Sep. 2012
April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Sept. 2, 2012

Death toll from colliery blast in southwest China's Sichuan Province had climbed to 45, with one still missing, authorities said on Sept. 2, 2012 .

Search was continuing in the Xiaojiawan Coal Mine in Panzhihua City, some 750 km southwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital, according to the press office of the Panzhihua city government.

The mine was struck by a gas blast at around 5 p.m. on Aug. 29, trapping about a third of the 154 miners who were working underground and injuring 54 others, 17 of them seriously.

Initial probe indicated that chaotic management and sheer ignorance of safety rules in the mine, owned by Zhengjin Industry and Trade Co., Ltd., were mainly to blame for the accident.

Sept. 11, 2012

The State Oceanic Administration on Sept. 11, 2012 formally introduced maritime environment forecasting for the sea areas around the Diaoyu Islands.

Calling the move part of its official responsibilities, the administration said in a statement that the Diaoyu Islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times and the surrounding sea areas have been part of the country's traditional territorial waters.

"China has indisputable sovereignty over them," the statement reads.


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