Thirty-three families have lived in relative seclusion in Yuejiazhai village in northern China for hundreds of years. Top and above: Villagers of Yuejiazhai, descendants of Southern Song Dynasty hero Yue Fei, have lived reclusive lives for hundreds of years on the Thaihang mountain ridge in Pingshun, Shanxi province.
Yue Fei was a general who led the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) forces against the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) from northeastern China. The villagers say Yue Lin took 33 families with him, mostly relatives, servants and guards. During their journey, they camped under a big tree in the remote Thaihang mountains in what is now Pingshun, Shanxi province. The next morning, he decided to follow the instruction and the group began to build stone houses there. The number of families has not changed much over 800 years; plus, they still eat what they plant and hunt, they wear what they make and find, and they speak Chinese in a dialect that can be traced to the Song Dynasty.
For more than 800 years, the village has operated its own school, clinic, temple and committees.
The local government started building a 20-kilometer mountain path connecting the village to the closest town in 1996, and the road, which includes a 50-meter tunnel, was completed several years later. Even the Mongolians, Manchurians, and Japanese - the three main invaders and occupiers in northern China after the 12th century - did not manage to get to the village. If their ancestors had learned about Yue Fei's rehabilitation 27 years after they settled there and left the area, many families would have become victims of the later wars, the villagers say. His son adds: "We started learning about what had happened over the past 800 years only in the late 1990s. When the first visitors came to the village about 15 years ago, they were interested in learning about the village, and vice versa. As environmental adviser to Britain's Prince Philip, 62-year-old Martin Palmer notes that Queen Elizabeth, who has just celebrated her 90th birthday, has reigned longer than he has been alive.
It's that longevity that has allowed Palmer, who also is a Sinologist, to help interpret the richness of Chinese cultures for the royal family for three decades.
Martin Palmer has been working with the Taoists of China for years, and says Prince Philip and the Queen Elizabeth have both shown enormous interest in Taoism. Palmer meets with Philip, who is 94, three or four times a year and talks with the queen once every two or three years. For the queen's 90th birthday, celebrated twice this year, he links longevity to Chinese values. Palmer has been working with the Taoists of China for years, and Prince Philip and the Queen Elizabeth have both shown enormous interest in Taoism, Palmer says, ever since he took Taoist masters to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The royal couple have asked how the religion shapes China, and what are the traditions of meditation and the core philosophical concepts of heaven, earth and humanity. Palmer recalls the queen also asked why there were no wars between religions, intrigued as to how the different traditions of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism work side by side in China.
Palmer once took a senior Taoist master, the 65th direct descendant of Zhang Daoling - a venerated Taoist - to meet the queen and Prince Philip, who were fascinated to know someone who could trace their family back even further than she could. In 1985, Palmer met the royal family for the first time when he was invited to talk to Prince Philip, who at that time was the international president of the World Wildlife Fund. Palmer was following the same cultural path as President Xi Jinping did in his speech to UNESCO in March 2014, when he was visiting France.
According to Palmer, Xi spoke powerfully about China's cultures, traditions and civilizations, which should be part of a recipe to bring China out of the dilemmas it faces. Palmer says "the ecological civilization", a phrase often used in Chinese policy, is a fascinating expression that he first came across in 2006 when he was working with the Taoists in China on protecting their sacred mountains and on their moral and spiritual influence on China, which he has been doing since 1995. This is a concept, he says, which reflects the notion that the Chinese have begun to care not just for themselves, but also for people who are less fortunate than themselves, and for the forests, the rivers and the fish, after the rapid development of the past three decades. The old Confucian phrase of benevolence, or renli, is rooted in what it is to be a good human being, he says.
Palmer says the idea of having phases of ecological civilization - which has become one of the overriding developmental components of the Communist Party of China since 2012 - should be given global recognition.
Now one of the problems is that the West has so devalued its own notion of civilization that it doesn't quite get it when a country says it wants civilization, Palmer says. Palmer says he is in talks with different organizations in China, including the Party's cultural and communication units, about making a six-part TV series tied to the Silk Road. For years, as a Christian, Palmer has led a simple life, and also has benefited from Chinese wisdom, which is about enjoying what one can legitimately enjoy, as written in the ancient Chinese classics. Few historians receive the rock-star treatment when they give a talk on their latest book - but Yuval Noah Harari did.
