Beijing has launched a national effort to reduce environmental degradation. Part of the plan is mandatory waste separation. As to be expected the new waste disposal program is being implemented with Orwellian efficiency
For weeks now, hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in Hong Kong against the increasing influence of the Beijing government over their region. People in mainland China, however, have little sympathy.
China's exports to the US were down year-on-year in August. The dive follows July's surprise growth and comes amid a high-pressure campaign by Washington to coerce Beijing into signing a new trade deal.
Negotiators from the world's top two economies are meeting in Shanghai to discuss ways to ease their trade tensions, which have irked businesses and governments worldwide. Expectations for a breakthrough are running low.
China doesn't need the former Crown colony quite as much as it did back in 1997 when it switched from British rule. But the Special Administrative Region remains a valuable conduit for Beijing.
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