Friday, April 21, 2006

News from Xinjiang

Jinchuan Group Increases its Equity Interest to 13.5% in GobiMin
GobiMin Inc. (the "Company" or "GobiMin")(TSX VENTURE:GMN) and Jinchuan Group Ltd. ("Jinchuan") of the People's Republic of China are pleased to report that Jinchuan has increased its shareholding in the Company to 7,650,000 common shares ("Common Shares"), representing approximately 13.5% of the total outstanding Common Shares of GobiMin.
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Aid for China Orphans Lacking
12-year-old Xiao Ming lifted his dirty quilt to uncover a half-filled bag of flour. "Look, I still have food," he said with a smile to a reporter from China Youth Daily. According to the paper's report on April 17, Xiao Ming has lived mostly alone since his parents died three years ago. His two elder brothers have left home to work. Relatives who live about 100 kilometers away visit once in a while. They brought some pies for him on their last visit, but the pies have since gone moldy. The boy gets most of his meals from neighbors.
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Unit 731 command center to become ruins park
Harin decides to protect the Unit 731 ruins and build it into a world-famous ruins park of the World War II.

During the World War II, the Japanese Army set up Unit 731, and the Unit 731 ruins was a witness of the largest biological warfare research through human experimentation in world wartime history and the remains of the largest biological warfare command center in world history.
This year, Harbin will focus on renovation of the neighboring regions of the Unit 731 ruins and strive to recover their original appearance in history to enable people to see the ferocious acts of Japanese invaders in China.
The National Development and Reform Commission has allotted 30 million yuan for dismantling two residential buildings on one side of Xinjiang Street, where the Unit 731 ruins is located.
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Scientist raises questions over identity of skeleton
A former colleague of Chinese scientist Peng Jiamu says uncertainties still exist about the identity of a skeleton found in Lop Nur Desert where Peng disappeared 26 years ago.
Although the remains revealed many similarities to Peng, a noted biochemist, many questions remained to be answered, said Xia Xuncheng, a former colleague of Peng.
"We can tell from the skeleton's lower jaw that the man had many false teeth, but we're not sure whether Peng had any," said Xia, who is also a Urumqi-based ecologist and geographer with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
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