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Updated: 2011-08-18 08:04

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Gansu

China to launch test satellite

China's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday said it will launch an experimental orbiter in the country's Shi-Jian satellite series in the coming days.

The orbiter, SJ-11-04, will be carried into space by China's indigenous Long March II-C rocket, said a news release from the launch center, which gave no further details.

Beijing

New spokesman for rail ministry

The Ministry of Railways appointed a new spokesman on Wednesday, one day after it said it decided to dismiss the former spokesman.

Han Jiangping, the Party chief of the railways bureau of Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, will assume the post.

The ministry said on Tuesday it decided to dismiss Wang Yongping, whose remarks at a news conference on July 24 triggered a torrent of public criticism. When asked why a two-and-a-half year old girl was pulled out of debris hours after the search and rescue team stopped its operations, he said "that is a miracle of life."

Wang will be transferred to a Warsaw-based international railway cooperative organization, according to a railway official who declined to be named.

Millions of men without brides

Experts have warned that millions of Chinese men of marrying age may be living as frustrated bachelors by 2020 due to the country's sex imbalance, a trend that will add pressure to social stability.

Boys under 19 outnumber girls in the same age group by 23.7 million, meaning millions of men will have almost no hope of finding a mate, according to calculations based on data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

Forum discusses Asian journalism

The sixth Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism took place in Beijing on Wednesday, bringing together journalists and scholars from 10 Asian countries and regions to exchange ideas on social media.

The forum was sponsored by the German foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Paul Linnarz, director of the foundation's Media Program Asia, said this is the first time the forum has been held in China.

The forum took place at Beijing Foreign Studies University's campus. Zhang Xiaoying, dean of the university's department of international journalism and communication, said the forum was a way to encourage Asian countries to cooperate on journalism instruction.

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(China Daily 08/18/2011 page2)