the EU can’t easily be predicted.
The difficulty for the EU is that, long or short, any delay comes with complications. And this is where opinions in European capitals start to diverge.
If the UK hasn’t left the EU by May 22, it might have to take part in elections to the European Parli
amentary elections, which begin the following day. Not doing so could be a breach of the UK’s obligations as a
member state.And if that happens, there is a real concern in Brussels that hardline Euroskeptics could stand for elect
ion, in protest at Britain not yet having yet Brexited. They might find a receptive public, and in turn, join interesting new fr
iends in the European Parliament. Sound far fetched? An EU source recently told CNN of worries in Brussels that far-right figures like To
mmy Robinson could end up as Members of the European Parliament, with all the associated attention that brings.
So a short delay is the preferred option of many in Brussels, especially in the Parliament. But that brings its own set of issues. Fi
rst, there is no guarantee that by the end of it, the UK Parliament would have given a thumbs up to May’s deal. In reality, it cou
ld just mean a delay to a no-deal Brexit that almost everyone claims they want to avoid, but still remains the default legal position.
factor in Chinese outbound investments in 2018. “If you are a company where real estate and property development is your ma
in line of business I think you will have a better chance of getting your foreign investment approved,” he said.
Despite the decline in Chinese investment, the US commercial real estate markets weathered the loss of capi
tal well. Because New York and San Francisco receive two-thirds of every Chinese investment dollar according to the
report, the effect of the falloff was limited, according to Barry Hersh, a real estate professor at New York University.
Overall, China fell to third in total foreign investment in American real estate behind Cana
da and Singapore, according to the report. Bitner said other sources of capital stepped in to fill the void. “Capital fro
m Canada, Singapore, Japan and South Korea is coming into the US market,” he said.
About a century ago, Chen Duxiu, one of the founders of the Comm
unist Party of China, called for the people to use science to save the country from the dark ages. Scie
nce was also widely encouraged during the May Fourth Movement in 1919, a campaign that opposed im
perialism and feudalism, thus changing the trajectory of contemporary Chinese history.
Despite its relatively late introduction, modern science has taken root, flourished and intertwined with the fate of th
is ancient nation. Scientific knowledge, along with the attitude, methods, ideas and spirit, are not only aff
ecting people’s day-to-day decisions, but are also driving the socioeconomic development of China and the world.
These facts will be more apparent this year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of
China. The Chinese Academy of Sciences will also celebrate its 70th birthday in November.
harbor, on the southwest coast of Seoul. On board were 51 containers of mixed waste that South Korean company Green SoKo had exported to the Philippines last year.
The company had claimed the waste was recyclable plastic, but most of it was not in fact recyclable an
d had been strewn over a 45,000 square meter patch (almost 500,000 square feet) of Mindanao island.
Locals discovered that the trash included household garbage, used diapers, empty ca
ns of ham, and washing machine parts. Protests by environmental group EcoWaste Coalition put pressure on the South Korean govern
ment to take back the trash.What that container ship brought back to Seoul, however, was only a fraction of the 290
,000 tons of waste which South Korean Customs estimates was illegally exported in 2018.
A report released last month by the Ministry of Environment
blamed the problem on the lack of affordable alternatives for disposing of solid waste.
”The cost of incineration used to be $53 per ton and now it’s over $230. The waste comp
anies cannot recycle or incinerate (affordably), so the waste is left abandoned,” ministry officials said at a briefing.
Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai
rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op
portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.
“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog
ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro
w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”
He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co
me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.
Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee
n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo
r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.