The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district－the Tientsin-Pukow Railw
ay－was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.
According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers
ity, at least two structures－the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze
River Bridge－were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.
In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan
jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave
rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.
Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe
ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
President Xi Jinping is paying great attention to poverty reductio
n work during his inspection tour of the mountainous Chongqing municipality.
Immediately after Xi got off his plane on Monday he boarded a train and then traveled by road,
heading to a primary school and a village in the Shizhu Tujia autonomous county, in a remote part of Southwest China.
To build a moderately prosperous society, it is crucial to raise rur
al living standards, Xi said while visiting the home of Ma Peiqing, an 85-year-old farmer
in the village of Huaxi, Zhongyi township, who joined the Communist Party of China 45 years ago.
“Seeing that the people are guaranteed the basic necessities of food and clothing, as well as bet
ter and better access to education, medical care and safe housing, I feel relieved,” Xi told the villagers.
He also underlined the significance of a strong audience base in the fu
ture. “It’s about developing the audience for Chinese animated films – to create projec
ts that are more popular with broader appeal,” he said. “The most important thing is to tell a good story with i
nteresting characters, in a way that is fresh and new, different and exciting for the audience.”
Minkoff said the Chinese animation industry has grown vigorously over the past dec
ade. “I’ve seen improvements made in the quality of the animation, the production and the filmmaking.”
With the coming of the 5G era and virtual reality, he thinks it opens up new space for creativity and accessibility. “The changes in techno
logy are going to continue to improve and make it possible to make really interesting, different kinds of films, an
d put the tools of filmmaking and animation into more people’s hands, which I think would be very good,” the director said.
Besides the animated adaptation of Wolf Totem, Minkoff revealed to
China Daily he is working on a “secret” project inspired by Chinese culture. “The movie is bas
showed their innovative ideas, hoping to gain acc
ess to potential investors, mentors and business partners through the platform.
Wang Zhigang, minister of Science and Technology, said China
will further open up and strengthen international coop
eration in technological fields to promote a favorable environment for global talent.
The two-day event, with an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, attracted more
than 4,000 professional organizations, training agencies, universities, tec
hnology enterprises and human resource agencies from 52 countries and regions across the world.
About 110,000 visitors were at the conference.China uses high-tech measures for cultural heritage protection
y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and
medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl
er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.
Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco
rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig
n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.
Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac
tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit
ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo
usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.
New Zealand’s new gun law officially took effect on Friday less than a month after the terror attacks on Christchurch mosques which killed 50 people.
Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy signed the law on Thursday night, which was the final step before it becomes law.
The New Zealand parliament passed the bill after its third or the final reading on Wednesday night. In acorda
nce with the new gun law, possessing military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) and assault rifles and associated parts will be illegal.
The new gun bill, namely the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and parts) Amendment
Bill, won overwhelming support in the parliament as it was passed by a vote of 119 to 1.
Possession of prohibited firearms could face a jail term up to five years, according to the bill.
The New Zealand government had vowed to ban MSSAs soon afte
r the Christchurch terrorist attacks on March 15, which also injured 50 others.
The New Zealand government has also announced that a legal framework for the gun buyback will be established.
in China though it will take some time to recapture the glory years of the 1990s,” Hou
says. “The completion of the factory shows that China’s vinyl record production, wh
ich originated in Shanghai in the 1920s, is ready to take off again in the same city.”
According to Nielsen Music’s sales report for 2018, 16.8 million vinyl recor
ds were sold in North America over the year, 15 percent more than the year before.
A vinyl revival in China started in 2005 and then in 2012, says Zheng
Yu, a record shop owner in Beijing. The boom is the result of a commercial redisco
very and appreciation of vinyl records among collectors and record stores, he says.
“Life is improving all the time in China and some listeners have realized that the format gives off a better sound. It’
s not only old fans who grew up buying and listening to vinyl but younger listeners, too. The
y’ve grown up with the internet but see vinyls as a kind of tangible entertainment and as arresting works of art.”
ar,” Yu said. “Our market share is still growing very rapidly.” Ac
cording to him, currently, one of every three smartphones sold in China is from Huawei an
d he hopes that in the near future, two out of every three smartphones sold in China are from Huawei.
The company is also expanding its presence in overseas markets, with it already beco
ming the top smartphone vendor in several European countries, Yu added.
Huawei knocked Apple Inc off its second-place seat in the second quarter of 2018. The two are
in fierce competition. Currently, Samsung Electronics Co is the largest smartphone vendor in the world.
Yu also said that Huawei is open to selling its 5G modems, a key component of smartphones, to
Apple, as the United States tech giant is having difficulty in finding an appropriate supplier.
In 2018, Huawei shipped over 200 million smartphones and it said earlier that
the Shenzhen-based company is likely to ship about 230 to 250 million smartphones this year.
tement Friday morning saying a campaign will be launched to regulate the image copyright market.
The administration said it attaches importance to copyrigh
t protection and protects owners’ legal rights, and companies sh
ould establish a mechanism to safeguard rights appropriately according to laws, not abusing them.
The image company was founded in June 2000 and in 2014 it was listed on China’s A-share
market. In the first three quarters of 2018, the company achieved revenue of 700 million yuan ($104.18 million).
Some have questioned the company’s use of copyright lawsuits. One company faced more t
han 4,200 lawsuits from Visual China Group, and more than 3,900 cases were decided.
According to a plan, the company would release 388 million restricted
shares on Friday, equal to 10.33 billion yuan. The share price has plunged sharply on Friday.
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