It handed over 124 tons of hazardous waste in late 2012 to

 two local farmers who simply buried it and caused severe environmental degra

dation, according to a local court verdict reached in January of 2017. The company w

as fined 1 million yuan ($148,850), and two senior executives were given suspended jail terms.

In July 2017, a local environmental watchdog fined the company 280,000 yuan for va

rious violations including misconduct in hazardous waste management.

Hazardous waste could potentially be radioactive, toxic, highly corrosive or otherwise ha

rmful to people and the environment. Therefore, these materials require special treatment.

At a news conference in late March, Qiu Qiwen, head of the sol

id waste and chemicals management department of the Mini

stry of Ecology and Environment, said that the proper treatment of hazardous waste and other solid

waste is of great significance as it’s fundamental to improving air, water and soil quality.

Qiu’s department was newly established in the ministry’s latest institutional reshuffle in the second h

alf of last year — a move meant to strengthen governance over hazardous waste treatment.

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een the Chinese and American people, but also

ard the bilateral collaboration and joint research on protection and conservation of endangered species of wildlife and biodiversity,” he said.

Erica Kohler, director of operations of the San Diego Zoo, told Xinhua it

is sad to see the two pandas leaving for China. However, it is also a time to celebrate the successful coll

aboration with China on the joint research of panda breeding and wild life protection.

Dubbing the pandas “the friendship ambassadors” from China, she said Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu attracted about 2 million visitors to the zoo each year.

As the first panda on loan, Bai Yun, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1996. The cuddly panda soon became an iconic imag

e of the zoo and one of the most popular animals. The name of her son, Xiao Liwu, means Little Gift in English.

Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor of the San Diego Zoo, told Xi

nhua that they learned a lot from the giant pandas and gathered data from them.

Thomas said as a great mother of six baby pandas, Bai Yun has a very good character, is very easy-going.

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The move could also boost economic development, espe

ecially the development of the tourism sector, a pillar industry of China.

In fact, after the four-day holiday was announced on March 22, tourism-related stocks rose sharpl

y. Also, the number of tourists and tourism revenue during May Day holiday this year are set to increase by ab

out 8 and 9 percent year-on-year, respectively, according to China Tourism Academy.

But the actual number of holidays has not increased because April 28 and

May 5 being Sundays are make-up working days. And since there is a debate on whether t

he government should put people’s demand for longer holidays above economic development, the four-day hol

iday without reducing the number of working days will help the government and companies to strike a balance bet

ween maintaining economic development and meeting people’s need for longer holidays.

But why do Chinese people crave for longer holidays? They do so be

cause some employers, especially in some underdeveloped regions, have not given (or

have been reluctant to give) the paid leave to their employees. Besides, national holidays put

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This is an unprecedented move,” said Robert Mann

 president of R.W. Mann & Co, an aviation consulting firm. “I think it will be a good thi

ng for Max aircraft, but I’m not sure it will be a good thing overall if it creates an international bureaucratic proce

ss for future certification that will take longer than any individual oversight agency would now require.”

James Hall, managing partner of Hall & Associates, an aviation consulting firm in Washin

gton and former chairman of the NTSB, said it’s unclear how the FAA’s new panel will m

esh with investigations of Boeing launched by the US inspector general, US Justice Department and Congress.

“Will the technical review team look at the certification pro

cess, or is it an attempt to get the plane back in the air?” Hall said. “We’ll see.”

Boeing said it would work closely with the new task force.

“We welcome the Joint Authorities Technical Review and look forward to working wi

th the panel,” Paul Bergman, a spokesman for Boeing in Seattle, said in a statement. “Safety is our top priority.”

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destinations you can’t miss over Qingming Festival h

Qingming Festival, which falls on April 5 this year, is known as Tomb-Sweeping Day. Chine

se people value it very much because it is the grandest festival for ancestor worship in China.

The festival always appears about the beginning of April when spring has come. Not only is i

t a period for commemorating the dead, it is also a time for people to go out and enjoy nature.

Roman poet Virgil once wrote: Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree wit

h leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its colorful attire. In such a beau

tiful season, Chinese have a three-day vacation during the festival to go out to enjoy nature after a cold winter.