The 40-year-old Israeli enthralled an audience of about 2,700 at Beijing Expo Theater for almost four hours in late April when he spoke on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.
Yuval Noah Harari shares his insight into human evolution during the Beijing leg of his book tour. The book, currently No 74 on the Amazon best-seller list, is available in 43 languages, while high-profile fans include Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Shu Ting, editor of China CITIC Press and the show's organizer, says Harari's idea that early Homo sapiens differed from other animals due to their ability to create and believe in fictional realities has inspired many in China, including business leaders, scientists and young people.
Harari, a history professor with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is himself a wonderful storyteller. Gao Yi, a history professor at Peking University, says she is absorbed by Harari's listing of historical events, but what impresses her most is his crossover on many subjects and realms of knowledge.
The book, which was initially turned down by five publishers in Israel, looks at human history over a period of 2 million years, covering three key revolutions - cognitive, agricultural and scientific - and one phase of human unification. It was first published in Hebrew in 2011, and then in English three years later, when it received the China National Library's Wenjin Book Award. To cover 2 million years in no more than 500 pages, Harari engages and connects ideas from biology, archaeology, politics, economy, genetics and artificial intelligence. He also devotes a chapter to the subject of happiness, arguing that humans today are less happy than our ancestors, as we are filled with more desires. His next book, History of Tomorrow, will be available in English soon and later in Chinese. Born in 1976 to an engineer father and secretary mother, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002. I'm not a pessimist, and I'm trying to be realistic about the condition of the world and what we're to face.
But there are also problematic developments, like climate change and new technology that may get out of control, like artificial intelligence. I'm afraid there is not enough attention given to these issues by government and the public.
Another positive development in China is that it's thinking in global terms instead of local terms.
My paternal grandfather was a stern scholarly merchant who retired early from business and spent the rest of his life on culinary pursuits.
Their common love for sweet things was manifested in many suppers that consisted of mainly sweet soups - a particular style of cooking desserts that originated primarily from South China.
Most folks from Fujian province, like my maternal grandpa, grew up eating a lot of sweet potatoes. Even congee, cooked in plenty of water, often had large pieces of sweet potato added as fillers. Perhaps it was because he missed home, but grandpa's favorite sweet soup was sweet potatoes in rock sugar syrup, flavored with large pieces of ginger. It could be a sweet soup of double-boiled papaya with snow fungus and crushed fritillary bulbs, or a red-bean soup boiled long and slow so all the beans would have dissolved. Fritillary bulbs are known to cure coughs and chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes, and so are meant to sooth those nasty summer coughs and colds.
Smooth velvety congee-like soups can also be made from powdered peanuts, sweet almonds, walnuts and black sesame. There are also the famous milky custards from my grandfather's hometown, Daliang in Shunde county, Guangdong province.
Barley water may be the bane of some Western children, but barley water brewed the Chinese way is both delicious and nutritious. Pearl barley is boiled with ginkgo nuts and dried bean curd sticks to produce a smooth, milky sweet soup. Sometimes, if the cook is feeling generous, whole eggs are dropped into the boiling broth to poach. In the beautiful lake districts of Hangzhou, Suzhou and Yangzhou, they fill little glutinous rice balls with sweet fillings like red bean or sesame paste and cook them in a sweet soup flavored by half-fermented rice, the byproduct of making rice wine. Of course, Chinese chefs are always on the lookout for new recipes, and one extremely popular sweet soup these days is the beautifully named heavenly ambrosia, yangzhi ganlu. Its ingredients reflect a departure from tradition, with imported and rare ingredients like mango, grapefruit and sago. You can hardly eat a wedding banquet these days without finishing the meal with this colorful, sweet soup, considered both delicious and auspicious.
