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Beijing Review Vol. 62/No.34

Beijing Review is China's only national newsmagazine in English. It is published every week in Beijing, by the China International Publishing Group (CIPG). Launched in March 1958, Beijing Review reports and comments on the country's social, political, economic and cultural affairs, policy changes and latest developments. It also offers in-depth analysis on major regional and international events, and provides consulting and information services.

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doing the best with waste

Before you chuck your trash into the nearest can, think for a moment. As per government rules in a number of cities, not all your garbage can be dumped into one trashcan. It needs to be sorted out with different piles going into different bins. Waste classification, a practice that has long been the norm in developed countries like Japan, is the new challenge for many Chinese urban dwellers. However, though initially you might need to rack your brains to figure out which trash goes into which can, in the long run, the result is well worth the effort. According to a report issued by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment in December 2018, the household garbage in 202 large and medium-sized Chinese cities amounted to 202 million tons in 2017,…

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Fruit Feast Tourists feed Asian elephants during a public awareness activity on World Elephant Day in a tourism area in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, on August 12. Green Energy Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has transmitted 62.67 billion kWh of electricity generated from renewable sources from 2011 to July this year, according to local authorities. The electricity, which was mainly generated by wind and solar power, helped reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 48.88 million tons and sulfur dioxide by more than 60,000 tons, State Grid Xinjiang Electric Power Co. Ltd. said on August 12. The installed generating capacity of wind power in Xinjiang reached 19.25 million kw, and that of photo-voltaic power totaled 10.22 million kw, according to the Development and Reform Commission of Xinjiang. Xinjiang started transmitting electricity generated…

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Economy Steady Facing mounting challenges at home and abroad, the Chinese economy continued to operate within a reasonable range with steady upward momentum in July, Liu Aihua, a spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics, told a press conference on August 14, citing latest economic performance data. In the first seven months of the year, investment in hi-tech manufacturing surged 11.1 percent year on year, 5.4 percentage points faster than total fixed assets investment growth, while hi-tech manufacturing output rose 8.7 percent, 2.9 percentage points faster than total industrial output. Exports expanded 10.3 percent from a year ago to 1.53 trillion yuan ($218 billion) in July alone and imports went up 0.4 percent to 1.21 trillion yuan ($172 billion). Excluding auto sales, which were affected by the country’s new emissions standards that came into…

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UNITED STATES A cameraman films a new subway car in service in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 14, the first day the first six of 152 cars built by a Chinese company started running on the Orange Line of the city’s subway system GREECE Firefighters extinguish a blaze at Makrymalli, a village on Evia Island, on August 14. Fanned by strong winds, a wildfire threatened villages some 80 km northeast of Athens, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents CROATIA People cool off on the beach in Moscenicka Draga in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County on August 12 as a new round of heat waves hit the country and other parts of Europe MYANMAR A clean-up operation is carried out at a landslide-hit area in Mon State on August 11. At least 51 people were killed in the disaster SINGAPORE Children take…

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people & points

WORLD CHAMPION JOINS RESCUE WORK Xu Yaping, world canoeing champion, has recently caught media attention for joining rescue work in a typhoon-hit city in east China’s Zhejiang Province. A photo of Xu wearing a lifejacket and cap and looking exhausted after 10 hours’ work saving people from floods in Zhejiang has gone viral on Weibo, a popular social media platform. Typhoon Lekima landed in Zhejiang on August 10. On the night of August 10, the Linhai City Public Security Bureau asked the public to lend steamboats for rescue work on social media. Seeing the call for help, Xu, now an aquatic sports teacher at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, contacted professional rescuers, formed a five-person team and headed for Linhai. After more than 10 hours fighting flood, Xu and her team helped more than 30 people…

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a use for refuse

Swipe, dump and get rewards. These are the three basic steps to dump sorted garbage in smart bins in Beijing and Li Ping, a 77-year-old Beijing resident, has mastered the procedure after three years of practice. According to Li, every resident in her community has an online “green account” with its unique QR code. The bin doors open only when one uses the unique code to activate the green account. But before you can put the trash in, on-the-spot supervisors will see if it has been correctly sorted into different piles. Once they give the thumbs-up and the trash bags are dropped into different bins, bonus points are added to your online account, to be accumulated and exchanged later for articles of daily use. “It’s a good way to encourage residents to…