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The TECH86 Roundup (Jan. 18 – Jan. 31)

Every fortnight we compile a list of important news updates and events covering the Chinese FINTECH, MFGTECH, CLNTECH, and AGRTECH sectors.

FINTECH Roundup

PBOC moves closer to the launch of DC/EP, its own digital currency, via China Daily.
The Chinese monetary authority has identified digital currency as one of the nation’s most important infrastructure areas in the coming years.

Shanghai aims for global fintech center in 5 yrs, via Xinhua.
Shanghai aims to become a globally competitive financial technology (Fintech) center in five years

CLNTECH Roundup

China moves to import zero solid waste by end of 2020, via Ecns.
China’s imports of solid waste continued to slump as the country tightened its ban, and moves to import zero solid waste by end of 2020.

China tightens rules to control plastic pollution, via CGTN.
Chinese authorities rolled out new regulations in a bid to regulate and control plastic pollution.

Can China’s waste incinerators appease local opposition?, via Eco-Business.
China’s environmental authorities have been toughening up requirements for incinerators to monitor and publish pollution data since 2017. There will be further tightening with stricter oversight by both regulators and the public in 2020.

AGRTECH Roundup

GMO crops set to pass biosafety tests, via CHINA ECONOMIC NET.
A total of 192 genetically modified plant species are expected to pass bio-safety evaluations by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, opening the way to their commercial use in China.

China’s major grain producer to further reduce pesticide use, via China Ministry of Agriculture.
China’s plans to further reduce the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on farmland in 2020 to boost green agriculture and food security.

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