For many Chinese, sugar is still a rare treat, and the luxury of making and having dessert is an indulgence. This is especially popular in summer as almonds are considered good for the lungs and may act as protection against summer sniffles. Place filtered solution in pot and start cooking, stirring as mixture thickens, adding water till you get desired consistency. When Zhang Lingxin was studying at Hunan Golf and Tourism College in Changde, in Central China's Hunan province, his coach gave him a tip that changed his game: focus on the ball and aim long, but at the target, or the hole, not the ball. However, last year, when the 23-year-old finished school and started looking for a job, he did the exact opposite. Having spent a few months working as a caddie at a golf club in Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong province, carrying clubs and collecting balls for some of the country's richest businessmen, Zhang decided to change the focus of his career and aim for a most unlikely group: the youngest golfers.
His decision to concentrate on teaching juniors came on the back of arguably the most dramatic change China's golf industry has experienced in the three decades since the game was revitalized by business executives from Hong Kong and Macao.
Since late 2013, golf, along with extravagant wining and dining, has been a major casualty of the country's anti-corruption campaign.
China's golf industry last year saw a significant decline for the first time since the 1980s, according to a white paper published in March by the Forward Group, a specialist golf management company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong. The company estimated that there were approximately 390,000 "core golfers" - defined as those who play at least eight times a year - in China last year, a decline of almost 5 percent from 2014.
More than 100 of the country's 600 or so golf courses have closed, and about 50 percent of those that remained are in debt, the paper said. Despite the bleak overall picture, one man in Shanghai plans to use his 10-year-old son and the boy's millions of peers to rescue the sport.
Mi is not the first person in China to attempt to make a business out of teaching children golf, but the 36-year-old Shanghai native is definitely the first to join with public primary schools in the city to make the game more accessible, if not free, to children from "non-superrich families", as he puts it.
He has convinced the principals of 11 schools to put the game on their syllabuses as an option for PE lessons or after-school exercise. She noted that there has been a shift in attitude toward sports among the new generation of parents.
Now, though, sports - especially Western sports - are considered a plus to make a resume look better when students apply to schools overseas. Peng Keng, an event manager at IMG China, the agency that manages junior golf games organized by HSBC, has witnessed rising interest in the game among Chinese parents. He recalls that when his staff first helped start the HSBC games in 2006, they traveled around the country to find children who could swing a club, but only managed to find 30.
A report by Dazheng Golf, a golf services and marketing agency that's part of Beijing Dazheng Chengping Culture Communication Co, shows that by the end of last year there were 3,381 registered junior golfers in China.
The number of junior golfers, especially those younger than 12, is rising by 30 to 40 every year. Government intervention and a nationwide passion to get out of the house for daily exercise are believed to be major drivers of the growth of affordable golf and other sports.
In October 2014, the State Council issued a guideline to accelerate the development of the domestic sports industry.
This popular team game - especially the sevens version - is a growing presence in Chinese schools, where parents regard it as a positive way of developing children's physical and mental toughness.
A number of amateur junior clubs have been founded in at least eight cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Qingdao in Shandong province, where children practice sevens and touch rugby (which involves minimal physical contact). The National University Rugby Sevens Championship has been played annually since 2013, with last year's event attracting 12 male and eight female college teams from across the country. Inspired by the gold-winning feats of Chinese fencers at recent Olympics, the sport is gaining a foothold in schools, despite its combative nature and the expensive equipment required.
The Primary and Secondary Schools Fencing Championships have been held in Beijing since 2014, and last year's event attracted about 1,000 participants from 30 schools. As the location of the sailing events at the 2008 Olympic Games, the coastal city of Qingdao introduced the sport as an extracurricular PE program in local schools in 2006 to raise public awareness.
Mai Jia (e?¦a®¶)'s genre-bending debut novel, Decoded, is a page turner; often brilliant, sometimes confused, but always daring. It is a pity that it took until 2014 before an English version was published, when the Chinese version came out in 2002.
Decoded tells the story of how Rong Jinzhen, an abandoned autistic savant who becomes a mathematical genius, is recruited by the Chinese government as a top secret cryptographer, and whose own brilliance eventually sees him descend into madness.
