A big silvery cage was erected in the garden of my residential compound recently. Turned out it wasn’t to contain miscreant kids or dogs, but to hide from view some of the trash that has been infecting that corner of the garden for several years, despite the best efforts of the recycling guy to keep up with it all. And since the city has swung back to life after the end of the Spring Festival holidays, apartment renovation season has started too. There’s nothing like seeing random abandoned toilets or gas cookers propped up where trees and flowers should be to make you wonder if there isn’t a better system to deal with all the waste.

Still, what is the point of having a shiny place to cover up the garbage if people won’t take it there – choosing instead to dump outside the door, in the case of big items, or just casually tossing it on the ground or out of the car window?

Of late, there have been plenty of articles in the Chinese press bemoaning the state of waste in the country, and proposing suggestions as to how it should be dealt with. Many commentators and environmentalists have called for trash sorting systems at the residential level, akin to the system in Europe, for example. But this requires effort and knowledge about the categories of waste, and also a change in mind-set to one where reusing or repairing items (upcycling, to put it in a fancy term) becomes just as acceptable as buying new. It won’t put people out of business – it’ll just create new ones.

When I go home to the UK, everyone at the individual household level is used to recycling – the local council provides special bins for different types of waste – recyclable, garden waste, food waste and regular waste. It’s not perfect, of course – according to the European Environment Agency, only 39 percent of the UK’s waste is recycled. Top of the trash heap is Austria, with 63 percent, with Germany only 1 percent behind. Bottom of the landfill is Bulgaria – 0 percent, with Turkey and Romania at only 1 percent. The average for Europe is 39 percent.

In Asia, according to the OECD, South Korea, which has highly developed recycling systems, recycles 49 percent of its waste, with Singapore 47 percent and Hong Kong at 45 percent snapping at its heels. Of course, we know that it is not always the case that the waste we put out is genuinely recycled, but that is another issue.

Lots of excitement has been generated this past week by the annual Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances at the Messe Berlin exhibition center, where Chinese tech giants, ZTE and Huawei included, ignited a lot of the enthusiasm with out-of-the-box tech gismos.

The rise of Chinese tech brands, not only at home, but globally including in the European market, has fanned the flames of speculation over an acceleration in the dismantling of Apple’s dominance in the tech world. This seems to be the case in the smartphone sector – which Apple redefined back in 2007 when Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone – considering that Chinese phones pose a threat, initially in terms of shipments, and increasingly in terms of product quality perception.

At this year’s IFA, ZTE and Huawei showcased their new phones – the ZTE Axon 7 Mini, and the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus, respectively – in an attempt to defy the overall smartphone market slowdown globally and, more importantly, to further lift the brand of Chinese phones in Europe.

At this stage, it is no longer about purely touting the affordability of Chinese tech brands or Chinese-made iPhone lookalikes, but instead making the effort to convince users in the European market that phones from Chinese brand names live up to their claims of being affordable premium.

With the newly unveiled phones, coming in with compelling functions yet at cheaper prices than Apple’s iPhones, the two Chinese firms are grabbing some of the attention away from Apple who just introduced its next-generation iPhone on Wednesday.

Nevertheless, it’s still not time for Apple’s Chinese rivals to claim victory as they have yet to prove their capabilities in dominating Apple across the board. Some Chinese industry watchers are more sober-minded in this regard, even though the likes of ZTE and Huawei have already moved above Apple in some European countries in smartphone sales.

“Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7 will certainly be the biggest event for the [smartphone] industry, regardless of what others say,” Zeng Xuezhong, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, said in an interview with the Global Times on September 2 at his company’s booth at the IFA show, a few days before Apple’s annual September event. Unlike many other phone makers that actively participate in big events such as the IFA to attract interest in new products, the iPhone maker has focused on its own events that never fail to make headlines.

A massive number of users will still buy the new iPhone, despite the expectation that only minor improvements will be featured on the new phone, Zeng said, although he claims to be fairly confident that the Axon 7 Mini will offer a superior audio experience.

There’s no reason for the Chinese phone maker to belittle the importance of its own brand. Instead, it is believed that this soberness will ultimately drive Chinese tech brands to be truly global champions some day.

