ents show that at least 162 sources of drinking water across the country have been aba
ndoned or were slated for suspension over the past decade, mostly in the south.
It said many areas in the south must receive water diverted from far
away because of local pollution. For some areas in the north, diversion is chosen beca
use of water shortages. Many places in Jiangsu province have turned to the Yangtze for water.
Previously, cities in southern Jiangsu relied on Taihu Lake, China’s third-largest fresh
water lake, and other local water bodies for their drinking water. This changed, however, after a major outbr
eak of blue-green algae in 2007. The incident forced Wuxi to temporarily suspend water supplies. After the inci
dent, major cities in the Taihu basin turned to the Yangtze for drinking water, the report said.
In Taizhou, located on the north shore of the Yangtze, Xinghua is the o
nly one of six areas administrated by the city that has yet to tap the Yangtze for its drinking wat
er. But a diversion project from the river was listed on the Xinghua government’s agenda last year.
Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre
es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.
For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly
salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.
The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu
dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.
According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an
d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af
ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.
The head of one of the world’s best-known museums is retiring, and as the news spread l
ate Monday, netizens praised him as a tireless guardian and promoter of the nation’s heritage.
The retirement of Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang, 65, whose name has frequently been
in the news, was announced on Monday at a meeting at the museum, also known as the Forbidden City.
Shan “has made the Forbidden City shift from a luxury beyond reach to one that is accessible to ordinary people”, Feng Kaitai, a la
wyer and Weibo user, posted on Monday. “He makes more younger people fall in love with the Forbidden City.”
The museum named Wang Xudong, director of Dunhuang Academy in Gansu province sinc
e 2014, as Shan’s successor. The academy manages and studies the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, also known as th
e Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, including hundreds of temples at a Silk Road crossroads.
of affluent two-earner couples to outbid single people for homes is a real problem,” said Coontz, adding that it’s exacerbated in Amer
ica by the extremely uneven quality of local schools, so that people get into bidding wars over homes in good school districts.
“We have to think through our housing policies, zoning laws and social investm
ents to find better ways to produce affordable housing (for singles),” she added.
A rise in single-person households may aid labor market mobility, ac
cording to Bachman. With fewer attachments to property and free of marital burdens, the
se individuals may be more open to shifting cities for jobs, which could make the labor market more mobile.
US fertility rate falling
At the same time, single-person households will have to cope with lower availability of informal personal care from
partners, Bachman wrote. Such nonmarket production (as economists would define it) may need to be replaced by pur
chased personal care services, especially health and nursing care, which could significantly impact the healthcare industry.
from countries involved in the BRI have visited Hainan annually to study agricultural technology, including Nanf
an’s breeding program, which is “playing the role of Silicon Valley for the country’s seed industry”, Wang said.
Hainan’s climate and biological resources have made Nanfan an important nation
al center of seed propagation. Every winter, more than 7,000 domestic agricultural scientists and
workers are busy at the Nanfan centers. More than 70 percent of the country’s 7,000 crop varieties have been culti
vated in the tropical island province, which is building a global resources center, National Business Daily reported.
“With good stress resistance and higher yields, hybrid rice seeds developed by Nanfan’s ce
nters are being welcomed in Southeast Asian countries,” said Xie Zhenyu, an assistant research fellow at th
e Research Institute of Tropical Crop Germ Plasm under the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
eighboring Sichuan province, moved to Dali in 2014. She is among thousands of newcomers
who operate guesthouses around Erhai Lake, which offers stunning views that provide an escape from urban life.
The 50-year-old, who now wants to leave the city and return to her hometown, said her decision
to operate guesthouses in Dali had turned out to be a mistake, as it had left her heavily in debt.
She ran a garment company in Chengdu before moving to Dali, and the annual revenue from
this business was about 400,000 yuan. She and her family lived quite a good life, she said.
Like many of her peers, Wang was attracted by the scenery around Erhai Lake, and u
sed her capital to open a lakeside guesthouse business by leasing land from local farmers to build her own premises.
In 2014, she invested 6 million yuan in an 18-room guesthouse in Shuanglang township close to the lake.
school because speaking fluent Chinese is necessary for them to work in China or do business with China, Sun said.
The government in Ruili has invested 2.6 million yuan ($388,000) in impro
ving school facilities, including building a new school building, canteen and playground. T
he school has established a special foundation with donations from teachers, parents and officers at the in
spection station to sponsor impoverished Chinese and Burmese students in pursuing their studies, he said.
Ruili, an important land port for southwestern China, is described by a famous C
hinese song, There is a Beautiful Place, which describes its natural beauty and colorful folklore.
At the school, the students also can be heard singing another so
ng, “Two countries, one school, hand in hand, heart to heart, forever love.”
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.