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  • China quake: Dozens die and hundreds hurt in Sichuan

    04/19/2013 11:01:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 April 2013
    China quake: Dozens die and hundreds hurt in Sichuan A powerful earthquake has killed at least 46 people and injured at least 400 in China's south-western province of Sichuan, state TV reports. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which had a 6.6 magnitude, was centred 50km (31 miles) west of the town of Linqiong. It said the tremor occurred at a depth of 12km (7.4 miles). There are fears the death toll could rise further. An 8.0 magnitude quake in Sichuan in May 2008 killed nearly 90,000 people.
  • Home schools rise in CHINA

    09/08/2011 1:34:24 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 10 replies
    China Daily ^ | September 5, 2011 | Qihui Gao
    Home schools emerged in many places of China today due to the parents' concern about the public education, the China Youth Daily reported Monday.A growing number of parents in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces are choosing to let their children receive an education at home rather than attend public kindergartens, primary, junior or senior middle schools.Some parents think their children cannot realize the happiness of learning, acquire useful knowledge effectively and master learning for a modern society through the current methods taught in schools. A recent seminar about launching home school projects was held by 21st Century Education Research...
  • China's Big Earthquake - Three Years Later

    08/22/2011 10:21:56 AM PDT · by robertvance
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 8-23-2011 | Robert Vance
    "It's all new", said the shirtless man who shared a small quadrant of shade with me behind our bus. He was pointing with his cigarette at a series of white three story buildings directly in front of us. It was two o'clock in the afternoon and a sweltering sun beat down unmercifully upon our vulnerable position on the side of the road. This was the third time that our bus had broken down in just a few hours and I was starting to wonder if I would make it back to Chengdu that day. "What was it like before?" I...
  • The Mystery Ape of Pleistocene Asia [ from Longgupo in Sichuan province ]

    06/25/2009 2:52:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 777+ views
    Nature 459, 910-911 ^ | Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Russell L. Ciochon
    Fossil finds of early humans in southeast Asia may actually be the remains of an unknown ape. Russell Ciochon says that many palaeoanthropologists -- including himself -- have been mistaken. Fourteen years ago, a Nature paper by my colleagues and I described a 1.9-million-year-old human jaw fragment from Longgupo in Sichuan province, China1. The ancient date in itself was spectacular. Previous evidence had suggested that human ancestors arrived in east Asia from Africa about 1 million years ago, in the form of Homo erectus. Longgupo nearly doubled that estimate. But even more exciting -- and contentious -- was our claim...
  • Sichuan earthquake anniversary: Parents of victims told not to hold memorials

    05/12/2009 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 8 replies · 850+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05.11.09
    Parents of the children who died during last year's earthquake in Sichuan have been threatened with imprisonment if they hold memorials for their dead on May 12th, the one year anniversary of the disaster.
  • China:PLA sentry stabbed in attack, a week after soldier on garrison guard duty shot dead

    03/31/2009 8:13:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 485+ views
    PLA sentry stabbed in attack, a week after soldier on garrison guard duty shot dead Choi Chi-yuk South China Morning Post (c) 2009 South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Hong Kong. All rights reserved. A People's Liberation Army sentry belonging to the same division as the one who was shot dead outside a Chongqing garrison last week was stabbed in an attack in Sichuan province, a local rights watchdog said. The soldier, affiliated with the 64th Squad of the PLA's 149th Division in Leshan about 275km west of Chongqing, was stabbed by a man with a dagger on Thursday. The...
  • Police in China Halt Parents Seeking Investigation Into School Collapses

    01/09/2009 4:25:08 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 6 replies · 384+ views
    NYT ^ | 01.09.09 | EDWARD WONG
    The local police stopped parents who were trying to travel secretly from southwest China to Beijing this week to ask the central government for a full investigation into school collapses that killed their children during the May earthquake, several of the parents said Thursday. A leader of the grieving parents, Sang Jun, who lost his 11-year-old son, said in a telephone interview that he had been detained overnight and released only after more than 60 other parents gathered at the gates of the town government building to demand his release.
  • China's big quake doubles chances of more (curse continues)

    09/11/2008 2:08:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 185+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/10/08
    China's big quake doubles chances of more Wed Sep 10, 3:36 PM ET China's giant earthquake in May near Chengdu caused so much geologic stress in the Tibetan Plateau that it doubled the chance of more big quakes along three neighboring faults, scientists reported. "The magnitude 7.9 quake on 12 May has brought several nearby faults closer to failure and could trigger another major earthquake in the region," the American Geophysical Union said in a statement. This happens because of a domino-like effect where the movement of one piece of Earth's crust forces another piece to move up, down and...
  • Strong 6.0 magnitude quake hits Central China