While some Chinese smartphone brands have come close to equaling, or have outsmarted, the iPhone in some aspects of functionality such as camera capabilities and audio experience, and in some parts of the world, it must be admitted that Apple remains to hold the lead across the board, especially with their phone operating system that is believed to be more user-friendly and reliable.

The Australian government has confirmed the first known extinction of a mammal as a result of human-induced climate change.

Melissa Price, Australia’s Minister for the Environment, announced that the status of the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent native to Bramble Cay the northernmost of Australia’s islands, has been changed from “endangered” to “extinct.”

The decision to declare the rodent extinct came three years after the Queensland government reached the same conclusion and 10 years after it was last spotted.

Tim Beshara, federal policy director for the Wilderness Society, said that a 2008 five-year plan to save the species was never reviewed upon its completion.

“The Bramble Cay melomys was a little brown rat,” he told a Senate estimates hearing.

“But it was our little brown rat and it was our responsibility to make sure it persisted. And we failed.”

In a 2016 report confirming the extinction, authors Ian Gynther from the Queensland Government’s Threatened Species Unit and Natalie Walker and Luke Leung from the University of Queensland wrote that its demise “probably represents the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change.”

The 2008 “recovery plan” downplayed the meolmys risk of extinction, saying that “the likely consequences of climate change, including sea-level rise and increase in the frequency and intensity of tropical storms, are unlikely to have any major impact on the survival of the Bramble Cay melomys.”

Janet Rice, the Greens Senator who chairs the inquiry into Australia’s extinction crisis, said Australia has the worst mammalian extinction rate in the world.

“Business as usual is the death warrant for our threatened animals,” she told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

“The extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys should be a national tragedy, and the government’s failure to protect Australia’s nearly 500 animals threatened with extinction is an absolute disgrace.

“The environment department says it’s learnt from this extinction and takes extinction seriously, but if it was serious it should be conducting an immediate review of how this happened,” she said.

China-India relations are a complex mix of cooperation and competition. As the two largest emerging economies, their ties are of great significance to regional stability and even global development. After going through a turbulent phase, bilateral relations started to improve in 2018 and some speculated that there would be a new beginning for the world’s two most populous countries. However, despite increasing cooperation between the two sides, uncertainties and divergent opinions remain.

Global Times reporters Xie Wenting and Bai Yunyi (GT) talked to India’s new Ambassador to China, Vikram Misri (Misri), on India-China relations, economic and trade cooperation, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and more.

GT: What is your top priority as Indian Ambassador to China? In which areas will India strengthen cooperation with China in 2019?

Misri: There are three areas that would be my leading priorities during my tenure. First is enhancing economic cooperation between India and China. Bilateral trade will cross the $100 billion mark this year. However, this figure includes a deficit of $58 billion for India and this deficit has been increasing over the years. Addressing this trade deficit would be one of my priorities because it is not really sustainable in the long term. We have been working with the Chinese side for ensuring greater market access to Indian agricultural products such as sugar and rice, as well as various fruits and vegetables, and are also closely cooperating with them for greater access to other products that are globally recognized as strengths of India, such as pharmaceuticals and IT. Progress has been made in some of these areas, but translating this progress into actual and sustained exports is important. We hope that in this regard, we will receive support from the Chinese side and expand our trade basket.

The second focus area for me would be to enhance people-to-people and cultural contacts. In 2018, the total number of travelers from China to India and vice versa added up to just 1 million, which is a minuscule number when we consider that our combined population is 2.6 billion. We need to change these figures and promote our countries as preferred tourist destinations for each other. This would be the best way to enhance trust and understanding between our two peoples and further strengthen our overall bilateral relationship. The year 2020 will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China and enhancing these exchanges would be an important component of the celebrations to commemorate this important anniversary.

The third focus area for me would be to promote cooperation between India and China in regional and global affairs. As two large and developing economies of Asia, India and China share common concerns and positions on many issues of regional and global importance such as climate change, energy security, counter-terrorism and the international trading system. We would like to further strengthen our cooperation in all these areas.

Tomb-raiding vandals have stolen the head of an 800-year-old mummified body known as “The Crusader” from a Dublin crypt, police and church officials said Tuesday.

Several other mummies including the 400-year-old remains of a nun were also “desecrated” in the incident at St Michan’s Church, whilst the burial chamber itself was “badly damaged,” the Church of Ireland said.

