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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It was also decided at the meeting to submit the dr

raft amendments to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, C

hina’s top legislature, for deliberation, according to a statement after the meeting.

Suggestions for revisions include adding the principle of “non-discrimination” in administrativ

e licensing, substantially raising the amount of compensation for infringing exclusive rights to use trade

marks, and cutting approval time for applications for qualified construction permits.

Last month, the National People’s Congress passed the foreign

investment law, a landmark legislation that will provide stronger protection and a better bus

iness environment for overseas investors. The law will become effective on Jan 1, 2020.n costumes of ethnic grou

take part in a parade during a culture festival in Wangmo county, Southwest China’s Guizhou province, Ap

ril 6, 2019. A culture festival of the Buyi ethnic group kicked off here Saturday to c

elebrate “San Yue San”, or the third day of the third month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which falls on April 7 this

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According to a folk legend, the deity of the silkwor

 passed Tongxiang and left good luck. Anyone who went out for a hike du

ring the Qingming Festival could take the luck home and get double the harvest of silk. Thus, p

eople hold a ceremony to worship the deity of the silkworm, and other activities to pray for a good silk harvest.

Yvonne Horst, the travel blogger from GoYvon who has lived and worked in China for six years, visited Tongxiang for the first time.

“I haven’t seen a ceremony held in the Qingming Festival. What I k

now about the Qingming Festival is it is a festival to commemorate ancestors. I think it’s just fa

mily members going to sweep tombs together. However, there is such a big event to celebrate the harvest in Ton

gxiang, which gives me a chance to get a deeper understanding of the local culture,” Horst said.

The beautiful spring scenery in Tongxiang fascinated the foreigners as well. They dres

sed in han clothes, appreciated plum blossoms and tasted plum wine. They also tried bamboo wea

ving, fan paintings and other intangible cultural heritage projects themselves to understand the local culture.

Akhil Parashar, a journalist with CRI Online, wore han clothes for the first time.

“I think the city has profound historical and cultural connotations. Wearing such traditional clothes gives me a sense of trave

rsing time and space, and also gives me a more personal experience of Chinese traditional culture,” he said.

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According to our data, the demands for housekeeping and

 photography are growing fast. The house keeper with most orders on our platform earns more

than 160,000 yuan a year and the best photographer can rake in 60,000 yuan monthly,” said Chen.

Considered China’s answer to Airbnb, Xiaozhu has listed more than 500,000 shared ho

uses in 650 cities and other destinations on its platform since its foundation in 2012. Many are fitted with smart locks, smoke detectors and alarms.

According to Chen, with the Chinese economy entering the phase of “new normal”, the sharing economy will face multi-layere

d challenges, including innovating its business model, adopting intelligent technologies, and offering standardized services.

Advances in new technologies such as 5G and internet of things will bri

ng huge potential for the home-share market, which is still in its early stages, according to C

hen, who said that the company will accelerate its expansion to non-first-tier cities and rural areas.

According to latest Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China data, over 3

billion tourists visited rural resorts last year, which collected revenues of more than 800 billion yuan.

To take advantage of rural tourism’s potential Xiaozhu last year signed a strateg

ic deal with the Tourism Development Committee of Hainan province to promote the rural homestay

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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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