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China moves to ban “foreign garbage,” returns over 300 tons of waste back to U.S.

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017

FILE PHOTO – Customs officers check on imported solid waste at an examination centre in Qingdao, Shandong province, October 15, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

China has started its reform plan on solid waste import management released earlier this year, saying that “foreign garbage” will be entirely banned from entering the country by the end of 2017.

Customs in different places across China are also stepping up efforts to crack down upon the illegal import of foreign trash and arrange the returns of the smuggled waste banned in the country.

“We require the companies to ship the trash back as soon as we found it, to prevent any environmental pollution it might bring to us,” said Lianyungang Customs Inspections officer Li Rui.

China has looked into 146 cases of illegal import and processing of imported waste into the country in the first half of this year, which involved more than 260,000 tons of solid waste, according to Customs officials.

China used to be one of the largest importers of “foreign garbage”, or technically known as “solid wastes” but some companies have illegally smuggled “foreign garbage” into the country for profit, damaging the environment and public health.

“The prohibited solid waste may bring hazardous impacts on production and people’s lives during the follow-up processing, to affect drinking water, underground water, and air, Tianjin Xingang Customs inspections Deputy chief Cao Wei.

China will gradually phase out imports of solid waste that can be replaced by domestic resources, by reducing the categories and amount of solid waste imports and raising the import threshold, according to the officials. — Reuters

 

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China’s new Alzheimer’s drug completes phase 3 clinical trial

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

 

China’s new Alzheimer’s drug GV-971. CCTV via Reuters

A Chinese research group on Tuesday announced that a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease completed its third clinical trial.

The drug GV-971, extracted from brown algae, was developed by Ocean University of China, the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Green Valley Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, after a 21-year study.

A phase three clinical trial is the last test before a drug reaches the market. For this drug, the test examined its effectiveness and safety in treating patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s.

Independent animal experiments showed that the new drug can regulate patients’ immune systems, reduce neuroinflammation and improve cognition.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory, thinking skills and the ability to carry out simple tasks. The disease affects about 48 million people worldwide, and the number is expected to increase with aging populations. -Reuters

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China breaks into top 20 innovative economies

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

 

Global Innovation Index 2018 (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

China broke into the top 20 most-innovative economies in the annual Global Innovation Index (GII) ranking published on Tuesday by Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Switzerland retained its top place this year, followed by the Netherlands and Sweden. China climbed to 17th from 22nd place last year, according to the ranking.

The United States slid from 4th in 2017 to 6th, though in absolute terms, it remained the top contributor to key innovation inputs and outputs.

The United States came second after China in the volume of researchers, patents, and scientific and technical publications, according to the ranking.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that China’s rapid rise heralded “the arrival of multipolar innovation,” reflecting “a strategic direction set from the top leadership to developing world-class capacity in innovation and to moving the structural basis of the economy to more knowledge-intensive industries that rely on innovation to maintain competitive advantage.”

Switzerland, Luxembourg, and China ranked top three in terms of translating investments in education and research and development expenditures into high-quality innovation outputs, according to the ranking.

A survey of “top science and technology clusters” around the world put the areas around Tokyo-Yokohama and Shenzhen-Hong Kong atop the list, while the United States had the greatest number of hotspots with 26.

The top 10 innovative economies also include Britain, Singapore, Finland, Denmark, Germany, and Ireland.

GII ranked 126 economies based on 80 indicators, ranging from intellectual property filing rates to mobile-application creation, education spending and scientific and technical publications. -Reuters

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Typhoon Maria makes landfall in east China’s Fujian

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Typhoon Maria landfall in China (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

 

Typhoon Maria, the eighth typhoon this year, made landfall at around 09:10 Wednesday in Lianjiang County of east China’s Fujian Province, bringing gales of up to 42 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities.

The typhoon brought gales that created waves over 10 meters high in Sansha Town in Xiapu County, about 130 kilometers away from Lianjiang County, on its way to reaching land.

The foundation of a coastal highway under construction was destroyed.

Maria, which weakened from a super typhoon to a strong typhoon at 17:00 Tuesday, moved northwestward at a speed of about 30 kilometers per hour before making landfall. -Reuters

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