Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

mation, also considers characterization as a crucial element to developing successful animated works.

The studio’s 2018 smash hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won a string of awards, including the 91st Os

cars’ best animated feature, thanks to its unique look that combines computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

Speaking of developing a formula for making hit movies, Marsden says: “It begin

s with characters. If you can create a character that is beloved, charming and appealing, and touches the hearts of an audie

nce, you are well on your way to creating a successful animated movie that can cross all borders.”

If Hollywood’s experience leads it to focus primarily on the characters they create, Japanese director Hay

ato Date says he believes that voice-over dialogue is another important factor affecting the success of any animated work.

Best known for the manga-adapted animated TV series Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, Date r

eveals that he has developed a particular method which gathers all the voice artists together to record the scenes.

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Huang Jing, 25, from Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, said

 she buys cosmetics, handbags and clothing from top brands through cross-border e-commer

ce platforms every month. Sometimes, she drives for one to two hours to neighboring bigger cities, such a

s Wuxi in Jiangsu, and Shanghai for shopping. She also plans two or three overseas trips every year.

“I don’t have any housing or car loans, and don’t have to worry about daily costs, as I live with my parents. I usually spend all my sa

lary on daily consumption and entertainment, which is quite common for people such as myself,” she said.

Jason Yu, managing director of Kantar Worldpanel, said small-to

wn youths look to the internet for the latest information, products and lifest

yles. The gap between young people in lower-tier cities and those in metropolises has narrowed greatly.

“Small-town youths now have broader horizons, are well informed, and some have even started to lead ‘avant-garde’ lifestyles,” he said.

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His company also works with Universal Music Grou

up China to market vinyls for pop stars such as Jacky Cheung, Karen Mok and Faye Wong, aiming to popularize vinyls among young Chinese buyers.

Turntables are designed to appeal to a contemporary lifestyle that is simple and sustainable, Lin says.

His company opened a vinyl store, called 33-rpm, in Shenzhen on March 21

, and he has ambitious plans to have outlets in about 200 Chinese cities within the next two years.

“When you look at convenience, portability, and all those things,

vinyl doesn’t make sense,” he says. “But it is rooted in a passion or love for music. Some people

buy vinyls but they don’t necessarily listen to them. They’re collecting these things like works of art.”

A total of 700 Chinese sturgeons were released on Saturd

ay into the country’s longest river, the Yangtze River, to save the species from extinction.

The 700 captive-bred sturgeons, nicknamed “aquatic pan

das,” were released in the city of Yichang, Central China’s Hubei province, by the

Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute (CSRI) of the China Three Gorges Corporation.

The sturgeons released into the river will help boost the endangered species’ survival rate in the wild and en

hance their generic diversity, said Li Zhiyuan, deputy director of CSRI.Chinese sturgeons released into China’s longest river

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With a length of 6.8 kilometers and a width of 46 meters

the two-way eight-lane tunnel will be the largest and widest in the worl

d upon completion. Its tunnel will be 1.2 meters longer and two lanes wider than the HZMB.

Yang said the immersed tunnel used the steel shell tube, the first of its kind in China, and there were many other new struct

ures and technologies, which brought lots of challenges, such as lack of technical standards in the country.

He said the tunnel will have 32 tubes and each tube will have about 10,000 tons of steel, 165 met

ers long and with a displacement of about 80,000 tons. Each tube has more than 2,500 separate chambers.

After tubes are built in factory, they are floated to th

e construction site, and the most difficult process is to sink and connect, Yan

g said. His company has invited experts to deliberate in rounds on the cement pouring, sealing and connection.

The Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge is another important infrastructure project of the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

The construction started on Dec 29, 2016. It is expected to put into operation in 2024.

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He said he hopes that the Italian Senate will continue to pl

play an active facilitating role, and create better conditions for and inject greater momentum into the development of bilateral relations.

The Italian Senate warmly welcomes Xi for his visit, Casellati said, notin

g that the Italian and Chinese peoples have always trusted each other and maintained pr

ofound friendship, with close ties in such fields as economy and trade, and culture.

The Senate speaker said she agrees with Xi on his remarks about the traditional friendly exchanges betwe

en the two countries dating back over 2,000 years, published in leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit.

China and Italy are major countries that boast a rich culture, she said, adding that Italy is willing to boost communication and co

operation with the Chinese side in such fields as culture, art, language, heritage protection, tourism, science and tec

hnology, and innovation, and encourage their youths to increase exchanges and mutual understanding.

