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April 12, 2013

News Briefs April 12, 2013

China’s president visits key southern naval base

Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited a key naval base in an island province in the disputed South China Sea in his latest move advertising his close ties to the military.

Xi reviewed vessels and troops April 11 before boarding an ultra-modern amphibious ship and submarine. Dressed in military-style shirt and pants, he chatted with sailors, officers and fliers and dined on board the vessel.

The visit to Sanya in the island province of Hainan was Xi’s first to a military installation since assuming the presidency last month, along with the leadership of the government commission overseeing the 2.3 million-member People’s Liberation Army.

China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea overlap with Vietnam, the Philippines and others. AP

No Blue Angels, no air show at Ventura County base

No angels, no air show.

A day after the U.S. Navy canceled the remainder of the elite Blue Angels demonstration team’s 2013 season, Naval Base Ventura County announced that it will not hold the 44th annual presentation of its popular air show in September.

Base commander Capt. Larry Vasquez said in a statement April 10 that events like the air show can only be held if there is no cost to the federal government, and without the crowds brought out by the Blue Angels, that won’t be possible.

Federal budget cuts have already forced the cancelation of many of the base’s public events, including the Mud Run, the Admiral’s Cup Triathlon and the Point Mugu Surf Contest.

The Blue Angels also had scheduled appearances in San Diego and San Francisco. AP

S.C. Senate approves $120 million in incentives for Boeing

State incentives for Boeing’s expansion plans in North Charleston, S.C., are clearly ready for takeoff.

The Senate voted 37-6 vote April 10 to approve $120 million for upfront expansion costs such as utilities and site preparation.

Approval of the bill borrowing the money comes a day after Boeing Co. announced it’s investing another $1 billion and creating 2,000 new jobs over eight years. The manufacturing complex in North Charleston currently employs about 6,000.

The bonding bill requires another vote in the Senate before heading to the House. The same bill was introduced April 9 on the House side.

Critics included Republican Sen. Kevin Bryant, who argued against further government borrowing, and Sen. Tom Davis, who has long fought government incentive packages for businesses. AP




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