Wheat growing on a farm in Huai’an, Jiangsu province

A threat to the viability of the current WTO dispute settlement system is the unilateralism and

protectionism of the United States. Specifically, this mechanism is in crisis because the Unit

ed States has prevented the appointment of new judges to the appellate body. Experts have warned that if th

e appellate body were to shut down because of a lack of judges, global trade governance will be put back 20 years.

Of course the WTO also needs to continually reforming itself so that it can keep up w

ith the times, and many countries have put forward relevant suggestions. For instance, the European Uni

on has released a paper putting forth ideas for a comprehensive modernization of the WTO, and the United States, Eur

ope, and Japan have together submitted a their own proposed reforms. And in November last year, China ann

ounced that it supported necessary reforms of the WTO and raised five proposals that aim to firmly uphold the rules-ba

sed multilateral trading system, resist protectionism, and let the WTO play a bigger role in world trade.

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The situation is very much like the ceiling of a roo

m in which airborne particulate matter is present. The lower the ceilin

g is, the higher the density of pollutants which then mix with the cleaner air.

With a low mixing layer, Taihang mountain range to the west and the Yanshan mountai

n range to the north serve as walls that form a semi-closed “room” in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster.

The high level of emissions is the major reason for air pollution in th

e greater Beijing area, and meteorological conditions also play a key role as an exte

rnal factor, said Xu Xiangde, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences.

Zhang Xiaoye, Xu’s colleague, said the “marked effect” of continuous pollutant accu

mulation on meteorological conditions could make overall pollution even worse.

“After the accumulation reaches a certain level, it will further wor

sen the meteorological conditions, which then will further affect air quality, causing explosive

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The import exhibition will be held in the first and thi

rd phases, with 1,000 booths booked by 650 enterprises from 38 countries and regions.

The first phase of the import exhibition has 616 booths displaying electronics and home appliances, build

ing materials and hardware and mechanical equipment. There will be 384 booths in the third phase, m

ainly displaying food and beverage products, household goods, fabrics and home textiles.

Xu Bing, a spokesperson for the Canton Fair, said on Sunday that the 124t

h fair received exhibitors from ten countries and regions. According to Xu, a chamber of com

merce from Istanbul said the fair had helped many Turkish enterprises explore the global market.

“Design for trade” will be a highlight at the upcoming fair. About 100 design companies and institut

ions from 15 countries and regions, including the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Austr

alia, the Republic of Korea and Japan, have registered to participate in the design exhibition at the fair.

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May said on arrival that she did not want a long delay

 “I want us to be able to leave the European Union in a smooth and orderly way as soon as possible,” she told reporters.

Her EU peers, however, are sceptical about her ability to break the dead

lock soon. They are exasperated with May’s handling of a tortuous and costly divorce that is a di

straction from ensuring the bloc can hold its own against global economic challenges.

Across from the summit venue, the EU executive celebrated its part in funding a global project that produced the first p

icture of a black hole, prompting no shortage of ironic comments on social media about the juxtaposition.

Blogger Eliot Higgins tweeted: “We’re now more certain about what black holes look like than what Brexit looks like.”

One of the country’s major movie events, the 9th Beijing International Film Festival, will o

pen with a Sino-Kazakh production about late composer Xian Xinghai, Xu Fan reports.

The Composer, the first Sino-Kazakh production depicting the final years of Chinese

musician Xian Xinghai, is set to open the 9th Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday.

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He said that based on the research of national legislator

China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.

Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.

The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo

sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a

nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was

in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.

“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme

nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo

pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.

In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou

s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.

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Greetings, gifts flooding firefighters after tragedy

A delivery man left several cartons of milk and rice cereal at Huaibei Road Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province. The gi

fts came with a note that said, “Toughest firefighters, promise me to come back safe and sound after every mission.”

An anonymous customer had placed the order for the Thursday afternoon delivery.

On the same day, Fuqiang Street Fire Brigade in Shijiazhuang also re

ceived 14 boxes of milk tea and yogurt from an anonymous person, along with a note that s

aid, “Protect yourselves and return safely. You have safeguarded people, and people will safeguard you, too!”

