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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In my opinion, the price of an image depends on how d

 difficult it was to take the picture and the occasions when will be used,” he added.

Chen Jing, another Beijing lawyer, said, “Footage and photos have yet been priced as stan

dardly as written work, and without clear pricing, some companies may sell the images at an unreasonably high

price or claim an expensive compensation but fail to make a reasonable payment to the authors,” said.

“It results in the authors not being able to have adequate rights prot

ection, consumers paying too much and companies gaining relatively high profits, whic

h, from our current analysis, are illegitimate,” said Chen, from the Commerce & Finance Law Office.

She agreed with Wang on improving laws to change the situatio

n, and told China Daily a new version of Chinese Copyright Law is being discussed.

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Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of transitional

Sudan’s Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf on T

hursday was sworn in as head of the transitional council in Sudan, official Sudan TV reported.

“Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath as chairman of the Trans

itional Military Council and Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi as his deputy,” the report said.

Earlier on Thursday, Ibn Auf announced the ousting of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his government.

He further declared a state of emergency for three months and a curfew for one month.

The defense minister said that a military council would be formed to run the country during a transitional period of two years.

He also announced suspension of the interim constitution of the Republic of Sudan, and clo

sure of the Sudanese air space for 24 hours together with border passages all over Sudan until further notice.

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Ofo denies bankruptcy, claims all is well Ofo has denied

Chinese startup Ofo has denied it is bankrupt, and claimed all is w

ell at the bike-sharing company in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to media reports, Beijing Baikeluoke Technology Co, one of Ofo’s operat

ors, was involved in a bankruptcy case on March 25, listed on the national bankruptcy disclosure platform.

Ofo, however, insists it is not bankrupt, saying that its debt-related litigation and negotiations are still underway.

The company has been suffering financial problems for the past few m

onths, with tens of millions of users waiting for refunds since the second half of last year.

To compound matters for the company, unpaid bills resulted in several lawsuits in the same period.

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A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading

below reflects contraction.

The service sector recorded stable performance, with the sub-index measu

ring business activity in the industry standing at 53.6, up from 53.5 in February.

Indices for sectors including railway, telecom, banking and insurance all stood above 57, indicating robust business growth.

The sub-index for new orders in the service sector came in at 51.5, up from 50.5 in February, according to the NBS.

The construction sector recorded faster expansion, with the sub-index m

easuring business activity in the industry rising 2.5 percentage points to 61.7 in March.

The sub-index for new orders in the construction sector surged to 15-month high at 57.9, up from 52 in February.

China is trying to shift its economy toward a growth model that draws strengt

from consumption, services and innovation. The service sector accounted for 52.2 percent of the country’s economy last year.

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The roads were sandy and muddy in the past, causing him t

m to stumble on the roads. “One year, it was snowing, and I walked more than one hour to the s

chool. My colleague helped me half of the way — otherwise, I might have fallen into the gully,” he said.

Gao Yangyao, who worked with Gao Ziren for many years, said that “he has difficulty walking, but he is usually the first to come to school.”

Gao Ziren’s Mandarin Chinese was not so good in the beginning, and he continued listening to radio broadcasts to improve his pro

nunciation. When students had the wrong pronunciation, he would correct them, even when it cost the whole class time.

In 1980s, the mountainous area had poor teaching conditions, with a lack of desks and benches, so Gao br

ought some desks and benches from home. When some impoverished students had no stationery, he would buy it for them.

Gao Xiaomei, one of the first students Gao Ziren taught and now a school principal in Meiling, said that he taught child

ren carefully and usually walked close to students to help them solve problems. His carefulness led her to be a teacher.

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Russian authorities may have wide latitude to restrict sp

  ech online, but it’s also worth remembering that the Yarovaya Law had a major impact on religious freedom in Russia.

  A 2018 State Department report noted that Russian authorities

“prosecuted individuals of many denomination

s for unauthorized missionary activity under the

amendments to antiterrorism laws passed in 2016, known as the Yarovaya Package. Polic

e conducted raids on the private homes and places of worship of religious minorities.

  Religious minorities said local authorities used the country’s anti-extremism l

aws to add to the list of banned religious texts. Local officials continued to prevent minority religi

ous organizations from obtaining land and denied them construction permits for houses of worship.”

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If it signs the agreement with Beijing, Italy would be the

  first member of the G7 group of advanced economies to officially back the initiative, with the US, Japan and the UK all reluctant to come on board.

  Michele Geraci, an official in Italy’s economic development ministry, told the Financial Times the deal would hopefully be d

one in time for Xi’s visit to the country in March. Italian media also reported on the plan.

  ”We want to make sure that ‘Made in Italy’ products can have more success in terms

of export volume to China, which is the fastest-growing market in the world,” Geraci said.

  The possible announcement comes amid a growing international backlash against Beijing’s global ambitions, incl

uding bans on Chinese technology giant Huawei and a heated trade war with the United States.

  The Chinese leader is expected to visit Italy at the end of this month before heading to France and ultimately the US, w

here he will meet with President Donald Trump as the two countries try to hash out an agreement on tariffs.

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In an interview with China Daily Website on Tuesday

 Jesus Madrazo, a member of Bayer’s executive leadership team and head of Agricultural Affai

rs and Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer, said the company, sensing tremendous op

portunities in China, is constantly looking for opportunities to expand its operations in China.

“There is a broad recognition that China has made tremendous prog

ress in not only advancing food security, but also about the quality of what is grown, and gro

w it not only more but also better, better for the consumers and better for the environment.”

He said Bayer, having been operating in the Chinese market for more than 30 years, plans to be here for many decades to co

me to support the agricultural development and introduce the best products and technologies.

Bayer Crop Science Greater China Country Head Huang Weidong said China has bee

n vigorously supporting the development and upgrading of agricultural industry and opening the doo

r to new technologies, new business models, digital agriculture and digital-related applications.

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He also noted that China and Australia see strong people-to-people

connections through education and tourism.

“Currently there are around 185,000 Chinese students studying in Australia and we welcome over 1.4 million Chinese visitors to o

ur shores every year,” he said. “China is also an attractive destination for many Australians, with more than 400,000 visiting in the last year.”

“I have every confidence that the relationship between Australia and China will continue to

prosper in 2019 and well beyond,” he said.The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday presented its eighth edition of Lunar New Year c

oncert, featuring the U.S. premiere of Chinese composer Tan Dun’s violin concerto Fire Ritual.

Opening the celebration with Spring Festival Overture, a well-known piece in C

hina, the orchestra instantly kindled an air of festivity in the David Geffen Hall at Li

coln Center, as audience, mostly from local Chinese community, started to nod and hum the jubilant melodies.

South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim then entered the stage from among the audien

ce, playing the core role as a oracle in Fire Ritual, a violin concerto created by Oscar Winner Tan Dun.

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