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technologies that it enables, are harnessed for the benefit of mankind while minimizing the risks to develo
pment, peace and security and human rights,” Guterres said in a congratulatory letter to the expo.
Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, said China has already made signif
icant progress in bolstering the big data industry with a string of big data platforms established in sec
tors such as manufacturing, commerce, finance, transportation and medical care.
“We will make a fresh push to integrate cutting-edge information technologies into the real econo
my, including establishing a national industrial data center, to better power the country’s sp
rawling manufacturing sector,” Miao said at the opening ceremony of the big data expo.
According to the ministry, China’s digital economy reached a total volu
me of over 31 trillion yuan ($4.5 trillion), or 34.8 percent of its GDP, in 2018.
stage of preparation for the Games,” said Chen Jining, mayor of Beijing and executive president of the 2022 Winter Olympics Organizi
ng Committee. “We will endeavor to deliver a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
The 1,000-day countdown — launched near the iconic Bird’s Nest and the W
ater Cube, both 2008 venues — underlined Beijing’s focus on sustainability in pre
paring a second time for an Olympic extravaganza by reusing existing resources built for the Summer Games.
According to the 2022 Winter Olympics organizing committee, 11 of the 13 ve
nues needed in Beijing’s downtown, where all ice sports will be staged, will use existing faci
lities built for 2008. Repurposing projects, such as transforming the Water Cube (which hosted swimming in 2008) in
to a curling arena by filling the pool with steel structures and making ice on the surface, are well underway.
With participants from 86 countries and regions, this year’s event attracted nearly 5,800 industry insiders from 2,645 companie
s and organizations, who signed 1,368 deals and cooperation agreements worth up to 14 billion yuan.
A report released during the festival says Chinese cinemas screened 34 domestic animated features that grossed 1.62 billi
on yuan in total in 2018, a rise of 13.3 percent on the output and a 24.5 percent increase in revenue, respectively, compared to 2017.
For many international filmmakers, China‘s expanding cartoon and animation industry has gripped their attention.
“I think Chinese animation production is already headed in a great direction,” says Joe D’Am
brosia, senior vice-president of original programming and general manager of Disney Junior.
As one of the guest speakers of the festival’s master classes, D‘Ambrosia joined Disney in 2011 and has played a cr
ucial role in steering the company to the top of preschool TV networks in the United States consecutively from 2013 to 2018.
ouths who traveled rose by 101 percent year-on-year, compared with 50 per
cent among peers in bigger cities, according to major online travel agency Ctrip.
Ruan Tianying, deputy general manager of Western-style food chain Houcaller, said t
hat with fastgrowing urbanization in China, lower-tier cities definitely offer great potential.
Houcaller, founded in Xiamen, Fujian province, in 1993, plans to operate about 400 store
s in 100 Chinese cities, with more than two-thirds of them located in lower-tier centers by the end of this year.
Ruan said consumption per capita at Houcaller outlets is about
60 yuan, and about 80 percent of its more than 30 million customers a year are age 36 or younger.
“Opening a restaurant involves different factors, so we cannot reach lower-tier cities as quick
ly as fast-moving consumer goods do,” he said, adding that in these cities, the market still needs to be educa
ted about eating Western-style food, which involves a different dining etiquette from Chinese food.
Socheat Chea, a Cambodian student with big dreams, wouldn’t attract much attention if he
walked down a street in his country since he doesn’t talk a lot and is a bit shy around strangers.
His classmate, Edgar Moreno Pena, who is from Venezuela, is more adept at socializing. He has
a vocabulary of more than 200 Chinese words, tells shopkeepers on Beijing streets pia
nyidian (give me a bigger discount) and uses Chinese-language food-delivery apps on his mobile phone.
“I often do shopping at Taobao and JD,” he said, referring to China’s two most popular online shopping websites.
Although the two foreign students have few similarities in their perso
nal backgrounds, they share a common goal at the Shenzhou Institute in northern Be
ijing: They are trying to learn from Chinese teachers how to design, build, operate and maintain satellites.
It is believed Wu remained in the country for the past three years.
Fuzhou police on March 3, 2016 offered a 50,000 yuan ($7,429.86) reward for
information that may lead to the arrest of Wu Xieyu, wi
th their statement saying Wu, 22 years old at the time, was a suspect in the
murder of his mother, Xie Tianqin.
her apartment in the faculty dormitory of a middle school in Fuzhou.
Xie was believed to have been murdered
by her son after they had a confrontation July 11, 2015, according to police sources.
Wu allegedly sealed off the room after the murder, wrapped the corps
e with layers of plastic cloth, and put activated carbon in between to absorb the smell.
He installed CCTV cameras in the room and connected them to his computer.
Wu also managed to borrow more than 1 million yuan in his mother’s name after her death.