    08/05/2008 3:19:34 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 18 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | August 5, 2008
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - A potentially destructive 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan, China, at 0949 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. ~ snip ~
  • Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts China quake area (USGS says 5.8)

    08/01/2008 4:43:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 395+ views
    New Kerala ^ | 08/01/08
    Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts China quake area Chengudu, Aug 1 : A fresh earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit southwest China's Sichuan province at 4.32 p.m. Friday, according to the country's Earthquake Networks Centre. The epicentre was located at an area between Pingwu county and Beichuan county, Mianyang city. A slight tremor was felt in the provincial capital Chengdu, the centre reported. The seismological department earlier reported that an earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale struck Wenchuan county in the province at 10:41 a.m. Friday, Wenchuan was the epicentre of the deadly May 12 earthquake which killed...
  • China: Magnitude-5.6 aftershock hits area between Shaanxi, Sichuan

    07/23/2008 6:46:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Straits Times ^ | 07/24/08
    Magnitude-5.6 aftershock hits area between Shaanxi, Sichuan BEIJING - A MAGNITUDE-5.6 aftershock jolted the area between Ningqiang County, Shaanxi Province and Qingchuan County, Sichuan Province at 3.54am on Thursday, the China Earthquake Administration said. The epicenter was at 32.8 degrees north latitude and 105.6 degrees east longitude, Xinhua news agency reported.
  • Chinese Military Sent Special Nuclear Cleanup Unit into a Quake-damaged Sichuan Area

    06/28/2008 3:09:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 187+ views
    Sankei Shimbun ^ | 06/28/08
    See my translation below
  • Teacher's liberty in earthquake-a research

    06/10/2008 8:17:49 PM PDT · by medatj · 40 replies · 551+ views
    2008-6-11 | Medatj
    I'm a Chinese and live in Beijing. You may heard about a massive earthquake stroke Sichuan province last month. In this natural disaster, one my fellow people, exactly a teacher, ran before his students and declared his view of personal liberty and freedom regardless his teacher indentity. His allegation has triggered a extensive discussion on humanity and teacher, as a publice servant,responsibility. I know that personal liberty is well developed and protected in US. But, and the same time, US is a country regarding public responsibility especially for those paid by the taxpayers to do their civil job. I came...
  • Religious Boom in China after Quake (The regime is wary)

    06/10/2008 10:04:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 274+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 06/10/08
    Religious Boom in China after Quake JUNE 10, 2008 08:31 As religious gatherings for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake are being held in large scales, the Chinese Communist Party is worrying about a possible explosive increase in religious population. The party is tolerating such religious events in consideration of public sentiment for now, but is known to be jittery about the possibility of uncontrollable trouble. â–½ Worships and Buddhist service for earthquake victims The Buddhist Association of China held a large-scale service for those who were killed or displaced by the earthquake on May 14, two days after the...
  • China's Netizens Aid Earthquake Relief

    06/05/2008 10:33:17 AM PDT · by brityank · 17 replies · 952+ views ^ | 3 June, 2008 | Christopher Thomas
    China's Netizens Aid Earthquake ReliefChristopher Thomas   06.03.08, 3:30 AM ET A few hours after the devastating earthquake on May 12, a People's Liberation Army rescue helicopter landed on a hillside field near Wenchuan, the epicenter of the earthquake. It was one of the first to arrive as rescue teams made their way to the remote site.The landing site was not chosen from military maps or guided by emergency response teams. Instead, the site was determined from an instant message posted on popular local messaging services Baidu Post Bar and QQ. The poster, a Wenchuan native, gave the location...
  • China: Nuclear device exploded in Sichuan (underground installation; during May 12 earthquake)

    06/02/2008 8:57:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 168 replies · 1,535+ views
    Boxun ^ | 06/01/08 | Boxun
    Nuclear device exploded in Sichuan By Boxun Jun 1, 2008 - 6:46:34 PM Lu Shishen, who reported the cover up of the earthquake forecast, said that there was a strong nuclear explosion in Sichuan during the earthquake. Xinhua reported yesterday that an explosion of “volcano was observed in the earthquake”, people said that concrete debris was burst out of the crack during the quake. Experts tested the debris and found it is radioactive, according to Lu Shishen’s report. Full report in Chinese:
  • Drainage of quake lake begins in Sichuan (China Earthquake Fallout)