The public outpouring of compassion came after 31 people died in a forest fire in remo

te mountains in Sichuan province on March 31. The dead included 27 firefighters and four locals.

“When we saw the gifts and notes, everyone was deeply to

uched,” said Wei Zishuai, 32, commander of the Huaibei Road Fire Brigade.

“All our hard training and sacrifices are not in vain,” Wei added.

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Hainan’s hybrid seeds sprout along Belt, Road

  Island province ‘will ensure’ that Boao Forum continues to promote cooperation

  The international exchanges and cooperative efforts prompted

by the Boao Forum for Asia are turning Hainan province into the Silicon Valley of seeds for c

ountries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, according to a Hainan government official.

  More hybrid rice seeds cultivated by Chinese scientists at the Nanfan Scientific and Researc

h Breeding Base in Hainan are being introduced to ASEAN countries. The total combined area of hybri

d rice cultivation in India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia – major rice-growing countries – has rea

ched 4.28 million hectares, said Wang Sheng, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan province.

  Wang spoke at a news conference on March 19 before the Boao For

um for Asia 2019 Annual Conference in Boao, Hainan, which ends on Friday.

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The welder spent another three hours on Friday morning but

had to quit again as he had to pick up his son from primary school at noon. He joined the line again

after lunch, but he didn’t have any idea about when his turn will come when

China Daily interviewed him at 4:30 pm.

There were so many donators that the organizers brought dozens of stools to

the site so that people could rest after waiting a long time.

Many people also came to Xiangshui

People’s Hospital to offer free food and medicine fo

r those hospitalized. Chen Yueru, a member of local volunteer association, said they have received 2,177 boxes of packed

food for lunch, more than 10,000 bottles of water, 24 boxes of ham sausage and 14

boxes of instant noodle and 500 breads at the hospital.

She said clothes are in demand for many of the injured as the belongings of many

have been buried in debris and stained with blood and dirt.

Gao, the red society volunteer, said a company has donated about 600 bottles of a s

pecial medicine for wound sterilization and has also sent medicine for the injured.

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New Zealanders have rallied around their fellow citizens in the

  wake of the Christchurch tragedy, laying flowers and messages of support on the side of Hagley Park, close to the Al Noor mosque.

  A makeshift memorial grew in the center of the main street, below traffic lights that flashed orange to indicate roads leading to the mosque were closed.

  No one was allowed to approach the building, not even local home owner Sue Harrison, whose c

ar was still parked in the driveway of her property behind the Deans Avenue mosque.

  Christchurch resident Sue Harrison heard the gunshots from her house, near to the Al

Noor mosque, and called the police. Her son Zin (right) called her to check she was alright.

  She remembers listening to the soothing chant of afternoo

n prayers when it was broken by gunshots. Harrison called the police and hid inside her

house as the gunman worked his way through the mosque, shooting as many people as he could.

  ”The time the shots were happening, it was terrifying, absolutely terrifying,” Har

rison said. “There was almost an immediate feeling that they’re being targeted.”

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Forget to switch the trumpet? SONY China off

At the end of the year, although many people have set foot on their way home, there are still man

y people still struggling in their jobs, such as white-collar workers, takeaway salesmen, editors…

On the evening of 29 th, the small editor of SONY in China passed the official micro-blog account Tucao, and stayed up late

at night to write the plan. I didn’t expect to work for a year and a half. In 2019, the annual leave was still 0.

There is no annual vacation, and the plan does not want to write, “Who do you love, good-natured oh”.

The microblog soon attracted the attention of the vast number of netizens, “Sony X

iaobian went crazy” and “Sony Xiaobian came to the fore”.

Netizens speculated that Xiaobian had forgotten to switch his personal account because he was too busy with his work. Fo

rmer employees have revealed that Sony usually has annual leave in its second year of employment.

That night, @Sony China deleted the post.

Without the plan of annual leave and overtime writing, while netizens are d

istressed by Xiaobian, they leave messages to Sony officials one after ano

ther. Don’t dismiss Xiaobian, give him a holiday. He just wants to celebrate the New Year.

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