industries develop fast, and new sectors have been emerging, such as unmanned warehousing, facial recognition payments and new online-to-offline groceries.”
Meng also said that a new version of the nationally unified negative list for market access will be rolled out w
ithin the year. Illegal or implicit entry barriers and locally issued negative lists will be canceled, she said.
The Chinese authorities will also establish and refine mechanisms for adjusting the annually released
list when necessary, she said, adding that the list will better cope with the reforms to delegate power, streamline ad
ministration and optimize government services, and will better meet the needs of market entities for broader access.
Wang Yuanhong, deputy head of the Department of Economic Forecas
ting at the State Information Center, said the fast growth of high-tech industries and the
service sector reflects the ongoing upgrading of traditional industries and the optimization of C
Father-sharing”, a mini interactive program on WeChat platform, recently went viral on social media.
Although the name suggests it is taking the sharing business to a whole new level, the program
is just a promotion campaign by the Guangdong-based furniture maker Oppein.
Similar to a ride-hailing app, the mini program shows different kinds of “fathers” – businessmen, athletes, etc. Users can choose their f
avorite one, just like they select a car. Once the selection is done, a video pops up to explain what exactly is “father-sharing”.
The over 5-minute video focuses on the important role fathers play in raisi
ng a child. Most dads are busy with their work and it’s hard for them to spend time with their c
hildren, and that is where the idea of “father-sharing” business took shape. At the end of the film, the protagonist, a “sh
ared father”, decides to quit his job because he believes family matters, and it cannot be replaced.
Themed “Belt and Road, Shared Future,” the sixth session of Vision China, a series of talks h
osted by China Daily, will be held at Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing on April 27.
The event coincides with the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be
held in Beijing on April 25 – 27. With the theme of “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Fu
ture,” the second BRF aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the BRI framework.
At Vision China, four Belt and Road experts, including Zhao Baige, chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of t
he Belt and Road Initiative International Think Tank at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Ivona Lad
jevac, head of the center for the Belt and Road Initiative at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Se
rbia, will share their perspectives on the BRI six years after it was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.
Guangdong will roll out a pilot policy taking effect May 10 to open up uninhabited islands for private development, according to local authorities.
Guangdong has nearly 2,000 islands, more than 90 percent of which are uninhab
ited, with a total area of 1,513.17 square kilometers and coastlines for 2,378.13 kilometers.
According to the policy announced by the provincial Department of Natural Resources, mark
et-oriented means for transferring the rights to uninhabited islands, including tendering and auct
ioning, should be adopted for tourism and entertainment, transport, industrial warehousing and fishing.
The department will be responsible for approving the transfers, wi
th city-level and county-level natural resources authorities to handle the preliminary work.
The department together with the provincial culture and tourism department l
ast year issued the island tourism development plan for Guangdong from 2017-2030.
A total of 195 islands are included in the plan, 167 of which are uninhabited.
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
magnitude earthquake at a depth of 19 kilometers was detected at 12:47pm on Sunday
in Beijing’s Huairou district, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
It is the second earthquake in a week that occurred in the capital, following a 2.9-magnitude earthquake in Beijing’s Haidian district last Sunday.
Earthquake experts said minor quakes are normal in the area, as Beijing is located in the earth’s rift zone. There is no need for worry.
Since Beijing is at the junction of the earthquake zone of Shanxi province, the North China Plai
n and Yanshan Mountain, it’s normal for the capital to experience small quakes at a magnitude of two to thre
e, said Sun Shihong, a researcher at the China Earthquake Networks Center, as quoted by Beijing News.
“There will be no major impact on those living or working in the capital,” he said.
Seven rift belts are scattered through the plains in Beijing, mostly lyin
g from the northeast to the southwest. Among those rift belts, active ones are more likely to trigger quakes.
ng industry will maintain high-speed growth this year, and might make a breakthro
ugh in legalization. For instance, owners of short-term rental houses will have a lega
l identity, and safety standard of the shared homes will be in accordance with that of hotels.
“However, there is no law to regulate home-sharing services at present, which is the biggest challeng
es we face,” Yang said, adding that the Chinese government has a positive attitude toward the sharing economy.
In October, the State Council released an action plan for 2018-20 to further stimulate domestic consumption.
Market access should be relaxed in several service-related fields, such as tourism, and efforts to boost the develo
pment of short-term rental services, such as rental apartments and guesthouses, are encouraged.
Launched in 2011, Tujia lists 1.4 million online homes, including apartments, home
stays and villas across 400 Chinese cities and more than 1,000 overseas destinations.