The NDRC said in the recent media interview that Chin

na will adhere to the principle of fair and free trade in its management of rare-earth ex

ports, but “the Chinese people will be unhappy” if the country’s exported rare-earth metals are used against China.

Since the start of the China-US trade friction more than a year ago, Washington has taken many measures, includin

g taking advantage of its edge in high-end chip making, to stymie Chinese high-tech firms, the NDRC said.

The NDRC added that in its latest move to dampen China’s industrial development, the US governme

nt has used an executive order to effectively ban products of Chinese tech giant Huawei from being use

d in the US, which has been widely seen as unreasonable and unfair. Having been increasingly used in high-tech ind

ustries, rare-earth metals are critical in making products from advanced weaponry to chips and hybrid cars.

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protections made noticeable progress in China last yea

 because of multiple measures, including improved legislation, intensified law enforcement and more international coopera

tion, according to the Report on the Latest Development in IPR Protection and Business Environment in China.

Law enforcement authorities in China handled 215,000 cases involvin

g counterfeit products last year, including 77,000 cases involving patent infr

ingement, said Gan Lin, vice-minister of the State Administration for Market Regulation.

Courts across China concluded nearly 320,000 IPR cases of various type

s last year, an increase of 41.6 percent over the prev

ious year. More than 5,600 criminal suspects involved in IPR infringement were arrested last year, Jin said.

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r kids’ footprints have been left on hundreds of desti

“Products that just scratch the surface, like simple tours of famous universities, have fallen out of favor with the market,” Zhang says.

Language training, NASA’s space camp, computer programming, homes

tays, wild animal care and desert and museum experiences are among the most popular options.

“Certain volunteering and public-welfare routes have seen a particularly fast increase in bookings,” Zhang says.

During the recent winter vacation in February, study-t

rip bookings surged by 80 percent compared with the same period of last year.

Domestic trips cost roughly 4,500 yuan ($663) per capita on ave

rage, while expenditures hit 21,000 yuan for outbound experiences, the agency reports.

Parents from Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong province’s Guangz

hou and Shenzhen are the most willing to spend, according to Ctrip’s data.

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The industrial park sits on nearly 26 hectares of land in

Ballard County and has been set up to use the carp acquired by the fish center. Twelve tracts of land inside the park are for sale.

On opening day, eight tracts were already claimed, with most of the investors coming from China.

Jiang Chenguang, an internet businessman from the Guangxi

Zhuang autonomous region, launched the United Fisheries Group to process carp into fish balls

and fish cakes for export to China. Two Rivers Foods will process smoked fish, and has already shipped a smoker to the site.

A business called Lakeside City has been formed to process carp into salted fish, while

Eco Fish, which already existed, has hired fishermen to catch carp, process them and recycle waste into fertilizer.

Zhu Hongwei, a hotel and catering businessman from Jiangsu province, decided on the day the indus

trial park opened to buy one tract of land for food processing. “I will decide how to process the fish later,” Zhu said.

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He said an ideal souvenir is one that is practical, rem

niscent of local experiences, artistic and portable. “The souveni

r market is huge and growing, given the expanding Chinese middle-inc

ome population and consumers’ increasing purchasing po

wer. But to earn money in this market, souvenir-makers should do a much better job.”

China has the world’s largest and fastest-growing middle-income group (more than 400 m

illion, or 140 million families as of 2017), said Ning Jizhe, head of the National Bureau of Statistics, in January.

Their annual family income is between 100,000 yuan and 500,000 yu

an. This enables them to buy cars, properties and tourism packages, Ning said.

“Many im2pulsive purchases will be made during travels, either for self or to gift to relatives and friends,” said He.

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Another outbreak in Shaanxi province caused the dea

aths of five pandas between December 2014 and April 2015.

Pandas are docile but can be fierce. In 2005, a female photographer from Hong Kong jumped into a pand

a enclosure to take photos. To the surprise of onlookers, the panda slashed one of her arms, causing profuse bleeding, the center said.

Zhou Mengqi, a veteran photographer in Chengdu, was chased by a panda that had been eating quietly unt

il he took pictures of the animal up close at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the early 1990s.

