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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Chinese government is facing the music for not sending planes to rescue 8,000 Chinese nationals stranded in Nepal.

The government is being criticized for sending only commercial airlines to rescue Chinese tourists and workers in the disaster hit Nepal. Reports of airlines demanding heavy fare from the rescued people, though officially denied, have nonetheless added fuel to the fire.

Comparisons are also being drawn between Indian Army’s swift rescue operations and that of China’s People’s Liberation Army, which seems to not be as effective as the former’s.

Faced with the question of airplanes in rescue operations, Chinese defense spokesman Geng Yansheng said, ‘ Whether to use military aircraft to transport people from a disaster area this is to be decided by various factors. After the earthquake, the government had organized a number of civilian commercial flights to evacuate Chinese citizens stranded in Nepal.’

He also said that three helicopters from Tibet had taken food and water to the Chinese employees at a hydro project, airlifting some of them.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry has offered to work with New Delhi in the ongoing rescue operations.

“China and India are neighbors to Nepal. We would like to work together and coordinate positively with India in our assistance efforts in Nepal to help it to overcome the difficulties and rebuild its homeland,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Apart from Indians, Indian Air Force also rescued 170 people from 15 different countries who faced nature’s wrath in Nepal.

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Apple Launches a $300 Million Fund to Bring Clean Energy to China

In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as "China's Silicon Valley"

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The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said.
The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said. Pixabay

Amid heightened trade tensions between the US and China, tech giant Apple has joined hands with its suppliers to launch a $300 million clean energy fund in China.

The “China Clean Energy Fund” will invest in and develop clean-energy projects totalling more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China, the equivalent of powering nearly 1 million homes, Apple said in a statement on Thursday.

“At Apple, we are proud to join with companies that are stepping up to address the climate challenge,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant said 10 of its initial suppliers have come forward to jointly invest in the nearly $300 million fund over the next four years.

“We’re thrilled so many of our suppliers are participating in the fund and hope this model can be replicated globally to help businesses of all sizes make a significant positive impact on our planet,” Jackson said.

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Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou. Pixabay

By virtue of its size and scale, the China Clean Energy Fund will give its participants the advantage of greater purchasing power and the ability to attain more attractive and diverse clean energy solutions.

The China Clean Energy Fund will be managed through a third party, DWS Group, which specialises in sustainable investments and will also invest in the fund, Apple said.

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The announcement to invest in the clean energy fund in China follows Apple’s announcement earlier in 2018 that its global facilities are powered by 100 per cent clean energy and the launch of its Supplier Clean Energy Programme in 2015.

Apple in 2017 announced it would invest nearly $500 million in China to build two new R&D centres in Shanghai and Suzhou.

In September 2016, Apple opened its first China R&D centre in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park, often referred to as “China’s Silicon Valley”. (IANS)