IN BRIEF (Page 2)

Updated: 2011-08-25 07:36

(China Daily)

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Beijing

'Guidelines unacceptable'

Taiwan opposition leader's "10-year policy guidelines" are unrealistic and unacceptable, a Chinese mainland spokesman said on Wednesday.

The spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office made the remarks when asked to comment on the "policy guidelines" put forward by Tsai Ing-wen, chairperson of Taiwan's major opposition Democratic Progressive Party, who is vying for the seat of Taiwan leader in next year's election.

The policies, aimed at "Taiwan independence", will "make cross-Straits negotiations impossible to continue, and cross-Straits relations will once again become turbulent and unrestful", the spokesman said.

China hosts linguistics meet

The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics kicked off on Wednesday at Beijing Foreign Studies University, the first time it has been held in the world's most populous country.

More than 1,500 participants from 63 countries and regions are attending the five-day congress, according to the China English Language Education Association, one of the Chinese organizers.

The five-day congress has been held every three years since its debut in Nancy, France, in 1964.

Guangdong

Fire victims identified

Authorities in Guangdong province on Wednesday published a list of casualties from a fire that engulfed a factory on Tuesday, leaving 15 people dead and one injured.

The government of Foshan city are working on a compensation plan for the victims' families, the government said in a news release.

The fire broke out at around 6 am on Tuesday, engulfing a building belonging to a ceramics company. Twelve died at the scene from burn injuries or suffocation.

Jiangxi

Fight breaks out at hospital

Police in the provincial capital of Jiangxi are investigating a fight between hospital staff and relatives of a patient who died in the hospital, according to a news release on Wednesday.

The attack happened after Fan Runyin, a local resident, died from cerebral hemorrhage in the First People's Hospital of the city of Nanchang on Aug 19 after an operation, according to the news release.

Dozens of people called on by Fan's relatives were encountered by more than 50 staff members of the hospital holding wood clubs at about 10 am on Tuesday. The fight left 15 people injured and three vehicles burned, according to the news release.

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(China Daily 08/25/2011 page2)