eituan Dianping, China’s leading on-demand online service provider, is the youngest among China’s 10 most powerful businesspeople, according to the list.
Dong Mingzhu, chairwoman of Gree Electric Appliances, a major home appliances maker
based in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, is the only woman entrepreneur on the top 10 ranking, placing seventh.
Xu Jiayin (Hui Ka Yan), chairman of China’s property developer Evergrande Gro
up, and Lei Jun, founder of smartphone maker Xiaomi Group, also made the top 10.
The China Consumers Association said Wednesday that financial servi
ces in automobile sales should be clearly priced and forced transactions eliminated.
The association held a discussion Wednesday morning on the issues of fina
ncial service fees in automobile sales and car buyers’ difficulties defending their rights.
The discussion concluded that car dealers fabricate required ite
ms to increase consumers’ payments and fail to provide receipts or other certificates.
When disputes over quality arise, consumers often experience difficulties negotiating with dealers or lodging complaints.
ros horns, pangolin scales, dried sea horses, red corals, and hawksbill turtles, Zheng said.
A major overseas criminal gang once active in smuggling animals to Guangdong province has been busted following the crackdown, he said.
He suggested that further special campaigns will be launched to fight against such smuggling in the coming months.
Water pollution has forced many regions, especially in southern China, to change their sou
rces of drinking water, with many reaching out to the Yangtze River, a report said.
The contamination of water bodies has made drinking water in souther
n China more scarce, despite a dense network of waterways, according to the report, publ
ished earlier this year by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, an NGO.
A campaign to root out environmental violations at water intake sites is expect
ed to improve things, but environmental authorities should be aware that local governments may choose to aba
ndon their water intake sources to avoid rectifying problems, said Ma Jun, director of the institute.
could open up new prospects for medical research.Huawei’s Ren named China’s most influential business leader
The 74-year-old Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies, is the most influentia
l business leader in China, according to the latest ranking released by business magazine Fortune’s Chinese edition.
Pony Ma Huateng, founder and CEO of tech giant Tencent, came i
n second followed by Chen Dongsheng, founder, chairman and CE
O of Taikang Insurance Group. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma grabbed fourth place this year.
These business leaders’ values were not only reflected in the successful m
oments of their companies, but also, most importantly, in their willingness to face challen
ges as well as help their company through a crisis, find new direction and stride for the next success, Fortune China said.
an underwater tunnel should be built to connect the railways in Nanjing
, but his dream was not realized for about 100 years. In 1929, Sun’s casket was transpor
ted to Pukou district along the Tientsin-Pukow Railway before being ferried to downtown Nanjing.
In 1930, John Alexander Low Waddell, a 76-year-old Canadian who was a
traffic consultant to the Chinese government, said the Yangtze in Nanjing was too deep and
was flowing too fast to construct a bridge, according to the Academy of Sociology.
The government launched large-scale investigations in 1936 and 1946 before dropping the pla
n. In 1956, the State Council, China’s Cabinet, proposed constructing the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.
To test the bridge’s load-bearing capacity, Xu Shiyou, who comma
nded the Nanjing Military Region, ordered an armored regim
ent to drive 118 amphibious tanks on the newly built structure at 8 am on Sept 25, 1969.
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.
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
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.