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 female turtle died after an artificial insemination procedure at the

Suzhou Zoo in Jiangsu province on Saturday. Though Chinese and foreign experts confir

med that it was healthy before the surgery, the animal went into a coma and never woke up.

The operation went well, according to the zoo. The f

emale turtle was more than 90 years old and had gone through four such procedures.

The experts harvested the turtle’s ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitr

ogen for future research. They are working on the carcass to determine the cause of death.

The turtle came from Changsha Zoo in Hunan province in 2008 to meet

the only male specimen in China, which continues to live at the Suzhou Zoo.

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of the escalator causes uneven wear on the mechanism because of the u

neven load. Wear and tear on the right side is significantly more than on the left, resulti

ng in a slight tilt of the escalator, which cannot be fixed through regular maintenance.

Experts also warned that walking on escalators in itself is always dangerous.

The height of an escalator step – around 21 centimeters – is highe

r than that of a standard stair, which is around 16 cm. Passengers may miss a step.

Lesley Strawderman, a professor at Mississippi State University, said in an article last m

onth in Quartz, a news organization in the United States, that restricting people to one side of an es

calator limits the amount of space available to commuters and just slows everyone down.

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China makes headway in application and commercializatio

n of 3D printing, paving way for high-quality manufacturing, end-user engagement

From aircraft units, car parts to musical instrum

ents, 3D printing technology is pushing the limits of what can be made out of materials.

While relatively young, this new techniqu

e has established itself as one of the most disruptive technologies in decades.

According to consultancy Statista, the glob

al 3D printing industry’s output value is projected to reach $23 billion by 2022.

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process

of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital profile. It is the opposite of sub

tractive manufacturing that features hollowing out a piece of material with a milling machine.

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 material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon

tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy

s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.

Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and

production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.

ou to produce complex (functional) sha

pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.

Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm

ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.

China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi

rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.

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sciences, said the rift zones are widely scattered through the country. In addition to Beijing, many other cities sit on large rift belts.

“Even the capital experienced some great quakes in history; only under ce

rtain circumstances will a large earthquake happen,” he said, adding that when the intern

al energy of rift zones is stuck and cannot be released, a large quake will occur when those energies reach a certain limit.

The Shanghai Pudong International Talent Hub, which is aimed at showcasing the

city’s commitment to embracing talents from all over the world, was officially unveiled on April 11.

The new talent hub is located at the core area of Zhangjiang Science Pa

rk in Pudong, an important part of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Also launched on the same day was a one-stop service platform for foreigners to apply for working visas in the Shanghai FTZ. Pr

ior to that, foreigners had to make at least two trips to related government departments to obtain a working visa.

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China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat

a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.

Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac

cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.

Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1

.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.

Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi

pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.

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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he will attend the ceremonies t

o be held in France later this year for commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

Trump made the remarks when asked by a World War II veteran at the Oval Office in the White House.

“I’ll be there,” he said.

The Normandy landings, an unexceptionally big military operation launched by the Allied troops, commence

d on June 6, 1944, breaking Nazi Germany’s grip on France and changing the course of history during the World War II.

Trump made a trip to France for the 100th anniversary commemorations of the end of World War I last November.

He has frequently criticized European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

for failing to meet the official annual defense spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product set by the organization.

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Thanks to strong local support and the pursuit of individualism and cre

ativity instead of copying the creations of more established brands, Chinese designers now en

joy more recognition from their international peers, according to the Chinese design community.

“Chinese designers used to have a bad reputation because there was a lack o

f originality in the past. But platforms like Labelhood and Shanghai Fashion Week have ban

ded together independent designers who believe in originality to correct this perception,” says Caroline Hu.

Hu could be seen as the beacon of creativity that illustrates the reality of the Chinese fashion scene today. Despite this being

her first outing at SFW where she was showcasing her debut collection, Hu won the inaugural Business of Fashion China Prize.

Born in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, the New York-based Chinese designer thanked Labelhood, an incu

bator for emerging Chinese fashion designers, and retailer Lane Crawford for playing a key role in her success.

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 both junior and adult fishes with relatively larger sizes to enrich the species’ population of different age groups.

Scientists will also study the data collected on the Chi

nese surgeon’s migration and reproduction activities in means of sonar and other advanced methods.

Chinese experts have started reintroduction events to increase

the population of sturgeons, a rare fish that dates back to the dinosaurs, since 1984.

Six employees of Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Co. and its controlli

ng shareholder Nijiaxiang Group have been put under criminal coercive measures for their roles

in a chemical plant blast in East China’s Jiangsu province, local authorities said Saturday.

So far a total of nine people have been put under criminal coercive m

easures, which may include summons by force, bail, residential surveillance, detention or arrest.

The explosion happened at about 2:48 pm on March 21 followin

g a fire that broke out in a chemical industrial park in Xiangshui c

ounty. Seventy-eight people were killed in the blast, and 187 are still receiving treatment in hospitals.

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