A Fusion of Sci-Fi and Heavy Industry Innovation, Flagship XCMG Machinery Equipment Features in Sci-Fi Blockbuster “The Wandering Earth II”

XUZHOU, China, Jan. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — A fusion of sci-fi adventure and heavy industry innovation, a flagship fleet of customized XCMG Machinery (“XCMG”, SHE:000425) equipment is featured in the China-made sci-fi blockbuster “The Wandering Earth II” directed by Frant Gwo, which opened in movie theaters on Chinese New Year’s Day, and will be released in the countries and regions including North America, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc. starting from today.

A Fusion of Sci-Fi and Heavy Industry Innovation, Flagship XCMG Machinery Equipment, A Fleet of 61 Units Equipment of 42 Models, Features in Sci-Fi Blockbuster “The Wandering Earth II”, which to be Released on Jan. 28th, 2023 in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.

From the “space elevator” soaring across the earth and sky to the thrilling “air combat,” XCMG equipment journeys from behind the scenes to onstage in the prequel to 2019’s ”The Wandering Earth”, which became one of the highest grossing non-English movies ever. Leveraging its comprehensive product portfolio and solutions in hoisting, earthmoving, road, aerial work, sanitation, safety and emergency rescue, XCMG has provided a wide range of operational and transformable machinery equipment for the UEG (United Earth Government) in the film.

“As China’s premier company of industrial design, we came up with several product design proposals in two days after receiving the assignment and selected the best solution with the directors. As you’ll see in the film, we achieved ideal results.  These dazzling pieces of ‘equipment of the future’ were not just for cinematic show, they were inspired by our real-life products that are breaking new ground every day,” said Zhang Han, the industrial designer from XCMG.

XCMG provided 61 units of equipment of 42 models, more than 400 sets of spare parts and workshop props and 61 sets of 3D models over the course of film production, from scheduling, painting, equipment to personnel, logistics, to on-site execution and more. A total of 319 XCMG staff worked on the project.

One of the most coveted pieces of equipment from the film is the ET120 walking excavator, also known as the “steel mantis.” Designed for emergency rescue in complex terrain environments and at disaster-stricken sites, the ET120 can “walk” the plateau mountains, woodlands, ravines, swamps and alpine as if it’s on firm earth, while equipped for installing various tools to perform different tasks such as excavation, lifting, logging, fire extinguishing, crushing, grabbing and drilling at altitudes of up to 4,500 meters and temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius.

In addition, the film features dozens of innovative technologies that XCMG has developed for applications in extreme conditions, and over a third of the equipment in the film is unmanned and new energy models, including the AGV.

“The ‘steel mantis’ in the film is the ‘transformer’ of real life, and as you’ll see in the movie, XCMG brings sci-fi to reality through the wonders of our industrial engineering, so I’m very proud of what we have created,” said Gwo.

From introducing product technologies from abroad to mastering core technologies of breakthrough significance, XCMG, has established the most cutting-edge R&D through global collaboration to become one of the top three construction manufacturers in the world.

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South Africa, India collaborate to reintroduce cheetah in India

PRETORIA, South Africa and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the re-introduction of Cheetah to the Asian country.


“In terms of the agreement, an initial batch of 12 cheetah are scheduled to be flown from South Africa to India in February 2023. The cats will join the eight cheetah introduced to India from Namibia during 2022,” the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment said.


Restoring cheetah populations is a priority for India and will have vital and far-reaching conservation consequences, which aim to achieve a number of ecological objectives, including re-establishing the function role of cheetah within their historical range and improving the enhancing the livelihood options and economies of the local communities.


Following the import of the 12 cheetah in January, the plan is to translocate a further 12 annually for the next eight to 10 years.


“The initiative to reintroduce cheetah to a former range state following the local extinction of this iconic species due to over hunting and loss of habitat in the last century is being carried out following the request received from the Government of the Republic of India,” the department said.