    05/27/2008 1:25:49 PM PDT · by Danae · 12 replies · 91+ views ^ | 5-27-2008 | Lydia Chen
    Excavators work at Tangjiashan Lake in Beichuan County in Sichuan Province yesterday. Some 1,800 soldiers, each carrying 10 kilograms of explosives clambered up mountain paths to reach the barrier lake and blast through debris to drain water. Dozens of dams created by landslides during the May 12 earthquake are posing a new threat in the disaster zone. --------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------- Excavators work at Tangjiashan Lake in Beichuan County in Sichuan Province yesterday. Some 1,800 soldiers, each carrying 10 kilograms of explosives clambered up mountain paths to reach the barrier lake and blast through debris to drain water. Dozens of dams created...
  • Dramatic video of quake damage from CNN

    05/24/2008 9:19:41 PM PDT · by zhcn · 14 replies · 124+ views
    CNN ^ | May 19,2008 | Bill
    ITN's Bill Neely was given a home video shot just seconds after the quake showing the extent of the devastation. This video is about 7 minutes.
  • "Chengdu Diary" from NPR

    05/24/2008 9:53:22 AM PDT · by zhcn · 27 replies · 2,295+ views
    National Public Radio ^ | May,2008 | Robert Siegel ,Melissa Block
    "All Things Considered" hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block are in Sichuan Province covering the massive earthquake. They continue to report on the aftermath and recovery efforts. The hosts were in Chengdu with producers Andrea Hsu and Art Silverman when the quake struck. They were preparing for a special week of China coverage that had been planned for next week. Follow this blog for regular updates. ----From
  • Officials: China orders probe of school collapses in quake

    05/16/2008 7:10:50 PM PDT · by brityank · 83 replies · 214+ views
    Officials: China orders probe of school collapses in quake BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has ordered local authorities to investigate the reasons why school buildings collapsed in the earthquake, said Yang Rong, director of the ministry's department of standards and norms, in an online interview on Friday.     "If quality problems do exist in the school buildings, we will deal with the persons responsible strictly with no toleration and give the public a satisfying answer," said Han Jin, head of the development and plan department of the Ministry of Education in the interview....
  • How State Council Decree 492 Affects the Earthquake Aftermath

    05/15/2008 7:28:57 PM PDT · by robertvance · 2 replies · 73+ views
    The Chinese government’s decision to allow the seemingly unrestricted flow of information out of Sichuan this week in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake has surprised many. However, the general assumption that the Chinese government ‘all of the sudden’ decided to pursue a policy of transparency and openess is incorrect. This decision was in fact made last year when the State Council passed the People’s Republic of China Ordinance on Openness of Government Information.
  • China Earthquake: Exodus Begins From Sichuan

    05/14/2008 4:29:09 PM PDT · by blam · 284 replies · 912+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-14-2008 | Richard Spencer
    China earthquake: Exodus begins from Sichuan By Richard Spencer in Hanwang Town, Sichuan Province Last Updated: 11:05PM BST 14/05/2008 Tens of thousands of people have poured down from the mountainsides of Sichuan searching for food and water as rescuers evacuated towns where more than 40,000 people are dead, buried or missing. Rescue teams are digging through rubble, trying to reach survivors of a powerful earthquake in China. Helicopters began to airlift residents out of the villages of Wenchuan county at the epicentre of the earthquake which struck China on Monday, while others walked for hours into the valleys and plains...
  • China says troops rush to plug dangerous cracks in dam (50 story Zipingpu Dam above Chengdu Plain)

    05/14/2008 10:08:52 AM PDT · by Nexus · 62 replies · 1,418+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | AUDRA ANG
    HANWANG, China - Thousands of Chinese soldiers rushed on Wednesday to repair a dam badly cracked by the country's massive earthquake, while rescuers arrived for the first time in the epicenter of the disaster. China's top economic planning body said that the quake had damaged 391 mostly small dams. It left "extremely dangerous" cracks in the Zipingpu Dam upriver from the earthquake-hit city of Dujiangyan and some 2,000 soldiers were sent to repair the damage, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Xinhua said Dujiangyan would be "swamped" if major problems emerged at the dam. He Biao, the director of the...
  • China Earthquake Aftermath: the Waiting Game

    05/14/2008 8:18:19 AM PDT · by robertvance · 43 replies · 160+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 5/14/2008 | Robert Vance
    “I haven’t been able to sleep,” explained a very tired looking student to me in class today. “One of my best friends is attending university near Mianyang and we have so far been unable to get in contact with her. We don’t think she made it.” Thousands of people throughout China are also going without sleep as they desperately wait for information about their friends and loved ones in Sichuan Province. Some cities in Sichuan, such as Wenchuan and Mianyang, have been completely cut off from the rest of China in the wake of the deadly earthquake on Monday. Only...
  • China quake toll soars as full horror begins to emerge (China Quake Info Thread 2)

