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.
more support to private hospitals. According to the policies, private hospitals will have the same assessment system as
public hospitals, the government will not limit the opening of general clinics, third-party medical insti
tutions will have their own standards, and internet hospitals will be encouraged.
Judging from the policies, opening up the incremental market will c
ontinue to be an important direction for medical reform in the nex
t few years. At the same time, the government will also tighten the supervision of private hospitals, in the ho
pe of forming a diversified system with public hospitals being the main body, supplemented by private institutions.
On Nov 5 2018, President Xi Jinping gave a speech during the opening
ceremony of the China International Import Expo, stating that China is steadily expanding the
opening-up of the financial sector, and will loosen limitations on foreign investment in the medical field.
Market insiders said that this is a positive signal for China’s medical sector to attract foreign investment.
According to the notice issued by the government in 2000, forei
gn capital can contribute up to a 70 percent share of China’s medical institutions.
give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn
ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba
y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti
al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its
strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic
holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.
To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni
versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.
Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i
s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un
veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w