East Asia

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China passes landmark law protecting the Yangtze River

With 96 separate provisions for the river system spread across nine chapters of legislation, it is the largest environmental protection bill the rivers of China have ever seen, and will enter into force on March 1.

Nanshan Cultural Tourist Zone, Sanya, China

Chinese island province of Hainan bans all disposable plastics

Plastic polymer food containers, forks, drink cups, knives, straws, plastic bags, packaging bags, and other items that are not biodegradable are no longer allowed to be sold at major establishments like supermarkets, hospitals, government and state-owned buildings like schools, and tourist attractions.

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