China is at a stage of rapid industrialization and urbani

ization, and the issue of occupational diseases, which has been accumu

lating over the decades of extensive growth, is gradually starting to show,” Li said.

A key task of the campaign is to complete a survey of the threat of dust pois

oning, covering industries including mining, metallurgy and building materials by the end

of 2020, and to hold companies accountable for preventing the hazard, a commission document said.

The campaign also aims to have employers who generate large amounts of dust suspend their businesses and over

haul working conditions, and will ask local authorities to shut down those that cannot improve.

The campaign aims for more rigorous inspections of high-dust employers and to punish those who violate laws and regula

tions. It will also urge employers to sign contracts with their employees and join occupational injury insurance.

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Pilot project to eradicate urban waste gets underway in

China officially launched the “no-waste city” pilot program in 16 area

s on Monday as it steps up efforts to recycle its increasing waste stockpile.

The pilot program covers the entirety of 11 cities, including Shenzhen, Guangdong pr

ovince, and Weihai, Shandong province, and sections of the other five cities.

The central government has made arrangements to offer support to

the pilot areas in policy, technology and funding, said Zhuang Guotai, vice-mi

nister of ecology and environment, at the launch ceremony in Shenzhen on Monday.

He said an expert committee has been established to guide the pilot program and

evaluate progress, and seven groups have been put in place to offer technical support.

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The conference also saw the launch of a scientific alli

lliance on international disaster risk reduction, which included around 30 institution

s and universities from countries including Italy, Belgium, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The alliance will serve as a new platform for international coordinati

on and provide scientific support for disaster relief and sustainable development.

The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the China Association for Science and Technology, the U

nited Nations Environment Program, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Alliance of Int

ernational Science Organizations, a group created to connect the scientific communities of BRI participants.

Bai Chunli, president of the academy, said in the conference’s opening ceremony on Saturday that areas along the Si

lk Road are prone to various natural disasters that have resulted in massive loss of life and economic damage.

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Trade agreements can affect the types of goods being

traded and they can redirect trade toward one country, away

from others. They cannot directly affect any country’s worldwide current account balance. A count

ry that saves less than it invests will have to borrow foreign funds to import foreign goods to make up that difference.

There are two ways to reduce the US trade deficit. A serious recession would reduce investme

nt, but nobody advocates that as a strategy. The only other path is to change the US financial and gove

rnment system to encourage increased savings. China has almost nothing to do with it.

Ironically, the disputes between the US and China center around both nations’ legitimate desires to

protect some current low-skilled jobs, or at least to allow an easier transition to new jobs and industries.

US administration’s economic policy has rightly focused on the need to

retain jobs for working-class people in the US. And, China’s companies that export to the U

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The operation of the infant ward was suspended, and the hosp

ospital was ordered to solve management problems relating to the case, check on the condition of the surviving babies and console the parents.

A deputy director of the health bureau of the Shunde district of Fo

shan, Guangdong, was also fired, and others deemed responsible were punished.

No new case has been reported in the hospitals that have treated the affected babies.

The provincial health commission has ordered all the medical institutions in the province to check their infection-control procedures.

The viral strain that affected the infants was identified by the commission as Echo 11. It is an intestinal virus to which chi

ldren, especially infants, are susceptible. It is closely related to a respiratory infection.

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So far, more than 47,000 people have received skating and

skiing training and the number will continue to rise, with expectations of 70,000 enrolled by the end of this year, he added.

He also said Yanqing has built more ski runs over the last two years, based on seasonal features and site conditions.

Some important events and testing activities are expected to be he

ld in Yanqing – for example, the 14th National Winter Games Alpine skiing speed events in 2020.

Zheng, the deputy commissioner, said schools in Yanqing also created some outdoor ice rinks when winter weather cond

itions allowed, while in summer, manmade ice would be a good choice for campuses to open up skating practice.

Yanqing will put more effort into increasing the number of qua

lified winter sports instructors, improving school curriculum and hastening constr

uction of winter sports venues to add more flavor to the upcoming Winter Olympics in China, he said.

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Most Chinese State-owned enterprises are not relevant to tra

ade negotiations. Many are in non-tradable sectors such as property develop

ment, infrastructure, or concrete. Others are basically public utilities in telecoms or power.

Some Chinese car companies are State-owned, usually by provincial govern

ments, but the car business in China is very highly competitive and foreign brands are very successful.

In any case, the continuing growth of an already large private sector should alleviate foreign concerns

about competing with State-owned companies.

During the George W. Bush administration, the US imposed tarif

fs on Chinese steel, arguing that State-owned companies had an unfair advantage. But, US ste

el companies also face higher costs because of increased environmental protection. China’s current emphasis on bu

ilding an “ecological civilization” means that that kind of polluting heavy industry will be less viable.

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countries work to tackle disastersrs ago during which the s

Scientists from China and other countries involved in the Belt

and Road Initiative will work together to enhance scientific and technological coop

eration in disaster prevention and mitigation, according to a joint declaration.

The collaboration aims to make areas along the initiative safer, more sustainable a

nd disaster-proof, according to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-r

oad Disaster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reduct

ion Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sic

huan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.

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Learning to work together in an orderly, high trust lev

, and supported by diverse interest groups will prevent conflicts among stakeholders in the South China Sea,” Santarita said.

China is in the midst of implementing a host of reforms, which are focused on opening up its economy to foreign compet

ition and strengthening its private sector. They are needed to upgrade its industries and avoid the dreaded middle-income trap.

Many of these reforms are exactly what the United States is asking for in the trade negotiation

s, but China is actually pursuing these reforms primarily to achieve its own long-term internal economic goals.

He said Asia’s emphasis on “respect for authority, respect for the environm

ent and the discipline to control the use of resources” will also see Asian leaders purs

uing a more eco-friendly development path and honor their commitments to the Paris climate agreement.

“If there is harmony, discipline, stability and the primacy of family and com

munity over the individual, then any problem can be easily addressed,” Santarita said.

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Fretting about weight has become a common topic for

discussion among Chinese women-and not just at the office. Such discussions can be heard

everywhere, from high school classrooms to fitness studios, beauty salons and department stores.

But the issue is not just cause for concern in China. Obsessing over body shape has also emerged in Western countries over the past decade.

The term “fat talk” was coined by United States anthropologist Mimi Nic

hter and her team of researchers in 1994 after they observed the way girls in middle school

spoke about their body shapes-unexpectedly revealing that they invariably focused on the negatives.

Since then, numerous studies have detailed how pervasive “fat talk” has become among women of all ages.

A study published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2011 found that an “overwhelm

ing majority of women”-93 percent-admitted to discussing the issue, with one-third of them doing so frequently.

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