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
old, has poor sperm motility and its genitals were damaged. Since it could not naturally impr
egnate the female, experts had undertaken four insemination procedures since 2015.
“It’s a disastrous loss for the protection of the species,” said Liu Nonglin, chief engineer of the Chinese Association of Zoolog
ical Gardens. “The experts had researched former insemination surgeries, consulted colleagues and made the best
surgery and rescue plan. The team even experimented on three male and two female large-sized Asian turtles usi
ng the same surgical procedures. But the tragedy happened even though the surgery was well planned.”
More than 1 meter in length and weighing more than 100 kilograms, Yangtze giant softshell turtles are the world’s largest freshw
ater turtles. Besides the one male left in China, two other animals, whose sex is unknown, have been observed in the wild in Vietnam.
“Artificial insemination surgery for the turtle requires procedures
such as anesthesia, blood sampling and sperm extraction,” Wen Cheng, a turtle expert with
International Union for Conservation of Nature, was quoted by Lifeweek.com.cn as saying.
tte of standing on the right and walking on the left, is not the first city to abandon the
norm. Many cities in China, including Tianjin, Xi’an and Nanjing have dropped the practice.
“It used to be a courtesy not to block people walking on the escalat
or, but given the safety concerns and damage to the machines, holding the handrails and standi
ng still should be advocated,” lawyer Liu Linsheng was quoted as saying in the local news portal Eastday.
The new notices, although not compulsory, have won support from commuters.
“It’s been a habit for most to leave space on the left for those who walk
on escalators, so we may not be able to change our habits overnight,” said Peng Xu
an, a commuter in Shanghai. “But for the safety of everyone, if you want to walk or are in a hurry, you can use the stairs.”
Peng said he has seen some people fall while trying to move too quickly
on an escalator, adding that during peak hours standing on both sides is more efficient.
accelerating its transition from high-speed growth to high-quality develo
pment, as its economic structure continues to upgrade, and new momentum sustains remarkable growth.
China has adopted a proactive fiscal policy this year with greater intensity and enhanced efficiency, rolling out substa
ntial tax cuts and fee reductions, and its economic growth in the first quarter has gotten off to a good start, Liu said.
The minister said his country will continue to significantly relax ma
rket access, enhance the protection of intellectual property rights, and carry out larg
er-scale tax cuts and fee reductions, so as to create a more attractive investment and business environment.
On the sidelines of the Development Committee meeting, Liu met with David Malpass, the new World Bank president, as scheduled.
y day in the way 3D printers are used in key industries, including automotive, aerospace and
medical, we believe that we’re still just scratching the surface of the potential for 3D printing as an enabl
er of digital transformation,” said Tim Greene, research director at consultancy IDC.
Industry experts, however, have noticed a gradual paradigm shift. Acco
rding to Agam, the sector is on the cusp of a transformation from prototyping and desig
n to real-life manufacturing and end-user engagement. This year could herald such changes.
Conglomerates are leading the pack, with GE celebrating the 30,000th additively-manufac
tured fuel nozzle tip on a 3D printing device at its aviation plant in the US a couple of months ago.Under the addit
ive manufacturing method, the number of parts in a single fuel nozzle tip was reduced from about 20 pieces previo
usly welded together to one whole piece. The nozzle tip’s weight was cut by about 25 percent.
China’s smartphone shipments fell 4.1 percent year on year in March to 26.94 million units, dat
a from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) showed.
Last month, smartphones made up 94.9 percent of all mobile phone shipments in the country, ac
cording to a report from the CAICT, a research institute under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
Despite the mobile phone market shrinking, the drop has been moderated, said the report.
Overall mobile phone shipments went down 6 percent in March, narrowing from the 1
.9-percent slump in February to 28.37 million units, among which 95.1 percent were 4G phones.
Chinese-brand mobile phones accounted for 90.5 percent of total shi
pments last month, up from 90.3 percent in February 2019, according to the report.