    05/14/2008 12:37:27 AM PDT · by stlnative · 261 replies · 1,163+ views
    AFP ^ | 5/14/08 | AFP
    China quake toll soars as full horror begins to emerge 14/05/2008 DUJIANGYAN (AFP) - The full horror of the devastating China earthquake began to emerge Wednesday as rescuers discovered whole towns all but wiped off the map, pushing the death toll well above 20,000. Military and police teams punched into the heart of the disaster zone, with 100 troops parachuting into a county that was previously cut off while planes and helicopters air-dropped emergency supplies. But the message that came back from this mountainous corner of southwestern Sichuan province was that town after town was flattened by the 7.9-magnitude quake...
  • China Hit By Earthquake

    05/12/2008 12:27:28 AM PDT · by Lijahsbubbe · 1,548 replies · 23,966+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Updated:08:00, Monday May 12, 2008 | Sky News
    An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale has hit China's Sichuan province. The tremor was felt across the entire region - shaking buildings in the capital, Beijing, as well as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. US Geological Survey said the quake struck 57 miles north-west of the city of Chengdu at 2.29pm local time (6.28am GMT). Some 10 million people live in Chengdu.
  • China's Long March to the Moon

    10/23/2007 6:41:19 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 462+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 23, 2007 | By GORDON FAIRCLOUGH
    Beijing Heats Up Space Race Against Japan This Week; Communist Party Pride Excerpt: Tomorrow evening, the China National Space Administration is scheduled to fire a "Long March" rocket from a launch site in the southwestern province of Sichuan. If all goes well, it will propel a satellite into lunar orbit, an important step toward China's goal of beating Japan to become the first Asian nation to put a man on the moon. Visitors check the Long March 3A rocket at the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwestern China's Sichuan province last week. China plans to launch its first lunar orbiter...
  • Chinese mob of thousands burns down hotel in Sichuan province

    01/25/2007 9:49:33 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 13 replies · 782+ views
    Roland Soong ^ | Roland Soong
    Thousands of local residents have converged on an upscale hotel in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, setting fire to the building in protest at the death and alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl who worked there. Mobile phone footage taken outside the hotel in Dazhu township showed confused and raucous crowds in darkness in front of a burning building as crowds gathered outside. Witnesses said the crowd reached 20,000 at its peak late Wednesday. “There are still around a few thousand people on the scene and they protested outside the hotel this afternoon,” a shop owner near the Nest...
  • Ten Thousand Protest Murder in Sichuan Province China

    01/24/2007 5:24:25 PM PST · by wesley_windam-price · 4 replies · 473+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | Jan 22 2007 | Xin Fei
    CHINA—On January 16, over 10,000 joined in a protest outside the Laishide Hotel in Zhuyang town, Sichuan province. During the conflict, protestors set fire to the hotel, which burned for five hours before it was finally extinguished. The protest was triggered by the tragic death of a 16-year-old reception girl at Laishide Hotel. According to a hotel employee who wants to remain anonymous, Yang Daili, the reception girl, was brutally raped and beaten to death by three communist cadres. Angry local residents gathered outside, demanding that the murderers be brought to justice. Instead, the authorities mobilized large numbers of anti-riot...
  • Rising temperatures threaten China's food security - report

    01/03/2007 8:30:59 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 14 replies · 610+ views
    Xinhua news agency ^ | Jan 3rd, 2007
    Rising temperatures may pose a challenge to the long-term food security of China, the world's most populous country, according to a recent official report evaluating climate change. China's output of major crops, including rice, wheat and corn, could fall by up to 37 per cent in the second half of this century if no effective measures are taken to curb greenhouse gases in the coming 20 to 50 years, according to the report. Global warming will negatively impact China's ecological, social and economic systems, especially farming, animal husbandry and water supply, with some damage irreversible, said the report. The...
  • 2,000-Year-Old Periwig Unearthed In Sichuan

    11/09/2005 4:43:26 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 898+ views
    2,000-year-old periwig unearthed in Sichuan 2005-11-09 17:18:32 CHENGDU, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese might have learned to adorn themselves with periwigs more than 2,000 years ago, said archeologists who unearthed a skeleton wearing a hairpiece from an ancient tombs in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The wig, found on the lower part of the skull, was made of hemprope, says Zhang Rong, a heritage repairs technician with a local museum in Liangshan prefecture, where the finding was reported. Zhang said she had consulted several seasoned hemp knitters in the prefecture before she came to the conclusion. The wig dates...
  • Sichuan Government Raised Warning Level - PANDEMIC ALERT

