Chengdu confirms two more swine-flu cases
Chengdu reported two more cases of swine flu on Sunday.
The two patients are a 40-year-old Chinese-American woman surnamed Gao and her 18-year-old daughter surnamed Li. They tested positive for the H1N1 virus Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The mother had arrived in Chengdu on Tuesday from New York, via Hong Kong.
Li's case marks Sichuan's third case of swine flu, the mainland's fifth local transmission of the H1N1 virus, and the mainland's 73rd confirmed carrier of the virus. There have been no reported deaths in China from the virus.
Body of American climber found; two still missing
The body of one of three American mountain climbers on a climb in Sichuan has been located.
The climbers were attempting to scale Mount Edgar (贡嘎山 or Minya Konka) in the Daxue Mountain Range (大雪山) in Luding County. They were reported missing to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on June 4 after they missed their June 2 flight out of the city. They were last heard from on May 20.
Rescue efforts began immediately following the route the climbers had submitted to Sichuan authorities upon registering for the climb.
A passport identified the body of Jonathan Copp, 35. Wade Johnson, 32, and Micah Dash, 24, are still missing. Rescuers believe the climbers encountered an avalanche.
Local, national, and American climbers are taking part in the ongoing search effort, which is being hampered by winds and blizzards.
At 7,556 meters, Mount Edgar is Sichuan province's highest peak, and more than 20 climbers have disappeared or died while attempting to climb it.
Chengdu company to manufacture bamboo toilet paper
Chengdu-based Haosheng Huada Paper Co., Ltd, has announced it will start manufacturing toilet paper out of bamboo.
The maneuver is expected to keep the small business afloat while similar sized companies are shutting down or being acquired by larger firms like Kimberly-Clark and Proctor & Gamble in the face of economic development and tighter quality and environmental controls.
Haosheng Huada will market the bamboo paper to environmentally conscious consumers.
"Sichuan has rich bamboo resources, and bamboo grows fast and is recyclable, so we have low-cost raw materials and green products," general manager Su Desheng told the China Daily.
China Daily, Xinhua frown upon Hummer purchase
In an opinion piece that sounds an awful lot like foreigners in China lambasting each other for "getting ripped off" by local vendors, a China Daily writer states, "[T]he enthusiasm of GM to sell the Hummer brand to a Chinese truck maker just one day after its filing for bankruptcy has given rise to a domestic debate on the viability of the deal."
Sichuan-based Tengzhong confirmed that it would purchase Hummer last week.
The next day, Xinhua ran an article with the headline "U.S. expert questions Tengzhong's plan to buy Hummer" in which the writer cites Chicago-based investment banker Richard L. Wottrich's words: "The vehicle is too big, uses too much gas, and is viewed as a toy for the rich. These are rather significant brand negatives for the Chinese company Tengzhong to consider."
Xinhua followed that piece up with "mixed reviews" from industry analysts.