“I am shocked that someone would target this ancient burial place and desecrate the remains of those lying within it,” said Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson.

“I would appeal to those responsible to examine their consciences and return the head of The Crusader to its rightful place.”

“The Crusader” is so-called because he is believed to have perished during or shortly after participating in a campaign to capture the holy city of Jerusalem.

Because of his impressive height, the Crusader’s legs were broken and folded to fit his remains inside a coffin in the St Michan’s crypt.

The church – founded in 1095 – is a popular tourist attraction in the Irish capital.

According to local lore, during a visit to the vault author Bram Stoker found inspiration for his Gothic vampire horror Dracula.

The crypt was targeted by thieves overnight between Saturday and Sunday, police said.

The US obviously worries that Huawei, a dark horse in 5G, will make the country lose its leadership in 5G network and great national interests. The commercial interests concerned are more specific, and Cisco Systems would be the first to be affected.

Cisco has long been the major lobbyist to shut the door on Huawei. After the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, Cisco sent an email to its staff, asking them to avoid non-essential travel to China.

Besides, if Huawei enjoys open market and fair competition in the US, other US high-tech giants including Apple and Qualcomm will be affected.

The major reason behind Huawei’s sufferings is security and political interests. It is not that Huawei’s products have security risks, but as Huawei rotating chairman Guo Ping said in an article in the Financial Times: “Huawei… hampers US efforts to spy on whomever it wants.” This is the foremost reason for Washington suppressing Huawei.

By now it is clear that the US attacks Huawei for its own interests. But can Washington act unscrupulously for its interests?

The US arrested Meng, filed criminal charges against Huawei, instigated the company’s partners to defect, and even threatened allies. All such methods reflect the notorious FUD strategy in high-tech – fear, uncertainty and doubt. Industry monopolies such as IBM and Microsoft used FUD to deal with weak competitors.

FUD intends to frighten competitors and their allies, and discourage people from buying competitors’ products. Finally, FUD helps companies maintain their monopoly.

The US government is using FUD because of its worldwide hegemony. Although it may violate law and ethics, Washington only needs to pay a little to win its interests. This is the driving force behind US suppression of Huawei.

Therefore, balancing costs and interests should be the right way to restrain the US government. The US’ impact on Huawei is obvious. Washington is also hurting the industrial chain and consumers, and even sabotaging innovation in technology. The Chinese government has maintained a firm stand. After all, it is the government’s responsibility to protect the basic rights of its citizens and enterprises.

Being dragged into a whirlpool, Huawei needs to consider the law as its weapon, and more importantly, carry forward in the spirit of entrepreneurship. Fair competition is the main battlefield for enterprises. No one wants to oppose governments, especially the powerful US establishment. However, Huawei has to face the problem squarely.

The root cause of Huawei’s success is its outstanding entrepreneurship and spirit to turn risks into chances. The statements of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and many other executives show the company’s spirit in the face of challenges.

The US’ moves run contrary to fair play and justice, and are doomed to fail. The European Commission ignored US calls to ban Huawei as it announced a series of 5G cybersecurity recommendations on Tuesday.

Fair competition and innovation are the best ways to usher in the 5G era. The spirit of the times is driving the human race toward a better future; such spirit will overcome all interference and sabotage. The US government should immediately stop using dirty tricks to take on Huawei.

Profitable Pastime

Dai came to Mozambique in 2014 from China’s Fujian Province. His first two years in the country left him with lots of down time, so in 2016, he began sharing his life on livestreaming sites after work or on weekends.

Dai’s account on Douyin, named “Little Fatty in Africa,” now has more than 1 million followers.

He makes videos on various subjects, including the local residents’ lives, the living environment in Mozambique and his daily contact with the local people.

“This week, I gave two bags of instant noodles my friend brought to me from China to my African buddy. They said that the noodles look like spaghetti and taste good, but were a little spicy for them,” Dai told the Global Times.

On the videos shared on Dai’s account, the two local residents ate the instant noodles, smiled and gave a thumbs-up.

“Africa is a mysterious place to many Chinese netizens. Maybe that’s why they watch my videos,” Dai said.

Satisfying Chinese netizens’ curiosity about Africa not only makes Dai’s life in Mozambique more interesting, but also makes him some extra income. He earned more than 20,000 yuan ($3,000) from 2016 to 2017 by sharing videos and livestreaming his life there.

