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China to ban plastic straws at restaurants by end of year

Nation moves to phase out bags and many other single-use plastics by 2025

China is tackling one of the world's biggest environmental challenges by moving to ban single-use plastics like straws, bags and eating utensils.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems.

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