Fugitive Guo Wengui is suspected of collusion with air traffic control and Hainan Airlines staff to obtain passengers’ personal information, according to Chinese police.

Guo, who is listed on the Interpol red notice of wanted fugitives, is also suspected of fabricating and distorting information to mislead the public, police said, citing a case on personal information infringement involving Guo.

Song Jun, 47, who had been working for civil aviation air traffic control for more than 20 years, and Ma Cong, from Hainan Airlines, were arrested by police in June this year for suspected personal information infringements in this case.

[Guo] betrays anyone for money, including the country and his loved ones, said Song, adding that his dealings with Guo have ruined his family.

Song first met Guo in 2009. In August 2015, Guo asked Song to provide flight information of several business passengers.

Guo, who had fled overseas at the time, said that he would like to better understand China’s economic situation through the travel information of entrepreneurs, Song said.

He promised to help me emigrate to Britain, purchase a house, and look after my daughter who was studying there, Song said.

Guo also attempted to collect personal information of political figures and celebrities from the Middle East and the United States, as well as their relatives, Song said.

From December 2015 to March 2017, Song and Ma shared 561 pieces of flight information concerning 146 Hainan Airlines passengers with Guo, police investigation showed.

Guo then fabricated stories using the flight information, claiming that the information had been provided by Ma Jian, former vice minister of state security, police said.

Guo created stories of love affairs between men and women who traveled on the same flight, Song said.

Police found Guo had released such stories via overseas media outlets and online video platforms.

Last month, a Chinese court ruled that Guo, who controlled Beijing Pangu Investment Co., Ltd., had directed three individuals to apply for loans from banks using fake contracts, stamps, and financial statements.

The three have received prison terms for fraudulently obtaining loans and foreign exchange.

Kaifeng People’s Procuratorate in central China’s Henan Province has also initiated a public prosecution against Guo’s Henan Yuda Real Estate Company and its employees, on charges of defrauding loans and bill acceptance.

About 1,000 Chinese are about to start a three-month road trip to Russia, the China National Tourism Administration said on Tuesday.

The event will begin in Hunan and Shaanxi provinces on June 28, with people from the two areas driving to Beijing for an opening ceremony on July 1.

Participants will then drive to Manzhouli, a city in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region that borders Russia. They will enter Russia on July 5 and attend a launch ceremony in Moscow.

After the ceremony, participants will be divided into three groups and take road trips along three different routes: Moscow to Ulyanovsk, a city about 900 kilometers east of the capital; Moscow to Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia; and Moscow to St. Petersburg.

During their trips, participants will visit a series of red tourism destinations, including the former residence and the tomb of Vladimir Lenin, a Russian communist revolutionary and politician, and a building near suburban Moscow where the sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held in 1928, which is now a museum.

Xue Yaping, a senior official with the administration, said the event has been organized to boost exchanges and cooperation between China and Russia on red tourism, while deepening ties between people in the two countries.

Tourism authorities and associations in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Hunan and Shaanxi, as well as travel agencies and car rental companies in Beijing, are supporting the event, Xue said.

Four 3-year-old pandas enjoyed the first snow of 2018 at Shenyang Forest Zoological Garden, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. Pu Pu, Fa Fa, Bing Qing and Bing Hua from Sichuan province stayed in Shenyang for about six months. It rarely snows in the pandas’ home region of Sichuan, so finding pandas in the snow became a unique sight. (journalist Wu Yong Zhu Lin Video Yang Yuting)

CHANGSHA — A total of 44 people have been died or missing after floods hit Ningxiang county in Central China’s Hunan province, local flood prevention headquarters said Friday.

Heavy downpours pounded the county since June 22, leading to the area’s worst natural disaster in 60 years. A total of 44 people died or remain unaccounted for, the headquarters said.

About 815,000 people, or 56 percent of the county’s population, suffered property losses in the floods, it said.

In Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to the south, flood left 20 people dead and 14 missing. Around 20,000 houses collapsed or were damaged.

BEIJING — China’s consumer quality watchdog said that 35,000 tonnes of imported food products failed to pass quality inspections last year, up 325.2 percent year on year.

Those products, coming from 82 countries and regions, had a total value of $56.54 million, up 135.5 percent year on year, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a white paper.

