to future human development. It’s also important to fully use

education to help people learn more about the values of different civilizations and to pass down the cultures,” he said.

At the session, 44 scholars and professors from Asian countries, along with France, Russia, Germa

ny and Canada, voiced their opinions on exchanges by Asian civilizations in historical and modern times.

Chen Lai, a professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, said

some ancient Chinese philosophers had proposed values for different civilizations.

“Confucius said that ‘A gentleman seeks harmony, not conformity’, showi

ng respect to different cultures,” he said. “Mencius proposed that we should have goo

d intentions toward others. I think it’s an inclusive attitude toward other people and their civilizations.”

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Nobody likes competition against themselves. So, it mu

st be admitted that China’s transition to a high-tech, high-value-added economy will come as

a shock to many companies around the world. The US economy, which has about 7 percent of G

DP in high-tech manufacturing, will be lightly affected by this change.

On the other hand, advanced manufacturing contributes ar

ound 20 percent of GDP in South Korea, Japan, Germ

any and a few smaller European countries. They will be much more directly affected.

China’s transition over the next 10 years will not be pai

nless for its companies or for foreign competitors. But, refo

m and opening-up policies that create more competitive companies and markets are t

he only way to achieve a richer and more productive world economy in the long term.

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The success case of Entertainment One in defending th

Last year, the Hangzhou Internet Court ruled in favor of Entertainment On

e which identified the infringement of the Peppa Pig copyright by two Chinese comp

anies. These companies were subsequently ordered to cease production and sales of their toy kitchen sets

that featured the image of Peppa Pig. They were also ordered to pay a combined 150,000 yuan ($22,150) in fines.

“As we are still a relatively new brand in China, the biggest achievem

ent is to have made such an impact on piracy in such a short space of time,” Pfeiffer said.

First broadcast in the UK in 2004 and formally introduced in China

in 2015, the cartoon chronicles the adventures of Peppa, her family and friends. The latest trai

ler for the theatrical release of the Peppa Pig generated more than 1.5 billion views in China, according to company stat

istics. Its popularity has generated a raft of toys, clothes and other spin-off products. Counterfeits are also rife.

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In addition, the institute will invite foreign experts

to give lectures to the students to provide access to new developments in the international space sector.

“We want to make sure that they will be able to design satellites when they complete their study here and go back to their countries,” Cui said.

He added that compared with their Chinese peers, the foreign

students are more active in class and are better at asking questions and sharing their thoughts.

The foreign students will choose either remote sensing or comm

unications satellites as the topic for individual research at the Shenzhou Institute, Cui s

aid, adding that their choice will depend on what they will do in their homeland after the program.

Wang Jie, the mentor of the eight-student class, said that in addition to professional knowledge

and on-site tours, the institute also arranges lectures on Chinese language and culture for the foreign s

tudents and takes them to such historical sites as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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her pet dog checks into the Temple House hotel in Che

Whatever an owner wants for a pet, Li has got. Apart from individual rooms of five to six square meters for each pet, the resor

t offers facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a party room, lots of chewable toys, a dessert area and a pet cinema.

To make sure every guest happy during their stay, the resort offers a spec

ial place for old pets and rooms with yards for animals to run around. The resort also plays

standup comedy and music in the background to create an environment with human voices in it.

“We offer a service like a kindergarten to prevent pets from getting bored,” she said. “They can soc

ialize with other pets, go to a cinema showing films for dogs, or participate in social and sports courses.”

“The resort is just the start,” said Li. “China will be the countr

y with the biggest pet ownership. And the hospitality service is a necessity for the ma

rket, and there is big potential. We aim to cultivate a local brand of premium service for pets.”

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Guangdong province in South China will allow ove

erseas travelers from 53 nations and regions to enjoy a 144-hour visa-fr

ee visit starting in May, with an aim to further promote the province’s tourism industry.

Lin Weixiong, deputy director general of the Guangdong Departme

nt of Public Security, said foreign passengers can vis

it all of Guangdong’s 21 prefecture-level cities when they have entered the province.

“In addition to the international airports, foreigners can enter an

d leave Guangdong through the four railways, the eight land and 15 water ports in the pro

vince,” Lin said at a press conference in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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Akihito walks for a ritual called Taiirei-Toashikodokoro

Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i

nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from

whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.

Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal

king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.

Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.

The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.

New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the

government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.

Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.

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Benat opened the scoring for the home side with a

spectacular 41st minute free kick, but Borja Baston equalized four minutes later in a game in which both teams looked flat in their third game in seven days.

Leganes and Celta Vigo drew 0-0, which draws Celta a point closer to

survival and means they remain unbeaten since Iago Aspas returned to the side after injury.

In overseas ventures, insurance gives firms a sure footing

Overseas investment inevitably means risks and uncertainties for Chinese comp

anies, but many have started using insurance services to help control and reduce risks.

“Chinese companies face new situations while investing overseas, namely that global politi

cs and economics have become more complex,” said Wang Tingke, general manager of China Export and Cr

edit Insurance Corporation, or Sinosure, China’s State-funded policy-oriented insurance company.

“So while going abroad, Chinese companies need to i

ncrease their awareness of risks and set up comprehensive risk management systems.”

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President Xi’s speech deeply motivated us and touch

ed our heart. I have the same feeling about world development. The speech really firms our belief in a more intercon

nected and mutually developed world. China’s policy of persisting in reform and opening up is an inspiring polic

y to the world. It will build so many bridges of mutual development for the belt and road region. China is going to main

tain a friendly and peaceful development attitude, and it will help the Belt & Road countries to get investment wit

h high quality. Also, President Xi really showed us a new model of development and investment, focusing on s

ustainable development, green economy, which helps the world to become a better place to live.

More Chinese will take medium- and short-distance trips during the May Day holiday after it was ext

ended to four days and travel time by high-speed train was shortened, according a travel report released recently.

The Labor Day holiday this year has been extended from one to four

days, according to the State Council’s response to an appeal from the public in March.

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The research by Nielsen Bookscan found that, against th

 commonly seen “not more than 3-percent rule” of translated litera

ture’s presence in the English-language book markets, the number for 2018 was 5.63 percent in

Britain. And the total annual sales of translated fiction was worth 20.7 million pounds ($27.1 million).

Charlotte Collins, translator and co-chair of the British Translators Assoc

iation, says: “As we can see, this proportion has almost do

ubled in recent years … This is really exciting news, and welcome confirmation that pub

lishers have responded to the proven popularity and marketability of translated literature.”

The Guardian says embracing European fiction might have been triggered by the looming Brexit, and quot

es Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, as saying: “Reading ficti

on is one of the best ways we have of putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. The rise in s

ales of translated fiction shows how hungry British readers are for terrific writing from other countries.”

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