The first hundred pages of the book are its finest, with all its hints of magical realist tones. China's nationalism and patriotism are much touched on in the book, but Mai always feels more or less ambivalent toward it, which is refreshing and, arguably, not what you would expect from someone having served 17 years in the People's Liberation Army. The final part of the book's structure is when Jinzhen's descent into madness feels strained - like Mai thought, "Ok, he's gone nuts. Yes, Jinzhen did spend a lot of his youth immersed in the Bible, but this is not something that we get much detail on. Overall Mai's command of narrative technique is commendable - he dips between flashbacks, interview transcripts, notebooks, and first and third person narration with considerable skill.
Shanghai-based fashion brand Arete Studio provides a perfect example of the rapidly emerging, modern and dynamic Chinese fashion industry.
In April, Arete Studio, which launched in Shanghai in 2013, was one of only a few select brands invited to parade at the internationally prestigious Paris Fashion Week's AMF Paris Showroom. Arete's founder and managing director, Jasmine Ting, has already attracted widespread praise across the Chinese mainland for her label's aesthetic appeal and versatile range.
In December, the acclaimed French festival A Shaded View on Fashion Film chose Arete's 2015 film collaboration with Hong Kong director Wing Shya to represent China. The film itself is yet another example of the increasing, global critical acclaim received by Chinese fashion industry players. For quite some time, an increasing number of Chinese fashion designers have been, by invitation on many occasions, gracing the catwalks at international fashion weeks.
Most importantly, it is increasingly homegrown, domestic Chinese talent who are now being invited to showcase their work and ideas internationally, often at major fashion shows around the fashion cities of the world. A perfect example of this seemingly unstoppable trend is Chinese Academy of Art graduate Min Wu. Such is the attention and achievement now associated with this emerging pool of young Chinese fashion design talent that only a month or so ago, White Milano, one of the most prestigious international fashion shows on the industry's calendar, carved out an area dedicated to young talent from the Chinese mainland. Not that fashion capital Milan is the only place where nascent Chinese fashion designers are now making a superb splash. Clearly, young and exceptionally talented Chinese fashion designers are beginning to make their mark on the global fashion industry. But in order to succeed, these fresh-faced fashion designers also need to gain understanding of and experience in the steps needed to build strong and sustainable fashion brands. What we now need to see from these Chinese fashion pioneers is evidence of careful, considered international market penetration plans and brand-building programs. Of course, the first step in any success story is international brand awareness building, and it may well be that help is close at hand here for the growing group of fabulous and fearless fashion elites. China's e-commerce industry is also growing and internalizing and, as a result, perhaps offers a perfect promotions platform upon which to begin global brand awareness building. Fast-emerging young designers such as Chi Zhang, Alicia Lee and Ruiping Guo were among the fortunate participants and beneficiaries in New York.
But how to build on this excellent international market exposure and make meaningful progress in the competitive area of global brand building? Emerging Chinese fashion designers are apparently hungry for success and learning, and should look no further than Huawei and the path it has chosen in order to build a strong global brand. Second, some sort of coalescing with a number of young, talented Chinese fashion designers could also accelerate international market awareness and presence. That said, collaboration, cooperation and learning from others generally should never replace each fashion designer's possibly unique talent and creativity. And above all else, young Chinese fashion designers should never forget that it is their mother country that has put them where they are and that this motherland, with its unique history and heritage, should shine through again and again in the visual appearance and symbolic imagery surrounding their latest designs. The author is a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing and a senior lecturer at Southampton University. Focused and with her body in combat position, the 20-year-old journalism student pounds the bag hanging in front of her: she's here to learn how to defend herself, but also to keep fit, blow off steam and have fun. Brooke Carlucci trains with other students in a Mixed Martial Arts class at the UFC Gym in La Mirada, California. Men ran the show for many years in the MMA world: a form of combat sport where anything goes - meaning a dizzying flurry of techniques and moves from judo, wrestling, boxing, kickboxing, karate and other martial arts. Its popularity started growing in the United States in 1993 when the firm Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) turned it into a multi-million dollar moneymaker. The beginning of the end of MMA as a boys' club came eight years ago when Ronda Rousey, at the time an Olympic judo star who took a bronze medal in Beijing, found a new direction in the combat sport. Rousey's powerful presence in the ring, her intelligent handling of her fame, her shrewd businesswoman's instincts, her wide appeal and her beauty all have helped turn her into one of the most influential figures in sports worldwide. The "Ronda Rousey effect" has gone a long way in recent years toward sparking the surge in women around the country stopping into gyms to give MMA a go. Just like Martin, Carlucci is fine with her body showing her progress, and fine with her trim lines taking on fearsome new curves. April 14 will go down as a historic date in the young life of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Lorenzo Fertitta, chairman and chief executive officer of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Lorenzo Fertitta, a stocky, well-dressed man of 48 who is the co-owner of UFC, says this is perhaps the last big piece of the puzzle he has been assembling.