    07/31/2005 11:33:20 AM PDT · by datura · 120 replies · 2,587+ views
    Boxun News (China, English Version) ^ | 31 Jul 05 | Boxun News (China)
    On July 31 (BJ time), Sichuan government has raised warning level of the so-called "Streptococcosis Suis". It warns the high risk of this disease. Government sent 50,000 immunity professionals to the region. The message is sent through posters, before farmers did not know the disease until there were people infected around them. By the time Boxun issues this message - 4pm (BJ time), XinHua News' web page still shows the death toll of July 30. There is only one item that was from yesterday. It seems that this warning is only for Sichuan Province.
  • Ancient Stone-Coffin Tombs Discovered In Sichuan

    07/20/2005 6:51:20 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 629+ views
    Ancient stone-coffin tombs discovered in Sichuan 2005-07-19 22:23:42 CHENGDU, July 19 (Xinhuanet) - Archaeologists discovered more than 20 ancient tombs with stone coffins dating back nearly 2,800 years ago in southwestern China's Sichuan province, local government announced Tuesday. The discovery of stone coffins, first of its kind found in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, a major Tibetan habitat inwest Sichuan since ancient times, proved other ethnic groups also lived in the area before as Tibetan seldom use stone coffins for burial, said Chen Zujun, an expert from the provincial archaeological research institute. "Traditionally, Tibetan choose water burial, inhumation,...
  • China: Archeologists shake up history(Jinsha Ruins, Sanxingdui Culture)

    07/13/2005 7:21:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 71 replies · 1,964+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 07/13/05
    Archeologists shake up historyNEW EVIDENCE: Artifacts found at a building site and the subsequent discovery of a lost civilization have forced historians to rethink Chinese history as a wholeAFP , JINSHA, CHINA Wednesday, Jul 13, 2005,Page 4 A worker stands on a stack of bags of cement before a huge billboard featuring the famous ''bronze human head figure with gold mask,'' one of the treasures of the Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, Sichuan Province in this photo from May. Recent archeological finds from previously unknown civilizations such as the Sanxingdui and the Jinsha are dealing shattering blows to traditional views of...
  • 250,000 Flee West China Floods

    07/10/2005 7:50:27 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 1 replies · 236+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 July 2005 | Staff
    The floods have left thousands trying to salvage their belongings Devastating floods in southern China have killed at least 29 people and forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes, officials say. Flood waters swept through the south-western city of Dazhou, where thousands of homes collapsed. At least seven people are missing. The floods are the latest in a lethal early summer, and come after some of the heaviest rains for a century. At least 600 people in the south have died from floods already this year. In Dazhou, some 26,000 homes collapsed as flood waters rose to the...
  • Leading Chinese TV Exporter Has Huge Loss

    12/28/2004 7:47:44 AM PST · by Brilliant · 61 replies · 1,900+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 28, 2004 | CHRIS BUCKLEY
    BEIJING, Tuesday, Dec. 28 - China's biggest television exporter announced major losses Tuesday stemming in part from declining sales in the United States and an unfolding financial scandal involving its biggest American customer. The exporter, the Sichuan Changhong Electric Company, announced earlier that it would be reporting its first loss, up to nearly a half-billion dollars, because of unpaid accounts with Apex Digital Inc., a company in Ontario, Calif. A Changhong spokesman, Liu Haizhong, said on Tuesday that Apex Digital owed it $468 million. The spokesman did not specify what period the amount covered. Changhong estimated that it might be...
  • 14 Warring States (464-222BC) Tombs Discovered In Sichuan

    07/15/2004 8:56:02 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 1,886+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 7-15-2004
    UPDATED: 08:09, July 15, 200414 Warring States tombs discovered in Sichuan After over one month's excavation, the archeologists in Sichuan discovered 14 tombs of the Warring States Period in Yonghe Township, Shimian County, Ya'an City, which is known as "Ancient Corridor of Ethnic Culture" in China. There unearthed over 200 rarely seen funerary objects such as Bashu style iron and bronze swords. According to the associate-research fellow Leiyu with Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics Research Institute, The Warring States tombs in Yonghe were located on the terrace of the south bank of the Dadu River. With one side backed by the...
  • China, Europe Launch Satellite to Track Space Storms

    12/29/2003 11:34:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 308+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/29/03 | Reuters - Beijing
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Pushing ahead with a space program that has won international acclaim, China launched a satellite on Tuesday as part of its first joint initiative with the European Space Agency to help track storms in space. Probe No. 1, an equatorial orbiting satellite, blasted off atop a Long March 2C/SM carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency said. China's highest orbiting satellite ever launched, part of the Sino-European Double Star Project, was expected to remain in orbit for 18 months to track space storms and help improve...