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Over 150,000 evacuated as typhoon approaches China

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Beijing: Over 150,000 people in eastern China’s Fujian province have been evacuated ahead of typhoon Soudelor, the 13th this year, which is expected to hit the province later on Saturday.

According to sources, Soudelor, which is moving northwestward at a speed of over 20 km per hour, is expected to make landfall in the Fujian coast on Saturday night, the China Daily reported.

Marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers from a small island in the province on Friday afternoon. They were attending summer camps but strong gales disrupted all ferry services, leaving them trapped.

They were brought back to shore four hours later.

The provincial authorities also urged fishing boats to return to the harbour at the earliest, as gales were predicted for nearby waters later in the day.

Seaside tourist destinations in neighbouring Guangdong province have been temporarily closed.

The typhoon is expected to disrupt train and air services. About 120 trains, mostly running from Shanghai to major cities in Fujian and Guangdong, have being cancelled.

Airports have suspended flights bound for Fujian’s capital Fuzhou.

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China’s industrial expansion slows down

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth.

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China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
  • This December, China witnessed a slow rate of it’s industry expansion.
  • The service sector is growing whereas the manufacturing sector is bearing the brunt of the slowed pace.

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth, according to the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

China's manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay
China’s manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay

The PMI of China’s manufacturing activity was released on Sunday. It stood at 51.6 points in December, down from 51.8 in November, Efe news quoted the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as saying.

 In contrast, the service sector activity grew to stand at 55 points in December as compared to 54.8 in November.

A figure above 50 points suggests expansion while a figure lower than 50 indicates contraction. The service sector already accounts for more than half of China’s gross domestic product.

The December figure for the manufacturing index was at par with the annual average, which points to strong resilience in China’s growth, according to NBS statistician Zhao Qinghe. IANS

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