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All the members should remain conscientious and har

dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”

Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.

“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im

prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man

y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”

Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.

hina’s poverty relief battle is the world’s biggest and toughest. Over the last 30-plus ye

ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.

In this exclusive interview, an episode of China Daily’s two sessions special coverage answe

ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti

tute of Poverty Research, Peking University, shares his view on the ways of the toughest poverty-relief battle.

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The NBA is always looking to innovate, and we are abso

lutely thrilled to expand our partnership with Alibaba,” said NBA China CEO Derek Chang. “We share the same goal, which is to prov

ide fans with one-of-a-kind online content consumption and shopping that leverages the latest tech

nology. We look forward to working with Alibaba to continue to grow the game of basketball in China.”

Toby Xu, Vice President of Alibaba Group said: “The NBA is one of the mostpopular sports le

agues in the world, with a sizable and passionate fan base in China. With this expanded partnership, we will fully leve

rage Alibaba’s ecosystem to create a unique digital experience and bring the NBA closer to fans and consumers in China.”

The rich content offering is the latest collaboration between the NBA and Alib

aba.The NBA Tmall flagship store was launched in 2012, offering a wide variety of NBA-licensed merchandise.

The expanded partnership with the NBA is also part of Alibaba’s “A100 Program,” which offers companies a holistic, one-stop s

olution to accelerate their digital transformation through Alibaba’s cross-platform ecosystem.

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While that struggle was raging, waste-to-energy pow

  plant business owner Lee Won-jeong in 2017 bought the site from Kim, but kept him on as manager. Lee is based in Busan, in the south of the country, and claims he was unaware of the problems at the site.

  Lee says that after the sale, Kim deposited more than 80 times the amount of g

arbage permitted at the site, including household waste, construction materials, and discarded polymer.

  The manager of the site had a permit to dump 2,000 tons of waste, the site holds more than 80 times that now.

  As the trash mountain decomposed, gas built up under the surface. In December last year, fires began to appear.

  Lee says that when he learned of Kim’s misconduct he fired him. Kim has since disappeared and CNN was unable to reach him for comment.

  Kwon Hyun-soo, the Uiseong county environmental supervisor, says local authorities ar

e using their own resources to tackle the trash but the flaming mountain is too big for them to resolve.

  ”The waste is mostly from outside of our region. It’s too much for us to take care of the issue at the local level,” says Kwon.

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The Galaxy Fold, which will be available in black, silver

  green and blue, supports three apps at one time: You can watch Netflix, Google something and answer text messages at the same time.

  Consumers who flock to big screens, whether for gaming or the a

bility to see more of their data in one place, may be attracted to the unique concept. Samsung has a

lready proven that there’s interest around larger-screen smartphones with the success of its Galaxy Note line.

  But Samsung will need to convince developers to design apps for the unique form factor, and cons

umer demand out of the gate might not be enough to encourage this considering the price point.

  The Galaxy S10 lineup

  Samsung is back with updated versions of its best selling Galaxy S smartphone, too. Its

next-generation flagship device comes in four options: the 5.8-inch S10e ($749); the 6.1-inch Galaxy S1

0 ($899); the 6.4-inch S10+ ($999); and the 6.4-inch S10 5G (pricing has yet to be announced).

  The Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G devices feature a new curved, qua

d HD+ AMOLED display, which the company says whips up crisper and more vibrant col

ors and reduces blue light exposure to help reduce eye strain. (The lower-end S10e touts a full HD+ flat screen).

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Investment can create ‘virtuous circle’ for CPECtan-based Is

After a suicide attack claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) ki

lled at least 40 Indian paramilitary troopers in the Pulwama district, India has said it will en

sure the isolation of Pakistan in the international community and withdraw the Most Favored Nation status given to Pakistan.

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. The country, also a victim of terrorism, is exp

ected to do what it can to provide support and assistance to India to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation.

However, if the terror attack leads to political and economic isolation, ordinary Pakistani p

eople will become the scapegoat of JeM. Poverty has more of a role in terrorism than some Indian ex

perts may believe. If foreign aid and investment can help Pakistan eliminate poverty, the growth environment for terrorism will be destroyed.

“China is promising about $3.5 billion to help bolster Pakistan’s dwindling foreign cash reserves” and pay fo

r the country’s socioeconomic development plans, the US-based Voice of America reported last week. Although the Chinese government ha

s not confirmed the news, it is unlikely that China will change its supportive attitude on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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