It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

It is such a pleasure to see Hello Kitty and her frien

nds set their home in Shanghai, by perfectly fusing with loc

al culture,” said Li Mingxun, chief operating officer of Sanrio Shanghai Intern

ational Trade, during the launch ceremony at the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai.

One of the most popular areas so far is a 14-meter-high wall that goes throughout three floors and features cute remakes of Shan

ghai’s landmarks including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, China Art Museum and Garden Bridge.

The indoor play area is one of the latest attempts by Shimao to explore theme park business oppo

rtunities. The theme park industry is fast expanding in China, with Ping An Securities projecting it to do

uble its existing volume to 90 billion yuan ($13.39 billion) in annual revenue by 2022.

“The collaboration with Sanrio started three years ago, and the tw

o parties strive to offer visitors an surrealistic experience with a mix of reality and hy

per-reality images,” said Peng Yueqi, vice-president of Shimao Commercial and Themed Entertainment.

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Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

Xu said there have also been signs showing climate cha

ange has resulted in lower wind speeds in the region. There h

as been a downward trend for average wind speeds in the cluster si

nce 1960 and especially after 1990. This is in line with the weakening trend of wind speeds made up of cold air from L

ake Baikal in Russia, which penetrates into the region from the northwest

A multilateral tax cooperation mechanism under the Belt and Road Initiative was establ

ished on Thursday in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province. It aims to facili

tate cross-border trade and investment along BRI routes by helping resolve tax disputes.

The nonprofit mechanism, the Belt and Road Initiative Tax Admin

istration Cooperation Mechanism, or BRITACOM, includes tax authorities from 34 countr

ies and regions. Participating parties signed a memorandum of understanding and bec

ome council members on Thursday, including those from Kazakhstan, Uruguay and Nigeria.

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Lion King’ director talks Chinese animation

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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As well as The Composer, two other domestic films ha

As well as The Composer, two other domestic films ha

ve been nominated for a Tiantan Award-actor-director Chen Jianbin’s new comedy drama The Eleventh Chapter, and the sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth.

After drawing in box-office receipts totaling a whopping 4.6 billio

n yuan ($685 million)-or 24 percent of Chinese box-office takings during the first qua

rter-The Wandering Earth is now regarded as a game-changer for its role in reviving the fortunes of the Chinese sci-fi genre.

As the longest film among all the nominated movies, Turkish master

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 188-minute The Wild Pear Tree will be screened for the first time in Chi

na. A Fortunate Man, the latest directorial epic by Danish auteur Bille August, is also a highly anticipated entry.

The other nominated films are Another World (Japan), Ben is Back (United States), Happ

ier Times, Grump (Finland), Here (Iran), Sunset (Hungary, France), Tehran: City of Love (Britain, Iran

and the Netherlands), The Keeper (Germany, Britain), The Unorthodox (Israel), Fear (India), and The Waiter (Greece).

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Considering that the aircraft faces uncertainties in its airwo

Considering that the aircraft faces uncertainties in its airwo

irworthiness, after looking into the matter, the administration decided to suspend Boe

ing 737 MAX 8 airworthiness certifications immediately,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a sta

tement unveiled on Tuesday, adding that the ongoing investigation had not ruled out design flaws in the aircraft.

“A certificate is granted by the country’s regulator after an aircraft has been inspected and

meets the requirements for safe operation,” said Li Xiaojin, a professor of aviation economics at Civil Aviatio

n University in Tianjin, “It’s a long process to determine whether an aircraft is airworthy.”

It took Boeing 15 months to get an airworthiness certificate for the first 737 MAX 8 from the a

dministration, he said, adding that the certificate was issued in October 2017.

The administration has sent experts to participate in investigations and will rev

iew the model’s airworthiness with a focus on alterations to the jet engine design and pla

cement. It will resume accepting applications for the certificate after the aircraft design is found to meet the requirements.

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Cities emerging into new post-Brexit financial centers

Cities emerging into new post-Brexit financial centers

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led major

financial companies in London to move assets and staff to continental Europe, mea

ning the post-Brexit landscape is likely to be far more “polycentric” than it is today

and far less centered on one location.

