and serve the WTO’s interests and goals, and how sh

the organization’s reform be carried out? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily’s Liu Jianna. Excerpts fo

llow:China’s developing country status has not changedBai Ming, a senior research fellow at and deputy direc

tor of the Institute of International Market, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Coope

rationDespite the large size of its economy and remarkable GDP growth, China remains the largest developing economy

. Even though there are no WTO definitions of “developed” and “developing” countries, compared with China, p

eople in developed countries enjoy higher living standards. Besides, China still has to lift millions of people out of pov

erty, especially in its central and western regions.Due to its huge population-the largest in the world-China’s per c

apita GDP is still very low in relation to that in developed countries. For instance, China’s per capita GDP of less th

an $10,000 in 2018 was meager compared with the US’ nearly $60,000, and low

er than the over $10,000 per capita GDP of some other developing countries such as Russia and Argentina.

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Qiu said the country’s capacity for hazardous waste tre

tment reached 75 million tons in 2017, 2.3 times that of 2012. Meanwhile, about 40 million tons of ind

ustrial hazardous waste was generated in 202 major cities across the country in 2017, according to the ministry.

China, however, still lacks a sound system for hazardous waste management. According to an enforcement

report of the Solid Waste Control Law released by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the to

p legislature, in November 2017, the total amount of hazardous waste in the country remains unverified.

Over 40 percent of China’s capacity for processing hazardous waste oft

en remains idle. Every year, more than half of the hazardous waste generated across the cou

ntry was utilized or disposed of by its respective producers, and most of this activity was unsupervised, the report said.

Wang Yi, a member of the NPC Committee of Environment Pr

otection and Resources Conservation Committee, told China Daily in March that sup

ervisors lack a clear idea of how much hazardous waste is being produced annually nationwide.

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Online travel agency Lvmama, in Shanghai, said in a

 report released on Sunday that attractions highlighting cultural experiences or tea-picking activities were among the hottest destinations.

Reservations for cultural attractions such as museums, temples and viewing cultural relics r

ose by 20 percent year-on-year during the break, and museum bookings rose by 17.8 percent.

Li Qiuyan, Lvmama’s branding development director, said the

Tomb Sweeping holiday is a good time for spring outings and leisure activities.

“Travelers are snubbing the attractions that offer only sightseein

g activities, while pursuing cultural experiences with medium and high-end accommodations,” she said.

Opportunities to view blossoming flowers also attracted travelers. Yuanto

uzhu, a peninsula in Wuxi’s Taihu Lake-one of the nation’s largest freshwater lakes, in Jiangsu

province-was among the top 10 hottest attractions because of its cherry blossoms, the report said.

Other popular attractions during the festival included Shanghai Disn

ey Resort, Mount Huangshan in Anhui province, and Happy Valley theme park in Beijing.

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US zoo holds farewell party for giant pandas Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo in the US state of California held a special ceremo

ny on Saturday to kick off a three-week farewell event for two giant pandas.

Twenty-seven-year-old female giant panda Bai Yun and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, will leave the zoo in late April and b

e sent back to China, as the zoo’s conservation loan agreement with China has ended.

According to the zoo, their staff are working with their colleagues in China on future panda conservation and research.

The zoo’s giant panda program is the first joint research program established between Chi

na and the United States as early as in 1994, said China’s Consul General in Los Angeles Zhang Ping.

“Like other joint giant panda research and conservation programs in the United States, t

his program has not only promoted the friendship and understanding bet

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hina to add fentanyl to controlled narcotics listnyl-relat

hina will add Fentanyl-related substances into the supplementary l

ist of controlled narcotics with non-medical use starting May 1, government agencies said on Monday.

Fentanyl-related substances are defined as substances that have similar c

hemical structures to Fentanyl, according to a joint announcement made by the Minis

ry of Public Security, the National Health Commission and the National Medical Products Administration.

The new rule will be effective on May 1, they added.

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more pote

nt. It can be prescribed to treat patients with severe chronic pain, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse

However, doctors have been extremely cautious over its use, sin

ce fentanyl drugs can form addictions and lead to deadly overdoses if abused, it said.

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He fled Afghanistan to escape violence, only to watch a man

  When Ahmed Khan moved to New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan 12 years ago, he thought he had left violence and death behind.

  But on Friday, as he was praying at Linwood mosque in Christchurch, an armed man started shooting indiscrim

inately at worshipers — first outside the mosque, then through the windows as women and children huddled inside, screaming.

  Khan said he pulled one injured child out of danger and was holding a man who’d been shot in the arm when the gunman returned.

  ”(The wounded man) was asking for some water. I said to him, ‘calm down, the police are here now’ and stuff. And the g

unman came through the window again while I was holding him and shot him in the head. And he was dead,” Khan told CNN.

  Many people in the diverse city have ties to the community that stretch back generat

ions. Former refugees and migrants have told CNN they chose to make it their home because it was safe.

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Before it, the biggest solid-fuel civilian rocket in China

was the Long March 11, with a length of 20.8 m, a diameter of 2 m and a liftoff weight of 58 tons.

Information previously published by CASIC said the rocket that will fly first is to carry six satellites.

While preparation for the Kuaizhou 11 mission is underway, designers at the Wuhan academy have begun to develop two n

ew solid-propellant rockets of bigger size and carrying capacity-Kuaizhou 16 and 21-said Hu, the rocket designer.

The Kuaizhou 16 will have a diameter of 3.5 meters and be able to place a 4-ton payload in low-Ear

th orbit. The Kuaizhou 21 will be bigger-with a diameter of 4.5 meters-and will also be mightier, able to se

nd a 20-ton spacecraft to low-Earth orbit, power similar to the United States’ Falcon 9 Full Thrust, Hu said.

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The upcoming two sessions will be very illuminating in

regard to how Chinese authorities manage to achieve their aims in a difficult context for international trade and the global economy,” he said.

Schmidt said he will also pay close attention to any announc

ement related to the development of the Belt and Road Initiative during the two sessions.

The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will be held in April.

“The initiative is a visionary proposal to revitalize globalization,” Schmidt said.

Paudyal, of Nepal, said: “I hope and believe that the two sessions will discuss the positive effect of t

he BRI in China and in the outside world to make it more effective for achieving inclusive growth of regional economies.”

Environmental protection is another area of interest for foreign envoys.

The increasing number of days with blue skies in Beijing and its improving air quality over

the past year is a visible indicator of the good progress that is being made, Paudyal said.

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Thailand and Japan are the most popular destinations o

  the Chinese mainland for Chinese travelers, with 30 percent of the total visiting one

of the two destinations during this Spring Festival holiday, online travel agency Ctrip said.

  Tourists from Beijing spent the most during outbound travel, ne

arly 9,000 yuan ($1,344.59) per trip, followed by Shanghai at around 8,500 yuan.

  Here are the 10 destinations attracting the most tourists from the Chinese mainland.

  Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and

big data, an old couple in Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei province, is enjoying better life.

  Engineers from Aliyun, the cloud computing subsidiary of e-com

merce giant Alibaba Group, introduced a set of customized remote nursing program for th

e old couple to provide them 24-hour remote care. The 81-year-old husband suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

  year-old woman wears a smartwatch for 24-hour remote care, which can mon

itor his health condition, as well as real-time position and one-button calling functions.

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This photo was taken in a restroom in an airport during a

  ”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.

  ”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to

clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.

  ”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.

  They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d

idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.

  Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it

didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab

out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.

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