rtist and a soldier of fortune. More than a mere mercenary, he ho

nors a heroic code, placing a high value on the ties of kinship and loyal friends.

 上海夜生活女神会所One day, he is entrusted to escort a mysterious masked man-actually a rebel leader-on a hazardous journey from Xi

yu, or the western regions, to the imperial capital (now Xi’an), forming the basis for a suspense-filled and thrilling tale.

Xu says that he set the story during the short-lived dynasty because he wanted to give it a 上海夜生活

solid cultural and historical foundation, showing how people struggle with fate and fight against it in troubled times.

It took him several years of preparation before he started work on the comic, during which time he practiced drawing stor

 上海夜生活yboards and read reference books like Zizhi Tongjian, (Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government) and Suish

u (History of Sui), and sought for advice from experts on the design of weapons and costumes.

“The creation of Dao Ma’s image was inspired by historian S女神会所ima Qian’s description 上海夜生活

of xiake (meaning swordsmen, or vigilantes) who stand for free will, upholding justice, and fighting a

gainst a rigidly stratified society,” says Xu. “I suppose the Chinese ‘xiake spirit’ will resonate with readers around the world.”

 上海夜生活Last April, the first book of the serialized comic was launched and its sales exceeded 10

0,000 copies in its first month. Japanese manga artists Rumiko Takahashi and Tooru Fujisawa lavished high

praise upon Xu’s work for its fascinating characters and enjoyable film-like narration. 上海夜生活女神会所

Unlike many other influential comic strip artists, who learned to paint or draw from a y

oung age, Xu, who was once an advertising major at Northeast Normal University, barely has any such training.

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wn words, “hitting rock bottom”, he changed professional tack co

mpletely, deciding instead to pick up a pen and delve into the depths of his imagination. 上海夜生活女神会所

“I became obsessed with the fantasy world that I

would read about in comics and see in animated films when I was a litt

le boy,” recalls Xu, who’s based in Xiamen, Fujian province. “After going through twists and turns in my first 25 y

ears, I thought it was time for me to follow my heart and become a storyteller.”

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fter the name, which became my nickname,” says Pucky, who was born in Hong Kong a

nd grew up in Canada, which prompted her to explore the value of identity and the meaning of belonging.上海千花网女神会所

After graduation from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouve

r in 2008, she returned to Hong Kong, where she works as a freelance artist and illustrator.

上海千花网My first designed doll was named Space Clown, a little alien wandering the Earth. I used to b

e a kid who was unhappy and sentimental, and I always dreamed about aliens that could take me away,” she says.

“What I am trying to deliver with my design is warmth and peace. With elements上海千花网

like forests, outer space and dreams, I want to share comfort and inner peace with people.”

A blind date that works

Wang Ning, who founded Pop Mart in 2010, says: “I didn’t expect the designer toys t上海千花网

o be so popular among young Chinese. The market is huge and promising.”

上海千花网女神会所Pop Mart started launching designer toys in 2016. Most of its buyers and ardent follo

wers are women and students aged between 18 to 35, according to Wang Ning.

“It’s about individuality and relieving pressure. People collect de上海千花网

signer toys and they interpret the characters’ emotions in their own ways.”

The company also introduced the concept of a “blind box”. These finger-lo上海千花网女神会所

ng boxes are bought on spec with the purchasers unaware of their contents until they open th

em. In 2017, the company set up about 400 vending machines across the country, dispensing the “blind boxes”. It also上海千花网

held its first Beijing Toy Show that year with about 200 designers and over 30,000 fans attending.

Wang Ning says more designers from the mainland are now launching their toys at the show.上海千花网女神会所

One of them is a young Guangzhou-based designer surnamed Deng, whose moniker is Ayan

. Deng is a fashion design major who graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2017.上海千花网

Her toy series, entitled Dimoo World, is one of the most popular.

The designer held three fan meetings during the show, which attracted hundreds.上海千花网女神会所

“The story of the little boy, named Dimoo, starts with his jour

ney in a mystic world, where he meets lots of friends,” Deng says. “The boy is confused and lost. H

owever, with the support and love from his friends, he grows up in an intriguing world.”

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riters in Norway, and was the winner of the International Ibsen Aw

ard in 2010. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages.上海后花园

A Summer’s Day was created in 1999 and is recognized as one of Fosse’s r

epresentative works. According to Wang Wei, director of the Chinese production, the p

上海后花园女神会所lay is about “how people are alienated from each other, unable to really understand each other.”

