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The rail link between Tianjin and Nanjing’s Pukou district－the Tientsin-Pukow Railw
ay－was completed in 1912. But the two lines could not be connected because there was no bridge across the river.
According to the Academy of Sociology, which was founded by scholars from Nanjing Univers
ity, at least two structures－the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and the Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze
River Bridge－were built before the Nanjing structure. But neither was considered a landmark by the public.
In 1913, Zhan Tianyou, who was known as “the father of China’s railways”, traveled to Nan
jing to inspect the Yangtze riverbed to build a bridge. However, he dropped his plan because the river had an ave
rage width of 1,500 meters, was more than 70 meters at its deepest and the water flow was 3 meters per second.
Zhan reportedly stayed for a few days, left without saying a word, and then decided to inspe
ct the river in Wuhan, Hubei province, before completing the first design for the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge.
I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American dir
ector Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.
Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a num
ber of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
In a press conference held last Thursday, Minkoff said Beijing is the heart
of the Chinese film industry. The BIFF attracts film productions from around the world, boo
sting development of filmmaking. With a global jury panel, the festival has become an international affair.
In light of the remarkable progress made by online subscription services like Netflix
and Amazon, Minkoff thinks these platforms offer a promising alternative to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.
Having closely worked with Netflix on an original animated series based on Anna Dewdney’s picture book franchise Llama Lla
ma, he thinks its business model guarantees more liberty for the creator, thereby leading to more eclectic content.
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.
Globalization said about a third of graduate returnees to China with four-year degre
es currently earn less than 6,000 yuan ($893) a month, while 25 percent make between 6,000 and 8,000 yuan.
For students graduating with four-year degrees from China’s top 100 schools, monthly
salaries range between 6,000 and 9,000 yuan, according to a Guangming Daily report.
The salaries awaiting returnees to China are paltry compared with the high cost of overseas stu
dy, which has risen to an average 300,000 yuan per year for tuition, room and board, the CCG report said.
According to the 2018 Report on Chinese Students’ Overseas Study released by New Oriental Vision Overseas Consulting Co an
d Kantar Millward Brown, about 78 percent of Chinese students abroad planned to work in China either right af
ter graduation or after working overseas for a while, compared with 58 percent in 2016.
uld not be viewed purely from the perspective of return on investment, because the experience can help students develop valuable, nonacademic skills.
China will continue to significantly relax market access, and create
a more attractive investment and business environment, Finance Minister Liu Kun has said.
Liu made the remarks when attending a ministerial-level luncheon durin
g the 99th Development Committee meeting held by the World Bank and the Inter
national Monetary Fund on April 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C., according to China’s Ministry of Finance.
Vice-Finance Minister Zou Jiayi attended a ministerial-level meeting and gave a speech.
The finance minister said that with international development and cooperation facing severe challenges, the World
Bank as the world’s most important multilateral development institution should adhere to the principle of mult
ilateralism, support all parties in jointly supporting the rules-based multilateral trade system, firmly follow the purpose of serving all member coun
tries, and adopt differentiated, targeted aid strategies based on their respective national conditions.
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.