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Recent fine dust pollution in Seoul caused primarily by domestic pollution
Posted on : Jan.21,2018 13:28 KST Modified on : Jan.21,2018 13:28 KST
Citizens wearing masks to protect themselves from fine dust walk under a sign advising of an air quality emergency at Gwanghwamun Station in Seoul on Jan. 15. (by Baek So-ah, staff photographer)
The findings contradict the popular view that the particulate matter originated in China
Analysts at South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) have tentatively concluded that the high-density particulate matter, also known as fine dust, that blanketed the capital region between Jan. 16 and 18 was more influenced by domestic factors than foreign factors. This contradicts the widespread view that high-density fine dust originates in China.
[China bashing] [Pollution]
China-N.Korea Trade Plunges in December
By Lee Kil-seong
January 15, 2018 13:18
Trade between China and North Korea dropped by more than half last month compared to the same period of 2016.
The White House on Friday praised the development, which it said "supports the United States-led global effort to apply maximum pressure until the North Korean regime ends its illicit programs, changes its behavior, and moves toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
According to Chinese customs, trade volume with North Korea fell 51 percent in December. China's exports to North Korea dropped 23 percent on-year to US$54.3 million, while its imports from North Korea plummeted a whopping 81.6 percent to $260 million.
That was the lowest figure since January 2014 and appears to reflect the impact of sanctions. Total trade volume last year between the two countries shrank 10.5 percent to US$5 billion.
[China NK] [Sanctions] [Trade] [Appeasement]
Beijing wins battle for blue skies — but the poor are paying a price
By Simon Denyer January 13 at 8:00 AM
One year ago, China’s capital city was in the grip of suffocating and potentially fatal smog that made life a misery and breathing downright dangerous.
This month, the air in Beijing has been clear and the skies blue.
Favorable wind and weather have played a part, but this is no fluke.
Last year as a whole, Beijing recorded its largest improvement in air quality on record. The average concentration of tiny “PM2.5” particulates fell by more than 20 percent, according to Greenpeace East Asia.
In a mad dash to meet year-end air pollution targets and combat the traditional winter smog, 5,600 environmental inspectors were hired from around the country and dispatched into the industrial heartland surrounding the capital.
[China bashing] [Pollution]
Presidents Moon and Xi agree to strengthen strategic cooperation
Posted on : Jan.12,2018 16:14 KST Modified on : Jan.12,2018 16:14 KST
President Moon Jae-in speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a phone call at the Blue House on Jan. 11.
The two leaders discussed the recently resumed inter-Korean dialogue during a phone call
During a phone call on Jan. 11, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to strengthen strategic communication and cooperation between the two countries so that the recently resumed inter-Korean dialogue could not only enable the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but also lead to the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon, Xi reaffirm joint efforts on North Korea nuclear issue
Posted : 2018-01-11 20:50
Updated : 2018-01-11 21:34
By Kim Rahn
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to increase cooperation to help the ongoing inter-Korean talks lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, according to Cheong Wa Dae, Thursday.
In a phone conversation, the two leaders reviewed the inter-Korean talks that took place two days ago over the North's participation in PyeongChang Winter Olympics to be held next month.
N.Korean Hotel in China Forced to Close
By Lee Kil-seong
January 10, 2018 11:01
The notorious Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, the only hotel North Korea operates in China, was closed on Tuesday in accordance with a UN Security Council deadline.
The hotel, which is believed to have been a haven for North Korean spies, said only last week it was still taking bookings and did not expect to shut.
But on the hotel's front door on Tuesday was a notice that read, "We've closed down according to an administrative order from the Shenyang city government. All business operations of the hotel have stopped."
The hotel sign was also removed.
Staff of the Chilbosan Hotel remove the sign in Shenyang, China on Tuesday. /Yonhap; A notice (right) on the front door of the hotel announces its closure in this picture provided by a reader.
North Koreans own a 70-percent stake in the hotel and Chinese the rest. The Chinese co-owners, a trading arm of Liaoning Hongxiang Group, were blacklisted by the UN Security Council last year for helping North Korea's missile development and nuclear weapons programs.
When it opened in 2000, the hotel was capitalized at US$5 million. Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development chairwoman Ma Xiaohong was the vice president.
North Korean hackers are thought to have had an office in the hotel where they launched massive attacks on South Korean businesses.
The hotel apparently failed to find Chinese investors interested in buying out the North Korean stake. Nine North Korean restaurants in downtown Shenyang also closed down on Tuesday under the UN deadline.
The Haedanghwa restaurant in Beijing, which is wholly North Korean-owned, also shut and posted a message on its front door saying "closed for the day."
At what price success? Lessons in education from post-Mao China
BY Edward Vickers
When it is hard to identify and measure the aspects of schooling that are truly important for success, the drive to meritocratic fundamentalism in modern China needs a closer look, writes Edward Vickers
Debate on education policy in the West today is underscored by two unshakeable assumptions. First, that educational success is readily measurable through cross-national testing of student achievement. And second, that it translates into economic success—for individuals, and for whole societies.
In other words, to the educationally most deserving go the rewards of the global knowledge economy.
Education the ‘new currency’
In recent years, China has served as ‘exhibit A’ for this line of argument. In 2009 and 2012, Shanghai topped the OECD PISA rankings, based on tests of student achievement in mathematics, science and literacy. A wider selection of Chinese regions turned in strong results in maths and science in the 2015 tests.
Many Western policymakers have concluded that correlation between PISA achievement and China’s rapid economic growth indicates that the first causes the second.
[China] [Education] [Measurement]
Trump's accusation based on shaky evidence
Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/29 17:40:01
US President Donald Trump Friday morning tweeted in a strong tone about US satellites capturing photos of "Chinese ships" selling oil to North Korean boats in the West Sea.
"Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea," he wrote. "There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!"
Western and South Korean media published photos said to be taken by US satellites.
In the photos, North Korean boats appeared to be linking up with Chinese vessels. These "Chinese vessels" are not oil tankers and are not large-tonnage.
US and South Korean media believe these photos prove China violated UN Security Council resolutions to transfer oil to North Korea, but even in the reports it is unclear where the vessels come from or whom they belong to.
[Sanctions] [China SK] [Water down]
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