The collaboration aims to make areas along the initi

ative safer, more sustainable and disaster-proof, according

to the declaration published during the two-day International Conference on Silk-road Disa

ster Risk Reduction and Development, which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Sunday marked China’s 11th National Disaster Prevention and Reducti

on Day, an annual event which began in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sich

uan and neighboring provinces on May 12, 2008, leaving over 87,000 dead or missing.

More than 700 scientists from around 40 countries, regions and international organizations supported the declaration. It reco

mmended actions including data-sharing, investing in disaster risk reduction technologies and in

frastructure, and jointly enhancing disaster preparedness and response protocols.

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Young Chinese perform street dances at iconic spots

About 2,000 young Chinese dancers from 31 provinces across China perfor

med street dances at iconic spots in different cities, including the pagoda on Baota Mou

ntain in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, and on the banks of Yellow River running through Lanzhou city in Northwest Ch

ina’s Gansu province, from April 25 to May 4, marking the centenary of the May Fourth Movement in China.

Launched by the China Hip-Hop Union Committee, the flash mob event showc

ases young Chinese dancers, who performed a variety of street dance styles, including popping, breaking and hip-hop.

In 2013, the China Hip-Hop Union Committee was founded by the Chinese Danc

ers Association and more than 30 subcommittees were launched nationwide.

To popularize the art form, the committee brought free street dance classes to more than 600 schools in 164 cities, esp

ecially poverty-stricken areas, attracting about 150,000 students.
It was supported by the Central Com

mittee of the Communist Youth League and the Chinese Dancers Association.

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Pam Marsden, head of production for Sony Pictures Anim

mation, also considers characterization as a crucial element to developing successful animated works.

The studio’s 2018 smash hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won a string of awards, including the 91st Os

cars’ best animated feature, thanks to its unique look that combines computer animation and traditional hand-drawn techniques.

Speaking of developing a formula for making hit movies, Marsden says: “It begin

s with characters. If you can create a character that is beloved, charming and appealing, and touches the hearts of an audie

nce, you are well on your way to creating a successful animated movie that can cross all borders.”

If Hollywood’s experience leads it to focus primarily on the characters they create, Japanese director Hay

ato Date says he believes that voice-over dialogue is another important factor affecting the success of any animated work.

Best known for the manga-adapted animated TV series Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden, Date r

eveals that he has developed a particular method which gathers all the voice artists together to record the scenes.

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Cambodia is working with China to launch our first

 satellite in 2021, so the (Cambodian) government hoped that someone could learn something abo

ut spacecraft. But there is no school in Cambodia that teaches such a thing. So here I am,” Chea said.

China has signed an agreement with Cambodia to develop, make and launch the Southeastern Asian nation’s first sat

ellite in the next few years. The satellite, Techo 1, will be used for communications.

Moreno Pena, on the other hand, has 11 years’ experience at the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities, Venezuela’s sp

ace organization, as an electrical engineer and chief of the spacecraft operation unit.

This is the second time he has come to China as a student. The first time w

as in 2007, when he was selected to take part in satellite application training in Beijing.

He said he came to China this time hoping to expan

d his knowhow on spacecraft and learn how to design and build satellites.

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I like it much better here, where I am not working i

 in a small and crowded space. I don’t have to follow anyone’s orders. It is so much nicer to be on

the open water with fresh air. If I don’t feel like working, I take a day off. It’s great,” Lin said.

The couple does not catch as much carp as Irwin and Berry, but Lin said they earn the sa

me amount that they made in Atlanta, and it is much cheaper living in the country.

But Jiang said she preferred living in a city. She told her husband:

“So many people live in the city and do what we did. Why can’t you? I am less happy now.”

Despite her protests, her husband decided for both of them. Jiang has proved to be a hard worker in her new role

and is highly competent. She stands and walks about on a moving boat with ease, and can deftly drop a net into the water.

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Bridge of dreams brings two halves together

It’s so close, and yet it always seemed so far away. To get to the rur

al district just a few hundred meters away on the other side of the bay, locals used to have to ju

mp on a boat or drive about 160 kilometers-part of that journey on dusty, unsealed road.

Now anyone wanting to get from downtown Maputo

, capital of Mozambique, to Katembe, or vice versa, can do so with ease, and in a matter of min

utes, thanks to the longest twin-tower suspension bridge in Africa, that hangs over Maputo Bay.

“Mozambique had long planned to build a bridge linking the north and south of the bay, bu

t nothing came of them because of a lack of financing and technological difficulties,” said Wang Li

jun, vice-president of China Road and Bridge Corporation, which built the bridge.

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Affordable, quality preschools will be the priority, the m

inistry said. Governments at all levels are encouraged to establish public kindergartens,

aiming to get about 50 percent of all preschool children into public education by 2020, it said.

Communities, State-owned enterprises and public institutions

such as universities are also encouraged to establish their own kindergartens, it said.

Lyu Yugang, director of the ministry’s basic education department, said the cent

ral government will allocate 16.8 billion yuan to support preschool education.

Construction work has begun on the athletes’ village for the 2

021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu, located at Chengdu University.

Covering an area of around 37 hectares, the Universiade Village consists of eight specific buil

dings, including apartments for athletes, service center, health center, administrative affairs center, inter

national communication center, gymnasiums, aquatic center and the College of Chinese & ASEAN Arts.

In addition, construction is continuing on the tournament stadium, main gymnasium

and ball game gymnasiums. Major transportation projects, such as a new expressway, are also underway.

The 2021 Summer Universiade was officially awarded to

Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan Province, this March. The proposed dates for the tournament are August

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For example, Netflix is investing in really diverse c

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

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The doctor known for saving lives of leukemia patients

His dedication led him to discover a drug to cure an aggressive form of the cancer

Every Thursday, 95-year-old Wang Zhenyi hosts a discussio

n session with young doctors to find solutions for complicated medical cases. Wang, a pione

ering expert in hemopathology and a tenured professor at Ruijin Hospital affiliated with the Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ

ersity’s School of Medicine, has been doing this for 16 years in order to nurture more medical talent.

With over 70 years of experience in the hemopathology field, Wang was among the first academicians at the Chinese Acad

emy of Engineering, and the recipient of the country’s highest award in science and technology in 2010.

He is best known for saving the lives of patients suffering from acute promyelocytic le

ukemia, also known as M3. It is the most aggressive form of leukemia with the highest fatality rate. If not treated i

n time, 90 percent of patients die within six months, with some patients living not more than three days after diagnosis.

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learer view on self-driving cars offered in road tests report

Almost 60 vehicles drove for more than 150,000 kilometers around the national capital

The Beijing Commission of Transport has released the first autonomous driving road test report in China. I

nsiders believe it advances the development and application of self-driving technology in the country.

Released at the end of March, the report said Beijing had 56 self-drivin

g vehicles from eight companies traveling more than 153,600 kilometers in 2018.

Among the companies – including the Shanghai-based electric car

startup Nio and Beijing-based Pony. ai, as well as Germa

n auto giants Daimler and Audi – China’s search giant Baidu made an outstanding contribution.

While other participants tested their one or two autonomous vehicles, B

aidu tested a fleet of 45 cars equipped with its Apollo autonom

ous driving system. They accounted for more than 80 percent of self-driving cars tested in 2018 in Beijing.

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