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of them are relatives, so the close ties between them are not broken by national borders. W
hat the school has been doing is to further strengthen the special bond between the two peoples,” he said.
The school has preschool classes and first through third grades and all classes are taught in Chinese, Dai dialect and Bu
rmese, Sun said, adding that students can take advantage of free tuition and nutritious breakfasts.
Jie En, 11, a Myanmar student at the school, said, “The teache
rs do not treat us differently because we come from a different country, and people cannot tell wh
ether we are from China or Myanmar because we can also speak fluent Chinese.”
Myanmar students only need to show proof of identificatio
n and a birth certificate to register at the school and are allowed four entries into China a day, he said.
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.