The eco-fighter who tackles the scourge of rubbish on China’s beaches

Liu Yonglong, a native of inland China, had long looked forward to travelling to the seaside and contemplating the country’s marine beauty. But when he finally visited Shanghai’s shores more than a decade ago, what he saw shocked him.
Instead of the “clean and beautiful” oceanside he had expected to find, he saw a beach covered with trash and a sea topped with a thick layer of litter.
“As a person from a hinterland region, I always had an aspiration for the sea,…

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New Zealand bans Huawei, China has message for New Zealand

From offering mobile payment services such as WePay and Alipay to hiring front-desk staff proficient in Mandarin, the New Zealand Chinese Travel and Tourism Association was not short of advice for Kiwi tourism operators on how to benefit from an influx of mainland Chinese visitors to New Zealand this year.
“Chinese tourists enjoy spontaneous travel so there are a lot of last minute bookings. For businesses who’d like to attract Chinese tourists, this is the major challenge for them…

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Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei share best actor awards at Germany’s Berlinale for Chinese saga ‘So Long My Son’

Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei won Silver Bears for best actor and best actress respectively for their joint lead roles as husband and wife in Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai’s epic family saga So Long My Son at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday.
The two play a couple who live through the vicissitudes of life in China as it emerges from the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and rises to become today’s economic superpower.
“This is the tragedy of a woman, a family that loses its…

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