ched for 10 km, making it a memorable scene for a generation.
In October 2016, the bridge was closed for repairs after being open for almost 50 years. The 100,000 vehicles it carried each day far
exceeded its designed capacity of 8,000, causing many cracks to appear in the structure. It has been repaired 12 times since 2002.
Other problems it faced included falling mortar and metal fatigue.
The government decided to spend more than 1.1 billion yuan ($164 million) on the repairs.
The structure’s original concrete deck was replaced by a steel one, which is lighter and h
as greater durability. The replacement work was carried out above the 27,000-volt railway line. Any falling mater
ial, even a screw, would have caused a power failure and disrupted services on the busy Beijing-Shanghai Rail
way. Workers had to erect scaffolding and protective nets when no trains were passing.
The diameter of the lamp bases on the bridge were reduced by 5 ce
ntimeters, making the sidewalk wider and more convenient for pedestrians.
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.
ite remote sensing technologies, in protecting its cultural heritage
, according to an official with the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).
Chen Peijun, director of the NCHA’s supervision and inspection
department, said in an interview with Xinhua that the administration has been using remote sens
ing to monitor some of the country’s key cultural heritage sites and stretches of the Great Wall and their nearby areas.
Chen said the administration will also explore the use of other technological means such as the internet, cloud computi
ng, big data and drones in the administrative and law enforcement work for cultural heritage protection.
He said new technologies help improve the efficiency of supervision and
ensure that violations are detected and handled in an early and timely manner.ter on each
other to celebrate Water Splashing Festival in Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan prov
ince, on April 14, 2019. In China, Water Splashing Festival is celebrated by ethnic minority groups such as Dai, De’ang
material until the object is created, and each of these can be regarded as a sliced, horizon
tal cross-section of the eventual item,” said Michael Agam, president of South Asia at Stratasy
s, an additive manufacturing solution provider based in the United States.
Stratasys provides technologies that are used to create prototype, manufacturing tools and
production parts for industries from aerospace, automotive, healthcare to consumer products.
ou to produce complex (functional) sha
pes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods,” Agam said.
Falling product costs, ease of customization of goods, as well as governm
ent incentives are helping China emerge as an Asia leader in additive manufacturing.
China’s 3D printing industry is expected to reach $7.68 billion in output value, or one-thi
rd of the global market by 2020, according to a forecast by the China Industry Information Institute.