Chinese mall unveils #TrumpDog statue to celebrate year of the dog

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Tibetan film-maker flees China, arrives in US

Thu, Dec 28, 2017 - 6:05 PM [BEIJING] A Tibetan film-maker jailed in China for making a film about the Olympics and Tibet has arrived in the United States after escaping from China, an activist group that campaigned for his release said. Dhondup Wangchen was jailed for six years in late 2009 in the western province of Qinghai after he made a documentary in which ordinary Tibetans praised the Dalai Lama and complained about how their culture had been trampled upon. The film, "Leaving Fear Behind", features a series of interviews with Tibetans who talk about how they still love their exiled spiritual leader and thought the 2008 Beijing Olympics would do little to improve their lives. The film was shown in secret to a small group of foreign reporters in Beijing during the Olympics. In a statement late on Wednesday in Beijing, the group Filming for Tibet said Dhondup Wangchen had arrived in San Francisco that day. "After many years, this is the first time I'm enjoying the feeling of s..

China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicks off in Myanmar

Video PlayerClose YANGON, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 2017 China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicked off in Myanmar's Shwedagon Pagoda on Sunday afternoon. Present at the opening ceremony of the two-day exhibition were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Chairman of Yangon Region Parliament U Tin Maung Htun and other officials as well as eminent monks. Speaking at the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang expressed his belief that the exhibition will be a great opportunity for the Myanmar people to know more about tradition and culture of China's Tibet and it will strengthen the friendship between China's Tibet and Myanmar. U Sein Win Aung, chairman of the Myanmar-China Friendship Association (Central), said the exhibition aims to exchange culture, friendship and Buddhism between China's Tibet and Myanmar. It is the first time of visit to Myanmar for China's Tibetan Culture Delegation and the exhibition highlights the bilateral exchange of Buddhi..

Yearender: LatAm development gets a boost from Chinese initiatives

Video PlayerClose by Xinhua writer Wang Jinye MEXICO CITY, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- In 2017, Latin American economies have shown signs of recovery and growth, thanks to their look-to-the-east approach, or seeking synergy in development plans with China, which has maintained dialogue and trade cooperation with the region despite rising threat of protectionism and isolationism. DEVELOPMENT SYNERGY An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report said in 2017 Latin American and Caribbean exports will register a 13-percent increase, thanks to greater shipments to China. The rise reflects a 30-percent upturn in exports to China amid a recovery in the price of raw materials and growing demand, the report said. Currently, China is a major trade partner and an important source of investment for Latin America, as many Latin American countries have sought synergy with China in development strategies. The relatively unitary economic structure of the region and its lagging infrastructure have been impro..

Forum held in Beijing to promote Chinese culture

Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 government officials, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan gathered in a forum in Beijing Wednesday to promote cultural innovation and develop Chinese culture. Chinese culture is the root and spirit connecting the people of the mainland and Taiwan, said Liu Jieyi, vice director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at the forum's opening ceremony. Liu called on compatriots from both sides of the strait to enhance mutual understanding of ethnic, cultural and national identity, and maintain the mutual spiritual bond between the two peoples. The cultural communication across the strait has lasted a long time and become increasingly active, even as cross-strait relations have gone through ups and downs since 1987, said Liu. Wang Yifu, president of the All-China Fe..

New Year elements in China's traditional culture

Video PlayerClose Recently, China issued a set of zodiac stamps to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog. The theme for this round of zodiac stamps is "happy family," and the new stamps depict Chinese domestic dogs. The year 2018 marks Chinese "Wu Xu Year," the Year of the Dog. In fact, not only zodiac stamps, elements of Chinese New Year can be found in many forms of Chinese folk arts. Zodiac stamps for Year of the Dog A customer shows a first day cover with the newly issued zodiac stamp in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 5, 2018. China Post issued a set of special zodiac stamps for the Year of Dog with two different designs Friday. The Year of Dog, or Chinese traditional lunar New Year of this year, starts from Feb. 16. (Xinhua/Li He) China Post says the first stamp depicts a male dog with its chin up and its eyes straight ahead. Its two ears point upward, while its hind legs are forcefully thrust against the ground, ready to pounce on any int..

China: A perfect blend of culture and progress

| Hadee Junaidi in the People’s Republic of China | WITH a booming population, tricky language barrier, and fast-paced lifestyle, China can be exhausting for first time travellers. I was one of those first time travellers as I joined a delegation comprising two government officials and five media officials for a cultural trip organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brunei Darussalam. During the visit from November 10 to 18, we were taken to various places of interest in Suzhou and Nanjing in the Jiangsu province – from cultural heritage sites to modern economic areas. A country with more than a billion people, China with its economic upturn mixes its various cultures with the steady progress of technology seamlessly. Upon arrival at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, we were greeted by Jerry and Xing, officials from the government of the People’s Republic of China who accompanied us throughout the trip. The delegation in a group photo with Imams of Taiping..

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Underperforms In China

(Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) Star Wars: The Last Jedi received a chilly welcome during the film's opening weekend in China. The Disney-Lucasfilm production has been successful worldwide — The Last Jedi had the sixth biggest worldwide film opening since 2002, earning approximately $450 million. Outside of the U.S., The Last Jedi has done best in Western Europe. In the U.K. the film earned $102.9 million, followed by Germany with $73.5 million and France with $57.6 million. But the ticket sales from this weekend's opening in China were relatively low at $28.7 million. The Last Jedi had a significantly worse opening weekend in China than other recent films in the Star Wars franchise. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened to $33 million on its first day in China in 2016, with a weekend total of $53 million. China's reluctance towards the franchise has history behind it — the original Star Wars wasn..

China's trying to gain political influence abroad, and the West isn't happy

Western countries are growing increasingly cautious of China's Communist Party. Officials in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Germany — major recipients of Chinese foreign direct investment — have been questioning the extent of Beijing's interference on their home turfs amid recent developments that suggest rising Chinese clout. Last Wednesday, the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) held a hearing on Beijing's influence-wielding attempts states-side. That same week, China summoned Australia's ambassador after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull cited "disturbing reports about Chinese influence." Meanwhile, security experts in New Zealand warned Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about Chinese attempts to access sensitive public and private sector information, according to a Financial Times report last week. And in Germany, intelligence officials recently revealed how Chinese spies used LinkedIn to snoop on politicians, according to Reuters. Experts ..

Exploring environmental and technological effects on culture evolution at different spatial scales

IMAGE: This is a SPECIAL TOPIC: Past human-environmental interaction. view more Credit: ©Science China Press Many famous ancient civilizations such as ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Maya, Angkor, Han and Tang Dynasties in ancient China, had emerged and flourished in different parts of the world, while these highly developed civilizations in prehistoric and historical periods eventually declined, and then fell into oblivion in human history. The driving force and mechanism for the rise and fall of ancient civilizations attracts extensive attentions, however, different scholars hold different views on this hot issue. Recently, in an article coauthored by Guanghui Dong, Fengwen Liu and Fahu Chen, scholars at MOE Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental System, Lanzhou University, the authors illustrate environmental and technological effects on ancient social evolution at different spatial scales, and propose a possible mechanism for expounding the correlation between culture ev..

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