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TMCNet:  Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Feb. 25

[February 25, 2013]

Xinhua China News Digest at 16:00 GMT, Feb. 25

Feb 25, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The following are China news stories moved by Xinhua News Agency as of 16:00 GMT, Feb. 25: TOP STORIES * China Focus: Xi Jinping says CPC has duty to promote cross-strait ties BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Monday stressed the CPC's duty to carry forward the peaceful development of mainland-Taiwan relations.


* China worried about cyber security: FM spokeswoman BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Monday that the Chinese government is worried about recent negative developments in cyber security.

* Survey highlights opaque government procurement BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A survey of government procurement prices showed that nearly 80 percent of surveyed products were purchased at a price much higher than market price, indicating irregularities in government procurement.

* Shanghai police investigate toxic school uniforms SHANGHAI, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Police in Shanghai have started investigating a local garment firm after toxic dye was found in the school uniforms it manufactures, authorities said Monday.

* Chinese scientists decipher moso bamboo genome BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists announced Monday that they have decoded the genome for moso bamboo in hopes of improving the breed and using the plant as an alternative to wood.

* 1,804 organs donated for Chinese trial donation project BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A trial human organ donation project has brought in 1,804 human organs since March 2010, according to a Monday statement from Ministry of Health and the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC).

FINANCE & BUSINESS * China, Russia reach consensus on oil supplies: vice premier BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia have reached an important consensus on boosting oil trade, Vice Premier Wang Qishan said Monday.

Wang made the remarks after holding talks with his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich at the Great Hall of the People.

* Sinopec buys half of Chesapeake's Oklahoma assets BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) has purchased half of the stakes of the United States' second-largest natural gas developer in its oil and gas assets in Oklahoma.

* Chinese telecom main revenues up 6.8 pct in Jan.

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- China's telecom sector registered main business revenues of 87.2 billion yuan (13.84 billion U.S.

dollars) in January, up 6.8 percent from a year earlier, official data showed Monday.

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