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2014-11-25 NEWS Plus Special English
   2014-12-01 11:54:47    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Han

 

 


This is NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing. Here is the news.
The "Belt and Road" initiatives raised by China to revive the ancient Silk Road and promote shared prosperity are set to make a profound long-term positive impact on Asia and the world.
A latest development came when Chinese President Xi Jinping announced recently that China would set up a Silk Road fund worth 40 billion U.S. dollars to support infrastructure, resources, industrial and financial cooperation and other projects related to connectivity for countries along the "Belt and Road".
The initiatives are a land-based belt from China via Central Asia and Russia to Europe, and a maritime Silk Road through the Strait of Malacca to India, the Middle East and East Africa.
Experts say that the initiatives will create trade and investment opportunities in infrastructure and construction, including transportation, ports, pipelines, power generation and environmental projects, as well as stimulating energy and resource exchanges, consumption and tourism.
The initiative is underpinned by a win-win approach and a strong desire from China to export excess capacity, invest abroad and diversify its foreign exchange reserves. China has competitive edges in capital and expertise, while many Asian countries face large financing gaps.
The establishment of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in October demonstrated the regional desire to cooperate.
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The Chinese government will spend 430 million yuan, roughly 70 million U.S. dollars, to support domestic art projects in a drive to boost the country's cultural influence.
As part of the China National Arts Fund, a state fund in its first year, the money will go to some 400 projects in four categories, including stage productions, paintings and photography, communication and exchange, as well as talent cultivation.
The fund was in line with President Xi Jinping's remarks last month urging the country's artists to create more works that are artistically outstanding and morally inspiring. Xi regards art and culture as an indispensable contributor to the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
The lion's share of the fund, 230 million yuan, will go to stage art such as dramas, musicals, traditional local operas and children's plays.
More than 70 productions, including stage plays, songs, photography and opera, drew inspiration from the "Chinese dream" theme.
Applications were received between June and August. Winners of the funds will be publicized by the end of the year, with one in ten being awarded.
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The World Internet Conference has made its grand debut in Wuzhen, a picturesque riverine town in east China's Zhejiang province. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Cyberspace Administration of China and the Zhejiang provincial government.
As the world's largest developing country, China has the largest number of Internet users and potentially qualifies as a competitive candidate to build a broadly representative and truly open platform for a new round of dynamic growth of the global Internet industry.
The Wuzhen World Internet Conference is the first international Internet event held in China, and the first gathering that draws participation from the world's elitist leaders in the Internet realm. It is also the first panoramic showcase of the achievements of the Chinese Internet trailblazers, and the first world-level cyberspace summit meeting that is named after an ancient town.
Under the theme "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All", the first conference is composed of 13 forums on current topics of interest regarding Internet management, mobile Internet, Internet safety, and a special session about the role Zhejiang plays in the Internet scene of China.
Wuzhen has been chosen as permanent venue for the World Internet Conference.
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China and Australia have vowed to deepen cooperation in Antarctica.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two countries in Hobart, Australia, when China's only icebreaker, Xuelong, was berthed at the port city to take on supplies on its 31st mission to Antarctica.
Under the memorandum, a joint committee that will meet every two years will be established to oversee the cooperation, and a mechanism for environmental, policy, scientific and operational collaboration in Antarctica will be built.
A platform for Antarctic official and academic exchanges will be established; and under the memorandum, Australia will be a gateway to Antarctica.
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The Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, was named the world's top supercomputer for the fourth consecutive time by the "TOP 500" project.
The Tianhe-2 relegated the US-developed Titan to second spot, in a standardized test designed to measure computer performance. The Tianhe-2 system has a performance of almost 34 petaflop, or quadrillions of calculations per second.
The "TOP 500" project, started in 1993, issues a list twice a year that ranks supercomputers based on their performance.
There was little change in the top 10 in the latest list and the only new entry was at number 10, the Cray CS-Storm, developed by the Cray Company which also developed the Titan.
The United States was home to six of the top 10 supercomputers, while China, Japan, Switzerland and Germany had one entrant each.
The U.S. remained the top country in terms of overall systems, with 231, down from 233 and fell to almost its historic low.
The number of Chinese systems on the list also dropped to 61 from 76, while Japan increased its number of systems from 30 to 32.