“I hope audiences can feel for the characters, catch the subtle emotions and communication,” he said.

The play takes place as an older woman (played by Tian Shui) looks back at her life,上海后花园

recalling with a friend (played by Wen Yang) the fateful day when a couple visited.

The Shanghai Dramatic Art Center first introduced Fosse’s works in 2014, when five plays by the Norwegi

上海后花园an author were presented by five companies from Russia, Iran, India, Italy and China, respectively, d

uring the ACT, an annual festival of contemporary theater hosted by the art center.

Russia’s deputy UN envoy on Thursday appealed to European countries to heed the United Stat上海后花园女神会所

es’ recent withdrawal from a Cold War arms control treaty and warned of a possible new arms race.

At a Security Council meeting, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s acting permanent representative to the United Nations, called

上海后花园on the Europeans to act to prevent the deployment of US intermediate-range missiles on their continent.

After exiting from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Aug. 2, the United States recently conduc

ted a flight test of a ground-launched cruise missile, which the treaty would have prohibited.上海后花园女神会所

Recalling a failed push by Russia at the United Nations to support the I

NF Treaty last year, Polyanskiy said: “Are you (European member states) happy today

上海后花园that in December you preferred to press the red button? Do you really not understand that yo

u are returning to a situation where missiles are targeting European cities from different sides?”

He warned that the demise of the INF Treaty would not just undermi上海后花园女神会所

ne parts of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, but would also lead to a new arms race.

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r developers have become limited, aiming to prevent too much capital flows into the property market.

Yan Yuejin, director of that Shanghai-based E-house China Research and Dev上海419论坛品茶微信

elopment Institution, added that property developer bellwethers are proactivel

上海419论坛y paying off their debts and controlling risks, instead of pursuing aggressive expansion.

He regarded it as a positive sign that the market is on a track of more

steady development and predicted the trend will continue in the second half of this year.上海419论坛品茶微信

Sunac China Holdings Ltd, one of China’s five major property developers, expected the tightening re

gulation to cause a gradual drop in land prices from the current relatively high level back to a reason

上海419论坛able one. It will also further intensify the differentiation and the integration of the real estate industry.

“Sales and home prices will both be impacted, since people will not be hurried to buy a house,” Sunac Chairman Sun Ho

ngbin told the media when announcing the company’s interim results on Thursday in Hong Kong.上海419论坛

Sunac reported net profit of 10.29 billion yuan for the first half of 2019, up 61.7 percent compared with the same period

上海419论坛品茶微信one year earlier. Revenue increased 64.9 percent to 76.84 billion yuan year-on-year.

Sun said the company will continue to strictly control land investment in the second half so

as to decrease the gearing ratio at the end of 2019 and maintain its long-term downward trend.上海419论坛

Sunac replenished its land bank from January to April when the land market was at a momentary low level. After land

prices rebounded in May, the company stopped acquiring land through land auctions.上海419论坛品茶微信

The developer now owns a total of 213 million square meters, of wh

ich more than 83 percent were located in first-tier and second-tier cities.

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 this important mission” as US President Donald Trump gave him the assignment to resume working-level talks with the DPRK

following the US president’s meeting with top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in late June.上海夜生活

Kim and Trump held an impromptu meeting at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom on June 30, agre

上海夜生活品茶微信eing to restart a working-level dialogue to implement the Singapore agreement, sign

ed by the two leaders during their first-ever summit in Singapore in June last year.

The two leaders met again in late February in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, but the second DPRK-U上海夜生活

S summit ended without any agreement. Under the Singapore deal, Kim and Trump agr

eed to the complete denuclearization of and the peace settlement in the peninsula.上海夜生活

Lee, the ROK’s nuclear envoy, told reporters that he had a productive dialogue

with Biegun as they discussed how to rapidly resume talks between Pyongyang an

上海夜生活品茶微信d Washington and make substantive progress in the negotiation for the denuclearization.

He noted that Biegun visited Seoul at a proper time when

efforts were necessary to restart the DPRK-US working-level talks.上海夜生活

Biegun arrived here from Japan Tuesday evening, right after th

e end of the ROK-US joint military exercises.上海夜生活

The combined forces of ROK and the United States st

aged the command post computer-simulated military drills for about two wee上海夜生活品茶微信

ks to verify the ROK’s military’s initial operational capability (IOC) for the transf

er of wartime operational control of the ROK’s troops from Washington to Seoul.