Coming from the casino world, Fertitta and his brother Frank paid a measly $2 million in 2001 for a contest that was known for little more than how violent it was. Around the same time, the mixed martial arts world developed unified rules that got rid of dangerous fighting moves and set the stage for a new, more respectable image. But it would be another four years before things really changed with the reality show The Ultimate Fighter, in which UFC hopefuls took each other on. UFC president Dana White says UFC 196, an event held in March in Las Vegas and featuring Irish superstar Conor McGregor, broke all revenue records for the firm and was watched on TV by 1.5 million paying viewers.
Fertitta said in late December that the company would post revenue of 600 million dollars in 2015. Parent company Zuffa was reported earlier this month to be in advanced talks to sell the company - valued at between $3.5 and $4 billion - to a Chinese conglomerate. That gives it a big advantage: in traditional major US sports leagues, players belong to unions that are often quite powerful. UFC does not seem intimidated by its competitors - Bellator MMA, Cage Warriors or M-1 - even though media giant Viacom acquired Bellator MMA in 2011. UFC markets its product very well, managing to lure sponsors and strike a deal in 2014 with sports apparel manufacturer Reebok. The fame of some UFC stars, led by American Ronda Rousey, has spread outside the octagon, the name given to the area where UFC fighters battle it out. And besides the fights themselves, the company now has UFC Gym, a network of workout spots open to the public. But the brand has done a good job of showing it's all about learning a new way to work out and that "you're not gonna get punched in the face," he adds. UFC says that after TV, sponsorships and sports merchandizing and gyms, the sky is the limit.
It has fights planned for Nov 12 at Madison Square Garden, one of New York's holiest sports arenas. Lorenzo Fertitta is talking about staging fights at Yankee Stadium in 2017 with 70,000 spectators, which would be a record there. UFC tells AFP it is the only major championship whose broadcast rights are coming up for grabs before 2021. The championship stages events around the world, such as UFC 198, scheduled for May 14 in Brazil in a football stadium with more than 40,000 seats. Fight Pass, which lets people watch fights online, is available in 200 countries and territories. UFC says it is looking into staging its first fight in China and also considering opportunities in India. To win over naysayers, UFC is counting on educating people as to what mixed martial arts are. Krav Maga, the close-combat method conceived in secrecy by the Israeli army, has kicked its way firmly into civilian life and with Hollywood's help, has become the ultimate form of self-defence. Israeli Golani infantry soldiers take part in a training of Krav Maga, the close-combat method conceived in secrecy by the Israeli military, in the Regavim army base, in northern Israel. Although Krav Maga - which is Hebrew for "contact combat" - borrows techniques from boxing, wrestling and jiu jistu, it differs from all other combat sports in one way: there are no rules. But interest in the streetwise style of fighting has stretched far beyond Israel, notching up diehard fans from Hampstead to Hollywood, among them A-listers like Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt, whose daily workouts reportedly caused him to bulk up his muscles and "dramatically" lose weight. It has even been adapted by one young Israeli from Canada who teaches women how to use their stiletto heels to fight off an aggressor in a method she developed after being sexually assaulted. And in France, there has been a surge of interest in Krav Maga since the November attacks on Paris, with regional groups reportedly clocking up record numbers of new students. In the gym on a military base in northern Israel where Nimni works, the pungent odor of sweat mixes with loud techno music, as infantry soldiers carrying all their gear simulate realistic hand-to-hand combat situations. From the sidelines, instructors scream at them, pushing them harder in order to both raise their heart rate and increase their stress levels. The idea, says Nimni, is for soldiers to learn to defend themselves when they don't have the time, nor the opportunity and in situations when they can't use their weapons. In recent months, instructors have introduced long plastic knives into the training following a surge in Palestinian knife attacks across Israel and the West Bank. The training sessions - around 20 over a period of six months for combat soldiers, but fewer for those in a non-fighting role - are a mandatory part of military service, which in Israel is compulsory. Fleeing Europe in the early 1940s, he joined the Israeli army in 1948 where he tried to develop a method of self-defence that was simple, effective and quick to learn in order to meet the military's needs.