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China Airship Base, in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has become the birthplace of the largest airship in the world. The airship is currently in the adjustment stage, and will soon undergo its maiden flight.
The airship is 100 meters long and 30 meters wide, and weighs 13 tons. With a payload of 2 tons, it can reach a maximum height of 7,000 meters.
The Airship Base, in Alxa Prefecture in Inner Mongolia, commenced operation in February last year and is a key project of the autonomous region. Following the successful trial flight of its first airship in August, the base has already manufactured a total of four different airship models.
An airship is also known as a dirigible. It is a type of aerostat that can navigate through the air under its own power. It gains lift from a large gasbag filled with helium gas, or other buoyant gasses, that are less dense than the surrounding air.
This type of airship is lightweight, safe and easy to operate. It is mainly used for military purposes, resource observation, environment control, disaster prevention and relief, as well as telecommunications.
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Japanese actor Ken Takakura essentially reshaped the aesthetics of screen heroes when his movies made their way into China in the late 1970s and early 80s. Takakura died of lymphoid cancer on November 10th, at a Tokyo hospital where he was being treated for the illness. He was 83.
Takakura's tough-guy persona injected a big dose of masculinity into the creation of movie heroes and became an antithesis to the all-smiling archetype then prevalent in Chinese cinema.
Several Chinese leading men even fell out of public favor partly because they were seen as the opposite of Takakura-style of being cool.
The first Takakura movie to hit Chinese theaters was "Manhunt", made in 1976 and screened in China in 1978, in which he plays a police detective falsely accused of corruption who goes on the run to clear his name.
To an audience that had never seen a story like this, Takakura's portrayal was the epitome of stoicism and perseverance.
A much more nuanced follow-up was the 1980 film "A Distant Cry From Spring", in which a man with a past starts developing mutual feelings for the woman who keeps him as a hired hand.
Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou explored Takakura's signature reticence and pensiveness to dramatic effect when he invited him to star in the 2005 film "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles", a film about the difficulty of communication between people with different languages, cultures, generations and backgrounds.
According to Zhang, the role of a Japanese father who comes to China in search of a way to bond with his son was tailor-made for Takakura.
In the West, Takakura is known mostly through the 1970 war movie "Too Late the Hero".
Takakura was extremely prolific, with more than 200 screen roles under his belt. He was awarded Japan's Academy Prize for best actor four times, among other kudos.
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U.S.-based media giant Universal Studios has opened its first office in Beijing, looking to stake its claim on the booming Chinese entertainment market.
Universal Studios will set up movie co-production and consumer product sales in China, with an eye on expanding co-distribution deals.
Universal plans to work alongside China Film Group to pitch and submit the studio's movies to China's film and media regulators for approval. China Film Group is the only legal distributor of imported movies on the mainland.
Universal has five titles it hopes will get the green-light for mainland distribution from the Chinese government next year, like actress Angelina Jolie's just-premiered drama "Unbroken".
Recently, Universal unveiled plans to open a theme park in Beijing in 2019.
You are listening to NEWS Plus Special English. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing.
Taiwan-born pop icon Jay Chou has finally shared photos of him and his fiance together on Chou's official Weibo account.
The singer broke a long-time practice of keeping his private life private, when he posted two photos of him and his fianc?? together, posing during what appears to be a park outing.
Chou wrote on the post of the photos that he "received a lot of blessings" from his fans after his weekend performances in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The pop star said earlier this year that he planned to get married soon after he finishes his upcoming 13th album, which is slated for release next month.
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More than 30 superhero movies are slated to hit the big screen in the United States in the next six years.
The next big budget title that promises to be a blockbuster after the success of its predecessor is next year's "Avengers: Age of Ultron".
Marvel Comics, one of the two biggest comic book publishers based in the U.S., has already unveiled its movie plans up to 2019, with "Ant Man" and the newest "Fantastic Four" joining "Age of Ultron" for a next-year release.
The other comic giant, DC Comics, is taking a break next year to finish up two huge titles in 2016; "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", and "Suicide Squad", which will see the re-introduction of "The Joker" onto the big screen.
With many more titles planned for the years to come, both Marvel and DC are attempting to intertwine the plotlines of features to bring to the big screen the complex worlds evident in these titles comic pages.
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That is the end of today's program. I'm Yun Feng in Beijing. Hope you can join us every day at CRI NEWS Plus Radio, to learn English and learn about the world.

 

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