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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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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China is using high-tech measures, such as satell

ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage

, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection

department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens

ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.

Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi

ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.

He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and

ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each

other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov

ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang

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New Zealand’s new gun law takes effect Jacinda Ardern sp

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.

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Unlike Wang, Zheng, 37, runs his record storeusio

on Music, outside the Eastern Fourth Ring Road. Despite the location, far from downtown, Fusi

on Music says it has a firm fan base with more than 80,000 vinyls in the two-story store.

Zheng, also a Beijing native, says his passion for record shops was kindled when he was a child. He g

raduated from the Communication University of China, majoring in English, in 2003, and opened his rec

ord store in the same year. He also runs a shop on the e-commerce platform Taobao and sells more than 1,000 albums a month, he says.

One week after the 2019 Record Store Day, an event bringing together lo

cal record store owners, including Wang and Zheng, will be held at Blue Note Beijing, the first b

ranch in China of the renowned Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. The event will bring a vinyl market of a diversity

of music genres from jazz, soul, hip-hop to rock, as well as lectures on vinyls targeting those aged under 15. Celebratin

g Record Store Day last year Blue Note Beijing’s vinyl event attracted more than 400 people.

Camo Lin, a Taiwan designer who co-launched a Shenzhen-headq

uartered vinyl audio brand, HYM Originals, in 2015, says vinyl sales and turnt

able sales on Taobao were worth about 1 billion yuan ($148 million) last year.

“It shows that vinyl culture is back,” says Lin, who graduated from Tainan Universi

ty of Technology, with a master’s degree from visual communication design department.

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Eleven people dead in Shenzhen floodsmissing in a floo

Eleven people were killed in floods triggered by a sudden rainstorm in the southern Chin

ese city of Shenzhen Thursday night, local authorities confirmed Saturday.

The last missing person was found dead Saturday afternoon, said a source with the city’s emergency management bureau.

At around 9 pm Thursday, the rainstorm pounded Shenzhen, leading to floods that flushed aw

ay dredging workers at different river sections in the districts of Luohu and Futian.

The average precipitation in three hours Thursday night reached 65 mil

limeters in Luohu district, data from the Shenzhen Meteorological Bureau showed.

Provincial authorities of Guangdong province in charge of workpl

ace safety and emergency management on Friday issued a circular on strengthening safety and prevent

ing deadly risks during flood season, demanding all projects be halted and workers be evacuated to safe grou

nds during heavy rainfall to prevent loss of life. Shenzhen falls under jurisdiction of Guangdong.

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Mapping of parathyroid hormone to help patients of os

Scientists have for the first time seen clearly the dynamic structure of the receptor of human parathyroid hormone, of which the s

ecretion is closely related to diseases including osteoporosis, hypoparathyroidism, and cachexia.

The revelation provides valuable insights into discovering novel therap

eutics against such diseases, the group of researchers said at a media briefing on Friday.

Patients of osteoporosis, who the National Health Commission in October said number nearly 20 percent of Chin

ese over the age of 50, need to take medicines stimulating the human parathyroid hormone receptor.

As such medicines are polypeptide, they can only be injected rather than being orally ta

ken, which can trigger a reaction with enzymes in the mouth and become ineffective, researchers said.

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Chengdu inks 22 foreign-invested dealsinvested proj

A total of 22 foreign-invested projects worth $3.39 billion were signed during the “Chengdu c

an do” foreign investment signing event held in the capital city of Sichuan province on Friday.

Nine of the projects are for high-end manufacturing, including sectors such as electronic informatio

n, aerospace, automobile and equipment manufacturing, which totaled $1.77 billion, and 13 are modern service pro

jects that are related to finance, logistics, culture and creativity and senior care service., totaling about $1.62 billion.

The investors include many worldwide industry leader companies such as French multin

tional AREP, Happyeasygo Group from Singapore, and Baxter International from the United States.

Luo Qiang, the city’s mayor, said Chengdu has always been the powe

rhouse of China’s opening-up in the past four decades, and will continue to welcome foreig

n investments with ever improving business environment as China enters a new era of reform and opening-up

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The new round of foreign investments will inject m

ore powerful momentum into the high-quality development of Chengdu,” he said.

“We will do everything possible to create a law-based, internationalized business environment

with quality services that facilitate and support development of foreign investment projects.”

He emphasized the city plays an important role in China’s national agendas such as the Belt and Road Initiati

ve, the Yangtze River economic zone development, and the West China development strategy.

“A large number of national strategic opportunities have prese

nted themselves in Chengdu… Chengdu is now at the frontier of China’s further ope

ning-up, which shores up the city’s fast growth in regional competence and influence,” he said.

Currently, the city has 8,155 foreign-invested enterprises. Among the 285 Fortune 500 enterprises in Chengdu, 198 are foreign-in

vested. Last year, the city’s actual use of foreign capital reached $12.28 billion, increasing 22.3 percent from

2017, and foreign direct investment was $2.69 billion, with an annual increase of 44.1 percent, said Luo.

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