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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Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition takes place in Namibia

The Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia (UNAM) Tuesday held the 18th Chin

ese-Bridge Proficiency Competition for college students in the capital Windhoek.

The annual Chinese language and culture proficiency competition this year saw 10 students take part in the Namibia leg.

The competition was split into three categories, namely free speeches, question and answer segment as well as the talent show.

At the event, 4th-year student Hileni Eelu at UNAM’s Hifekunye Pohamba Campus, situated in

northern Namibia, emerged as the winner and will represent the country in the finals in China.

Speaking at the event, UNAM’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Ellen Namhila, said the competition is o

f importance since the relationship between China and Namibia is growing in “leaps and bounds”.

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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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China’s innovation and entrepreneurship activities ha

s have accelerated since 2015 as the government sees them as drivers for the economy’s transition.

As a result, a number of supportive policies have been issue

d to support maker spaces, incubators and companies to speed up innovation.

Roee says that the Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship market has “mind-blowing speed and scale”, which, despite short-

term fluctuations, has a growth trajectory from a long-term perspective and might grow more than tenfold in the next decade.

“Chinese enterprises have advanced consumer-oriented thinking and strong manuf

acturing capabilities, and China’s speed of getting from an idea to a product is unparalleled,” he says.

Dylan Huang, who oversees WeWork Labs’ Greater China operations, says the demand a

mong Chinese startups for all-round support is strong, and the platform will leverage its global re

ources to facilitate exchanges between Chinese partners and their overseas counterparts.

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The restriction applies to vehicles traveling out of Beiji

ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.

Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo

nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho

ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde

r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo

pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.

Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S

un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.

Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the

hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.

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Some of the settled cases had attracted enormous atten

ention at home and abroad. For example, in handling a dispute between

Chinese and foreign companies, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court conclu

ded a design patent of Chinese automaker Jiangling Motors Group was invalid.

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive said the LandWind X7 SUV manufactured by Jiang

ling subsidiary LandWind was an unauthorized imitation of its Range Rover Evoque.

“Technology-based disputes involving findings of complex tech

nological facts or other new types of disputes are incre

asingly emerging, bringing new adjudication challenges for handling IPR cases,” Song said.

One of the measures taken by the supreme court for improving efficie

ncy is its approval of 19 tribunals to specialize in IPR-related cases across the country.

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The Belt and Road Initiative originated in China, but

 it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but oriented toward the future. It focuses on Asia, Euro

pe and Africa, but is open to all partners. It spans different countries and regions, different stages of devel

opment, different historical traditions, different cultures and religions, and different customs and lifestyles. It is an

initiative for peaceful development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance. It is a proces

s of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a “China club”. It neither differentiates between countries b

y ideology nor plays the zero-sum game. Countries are welcome to join in the initiative if they so will.

The Belt and Road Initiative upholds the principles of extensive consult

ation, joint contribution, and shared benefits. It follows a Silk Road spirit featuring peace and c

ooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. It focuses on policy co

ordination, connectivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integrati

on, and closer people-to-people ties. It has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and the initiat

ive itself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community.

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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Although the scandal involving Visual China Group e

exposed disordered copyright management by stock-image providers, legal

professionals said the increased efforts to protect copyright should be applauded.

For example, the National Copyright Administration has launched crackdowns against pira

ted works every year, aiming to increase copyright protection through administrative measures.

Last year, it took online short videos, audio material, literary articles and music as major target

s. It eliminated 1.85 million web links with content that infringed copyright, and confiscated 1.23 million pirated works.

Wang, the Beijing lawyer, said he appreciated governme

nt attempts to protect copyright, but said such efforts are still insufficient.

He called for the country to improve copyright-related laws as soon as poss

ible, and especially to issue a specific rule for footage, pictures or other photographic works.

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rists from China view cherry blossoms from a boat in Kyo

hen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the Jap

anese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

“If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to applicants, their w

orkload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38

million tourists from the Chinese mainland trave

led to Japan in 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 13.9 per

cent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world‘s largest source of tourists since 2014, reachin

g nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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