Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, said China's decision to block many plastic recyclables is a global game changer, forcing cities in the US and Europe to figure out what to do with their huge mountains of plastics.
A total of 430 tons of litchee, longan, mango, paw paw and green oranges were exported from Hainan to Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States last year, while another 960 tons of fresh vegetables were sold to Hong Kong, according to official statistics.
In an effort to protect the environment and public health, China banned the import of 24 categories of solid waste－including plastic and paper－on Jan 1. The effort was given a shot in the arm by Premier Li, who vowed in his speech on March 5 to "completely prohibit" the garbage.
Building a modern economic system is essential for China to take the lead in the global scientific revolution and in industrial reform trends, and for China to fulfill its “Two Centenary Goals”, Xi said.
The 40-year-old village head made a living in cities after graduating from a university in Nanjing, and then returned to Changtang, his home village, in 2007. At the time he convinced his fellow villagers to try cultivating sweet potatoes instead of the traditional lower-profit rice.
Xi urged more efforts to improve social governance and promote justice to ensure the stability, happiness and security of the people. The people should sense justice and fairness in every single judicial case, he said.