mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc
e will also feel the profound historical friendsh
ip between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festi
val’s organizing committee. Jonathan Shen, the producer of
The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used ma
ny special effects to re-create the wartime sequences. Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of
Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936. “We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.
Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst
an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ
ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.
-border online shopping in China grew by 20.6 percent year-on-year to 7.6 trillion yuan ($1.1 trillion) in sales in 2017.
The nation is encouraging cross-border e-comme
rce transactions by easing the annual cap on cross-border online purchases and adding categories of imports to the duty-free list,
according to the Ministry of Finance. Starting from this year, the annual duty-free quota for cross-borde
r e-commerce purchases for individual buyers will be lifted to 26,000 yuan from the current 20,000 yuan.
reaming form, as a new operation model for online marketplaces, could settle the problem of information asymmetry,” said Chen Tao, an analyst with internet consultancy Analysys in Beijing.
Both Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao and its rival J
D, two of
China’s biggest online shopping sites, have launched their own livestreaming platforms. Shop owners hire livestreamers with large fan bases to help promote their products, and meanwhile, a link to the purchasing page hovers on the streaming screen.
Monica Zhang, who lives in France with her husband, opened an online store on Taobao. She became a livestreamer last year.
percent of the national GDP at the end of 2018, a little higher than the
36.2 percent for 2017, but still much lower th
an the globally accepted warning level of 60 percent. Given that the ratio is more than 200 percent for Japan and aro
und 100 percent for other major economi
es such as the United States and France, it is hard to un derstand why China, with a much higher economic growth rate, is so often identified as cause for concern.
t point to China’s growth-obsessed local governments, which have long been criticized for their opaque ways of raising funds to invest in massive infrastructure projects, often using financing institutions known as “local gove
nancing vehicles”. Much of the so-called hidden debts have been raised through such vehicles. Yet thanks to deleveraging, the curbing of irregularities and the st
andardizing of government financing, among other measures that have been taken to rein in the hi
dden debts and prevent systemic debt risks, China’s local government debts are under control.
Gujarat in late 2001, the state was wracked with violence in which more than 1,000 people — mostly Muslims — were killed.
Although his critics say Modi didn’t do enoug
h to stop the violence, he has always denied any involvement and has never be en charged with a crime. A supreme court ordered investigation in India cleared him of any blame or wrongdoing.
five years at the helm, he is struggling to retain the support that saw his spectacular rise in 2014 — in contrast to his Pakistani counterpart. Imran Kh
an, the former cricket star, has been in power in neighboring Pakistan for little over half a year.
at very different points in their political trajectory,” says Madiha Afzal, a visiting fellow in the Foreign Po licy and Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.
point it does appear that Khan has a bit of a cooler head right now,” she said, referring to a speech Wedn esday in which Khan appeared conciliatory and welcoming of talks, before acknowledging that the cir
cumstances that brought about this latest cross-border crisis led to the deaths of 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers ear
lier this month in a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama — part of India-controlled Kashmir.