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hina’s southern island province of Hainan said it will ban the

sale of gasoline-fueled vehicles by 2030, in a bid to safeguard its environment.上海419论坛

All its vehicles used for sanitation, tourist transport and urban-rural p

上海419论坛assenger transit will be replaced by new energy vehicles by 2025, according to its plan.

Local authorities said they will further improve electric charging

networks in the next three to five years to meet the needs of new energy vehicles.上海419论坛品茶微信

Taiyuan, capital of North China’s Shanxi province, had its gasoline t

axis replaced by electric ones by 2016. Buses in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong pro

vince, have been electric since 2017, and its taxis are expected to be electrified as well this year.上海419论坛

The Beijing municipal government is offering subsidies of up to 73,800 yuan ($10,416) per

上海419论坛vehicle if taxi owners will buy electric ones, according to a document released in July.

At a forum in July, BAIC Group Chairman Xu Heyi said all taxis in Beijing will become electric within three years. BA

IC owns Beijing Electric Vehicle Co, which is the largest electric carmaker in the country.上海419论坛品茶微信

A representative at BJEV said that as the subsidies are cut, the number of

private owners may fall somewhat but the proportion of electric vehicles used such as

上海419论坛taxis and ride-hailing vehicles will rise as they are cheaper to use than gasoline ones.

Carmakers have long stepped up their efforts in new energy vehicles. BAI

C and Changan said in 2017 that they will phase out conventional fuel-powered cars by 2025.上海419论坛品茶微信

Volkswagen plans to produce around 11 million electric cars in China by 2028. This is more than half of its global target of 22 million.

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It may sound cool but it is challenging to start a band. But for young music

ians who yearn to do just that, a variety show Let‘s Band aims to help them.娱乐地图

The show, financed by streaming giant Youku and produced by the Shanghai-b

ased company Paul Edward Production, has been running on Youku since

娱乐地图女神会所Aug 17, one episode each Saturday. The last episode is scheduled for November.

In the show, pop musicians Wang Feng, Li Ronghao, Bai Jugang and Am

ber Kuo serve as the “mentors”, and their job is to judge the contestants’ performances. The sho娱乐地图

w features 75 young aspirants who were shortlisted from around 1,000 aspirants.

Among the 75 competitors are former champion of the popular show The Voice of

China, students of Berklee College of Music, and musicians from underground bands.娱乐地图女神会所

In the first episode, there were competitions in six c

ategories — vocal, guitar, bass, drum, electric instrument and classical instrument.娱乐地图

The final winners will be part of a band, which will

be assisted by the producers to stage performances around the country.

娱乐地图女神会所Speaking about the show, Cen Junyi, the chief producer, says: “We

found that a majority of youngsters born in 2000s are fond of music and know a

bout bands. So, trying to set up a band is fairly common for some young people.”娱乐地图

Director Li Yixun says Chinese audiences can now understand different genres of m

usic as a number of music-themed variety shows have been made over the last decade.娱乐地图女神会所

“So, now is a good time to dive deeper and make a more professional music show,” he says.

“We also want the show to convey the message that band music has evolved into many diverse forms now.”

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y coupled with a low birthrate, Japan adopted new immigrat

ion laws to attract foreign workers in certain sectors starting from April.上海夜生活

However, with an increasing number of technical interns quitting jobs due to long-criticized “grim working conditions for for

eigners”, the government has also applied stricter standards for revoking visas since January 2017.上海夜生活女神会所

The Japanese Justice Ministry can cancel a visa for a wide

range of reasons, such as failure to report a change of address within 90 days of moving.

上海夜生活Kazuyuki Motohari, an official from the Immigration Services Age

ncy, said the Justice Ministry will further crack down on those who flout the law.

Danish political pundits fear serious repercussions for the Danish-US relationship in the future after US Pres上海夜生活

ident Donald Trump announced postponing his visit to Denmark in a Tweet Tuesday night.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksens has

earlier clearly refused to discuss a possible sale of Greenland to the United States.上海夜生活女神会所

“Greenland is not for sale,” said the prime minister,” Greenland is not Danish. Gre

enland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that it is not something that is seriously meant.”

上海夜生活In a follow-up post on the tweet, Trump acknowledged the Danish prime minister’s “direct” rejection of his offer.

“….The Prime Minister was able to save a great deal of expense and effort for both the United States and

for that and look forward to rescheduling sometime in the future!”上海夜生活女神会所

Trump’s cancellation comes as a surprise to Lene Balleby, head of communications at the Da

nish Royal House which had “no comment” to make about the postponement.上海夜生活

“The situation may seem unrealistic, but no matter how you turn and turn it, it is a problem

for any sitting Danish government to get so skewed in the relationship with the c

上海夜生活ountry’s most important allies,” said Mirco Reimer-Elster, Denmark’s TV 2 US analyst.

