Lion King’ director talks Chinese animation

I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir

ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.

Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num

ber of animated films including Stuart LittleThe Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart

of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo

sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.

In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix

and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.

Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla

ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.

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The campaign launched last year targeting the illegal

dumping of solid waste, especially hazardous waste, along the Yangtze River, will be continued, he said.

Wang, of the NPC committee, also called for more government support to encourage in

vestment from both State-owned and private companies into the hazardous waste treatment sector.

Facilities for hazardous waste disposal should be mandatory at all ind

ustrial parks. And while they should be included into planning for new parks, the constr

uction of such facilities should begin as soon as possible in parks with inadequate facilities, he suggested. Land should b

e set aside so that it could be used to increase processing capacity to meet potential demand, Wang said.

He also suggested making the disclosure of information about hazardous waste mandated by law i

n order to facilitate public supervision. The latest technological innovations such as big data, unm

anned aerial vehicles and remote monitoring should be adopted to tighten supervisory efficiency.

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People are now becoming more alert to fire hazards sin

ce the government has stepped up its efforts to improve public awareness of fire safety through brochures, advertisements and pu

blic service announcements,” said Liu Xingye, secretary-general of the China Association for Disaster Prevention.

Still, quite a few fires broke out during the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday late last week due to people’s carelessness, Liu said.

That shows that there is a dire need to educate the public on the dangers of even a small fire, Li

u said, adding that only when there are fewer fires will firefighters be truly protected.

Real estate purchases, especially homes, by women professionals rose sharply in 2018 in the top tier

cities of China and reshaped the sales strategies of some developers, a new industry report said.

It has long been a social norm in China that ahead of a marriage, it is the m

ale spouse who is responsible for apartment purchases, or at least for the down pay

ment. But data from Ke.com, an online housing agency and subsidiary of real estate agency giant Lianjia, shows that

such traditions are changing in the big cities as more financially independent single women have started investing in properties.

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I often demonstrate a range of products from clothing

cosmetics to luxury bags during the livestreaming. I would show 20 to 30 pieces of clothing to my consumers each time,” Zhang said.

“Livestreaming has helped increase daily visits to my store and significantly grew sales.”

According to a report released by China Tech Insights, a research unit affiliated with Tencent’s Online Media Group, it is more th

an likely that livestreaming will become a standard feature of all e-commerce platforms in China in the near future.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Italy in 1970, bilateral relations have developed rapidly bearing fruitful results in various fiel

ds. Italy is one of the largest economies in the European Union and an important partner of China in Europe, and

the two countries have deepened pragmatic cooperation since establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2004.

President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Italy has further deepened the Sino-Italian political a

nd economic relationship with the two countries signing a memorandum of understanding on Saturday to joi

ntly promote the Belt and Road Initiative. Which is a milestone for not only Sino-Italian partnership but also international free trade.

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More air links can be expected as the two sides agreed

to facilitate airlines from each other to do business and ease the market access for them, according to the communique.

During his state visit to Italy from March 21 to 24, Xi held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattar

ella and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

The communique said the two sides have agreed to advance China-Italy comprehe

nsive strategic partnership in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit for win-win outcomes.

Actions will be taken to fully implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, it added.

The two sides reiterated their commitment to promote multilat

eralism and maintain the international system with the United Nations at its core. They agre

ed to oppose protectionism of any form, promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, maintain the

World Trade Organization (WTO)’s central role and jointly push for necessary reforms to the WTO.

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Harrowing scenes after Cyclone Idai with inland ocean visibl

  As many as “300 to 400” bodies line the banks of a road out of the city of Beira in Mozam

bique, according to an eyewitness account, and flood waters have formed an inland

ocean that is visible from outer space.The harrowing scene, described by Zimbabwea

n Graham Taylor, suggests that the human toll of Cyclone Idai is likely to far exceed officiaal estimates. It follows reports fr

om aid agencies on the ground detailing how entire villages and towns have been completely flooded in the wake of last Thursday’

s high-end Category 2 storm.Taylor said the bodies were located on a 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) t

rack of highway, where flood waters had created an inland ocean, submerging entire villages around a “densely populated” s

ugar-cane plantation. The area is a mere fraction of the land in the southeast African nation left flooded after two major rive

rs burst their banks in the days following the storm.The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red

Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday that the destruction left by the cyclone is “worse than

we imagined” and warned that the humanitarian needs “will tragically only deepen in the coming weeks.”

