Guangdong to open up islands for private development

Guangdong will roll out a pilot policy taking effect May 10 to open up uninhabited islands for private development, according to local authorities.

Guangdong has nearly 2,000 islands, more than 90 percent of which are uninhab

ited, with a total area of 1,513.17 square kilometers and coastlines for 2,378.13 kilometers.

According to the policy announced by the provincial Department of Natural Resources, mark

et-oriented means for transferring the rights to uninhabited islands, including tendering and auct

ioning, should be adopted for tourism and entertainment, transport, industrial warehousing and fishing.

The department will be responsible for approving the transfers, wi

th city-level and county-level natural resources authorities to handle the preliminary work.

The department together with the provincial culture and tourism department l

ast year issued the island tourism development plan for Guangdong from 2017-2030.

A total of 195 islands are included in the plan, 167 of which are uninhabited.

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New films features scenes featuring iconic French cathedral

Chinese romance which opened across the country on April 19, has some scenes shot in Paris, including the Notre Dame Cathedral.

The film, directed by Huo Jianqi, a renowned figure among China’s “Fifth Gene

ration” directors, features supermodel-turned actress Du Juan and actor Chen Xiao.

During a recently promotional screening, director Huo says the film examines the meaning of love and marriage.

In the movie, there are several scenes featuring the lovebirds shown against the backg

round of the Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged in a fire on April 15.

The film, based on a short story penned by journalist An Dun, the features a violinis

t and an interior designer, who encounter each other in a museum in Paris and soon fall in love.

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More and more students are learning the Chinese cul

ulture and language through the exchange program which

is vital for our economic, cultural, education ties and growth, she added.

Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia Yang Jun said lan

guage is the bridge for a win-win situation and enhancing Namibia-China relations.

“The education cooperation begins with language learning and tr

aining. It starts in the classrooms and ends in people’s hearts,” he added.

UNAM’s Confucius Institute this year enrolled more than 700 stu

dents, setting a new record. The institute also opened four

more Chinese learning centers in the city of Walvis Bay, Windhoek, and Swakopmund.

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Film and TV show can facilitate people-to-people bonds

BUDAPEST, April 23 (Xinhua) — The Beijing Film and TV International Show inaugurated in the

Hungarian capital will enhance people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China, an Chinese official said here on Tuesday.

“Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, more and more Chinese film and TV producti

on have become accessible for Hungarians,” said Wang Wei, director of the department of plan

ning and development, Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, at the opening of the show.

“This kind of cultural exchange can facilitate people-to-people bonds between Hungary and China

and will create a solid base for further cooperation between the two countries,” he stressed.

Maria Pap, an official from Hungarian National Tourist Office, said: “Budapest is a very important tourist att

raction and destination here in Central Europe. I am delighted to see more and more Chinese tourists coming to Hungary.”

She added that Budapest is a very important and beloved spot for film produc

ers, and more and more international film producers have chosen Budapest as their shooting place.

The Show kicked off with performances from Hungarian dancers and pop sing

ers, before showing trailers of the most exciting Chinese productions to Hungarian spectators.

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The 1980s classic The Bund produced by TVB, a sto

 set in Shanghai in the 1930s starring Chow Yunfat, has so far been the most time-consuming restoration work, but Jiang says it’s worth it.

“George Lucas spent many years restoring old Star Wars films he made himself,” Jiang says

. “It’s almost like a remake. We’re also looking to create a classic Chinese production, which needs just as much of our energy.”

Speaking of the future, Pei says there is no end to their work. “People get u

sed to watching TV productions shot in 4K resolution today. However, once 8K be

comes common, viewers might consider 4K shows ‘unwatchable’ again. Today’s work will still need restoration one day.”

lobal creator community giant WeWork officially launched its startup services platform, WeWork Lab

s, in China on April 11 in its bid to expand its presence in the burgeoning innovation and entrepreneurship market.

A pilot of the program was launched in Shanghai in 2018, with three locations serving 46 members.

It involves Tsinghua University, Peking University and Aliyun, where there will be exchange programs, through which busine

ss professionals will be trained and Chinese firms will be helped to expand at home and overseas.

