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131 hanging coffins found in China


Beijing: A total of 131 hanging coffins were discovered in China’s Hubei province, a media report of the People’s Daily said on Tuesday.

The coffins were found on a cliff that was 50 metres wide and 100 metres high in Moping township of Zigui county, the daily reported.

It is one of the biggest hanging coffin tomb sites to be found so far in China. The wooden coffins were placed in man-made caves or natural rock tunnels on the cliff.

According to archaeologists, these hanging coffin tombs can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty of 1,200 years ago, and the tomb owners were Bo people, an ancient aboriginal tribe in southwest China.

Zhao Chenggang, deputy head of Moping township, said the local government has listed the hanging coffin tombs as a cultural site under special protection. The tombs are now well protected and the surrounding area will be cleaned up.

Hanging coffins are an ancient funeral custom of some southern ethnic groups. Coffins of various shapes were mostly carved from one whole piece of wood. Hanging coffins often lie on beams projected outward from vertical cliff faces, are placed in cave openings, or sit on natural rock projections on mountain faces.

However, the hanging coffin tomb is still a mystery. Experts have not figured out how ancient people managed to transport the coffin, body and funeral objects to the cliff caves. (IANS)


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Apple’s Tim Cook urges calm amid US, China trade war fears

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world's top two economies over import tariffs

Tim cook urges peace between USA and China. IANS
  • Tim Cook urges peace between China and USA
  • There are possibilities of a trade war
  • There is lots of tension between the two nations

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world’s top two economies over import tariffs.

Tension between the two countries mounted after US President Donald Trump announced tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese goods annually to counter Beijing’s allegedly unfair trade practices in the technology sector.

the tension between the two countries is growing thick.

“I’m aware that in both the cases of US and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced,” Cook said on the sidelines of the China Development Forum, which is being held from March 24 to 26 in Beijing.

“My belief is that one plus one equals three,” he was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency, adding that “the pie gets larger if working together”. The US government had previously announced tariffs of 10 and 25 per cent on steel and aluminium imports respectively.

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In response to these tariffs, China had announced it was considering tariffs of up to $3 billion on imports of some US goods to compensate for losses caused by the US government’s heavy tariffs on steel and aluminium products from China.

China had also threatened to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization, citing the new US tariff package as possible interference in international trade practices. Cook called countries to embrace openness, trade and diversity, hoping that “calm heads will prevail” in trade relations between China and the US.

More attention should be paid to inequality and the reasons behind it, which over time will “lift everyone up”, he said. The back-to-back announcements of tariffs in Washington and Beijing had a negative impact on stock markets worldwide, many of which closed in the red on Friday, including Dow Jones at Wall Street, that fell 1.77 per cent. IANS

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