Danish political pundits also fear the refusal to discuss the sale of Greenland with Tru

mp might have serious repercussions for the Danish-US relationship in the future.上海夜生活女神会所

“It’s not just about money. It is also about honor. If Trump succeeded in buying Greenland, he will then be included in the his

tory books. So Greenland means something to him,” says Svenning Dalgaard speaking to TV2.

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A jazz big band from the United States recently presented a concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai.

This is the first time Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra is touring China. The 23 y上海千花坊

oung musicians aged 16 to 19 were selected from across the US. And after two weeks’of intensive training in New

上海千花坊女神会所York, they started their performances in Taichung in Taiwan on Jul 30, followed by the National Center for th

e Performing Arts in Beijing, said Sean Jones, a renowned trumpeter and mentor of NYO Jazz.上海千花坊

In Shanghai NYO Jazz played two concerts including the show at Jazz at Lincoln Cen

ter, which featured a casual and intimate setting. The other show was at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center.上海千花坊

The orchestra had an open rehearsal before the concert at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Shanghai. And

80 members of the public took part in the rehearsal, many of whom were parents with their school-age children.

上海千花坊女神会所Fourteen-year old Zhao Junhuan who was there with his father swayed in his seat to the rhy

thm of the music. Zhao, who has spent three years learning to play the drums, was impressed with the Am

erican boys’ performance, but said: “I will be able to play as well as them when I am their age”.上海千花坊

Shanghai-based music critic Gu Chao said that the young musicians showed e

xcellent technique that their performance was beyond his expectation. “What

these lacked in experience, they made up with their love for music,” he said.上海千花坊 女神会所”Watching them play I was conv

inced that jazz is alive and contemporary, and far from being outdated.”

Carnegie Hall in New York is one of the most celebrated concert halls in the world. And since 2013 the institution has

been bringing together outstanding musicians aged between 16 and 19 to form the NYO-USA, and NYO2, an inten上海千花坊

sive summer training program for outstanding young musicians aged 14 to 17. In 2018, Car

negie Hall launched the NYO Jazz program, celebrating the big band tradition in American jazz music.

This year the 23 young musicians from 16 states in the US, led by acclaimed trumpeter Sean Jones and Grammy Award-上海千花坊女神会所

winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling embarked on a tour to China after a concert at the Carnegie Hall.

Speaking about the band, Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie上海千花坊

Hall, said: “The musicians who make up NYO Jazz’s 2019 roster are among the finest jazz players in the nati

on, passionate not only about music, but also dedicated to connecting with people across cultures.

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e of life-changing experiences through unparalleled training wit

h esteemed jazz artists and extraordinary performances of America’s beloved art form aro

und the world as they serve as wonderful musical ambassadors for their country.”

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rvingly opening to the outside world to increase its resilience to risks

and shoulder its responsibility as a major country,” said Wang Xiaosong, a researc 上海千花坊

h fellow with the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China.

 上海千花坊Covestro, a global chemicals giant that has been in China for nearly 20 years, is plannin

g to upgrade its China headquarters in Shanghai to its Asia-Pacific headquarters.

Holly Lei, president of Covestro China, said after the move, the 上海千花坊

company could better coordinate global resources to grow together with China.

 上海千花坊China is Covestro’s biggest single market and Shanghai is hom

e to its largest plant while housing its Asia-Pacific innovation center, said Lei.

Covestro is not alone in terms of expanding its business ambitions in the world’s second-largest economy. 上海千花坊

French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to set up a regional procurement center in Sha

nghai. German chemicals giant BASF has increased investment to upgrade its innovation center in Shan

ghai after investing in a $10 billion production facility in Zhanjiang. The city is also home 上海千花坊女神会所

to Tesla’s gigafactory, which is under construction with an investment of over 50 billion yuan ($7.1 billion).

Investments from the European Union, Singapore, Japan and countries included in t 上海千花坊

he Belt and Road Initiative all grew at double-digit rates in the first half and the investm

ent structure is being optimized, said Hua Yuan, director of the municipal commission of commerce.

The high-tech service industry reported an actual use of foreign investment of $1.7 bil 上海千花坊女神会所

lion in the first six months, posting a hefty annual growth of 29.6 percent, said Hua.

A series of opening-up measures in multiple fields and industries and the impro

ving business environment has ramped up foreign investment interests in China.

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