|Thousand-Year-Old Yew Tree Discovered
Loggers from the Muling Forestry Bureau of Northeast China's Heilongjiang
Province have discovered a yew tree close to 1,200 years old, the oldest
in the region's forests.
The diameter of the trunk of the thickly grown tree is 92 centimeters. There
are now more than 160,000 yew trees within the working circle of the Muling
Forestry Bureau, which is the largest and best-preserved yew tree forest
in Northeast China.
Experts say, as the yew trees grow at the water head of the Muling River,
the wet and cold weather and the favorable ecological environment of the
area are conducive to the trees' growth.
Reuters Targets China in Consumer Push
Reuters is to start offering its products directly to consumers in China
as part of a strategy that will see the company push into consumer markets
across the world.
The British-based news and financial information giant has appointed Glenn
Asano as the newly created head of consumer media for China. As the company's
former head of media for Asia, Asano will lead the marketing and development
of the company's products for consumer online, mobile, and television
markets in China.
Unlike Reuters' core customers working in the financial markets, who pay
substantial subscription fees, the company will target private investors
and business professional with its new offerings. The company will offer
data, research reports, and news for Internet and mobile phone users in
China, which represents the world's biggest mobile phone market with more
than 300 million users, and more than 90 million Internet users.
GM Cooperates with Shanghai to Produce Hybrid Bus
U.S. automaker General Motors says it will build its first hybrid bus
in China, in conjunction with the Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation,
to promote cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
GM will work with its Shanghai partner to develop and market the new bus.
China's Ministry of Science and Technology has listed the development
of the hybrid bus as a national research task, as car emissions are choking
China's cities. The hybrid bus has been in commercial use in the U.S.,
and it has been proven that this type of bus, which runs mainly on diesel
and electricity, can reduce emissions up to 90 percent. The bus, which
will cost less to maintain, will also reduce noise and be more comfortable