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The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.
ial media, they develop a negative relationship with their bodies. This often leads th
em to engage in “fat talk”－resulting in much lower self-esteem, Shen added.
Ye, from Hangzhou, who works as an accountant for Silergy Corp, said more than 90 percent of her colleagues in the finance
department are women, ranging in age from the early 20s to late 40s. Some have families, while others are singl
e or just “jump into” romantic relations. But all of them have varying degrees of dissatisfaction with their body shape.
“Every woman in our office is unhappy with at least one part of her b
ody. One of them might say her face is too round, while others are unhappy with their arms when
we sit together and gossip,” said Ye, who weighs 48 kg but frowns as she looks at the shape of her thighs.
“I have often thought I would be more attractive if my thighs were thinner,” she said, a
dding that one of her colleagues had not eaten dinner for at least two years in order to stay slim.
favorite city to work and live in for the sixth year in a row, followed by Beijing, Hefei, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, S
uzhou, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xi’an and Wuhan.
The campaign also looked at cities with the most potential to attract expats, naming X
iamen, Nanjing, Urumqi, Guangzhou, Xuzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Jinan, Dalian and Chengdu.
In recent years, China has implemented a work permit system for foreigners to come to Chi
na and a visa system for expats. This has promoted the government affairs, policies, work and living
environment of Chinese cities, allowing more expats to live and work better in China.
The survey has been conducted for nine years, starting in 2010. The A
mazing China 2018 poll took place from November to December. Results were anal
yzed from 239 signed votes from top expert panels, 2,815 votes from foreign experts, and 94,849 votes from internet users.
mitable spirit of the Chinese people and their attachment to the homeland. The audienc
e will also feel the profound historical friendship between the Chinese and Kazakh people,” s
ays Wang Zhi, deputy secretary-general of the festival’s organizing committee.
Jonathan Shen, the producer of The Composer, reveals that the crew spent five months shooting scenes in China, Russ
ia and Kazakhstan, and how the team used many special effects to re-create the wartime sequences.
Saturday, the festival’s opening day, marks the 80th anniversary of the debut performance of Yellow River
Cantata in Yan’an, the headquarters of the Red Army after the Long March which lasted from 1934 to 1936.
“We hope the film will comfort the soul of Xian,” says Shen, who is also the founder and CEO of Beijing-based Shinework Pictures.
Shen says he hopes The Composer, which was jointly financed by Kazakhst
an, will become a commercial success and encourage more foreign studios to produ
ce films with China. The film is scheduled to go on general release in China and Kazakhstan in May.
mmercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC), for example. At the earliest, COMAC will get the airworth
iness certificate for C919 in 2021. Besides, just obtaining the certificate does not reduce even a bit of the difficulty in making and delivering the aircraft.
As the history of aircraft manufacturing shows, it is almost impossible for manufacturer
s to obtain airworthiness certificate and deliver aircraft to the purchasers on time. More often than not, aerospace companies ta
ke several years more than the promised time to deliver the aircraft. For instance, both Boeing 787 Drea
mliner and Airbus 380 were delivered years behind schedule. Which means delayed delivery is a norm in the aerospace industry.
In short, it would take decades for Chinese manufacturers to mass-produce airplanes irrespective of the rise and fall of other aircraft makers.
China has made great strides in industrialization during the 40 years of reform and opening
-up, but for that it learned from developed countries’ experiences and put its own experiences to good
use. The complete system of research, development, safety, production, supply chain and service that took Boein
g and Airbus decades to establish should be what Chinese aircraft manufacturers should strive for. With continuo
us efforts, C919 could earn its place in the civil aviation industry－perhaps 10, even 20, years later.
It’s very likely that any consensus that could be reached across the Commons would be a softer Brexit than the one May is currently pursuing.
That, I am afraid, is still a fairly open-ended answer. It might mean the need to renegotiate, which would mean a longer exten
sion, which would mean being in the EU elections, which could mean a second referendum, ultimately.
The key point here is that cross-party consensus might soun
d nice, but on an issue as divisive as Brexit, it’s as likely as anything to blow up both main parties.
While things are far from rosy and three weeks is not enough t
ime to sort much, it’s worth noting that while Brexit might not be going terribly well, the last thr
ee years have been a huge learning curve for the entire UK. We know more now than we did.
So while the next bit of the Brexit process might look crunchy, the decisions made in the coming days will not be made lightly.