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Know How China Observes “Earth Hour”, Tackling Environmental Issues Effectively

The event aims to alert people about the loss of the biodiversity and the urgency to protect the integrity of the ecosystem, Jean-Paul Paddack, WWF's Global Initiatives Director said in an interview before the lights went out at the Olympic Tower in Beijing.

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From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on every last Saturday of March, individuals, communities, enterprises and government departments around the globe are encouraged to switch off lights. Pixabay

At 8:30 p.m. sharp (Beijing time), lights on major landmarks as well as in houses were turned off in several cities across China in commemoration of “Earth Hour” on Saturday.

“Earth Hour”, a global initiative launched by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, has became a popular movement worldwide.

From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on every last Saturday of March, individuals, communities, enterprises and government departments around the globe are encouraged to switch off lights.

All over China, lights were out on landmarks, including Beijing’s Olympic Towers, The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, Wuhan’s historic Yellow Crane Tower as well as Yinli Plaza in Shenzhen, the Xinhua news agency reported.

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In China, the state strategy of building an ecological civilisation has made tremendous progress. Pixabay

The event aims to alert people about the loss of the biodiversity and the urgency to protect the integrity of the ecosystem, Jean-Paul Paddack, WWF’s Global Initiatives Director said in an interview before the lights went out at the Olympic Tower in Beijing.

In China, the state strategy of building an ecological civilisation has made tremendous progress, he said.

China has been leading the way in the global efforts in finding a development model for man and nature to live in harmony, he said underlining the importance of China’s role at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Beijing next year.

In recent years, China has been intensifying efforts to tackle environment issues, pushing for transformation and upgrade of its industries like new energies, said Zhang Qian, vice-executive chair of China NGO Network for International Exchanges, co-organiser of Earth Hour in the country.

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“Earth Hour”, a global initiative launched by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007, has became a popular movement worldwide. Pixabay

Besides themed exhibitions and galleries, Earth Hour in China has engaged a wider public interest through interactive campaigns. In Wuhan, rock musicians joined the event by unplugging their electric guitars and using Chinese traditional instrument Zheng at a music festival.

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In Shanghai, tourist cruises on the Huangpu River and 20 skyscrapers on both banks went dark. “We hope the Earth Hour can go beyond the 60 minutes, for everyone to make personal effort in turning the eco-consicous actions into a habit and the habit a culture,” said Lu Lunyan, Vice-Executive Director of WWF China.

The participation scale of the Chinese public online and offline has set a new record this year, according to the organisers. (IANS)

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Plans To Close HDI Unit of Production in China

The company has reportedly been struggling to make a profit in recent years due to fierce competition from low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese rivals

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been expected to pull away from the HDI business due low profitability. The company previously announced its HDI production line in Busan will be transferred to Vietnam. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., an electronic components maker affiliated with Samsung Electronics, has said it will shut down one of its Chinese units that produces high density interconnect (HDI) substrates due to low profitability.

Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. in Jiangsu, China, will halt production and sales, Samsung Electro-Mechanics said, adding that it also plans to sell assets of the Chinese unit.

Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics produces HDI, a type of printed circuit board used in electronic devices, including smartphones and laptops, Yonhap news agency has reported.

The company has reportedly been struggling to make a profit in recent years due to fierce competition from low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., an electronic components maker affiliated with Samsung Electronics, has said it will shut down one of its Chinese units that produces high density interconnect (HDI) substrates due to low profitability. Wikimedia Commons

To help the Chinese unit wind up its business, Samsung Electro-Mechanics will purchase 383.6 billion won worth of new shares issued by Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics so the company can pay off its debts.

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been expected to pull away from the HDI business due low profitability. The company previously announced its HDI production line in Busan will be transferred to Vietnam. (IANS)