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Big breakthroughs at major events enshrine a generation of

players, especially when they happen at home. I hope that 10 years la

ter this team of players will still be remembered for what they did at the World Cup.”

Around 8,000 spectators packed into the arena to witness the draw, whi

ch was conducted by Chinese pop star Yang Chaoyue, a member of the idol group Rock

et Girls 101, and NBA legend Kobe Bryant, and was staged in conjunction with FIBA’s global partner Tencent Sports.

After going 0-5 at the 2016 Rio Olympics and failing to qualify for the last World Cup, in 2

014 in Spain, Asian Games champion China is under heavy pressure to deliver an improved performance at home.

Should China emerge from Group A, it will face one of the top two

teams from a tougher-looking Group B, which features Argentina, Russia, South Korea and Nigeria.

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Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

  of illness at the company in recent years were discovered.Klaus O was brought before a judge on May 17, who issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

  Fire brigade specialists found mercury, lead and cadmium in the suspect’s apart

ment in Bielefeld. Police said the man “has long tried to produce toxic substances, including heavy metal comp

ounds,” based on substances found in his home.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on Inte

rnational Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment.

  ”We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift

others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8.

  ”We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”

  On social media, the comments sparked instant derision of Morrison, who

has been criticized for the lack of female representation among his party’s leadership.

  ”Men who are threatened or worried of women achieving equality is the bloody problem,” tweeted Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Trump-Kim summit shows need for more talks

United States President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader K

im Jongun did not sign any deal at their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday. So what will US-DPRK r

elations be like in the future? Two experts share their views with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

Both sides should show patience to continue talks

That no agreements were signed between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi came as a surprise since ex

pectations were high that the second Trump-Kim summit would yield at least a US-DPRK peace trea

ty, if not a pact on verifying the DPRK’s dismantled nuclear facilities or establishing a US liaison office in Py

ongyang, or an agreement on Washington partly lifting sanctions against Pyongyang.

In fact, the US tried to lower the expectations before the sum

mit by calling for long-term negotiations. It was confirmed at the post-summit news confe

rence of Trump that the sticking point between the two sides is Washington’s refusal to accept Py

ongyang’s demand to lift the sanctions in one fell swoop, and Pyongyang’s rejection of Washington’s proposal that it shoul

d do something “meaningful” to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula before getting any sanctions relief.

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How people are trying to end the India-Pakistan crisis one

  As tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan simmer, some people — mostly youths — ar

e trying to build bridges and dialogue between the two neighboring countries.

  The #SayNoToWar campaign on Twitter comes shortly before Pak

istan announced that the captured Indian pilot, who was shot down over Kashmir, w

ould be released Friday in an attempt to defuse the gravest crisis in the disputed border region in years.

  It is unclear who launched the hashtag on Twitter, but Kashmiri journalist

Sagrika Kissu was one of the first to promote it on Tuesday, a check by CNN shows.

  ”Let’s trend the hashtag #SayNoToWar. We don’t want more lives to be snu

ffed out. We want peace. War has never solved any problem. It never will. Thanks,” she wrote on Tuesday.

  After being picked up by celebrities from both countries, politicians, rights group and common users, the hashtag began t

rending worldwide and was among the top trends in India and Pakistan before becoming a Twitter moment.

  The Dataminr social discovery platforms shows that more than 128,500 tweets were published using the hashtag in the

past two days, with peaks of 2,000 tweets every 10 minutes on Wednesday at noon, CNN analysis shows.

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