It’s been 20 years since the return of Hong Kong to the mainland. Back in 1997, few could have imagined how much development would take place on both sides of the new border. President Xi reiterated the Party’s commitment to mutual development as he visited Hong Kong to mark the anniversary. While this dominated global news cycles, there were other pieces just as newsworthy this month.
For students and parents across China, May means only one thing: the Gaokao. This year, an estimated 9.4 million high school seniors sat the two-day college entrance examination in hopes of grabbing one of 3.7 million undergraduate spots. Happy news could spell a new path for their families, country, and the world.
This past week, the annual Yulin Dog Festival met with a debilitating blow. Local authorities will now fine any vendor found selling dog meat a whopping $15,000. Animal rights activists are hailing this as the final death knell for the Yulin Festival, despised the world over for its heinous abuse of animals. I'm still on the fence. Given regional attitudes on animal welfare, this may not be enough.
China keeps making a full-court press on all things sustainable this month. This furthers the dive into a Twilight Zone where the U.S. and Middle Kingdom switch pole positions in the fight to save the Earth.
Sustainability news often comes out of China at a trickle. This past month, it’s been a deluge