Where is the best place to go during the festival? Here are 10 popular tourist attractions.Located in Southwest China’s Sichuan

province, the Jiuzhaigou Valley is renowned for its scenic and aesthetic majesty. Its fairyland landscape of num

erous lakes, waterfalls, and limestone terraces with their attractive, clear, mineral-rich waters are set in spe

ctacular alpine mountains with a highly diverse forest ecosystem, demonstrating remarkable natural beauty.

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As the new area will be built to the highest standards, ther

will be significant demand for top-quality goods and services,” he told China Daily.

Noting that many European companies are renowned for their innovation and reliability, Bagnasco said that “there shou

ld be plenty of business to be done” in Xiongan. In June, Mats Harborn, chamber president, paid a visit to Xiongan and wa

s received by Chen Gang, vice-governor of Hebei province and director of Xiongan’s management committee.

Chen said he hopes the chamber will take an active role in such areas as green developm

ent, intelligent technologies and innovation in Xiongan, an official news release from the new area said.

“The EU Chamber of Commerce in China has been building relationships in Xiongan for some time now, and the me

eting in June was just one part of that,” Bagnasco said, adding that the meeting was a good opportunity to furt

her develop relationships and deal with more concrete matters, such as specific investment mechanisms.

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ple injured in chemical plant explosion receive medical treatm

Every morning, dozens of students from Myanmar walk hand in hand across the border into China’s Yunnan province.

There, they are led by patrol officers to Yinjing Frontier Primary School. After school, as they are escorted to the border insp

ection station, they wave, tell the officers goodbye and return to their homes in Myanmar.

The students attend the first frontier primary school in China. Loca

ted in Yinjing village in the small border city of Ruili in Yunnan province, the school has 36 My

anmar students and 99 Chinese students. Founded in 1960, it has been admitting students from Myanmar since 1990.

Wen Liang, 10, from Myanmar, has repeated this routine for three years. “I like go

ing to school in China. It makes me very happy because I have many friends there,” Wen said.

The youngest Myanmar student is 5, said Sun Jialiang, the school principal.

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And while it was perhaps the most blatant attempt by the

  ministration to wade into a foreign contest, it was not the only time the President or his tea

m has weighed in on the domestic politics of other countries. From undercutting British Prime Minis

ter Theresa May during a visit to the United Kingdom to calling attention to protests against French President Emm

anuel Macron, Trump has repeatedly sought to influence the internal affairs of the US’s closest allies — in full public view.

  ”It’s not without precedent that United States leaders have said things that affect politics in other countries, but it is without prece

dent for them to do it as brazenly as Trump has done,” said Joseph Nye, the former dean of Harvard Uni

versity’s Kennedy School of Government. “His style and the degree to which he intervenes are both unprecedented.”

  American administrations have long sought to quietly sway the domestic politics of other countries, whether throu

gh covert influence campaigns or military support. But rarely has a US president so eagerly voiced his opinions or

taken steps to influence another country’s internal affairs, particularly among close US allies.

  Instead — even when an administration’s preferred outcome was widely known or assumed — the White Hou

se maintained an officially neutral stance. A country’s internal affairs were off-limits, at least as a matter of stated position.

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The Ethiopian Minister of Transport said preliminary data

recovered from the black boxes of the crash in Ethiopia showed similarities to the Air Lion crash. But the investigation is ongoing.

Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash — the second crash of a 737 Max 8 plane in less than five months — countries and airlines around the world grounded their 737 Max planes.

Boeing insists that the 737 Max 8 is safe to fly.

“Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the Max,” Boeing said in a statement on March 12.

“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made d

ecisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets. It is also important to not

e that the Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the i

nformation currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”

With reporting from CNN’s Chris Isidore and Ralph Ellis.

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Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday also

extended her condolences to the victims and their families and people who are affected by the attacks.

“Our thoughts go to the victims and their families and everyone that being affect,” Dalziel said

. She also acknowledged the extraordinary response from the police and first responders.

“An attack on the Muslin community is an attack on us, on Christchurch and on New Zealand,” Dalziel said.

She believed that Christchurch people will go thro

ugh this together by “looking after each other … in many diverse communities in our city.”

Calling the event “an unspeakable tragedy,” the mayor told Xinhua, “We need to make

sure that everyone feels safe, everyone feels welcome and everyone feels a part of the city.”

Major public events during the weekend have all been cancelled across New Zealand a

fter the attacks. Flags were flown at half-mast in government buildings to mourn the victims.

The Chinese Consulate General in Christchurch has confirmed there was no casualty of Chinese citizen in the mosque attacks.

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