For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

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

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According to experts, standing only on the right side

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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Shanghai, which in 2013 began promoting the etique

tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the

norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.

“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat

or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi

ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.

The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.

“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk

on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu

an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”

Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly

on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.

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A report released in August by the Center for China and

 Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre

es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.

For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly

salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.

The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu

dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.

According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an

d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af

ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.

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Speaking of the Chinese economy, Liu said, China is

 accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo

pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.

China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa

ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.

The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma

rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg

er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.

On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.

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Noting that there is great potential for China to coop

erate with the international lender, Liu said China is willing to continue deep

ening its cooperation with the World Bank on loan programs and knowledge-sharing.

China looks forward to cooperating with the multilateral development institution in such a

reas as improving the business environment, sharing China’s experience in poverty alleviation, and jointly estab

lishing a high-standard multilateral development and financing cooperation center, Liu said.

Meanwhile, China hopes the World Bank continues loan cooperation with C

hina in accordance with established rules, mak

ing it more innovative and a better model for such projects, and increasing its added value, Liu said.

For his part, Malpass praised China’s great achievement in alleviating poverty, noting that its experience is worth sharing.

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Chongqing twin bridges win top civil engineering award

The Twin River Bridges in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, a famous scenic spot, has won Tien-yow Jem

e Civil Engineering Prize, the country’s top civil engineering award, Chongqing Daily reported.The twin bridg

e consists of the Dongshuimen Bridge over the Yangtze River and the Qiansimen Bridge over the Jialing River. Looki

ng from above, the twin bridges connecting Jiangbei district, Yuzhong peninsula and Nan’an district look like one

long bridge.Qiansimen Bridge. [Photo/IC]The Dongshuimen Bridge, opened to traffic in 2014, crosses the Yang

tze River with a cable-stayed main span that is 445 meters long, connecting the Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts. It is the

world’s longest single plane partially cable-stayed bridge by the length of main span with two towers.

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Today, there are hundreds of big planes flying betwee

en cities around the world and carrying machine components,” noted Mohammad Ehteshami, the former head of engineer

ing at GE Aviation who now runs GE Additive, a new business focusing on the latest manufacturing techni

ques like 3D printing. “Tomorrow, you won’t need to do all of that. You’ll just print what you need.”

At Siemens, additively-manufactured turbine blades can be cooled by complex internal channels, thereby improving their fun

ctional efficiency. Such technology now allows novel geometries that were not possible before.

According to a report released by the German conglomerate, add

itive manufacturing enables rapid prototyping resulting in up to 75 percent of former develo

pment time, and is more sustainable by consuming up to 65 percent less resources, by reducing gas emiss

ions by up to 30 percent and generally by creating components with longer life spans.

Experts believe that China is quickly closing the gap on the technology’s application and commercialization.

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journey in style: Boss X Mark Chao luxury travel capsule

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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The country will push forward credit information sha

ing as well as jointly reward and punishment system building among government depart

ments for high-quality development of cross-border posting and delivery services, Tu said.

In 2018, Chinese express delivery firms handled a record 50.71 billion p

arcels, up 26.6 percent from the previous year. Business revenue expan

ded by 21.8 percent to reach 603.84 billion yuan (about $90 billion).

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

data 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, acc

ording 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 19.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1

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