They failed examinations due to incompliance with Chinese laws, regulations and standards, and thus were not permitted to enter China, the paper said.

Top reasons for their failures included excessive amounts of additives, microbial contamination and substandard quality.

The administration described the safety situation of imported food as generally stable.

In 2016, the administration improved the supervision network for imported food and conducted strict inspection and quarantine to ensure food safety, according to the paper.

There were no major safety problems associated with imported food in the entire year, the authority said.

As people’s lives improve, demand for imported food products has risen consistently. In the past five years, the value of China’s food imports rose by an annualized rate of 2.6 percent.

Fellow police officers pay their final respects to Gao Guangxi, former chief of the Chengnan police station, at his funeral in Haian, Jiangsu province, on July 4. Gao died at work on July 1.Gu Huaxia / For China Daily

The sudden death of a police officer after he worked 36 straight hours, saddened tens of thousands of people in Jiangsu province’s Haian county.

On July 4, thousands of residents attended the funeral of the 48-year-old officer, Gao Guangxi. He was the director of the Chengnan police station in downtown Haian and had worked in law enforcement for 24 years.

Gao was found unconscious in front of his desk by Zhang Jianhua, a colleague who received a phone call from Gao’s wife, Yang Mei, asking him to check on Gao around 6:30 pm on July 1 after failing to reach him many times.

Gao was on a 24-hour shift on June 30. Instead of going home for rest the next day, he attended an early meeting and then visited 20 branches of the station, which has jurisdiction over 30 square kilometers and about 120,000 people.

“It’s not unusual for him to work 24 hours straight,” said Lu Xuqing, deputy director of the station. “We work at one of the busiest stations in the downtown area, and sometimes cases flood the station.”

The station handles about 15,000 cases every year, according to Ge Naijing, an officer at the Haian public security bureau.

In cases that could be mediated, Gao often negotiated patiently. About 99 percent of such cases are settled this way, Ge said.

“Gao was a good police officer and a loving father as well,” Ge said. “The only person he forgot to take care of was himself.”

Gao’s family members wept throughout his funeral. Yang, his wife, was seriously burned during a gas explosion in 1995.

Their only child, a daughter, attends college in neighboring Xuzhou. Ge said he and Gao visited police departments in some cities together in April. Gao made time during the busy trip to be with his daughter and said he must keep his promise to be a good father.

As the breadwinner of the family, Gao supported not only his relatives but also 19 poor children, seniors and laid-off workers under the station’s jurisdiction. He had donated nearly 50,000 yuan ($7,350) personally and raised more than 500,000 yuan for 800 people in need since 2007.

Also in 2007, he founded a volunteer group, Love Harbor, which attracted 23 police officers to help the children of criminals, poor families and seniors who had nobody to rely on.

“It’s hard to accept that a person you are familiar with has gone forever,” Ge said. “May he rest in peace.”

Bu Xin (second from left), executive from VIA Optronics, hands over presents to left-behind children from Chenxiaozhai village in Anhui province on Friday afternoon. [By Zhu Lixin/chinadaily.com.cn]

VIA Optronics (Suzhou), a German company based in Suzhou city of East China’s Jiangsu province, sent a batch of employees to Anhui province’s Lyuzhai Township to visit some left-behind children and impoverished households, as a response to China Daily’s previous reports about the poverty-stricken area.

The staff members arrived at Lyuzhai, which is over 600 kilometers from Suzhou, on Friday morning and visited the township’s Zhanglaozhuang primary school in Chenxiaozhai village in the afternoon.

As one of the largest primary schools in Lyuzhai, the school has more than 400 students, of whom most are left-behind children with parents migrating to cities for work.

The company donated sports products and books to the school and gave each of the 20 children who were on summer vacation and returned to the school for the visit presents, including stationery, toys and table lamps.

On Saturday morning, the VIA employees visited 10 of the most desperate households in Guhe village and brought them daily life necessities including electric fans and food.

With a population of nearly 6,000, Guhe is one of the poorest villages in the province. Though the situation has improved significantly in the last years, dozens of the households are still living in desperate conditions.

Bu Xin, executive from the German firm, said, “We learned about the villages from China Daily and there would be more visits in the future, as we are considering providing more help to the villagers.”

China Daily sent six reporters to villages nationwide to live for a month, starting from the end of April, and take a look at how people are working under China’s poverty eradication plan.