This multi-disciplinary international programme is being coordinated by the department in collaboration with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South African National Parks (SANParks), the Cheetah Range Expansion Project, and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in South Africa.


They will be working with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).


“The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reintroduction of Cheetah to India facilitates cooperation between the parties to establish a viable and secure cheetah population in India; promotes conservation and ensures that expertise is shared and exchanged, and capacity built, to promote cheetah conservation.


“This includes human-wildlife conflict resolution, capture and translocation of wildlife and community participation in conservation in the two countries.


“In terms of the MoU, the countries will collaborate and exchange best practices in large carnivore conservation through the transfer of technology, training of professionals in management, policy, and science, and to establish a bilateral custodianship arrangement for cheetah translocated between the two countries,” the department said.


The terms of the MoU will be reviewed every five years to ensure it remains relevant.


“Who are you?”: Linkages between Legal Identity and Housing, Land, and Property Rights in Somalia

Internal displacement in Somalia remains one of the most complex and long-standing humanitarian and development challenges in the world. With one of the highest displacement statistics globally, millions of vulnerable Somali people face an endless cycle of displacement, with no access to identity cards and other legal rights to help them rebuild their livelihoods and access basic services.


As the number of years that people are trapped in displacement situations continues to rise, and climate change and conflict continues to push people into urban cities, accessing legal identity and housing, land and property (HLP) has become even more important.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Somalia conducted a study to: identify the types of legal identity (LID) documentation available; and further explore the extent to which the lack of such documents affect access to HLP rights by displaced families. Amid Somalia’s protracted humanitarian crisis, the study findings are expected to inform discussions on the development of Somalia’s identification management systems to better support displaced vulnerable community groups in accessing their basic human rights and achieve durable solutions.


Did you know?


Over 77% of the Somali population or close to 12 million people are estimated to lack an official proof of identity.


At 3%, Somalia has the lowest under-5 birth registration rate in Sub-Saharan Africa.


There are no official statistics on marriage or divorce registration in Somalia.


Over 85% IDP sites are informal settlements on private land, and about 74% of them are in urban areas.


Since 2018, over 1.2 million people have been forcefully evicted across Somalia due to widespread land tenure insecurity.


Below is a summary of the key findings


  1. Barriers to accessing Legal Identity Documentation: History, costs and complicated processes


“We knew everyone and everyone knew us.”


In a country that is only still trying to recover from the impact of the civil war, many Somalis have been living without legal documentation for decades. Generations of families have lived without knowing where and how to get access to legal documentation. As explained by IDPs interviewed for this study, there was no need for documents, particularly for those coming from rural areas where people had long lived with their clans:


“We did not need identity documents because there was no government there to ask people to show their identities.”


For many, this period of displacement is the first time they are being asked about identity documents to prove who they are. The value of trying to obtain such papers is also not immediately clear, particularly when considered against other immediate needs like food and shelter. The study found that many IDPs lacked information and knowledge of the process, cost of applying for formal legal identity documentation, or which government agency was responsible. Majority of displaced people interviewed stated that they rely on alternative documents such as documents issued from business or humanitarian actors, student IDs, mobile phone registration, bank cards, security clearance certificates, and camp registration forms.


  1. Challenges for women


The study found that women have a more difficult time in accessing legal identity documentation. Several women explained how the structural challenges, traditional gender roles, and clan-based culture has limited them to access such documentation and Housing, Land, and Property (HLP).


Additionally, several women noted that one needed a clan leader or chief – who were always men and not always happy to support women. This is in line with findings from the World Bank, which estimates the current gender gap in ID access in Somalia is over 10%, while in Somaliland the gender gap in ID access is 9%. In addition, women can face additional threats within their own marital home – all of which are exacerbated by displacement.


  1. Clan lineage, witnesses and local guarantors to prove identity


“Who I am and where I have come from.”