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In a large-scale randomized clinical study over a period

 of eight years, Ma found Chinese patients with advanced nasopharyngeal cancer suffered more side

effects than benefits from the additional chemotherapy, which cost about 13,400 yuan ($2,000) per patient.

The findings, published in the journal Lancet Oncology in 2012, drew the attention of

Western experts, and the United States and Europe revised their treatment guidelines.

More recently, Ma added a new drug to the original dual drug ch

emotherapy regimen, and moved post-radiotherapy chemotherapy to pre-radiotherapy.

In another clinical study of 480 cases, Ma and his team found th

at this regimen increased the five-year survival rate of patients by 8 percent.

The nasopharynx is in the upper part of the pharynx behind the nose, connecting the nostr

ils and throat. The location makes it hard for doctors to operate, so radiotherapy is the first choice

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In addition to being members of local committees of the

Communist Party of China and local governments, the punished o

fficials also come from State-owned enterprises and public institutes, it said.

Jilin outnumbers the other seven provincial regions, with 177 punished officials. In one of

the cases there, 22 officials were punished because of the continuous deterioration of the Liaoyuan Riv

er and the slow progress in remediation of the water body in the city of Liaoyuan.

In the first half of 2017, the water quality of the river was found below Grade V, the lowest level in the co

untry’s five-tier water quality system, in eight of the nine monitoring stations along the stream. The ci

ty was also found to have only completed 28 of 67 projects that were listed in its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15).

Wang Liping, Party chief of Liaoyuan, for example, was re

moved from his post, and four officials were given severe warnings within the Party.

Previously, about 3,100 officials have been held accountable for environ

mental violations in the first three rounds of inspections, which were launched in late 2015.

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When visiting Kazakhstan and Indonesia in Septem

er and October of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Eco

omic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (hereinafter referred to as the Belt and Road, or B&R). The Chine

se government then set up the Leading Group for Promoting the Belt and Road Initiative with an admini

strative office under the National Development and Reform Commission. In March 2015, the Chinese government publis

hed the “Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. In May

2017, the first Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation was convened in Beijing. China also hosted the Bo

ao Forum for Asia annual conferences, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit, the 2018

Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and the China International Import Expo. Over

the past five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has won positive responses from numerous countries and intern

ational organizations and has attracted worldwide attention. Its influence is growing.

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Contents regarding collective copyright managem

ent organizations, including stock image platforms, have been debatable and remain a key issue among lawmakers,” she said.

“I believe such copyright agencies will be regulated in the future version of the law after Visual

China’s incident, and our IP protection will also be further strengthened thanks to the case,” she added.

Different from many comments that criticized the company and its business, Chen sai

d it is “Okay” for stock image platforms to profit from selling images or filing copyright lawsuits.

“Proper commercial operations can help defend the rights of individual creators, as it is difficult a

nd costly for individuals to sift through seas of information and find out who infringes their rights,” she said. “Or su

ch platforms create a better environment for copyright owners to easily and effectively safeguard their rights.”

But she suggested the country set up a third-party to supervise

the platforms’ operation to prevent them from exercising the rights beyond the legal scope.

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The strong performance showcases Huawei’s resilien

 despite the security concerns it faces in some markets. Huawei has repeatedly said the

security llegations it faces are groundless and not supported by any factual evidence.

The city competition for talents in China heats up, as an incre

asing number of cities offer favorable housing policies to attract residents.

Ningbo in East China’s Zhejiang province is one of the most recent entrants to join in. L

ast Sunday, the city published its latest policy interpretation for talent attraction.

Fresh undergraduates and postgraduates moving to Ningbo for employment are given a one-off living sub

sidy of 10,000 yuan ($1,490) and 30,000 yuan, respectively. The city also offers a 200,000 to 600,000 yuan home purchase sub

sidy and a maximum of 8 million yuan in household settlement subsidies for eligible high-end talents.

Hohhot, the northern city in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region, offers qualified graduate

s 50 percent off for home purchases and two years of free accommodation in certain districts of the city to lure skilled personnel.

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