “Zhao Wei Incident” recently became a hot topic on the Internet in Mainland China. The Wall Street Journal published an article titled, “Taiwanese Actor Leon Dai Loses Part in Zhao Wei Film After Political Pressure in China.” Taiwanese movie actor Leon Dai lost a major role in Mainland Chinese director Zhao Wei’s movie because he supported the “sunflower movement” in Taiwan in 2014 and he made positive comments about gala shows that Falun Gong practitioners had launched [the Shen Yun Performing Arts show in 2016].

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VOA: He Qinglian on the Man-Made Factors Causing Severe Floods in China

On July 10, 2016, VOA published an article by He Qinglian, a well-known Chinese scholar in now lives in the U.S. The article discusses the man-made factors that have caused the floods in China, particularly in Hubei Province. He points out that there are two major reasons behind the flooding this year: 1) The Three Gorges Dam, 2) The Disappearance of Lakes. 

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Xinhua and CCTV’s Changed Answers about Three Gorges Dam’s Flood Control Capability

On July 8, 2016, Blog China posted an article analyzing the recent occurrence of massive floods in the Yangtze River basin. After having presented the damage and death toll caused by the floods, the writer of the article asked what happened to the Three Gorges Dam. Didn’t the government claim that the Three Gorges Dam would stop a flood as huge as one that happened once in 100 centuries?

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