Krav Maga immediately become part of the army's doctrine, and has evolved over the years in line with the needs and feedback of soldiers in the field. In the 1980s, Lichtenfeld instructed his protege Eli Avikzar to take Krav Maga onto the international stage. Several foreign militaries have since adopted the method, recruiting former Israeli army instructors to teach their troops. Spectacular in its violence, Krav Maga has become prominent in video games and action movies, such as The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Taken (2008) and the X-Men series. Couch says he is seeing more and more fathers, but also women and children, signing up to his studio in Los Angeles.
Alan Garcia, a bouncer at a Los Angeles night club, has been training in the method for four years.
The 1.6-hectare Hallett Nature Sanctuary is one of three areas of woodland in Central Park, the huge expanse of nature in the Big Apple visited each year by an astonishing 43 million people. The little sanctuary is hidden away at the southeastern end of the park, just meters from bustling designer boutiques and luxury high-rise apartment blocks.
A visitor walks around the Central Park Hallett Nature Sanctuary in New York on May 12, after it re-opened to the public after being closed since the 1930's.
In 2001, the Central Park Conservancy decided to restore the sanctuary, which at the time had been completely taken over by wisteria strangling the woodland. Rustic foot paths have been designed and covered in woodchips, and a pretty wooden gate has been installed at the entrance. Wild local plants have been replanted and benches at the top of the promontory allow people to take in the view or listen to the birds while sitting hidden in the greenery, the skyscrapers south of the park poking out above the canopy.
Some trees are dead, which, if elsewhere, would have been cut down and pulped into woodchips.
But only 20 visitors will be allowed in at once to maintain the solitude and peace of the sanctuary. The park's annual budget is $65 million, of which 25 percent is financed by City Hall and the rest raised by the Central Park Conservancy thanks to donations from park lovers and well-heeled residents living close by.
Spotlight, the movie named after the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team that in the early 2000's wrote an explosive series on child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church and its attendant cover-up, was a surprise winner at this year's Academy Awards.
Who could imagine that a story about shoe leather journalism, about the drudgery of digging for facts and knocking on doors, about the tedium of finding and poring over thousands of documents, could be depicted with such authenticity and yet be such an immersive and moving experience? Boston Globe journalist, Walter Robinson, poses during a photocall of the movie Spotlight on Jan 23 in Rome. Certainly not the members of the Spotlight Team, who, when approached by the filmmakers, wondered how a film could be made about a decidedly unglamorous process. But since then, Robby Robinson and his colleagues "have been struck by lightening", as he put it. For us, this film is particularly meaningful because we had both worked at the Boston Globe. The Globe Spotlight Team was formed in 1970, modeled after the Times of London's Insight Team to do investigations and to shine a "spotlight" into dark corners. By necessity, the reporters assigned to the Spotlight Team were not the flamboyant stars of the newsroom, nor the competitive self-promoters who needed to see their bylines on the front page every day. Even so, it took a confluence of time and events - when sexual abuse was no longer a hidden crime, and the fresh perspective of a new editor who was an outsider - for this story to break.
Although the filmmakers made a valiant effort to show the pervasive hold that the Church had in Boston, and to show the Catholic backgrounds of some of the reporters themselves, it is just not possible to feel the depth of its grip in largely Catholic strongholds like Boston, unless one had seen it firsthand.