According to a recent report by think tank The New Financial, more than 40 companies have shifted staff or oper

ations to more than one financial center within the EU, with 100 choosing the

Irish capital as a post-Brexit location, whi

ch was the most popular choice ahead of Luxembourg, with 60, Paris with 41, Frankfurt with 40, and Amsterdam with 32.

William Wright, principal author of the

New Financial Brexitometer report, said: “One of the most strikin

g findings of our analysis is the extent to which Europe will become a much more

‘multipolar’ world as a result of Brexit.”

Companies are migrating to, or expanding in, multiple financial centers, with man

y either establishing a dedicated division for EU business or spreading their staff

more evenly throughout the EU.

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Schools and kindergartens reopened on Monday after the explos

Schools and kindergartens reopened on Monday after the explos

ion forced their closure on Friday. Read moreAt the same time, rescuers were busy scrutinizing the c

hemical plants that were damaged in the blast in Xiangshui county of Yancheng city for possible toxic substance leaks.

The blast occurred on Thursday at the Tianjiayi chemical plant in Xiangshui county’s Chenjiagang Chemical Park, with a fire that spread to 16 enterprises nearby.n ur

gent notice issued by the Work Safety Committee of the State Council asked authorities related to safety production nationwide to strictly follow the i

nstruction President Xi Jinping made after the Thursday blast in a chemical industry park in Xiangshui county of Jiangsu.

The notice from the State Council, released on Monday, deployed a thorough examination on potential hazards of

dangerous chemicals across the country. All chemical industry parks should undergo safety risk assessments, it said.

Local safety production authorities should conduct careful inspections on nitration-rela

ted processing plants and enterprises that produce or store nitrated compounds, according to the notice.

Law enforcement in the sector should be intensified and not be a flash in the pan. “(We should) make the

law enforcement ‘bite’, and severely punish those enterprises and individuals that are indifferent to laws and lives,” the n

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Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

Authorities broadened the investigation after two other case

  of illness at the company in recent years were discovered.Klaus O was brought before a judge on May 17, who issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder.

  Fire brigade specialists found mercury, lead and cadmium in the suspect’s apart

ment in Bielefeld. Police said the man “has long tried to produce toxic substances, including heavy metal comp

ounds,” based on substances found in his home.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has provoked outrage on Inte

rnational Women’s Day by saying that men should not have to make way for women’s empowerment.

  ”We’re not about setting Australians against each other, trying to push some down to lift

others up,” Morrison told a function organized by Australia’s mining industry on March 8.

  ”We want to see women rise. But we don’t want to see women rise only on the basis of others doing worse.”

  On social media, the comments sparked instant derision of Morrison, who

has been criticized for the lack of female representation among his party’s leadership.

  ”Men who are threatened or worried of women achieving equality is the bloody problem,” tweeted Australian senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

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Zhang began experimenting with elms to make his tables

Zhang began experimenting with elms to make his tables

and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”

He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t

ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br

anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.

“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add

ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.

Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo

rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.

Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam

ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.

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Trump-Kim summit shows need for more talks

Trump-Kim summit shows need for more talks

United States President Donald Trump and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader K

im Jongun did not sign any deal at their second summit in Hanoi on Thursday. So what will US-DPRK r

elations be like in the future? Two experts share their views with China Daily’s Pan Yixuan. Excerpts follow:

Both sides should show patience to continue talks

That no agreements were signed between the US and the DPRK in Hanoi came as a surprise since ex

pectations were high that the second Trump-Kim summit would yield at least a US-DPRK peace trea

ty, if not a pact on verifying the DPRK’s dismantled nuclear facilities or establishing a US liaison office in Py

ongyang, or an agreement on Washington partly lifting sanctions against Pyongyang.

In fact, the US tried to lower the expectations before the sum

mit by calling for long-term negotiations. It was confirmed at the post-summit news confe

rence of Trump that the sticking point between the two sides is Washington’s refusal to accept Py

ongyang’s demand to lift the sanctions in one fell swoop, and Pyongyang’s rejection of Washington’s proposal that it shoul

d do something “meaningful” to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula before getting any sanctions relief.

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