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conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio
ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap
proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.
He said the new round will also cover central government bod
ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano
ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.
The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif
icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec
onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.
Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up
by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh
ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.
Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema
in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea
ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.
showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc
ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.
Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China
will further open up and strengthen international coop
eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.
The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more
than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec
hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.
About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection
ng Wu. He planned to invite her to move in, but Wu didn’t want to leave her apartmen
t at the Social Welfare Institute of Wuhan in Jianghan district, where she had been residing for four years. So Han move
d to the institute, into an apartment across from Wu. He would call her every morning and they would eat three meals together.
On Nov 1, 2018, the two tied the knot. Han gave Wu a one-karat diamond ring at their wedding ceremony.
he institute arranged for them a suite, which has turned into a cozy home with their careful arrangement. Han’s books, newspap
ers and magnifying glasses and Wu’s handwork sit on the desk, while Han’s favorite calligraphy works hang on the wall.
Wu learns singing during the day and Han reads newspapers. When he plays Chinese che
ss, she sits and watches him. Sometimes they do handwork together, watch the TV news and order takeout food.
Han said he did astronomy research when he was young and Wu did oil exploration
, both areas requiring field work, so they have a lot of common topics to talk about every day.
On Thursday afternoon, they shot their wedding photos at the garden of the Social Welfare Institute. Han said, “I’m so happy.”
tension if it plans to change course and tack toward a softer departure. That would, however, require the U.K. to particip
ate in elections for the European Parliament in late May — something both the bloc and the British government have sought to avoid.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bloc was open to extending the departure process by “six or nine or 12 months.”
The political morass has left Britons on both sides of the debate frustrated and angry. S
ome Brexit supporters, who had planned to be celebrating Friday, were protesting instead.
Thousands converged on Parliament Square as lawmakers voted inside, waving Union Jack flags and singing, “Bye-Bye EU.”
Retired charity worker Mandy Childs, one of a band of hard-core Brexit supporter
s walking across England to London under the slogan “Leave Means Leave,” said she felt “heartbroken.”
“We were told over a 100 times by a British prime minister that we would be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019,” she said.
“To do that, promise the British people that and then say ‘Actually, no, we need to just put it back’ — absolute betrayal. And how dare she?”
But what about the trash that has already been dumped in South Korea — such as the smoldering heap in Uiseong?
The government has said it will relax regulations on incineration to allow for disposal, but that move has not thrilled environmental groups.
Kim Mi-kyung, of Greenpeace Korea, says incineration “creates various environmental and health problems like greenhouse gases and toxic substances.”
”If we expand the (use of) incinerators, the plastic use will expand with it, because it w
ill be easy to just burn them,” she says, adding that the problem needs to be tackled at the production level.
South Korea is one of the world’s biggest plastic consumers.
In 2015, it consumed almost 300 pounds (132 kilograms) of plastic
per capita, surpassing both the US and China at 205 and 128 pounds (93 and 58 kg), resp
ectively, according to Euromap,an association for plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers.