harbor, on the southwest coast of Seoul. On board were 51 containers of mixed waste that South Korean company Green SoKo had exported to the Philippines last year.
The company had claimed the waste was recyclable plastic, but most of it was not in fact recyclable an
d had been strewn over a 45,000 square meter patch (almost 500,000 square feet) of Mindanao island.
Locals discovered that the trash included household garbage, used diapers, empty ca
ns of ham, and washing machine parts. Protests by environmental group EcoWaste Coalition put pressure on the South Korean govern
ment to take back the trash.What that container ship brought back to Seoul, however, was only a fraction of the 290
,000 tons of waste which South Korean Customs estimates was illegally exported in 2018.
A report released last month by the Ministry of Environment
blamed the problem on the lack of affordable alternatives for disposing of solid waste.
”The cost of incineration used to be $53 per ton and now it’s over $230. The waste comp
anies cannot recycle or incinerate (affordably), so the waste is left abandoned,” ministry officials said at a briefing.
Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai
rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op
portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.
“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog
ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro
w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”
He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co
me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.
Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee
n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo
r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.
The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the first South American symphony to t
our China, will hold a concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre on the night of Valentine’s Day.
The event also marked the first time the symphony’s female conductor Marin Alsop is involved in a performance in China.
Alsop, who is one of the most prominent students of the late US musician Leonard Bernstein, introduced the symphony’s m
usic style as “accessible with folk elements” and highly rhythmic, which is “a hallmark of the Brazilian music”.
concert program, she added, is perfect for Valentine’s Day as it “begins with lots of fire and ends with lots of romance”.
The concert opened with Bernstein’s Candide Overture, followed by works from Brazilian composer Heit
or Villa-Lobos and Argentine Alberto Ginastera. The second part featured Sheherazade by Russian artist Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Following its China premiere in Shanghai, Alsop and the Sao Pa
ulo symphony will go on to play in Jinan of Shandong province, Beijing and Hong Ko
ng, where the company will feature as the opening performance for the Hong Kong Arts Festival on Feb 21.
Despite China’s ongoing trade war with the United States, Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse, has found new ways to attain sustainable economic development.
In addition to the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which helped the province maintain its strong growth momentum, inn
ovation in science and technology was the key to sustainable economic growth last year, Wang Ruijun, director-general of
the provincial Department of Science and Technology, told local media recently.
Wang said the provincial government spared no effort to promote innovation after President X
i Jinping urged Guangdong to further develop its innovative industries during last year’s tw
o sessions – the annual meetings of China’s top legislature and advisory body.
Wang said Guangdong has invested more than 4 billion yuan ($593 million) to help build seven provi
ncial-level laboratories and 72 other major scientific research projects to support economic development.
It has also actively integrated its scientific and technological development into the country’s de
velopment plan for major scientific and technological projects, while building the Guangdong-H
ong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Innovation Center of Science and Technology, he said.