“I’m not as famous as some other Chinese online hosts in Africa and I only make videos on weekends. Those with several million followers who livestream their lives every day can make a handsome income,” Dai said.

A Zhen (pseudonym), who lives in Rwanda and has more than 70,000 followers on his Douyu account, told the Global Times that he livestreams his life in the country every afternoon. In January, he worked for a total of 310 hours on Douyu.

Although he declined to tell his current salary, he said his income was better than when he used to work in China.

Before going to Rwanda three years ago, A Zhen worked as a mattress salesman in Central China’s Hubei and Hunan provinces. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics, the average annual salary in Hubei in 2015 was 54,367 yuan.

It seems that the quick money livestreaming can bring is attracting more Chinese living in Africa to the industry.

A Zhen said that there are about 20 online hosts in Rwanda now – a phone, a bank card and a network card could make everyone an online host.

Chinese scientists have found a cheaper way to produce hydrogen energy by developing a new catalyst.

The catalyst was developed by scientists from the University of Science and Technology of China, who used an alloy to improve the activity and stability of a kind of precious metal catalyst.

The new catalyst can greatly cut the cost of hydrogen production through electrolysis of water compared with Iridium dioxide, a catalyst that is widely used in production, according to the researchers.

As a clean energy, hydrogen has huge potential in industries including new energy vehicles and electricity generation.

The research on the catalyst provides a new direction for other similar scientific issues, said Wu Yuen, head of the research team.

President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday rejected the shock resignation of Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Zarif, lead negotiator in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers, at first gave no specific reason for his resignation, but later indicated that internal factional struggles might have forced his hand.

He previously told the Tehran-based news agency Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that he hoped his resignation could serve as a reminder to the Iranian Foreign Ministry to reclaim its “legal position” in maintaining foreign relations.

Rouhani said in a letter published by IRNA on Wednesday that Zarif’s resignation was “against the country’s national interests,” and rejected it, standing by his moderate ally.

Zarif’s resignation shed light on a schism between Iran’s hard-liners and moderates.

A senior Revolutionary Guards commander also previously said that Zarif was in charge of Iranian foreign policy and was supported by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Zarif, a US-educated veteran diplomat, said in an Instagram post after Rouhani’s rejection on Wednesday that he “had no obsession except for elevation of foreign policy and honor of Foreign Ministry.”

However, the modest man received a malicious response from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who described Zarif and Rouhani as front men for a “corrupt religious mafia.”

Such an irresponsible comment will only fuel ongoing friction between Iran and the US, countries who penned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015.

The US volte-face on the nuclear deal has undermined its implementation as Washington has continually provoked Tehran in recent years including reckless unilateral sanctions.

After the US walked out on the nuclear deal, China, Russia and the EU all showed their confidence in Iran.

China, a comprehensive strategic partner of Iran, called on all parties to uphold the nuclear deal.

“China is making its best efforts along with relevant parties, including Russia, to uphold the validity of the deal,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said on Tuesday.

“We believe this is conducive to peace and stability in the Middle East and the international nuclear non-proliferation system, and serves the shared interests of the international community.”

If Iran is abandoning the 2015 nuclear deal, years of multilateral diplomatic work will have been in vain and Iran’s hard-earned peace and stability will for sure be jeopardized once again.

The world cannot afford to see Iran copying North Korea by building a nuclear arsenal, as nuclear tests reverberate in the Middle East.

Founded in August 1998, Henan Xinxiang Chang Yuan Green Food Development Co., Ltd. covers an area of 400 Mu of land with total asset of 642.89 million RMB, including 553.94 RMB of fixed asset. It has more than 680 employees, including 105 professional technicians and 280 employees with college education background. Its main products include Chang Yuan series vegetable noodle, wheat flour, refined rice, frozen dumplings, grains, novel fruits, meat product and poultry products, which are sold well across the country and popular among consumers. The company has passed ISO14001, ISO9001, HACCP certifications and obtained green food mark for over 50 products. The company has won titles of national key leading agricultural industrialization enterprise, top 50 enterprises in Henan food industry and AAA credit enterprise for years by Henan Agriculture Bank for several consecutive years. Chang Yuan is identified as famous trademark in Henan, and its products are well-known by quality in Henan. The vegetable noodle has been listed in national Spark Program.