“Its claw touched my shoes before I escaped through a door,” he said.

China has a total of 548 captive pandas. Of those, 285 are in the China Conser

vation and Research Center for the Giant Panda and 196 live at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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Legend has it that Clear and Bright is one of three peri

iods during the year in which ghosts come closest to the world of living men. Buddhists believe that wil

low branches will drive away unwelcome ghosts and evil spirits. Therefore, willow branches are also known as “ghost terror wood”.

Folk proverbs also dictate customs. One proverb states that if a young lady does not wear a willow branch during the Clear and Bri

ght period, she will soon turn old. Another says: “If one does not wear a willow, he will become a yellow dog after he dies and is reincarn

ated.”Flying kites is an activity favored by many Chinese during Tomb-Sweeping Day. Kites are not only flown during the day time but also in the evenin

g. Little lanterns are tied to the kite or to the kitestring. And when the kites are flying in the sky, the lanterns look lik

e twinkling stars at night. What makes flying kites during this day special is that people cut the string while the kite is in the

sky to let it fly free. It is said this brings good luck and that diseases can be chased away by doing this.

The Cold Food Festival or Hanshi Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated

for one day before Tomb-Sweeping Day. On that day, making fire is taboo and only cold food is available.

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bodies have been transported to Xichang. The relativ

es of one victim wanted him to be buried where he died.

The 30 victims have been recognized as martyrs. The recognition is approve

d by the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Sichuan provincial government.

hang Jun, head of the Xichang branch of the Liangshan forest fire briga

de, and his team members went back to Xichang from Muli on Wednesday. Recalling the er

uptive fire, Zhang said it had been the first blaze of its kind he’d encountered in a dozen years of firefighting, China News Serv

ice reported. “I was at the south part of the fire, when I heard a blare and saw a mushroom cloud about 50 to 60 meters hig

h rising from the valley. Two to three minutes later, dense smoke began to fall and the communication equipment didn’t work.”

Zhang divided his team during the firefighting. One of them, consisting of 10 firefighters, only had four escape with their lives.

Zhao Maoyi still sees his dead teammate four days after the eruptive fire. When his team decided to evacu

ate after hearing blasts, the fire spread to their location from the foot of a mountain in seconds. They were blocked by a huge l

og. “I pushed one onto the log and used my last strength to climb over the log. When I looked back, I saw the desperate look

on an 18-year-old teammate,” Zhao cried. “I dream about him every night, I hear him saying ‘give me a hand'”.

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This environment created a black market in which bro

  okers will offer to dispose of waste at below the market rate.

  Brokers charge between $130 and $170 to dump a ton of waste in a sparsely

populated part of the country, says Lee, Kim’s former boss.

  Not only can this be a lucrative source of income, the fines for illegal

dumping are only about $3,000, Lee says.

  Lee estimates that Kim pocketed upwards of $22 million this way, judging by the extra trash that was found at his site.

  A new dumping ground

  Since the China ban, South Korea has been using Southeast Asia as a

dumping ground for much of its non-recyclable waste.

  The country now exports 10 times more waste to the Philippines and

almost 30 times mor

e to Thailand than it did before Beijing’s ban. But not all the waste sent abroad is

disposed of legally.

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I worried that we would make concessions that were not

  alluci elaborated in a call arranged by the Stimson Center. He worried Trump would

go along with a Chinese and Russian proposal “that we give up joint ex

ercises with the ROK in exchange for the North Koreans giving up furthe

r testing of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.”

  There had been some concern that the US would sign off on a formal end to hostiliti

es with North Korea and, as a result, Trump would agree to pull US troops from the Korean Peninsula.

  The President had claimed that the removal of US troops from South Korea was not on the ta

ble, but there were still fears that Trump would change his mind at the last minute. During his post-su

mmit press conference he bemoaned — and exaggerated — the cost of maintaining a US military presence.

  Instead, Washington and Pyongyang are now at “a pause,” Galluci said. “There will be con

tinuing efforts to go beyond the place we are at. And this is a fine temporary position we’re at.”

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