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Counter-terrorist police exercise on Segways

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The First
July 1, 2008
The top headline of today's The First has a feature on the a tourist group from mainland China planing to visit Taiwan. The National Tourism Administration has announced that the first tour group to Taiwan will board their planes to Taipei on July 4. The tourists, who fly out of Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xiamen and Guangzhou, number around 760. The group includes some mainland official inspectors and journalists but over 70% are 45-60 year old tourists.

Unrelated to the Taiwan story, the front page picture shows Chinese armed polices using Segways during a counter-terrorist exercise called "Taishan 2008" that took place yesterday in Jinan, Shandong Province. See more pictures at Xinhua article.

Other headlines including:

  • The upper-left photo shows Chinese tennis player Zheng Jie. She continued her superb performance in Wimbledon 2008. Yesterday she entered the quarter-final with 6-3, 6-4 win over the 15th seat, Hungary's Agnes Szavay.
  • Effective today, the central government has increased aviation fuel surcharges on domestic flight ticket prices from RMB 60 to RMB 80 for air routes shorter than 800 kilometers and from RMB 100 to RMB 150 for longer flights.
There are currently 6 Comments for Counter-terrorist police exercise on Segways.

Comments on Counter-terrorist police exercise on Segways

Those Segways would be fabulous for Beijing and its flat topography and electric bike culture. Somebody should sell them here.

Whatever you do, sir, DO NOT open your car door!

Looks like Shandong officials are off the right track. They should be spending their time and funds with more practical problems like railway safety. Why would terrorists target Taishan or Jinan?
Chinese counter-terrorist cops on Segways in Qufu? Confucius is literally rolling in his grave!

segway to heaven

"Exercise" on Segways, heh... Just don't move faster than 12.5 mph or run up some stairs...

What happens when they fire those weapons? I've ridden a Segway and you have to be careful about your center of gravity.

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