SHENZHEN – A knife-wielding man who killed two people Sunday night in a south China Walmart outlet is unemployed and conducted the attack alone, police said.

The 30-year-old suspect, surnamed Jiang, has been detained after attacking people with a kitchen knife in Bao’an District, Shenzhen City, at around 9 pm, Shenzhen police said. Nine people are receiving treatment after sustaining injuries.

According to Jiang’s family, he hails from the southwestern municipality of Chongqing and became a migrant worker in 2014. The family posted a notice inquiring about Jiang’s whereabouts in September 2015 after he lost contact with the family.

In the notice, the family claimed Jiang has a mental illness.

According to Shenzhen police, Jiang was clear-minded when he was questioned. A medical evaluation will be conducted to confirm his mental state.

Authorities say fake trademarks threaten public health, city’s image

Food and liquor brands are favored targets of criminals looking to profit by forging well-known trademarks, a report by Beijing’s top prosecuting authorities said on Thursday.

In 2016, prosecutors in the capital accused 51 people of forging trademarks. Of those, nearly 85 percent involved counterfeiting popular Chinese food and liquor trademarks – including Beijing duck and baijiu, the national drink of China – according to the report released by the Beijing People’s Procuratorate.

“We found some defendants had no food hygiene licenses, let alone a clean and regulated process to produce food and liquor,” said Wang Wei, deputy chief prosecutor of the authority. “They bought raw materials at a very low price, processed them roughly and then sold them in the name of registered trademarks in market.”

For example, a resident surnamed Bai was found putting partially cooked duck meat purchased from wholesale markets into packages with the well-known Quanjude trademark in a small workshop in Changxindian township of Beijing’s Fengtai district from April to September last year. Quanjude is a Beijing-based restaurant chain known for its roast duck.

Bai brought in 680,000 yuan ($98,800) by selling the fake meat. When he was arrested on Sept 23, police officers found 696 packages of fake Quanjude duck in his workshop, along with delivery invoices and many packages displaying the trademark.

All the goods were verified as counterfeit.

On March 28, Bai was sentenced by the district court to two years and six months in prison for infringing on a registered trademark, and was fined 150,000 yuan.

“Such crimes not only damage the interests of trademark owners but also harm residents’ health. That’s why we fight them without hesitation,” Wang said.

Jiang Shuzhen, director of the prosecuting authority’s economic crime supervision department, said forging Beijing’s traditional and well-known trademarks also damages the city’s image and hurts tourism.

While increasing supervision has been directed toward the safety of food and medicine as required in recent years by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, she said cooperation needs to improve with other government departments.

“A platform on which the city’s administrations, including commercial and industrial departments, can share information is being considered. I believe it will help us a lot to seek clues and effectively fight counterfeit-related crimes,” she said.

In 2016, the city’s prosecutors approved the detention of 80 people and prosecuted 137 people suspected of harming intellectual property rights across the city. Of those, most related to trademark infringement – including foreign brands, mainly from the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea, the report said.

HEFEI — A nature reserve in East China’s Anhui province released six captive-bred Chinese alligators into the wild on Thursday to boost the wild population of this endangered species.

The six Chinese alligators, two males and four females with an average age of seven, are among 102 reptiles Anhui Yangtze Alligator National Nature Reserve has released into the wild since 2003.

According to Zhu Hongxing, deputy head of the administrative bureau of the reserve, the alligators had to meet certain standards before they could return to a natural habitat.

They had blood and DNA tests to make sure they were strong and not close relatives. Then they underwent wilderness training, said Zhu, adding that they have been fitted with electronic ID chips to help researchers identify them in the future.

The released Chinese alligators have begun to reproduce in the wild, meaning they have generally adapted well. However, they are still affected by the agricultural practices of residents surrounding the reserve.

In 2016, Green Anhui, an environmental protection organization, launched a program to promote knowledge about Chinese alligator protection among residents and encourage them to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers that could pollute the water.

Endemic to China, Chinese alligators, also known as Yangtze alligators, live along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

Threatened by human activity and shrinking habitats, only about 150 living in the wild were born in a natural habitat.

As the world’s largest Chinese alligator breeding base, the reserve has bred more than 15,000 Chinese alligators in captivity.