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China finally gets serious about cleaning up

World's biggest polluter turns would-be environmental protector with green tech investments

DOMINIC FAULDER, Associate editor, Nikkei Asian Review | China

BANGKOK/NAIROBI -- Business is booming for Max Craipeau. The Hong Kong-based entrepreneur has seen his company transform over the past 18 months: His number of employees has increased sixfold, and he expects his 2019 revenue to "easily double" from last year. His good fortune is largely thanks to China's decision in January 2018 to ban the import of most types of solid waste for recycling.

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