Despite the lack of government identity cards, displaced community members explained that the most common method to prove your identity was to have a clan elder, relative, or other respected member of the community serve as a witness to vouch for your identity.


The “ancestry, lineage or clan identity – i.e., ‘Who I am and where I have come from’ – is a cornerstone of Somali identity.” Slightly stronger than just having a witness is the common practice for having a guarantor – a clan elder or other respected member of the community – to vouch for the person, effectively agreeing to be responsible if the person turns out to cause problems later.


Respondents explained that it was a widespread Somali practice (damiin) where the guarantor agrees to be responsible if anything happens. For example, if a person who has no formal documentation wants to take out a loan, they could use another person as collateral.


  1. The desire to have rights and benefits like any other citizen


“[I would] grab it with both hands; it feels like a basic need, especially for someone who has no relatives where they seek asylum.”


Barriers to accessing Housing, Land, and Property rights by displaced communities in Somalia are protracted and multifaceted. In a context of rapid urbanisation, such challenges are exacerbated by the high demand and rocketing land prices. Competing claims on land coupled with limited legal and policy frameworks around Housing, Land and Property rights, and weak land administration systems have worsened the situation.


Forced evictions constitute a growing problem in Somalia, on such a scale that it could be described as an epidemic. They have had catastrophic consequences for millions of affected individuals, families and communities, including physical and mental trauma, homelessness, loss of wealth and assets, loss of jobs, loss of access to health, education and other services, and destruction of family and survival networks.


For most host communities, the main ways of accessing land and property are through inheritance, purchase, and formal rental arrangements. This is not the case for the country’s 2.9 million IDPs, the majority of whom have self-settled in over 3,400 IDP sites across the country predominantly hosted on privately owned land. While entry into towns and camps without possessing identity documents is tied to the strong ties of family and clan, those with no ties may not be accepted into the community or might be arrested.


Furthermore, despite being able to enter these camps, the IDPs live in fear that they will be forced to leave, access to land remains a big challenge. The lack of identity documents also limits the enjoyment and exercise of other rights and services, such as freedom of movement, the ability to open a bank account and to obtain other documents.




Identity documents can enable IDPs to secure a more stable life and gain enough economic strength to lift themselves out of the camps and endless poverty. Legal identity documentation is important to fully enjoy HLP rights, and all Somalis, whether displaced or not, have a right to such documents as Somali citizens.


All that said, the possession of legal identity documents will not by itself enhance HLP rights of vulnerable people. An identity document may enable a person to formally purchase and register ownership of property, but to gain better tenure security and build self-reliance, efforts to improve access to LID must be combined with other measures. A comprehensive approach is needed – one which looks not just at the issuance of legal identity documents, but also the supporting components that would allow more equitable access to livelihoods and assets and improve opportunities for all Somalis to build better lives.


Israel/OPT: Jenin bloodshed is a horrifying reminder of the cost of impunity

Responding to the killing of at least nine Palestinians by Israeli forces during a military raid on Jenin refugee camp this morning, Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International, said:


“In the space of just a few hours this morning, Israeli forces killed at least nine people and injured 20 more; blocked ambulances from accessing the wounded; and fired tear gas at a hospital, reportedly causing suffocation injuries to sick children. Medics in Jenin say a child is one of those being treated for gunshot wounds, and Palestinian authorities have confirmed that a 61-year-old woman was among those shot dead.


“For almost a year, Jenin refugee camp has been at the centre of Israel’s escalating military crackdown. Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead in the camp last May, and its residents continue to be subjected to relentless military raids which amount to collective punishment.


“Meanwhile, Israel continues to enjoy total impunity for the system of apartheid it imposes on Palestinians – a system which is partly maintained through violations like unlawful killings. While Palestinian deaths mount, the international response to Israel’s violations consists of little more than timid condemnation at best, and unconditional support at worst.


“Today’s bloodshed is a reminder of the cost of this shameful inaction – until there is accountability, deadly attacks against Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territories will continue.”


Source: Amnesty International