ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperOpinion / EditorialsEditorialsOp-EdColumnistsContributorsCartoonsSpecialsFrom the PressForum TrendsTalk from streetDebateEditors Pick:Syrian refugeescyberspaceV-Day paradeshrimp scandalTPPQuestions remain to be answered about blasts(China Daily) Updated:2015-08-17 07:55Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallPremier Li Keqiang makes an inspection visit on Sunday to the scene of last weeks explosions in Tianjin Port. LIU ZHEN/CHINA NEWS SERVICEThe Tianjin explosions are the talk of the town, and they will be for many days to come, because of the many questions that remain to be answered.
Smoke could still be seen at the site on Sunday, almost four days after the explosions on Wednesday night. And, so far, 112 bodies have been identified, with 95 people still missing. These speak volumes about how powerful the explosions were. Yet the severity of the blasts goes far beyond the death toll and economic losses they have caused, although both are great.
President Xi Jinping stressed that this bloody lesson must be learned. He required leaders at all levels to place work safety on top of their agenda. This points to the direction of how the aftermath of this accident should be dealt with.When the entire site will be cleared up remains a question, and whether there is still any potential health threat from toxic gas in the air or contamination of the nearby environment remains to be determined.
Indeed, the very basic and important questions of how many kinds of hazardous materials were involved, and how much of them, are yet to be answered. Any possible danger that may be caused by a chemical will hardly be eliminated unless a complete list of the hazardous chemical materials involved is produced.
This is a top priority. Without knowing the details of the dangerous chemicals that were stored at the site, the clearing up operations will not be able to proceed as smoothly and efficiently as they should.
Even when the site is cleared and the risk of chemical pollution or contamination eliminated, there will still be a lot of work required to produce a clear picture of how the explosions occurred.
A residential block is located only 800 meters away from where the explosions took place. How could such dangerous chemicals be allowed to be stored at a site in such close proximity to these residential buildings?
There is little information about the logistics company, Ruihai, which had housed the hazardous chemical materials in a warehouse at the site. And not surprisingly, the lack of verified information has resulted in conspiracy theories emerging.
These conspiracy theories will build up a head of steam unless the government unravels the mysteries surrounding the incident with a thorough and transparent probe that is able to answer peoples questions.8.03KRelated StoriesChina probes possible official misconduct in Tianjin blastsRescue soldiers and firefighters are ‘patron saints’ of TianjinChinese police chief stresses transparency in handling Tianjin blastsChemical defense soldiers monitor Tianjin blast siteMost Viewed Todays Top NewsAustralian bias against Chinese investmentMore representative and robust SDR benefits allAction against smog not enoughVague local rules on dirty cars unfeasibleDiscrimination and poor awareness hinder fight against HIV on campusForum TrendsSquat or sit?To eat or not to eat processed meat?Building world-class universities in ChinaShould exam cheaters be sent to jail?Should you pay your children to do chores?Should grandparents be paid for babysitting?Have you ever been ripped off while traveling?ColumnistsCollege reunion reckoningBeing unaware of hypocrisy is itself hypocrisyFeatured ContributorsAustralian bias against Chinese investmentChina Africa relations – 60 years after BandungStar BloggersTrust and fear in Chinese education By TedMMany teachers in China must do as they are told and achieve high results with their students or face deduction of salary or dismissal.Im not fluff By teamkrejadosI know what this school hired me to do; they hired me to be fluff. They hired me to be panache.The inscrutable Chinese By KIyerThis article is based on some stereotypes of Western and Eastern people that are generalizations. I believe individuals should be judged for what they are.SpecialGlobal views on Chinas WWII anniversaryGap years: A choice for young ChineseThe lives of stay-at-home dads…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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