At the time, a fellow reporter praised Manli's writing style, because he claimed, he wrote "AP moron style" in reference to the utilitarian wire service language used by the Associated Press. Robby Robinson was, as his character said in the film Boston born and bred and raised a Catholic.
In the afterglow of a successful movie, we sat down last month with Robby Robinson, now Editor-at-Large at the Globe, to talk about the future of print and investigative journalism in the Internet age, and the eternal pull of journalism.
Newsrooms have far fewer resources - thanks to the internet and its negative impact on revenues. Two decades ago, for example, researching one person's property holdings could take weeks of going through musty old volumes in the courthouse.
And the platform: Once, one needed to work for a major news organization for his or her investigative work to be recognized and have impact. Just as Watergate served to inspire our generation of journalists, do you think Spotlight will inspire a new generation? It is our hope that the film will help prospective journalists understand that, despite the economic challenges to the news business, it is a noble profession, with an opportunity to effect change. The collection of more than 100 Banksy paintings, prints and sculptures sourced from private collections around the world is being billed by organizers as the first time such a large collection of the artist's work has been brought together in a curated, museum exhibition. A person walks past art by Banksy, during the Guerra, Capitalismo & Liberta exhibition at Rome's Palazzo Cipolla.
Entitled War, Capitalism and Liberty it runs until Sept 4 at the Italian capital's Palazzo Cipolla. The organizers are a private, not-for-profit foundation who readily admit that Banksy is not associated in any way with an exhibition being staged in the kind of mainstream art venue he has long shunned. Perhaps because of that, the exhibition includes a wry nod to the artist's views of the art establishment. In rare interviews, Banksy has described himself as conflicted over the impact the high value of his works may have on his integrity, and the need for all artists to sell their output to survive. But according to London gallery owner Acoris Andipa, one of the curators, the Rome exhibition demonstrates that the Bristol-based artist has always been willing to sell his work to well-heeled buyers. The dealer said it was important to distinguish between site-specific Banksy works removed from their street settings to be sold, and works he had himself sold or given away. Asked what he thinks Banksy would make of the exhibition, he quips: "I have no idea - you will have to ask him. Andipa was an early spotter of the likely future value of the "romanticism, immediacy and poignancy" embodied in Banksy's creations and way of operating. Emmanuele Emanuele, chairman of the foundation hosting the exhibition, says it demonstrated how Banksy had addressed three central themes of 21st Century life. Andipa says he had owned or sold most of the works on display - and that he had no trouble persuading the owners to lend them for the exhibition.

The professor of marketing and innovation at Britain's Warwick Business School says brands of the power and reach of Apple give companies breathing space to do research and development. Wang, who was speaking at the Kerry Hotel in Beijing on one of her many annual visits to her native China, says the lack of global brands, not just in technology but in almost every sphere, was a real problem for the world's second-largest economy. She cites that there were no Chinese brands in the Interbrand top 100 best global brands survey in 2015. She believes the lack of brands is undermining the country's technological efforts and achievements even though it overtook the United States and Japan as the world's largest filer of patents in 2012. The major question though is how far China - once light years behind at the time of reform and opening up in the late 1970s - has to go in catching up with the West in terms of technology. Her father was branded a "landlord" and lost his job at the height of the "cultural revolution (1966-76)", which meant the family was sent to the remote southwest Chinese province of Yunnan to a labor camp for intellectuals. When the universities reopened in 1978 she was accepted by Xi'an University of Technology at just 16 to study engineering. She then went on to study management science at Tianjin University before being accepted on scholarship under a technology cooperation scheme between the British Council and the Chinese government to study in the UK. So in 1988, she arrived at Warwick University to study for a doctorate in marketing and has lived in the UK ever since. She went on to teach at John Moores University in Liverpool and after a spell at Sussex university in Brighton went back to Warwick University, where her specialization is a combination of marketing and innovation. Along with others such as Peter Williamson at Judge Business School at Cambridge University, she is pre-eminent in combining these two disciplines. Wang, who is engaging but with a steely determination, also specializes in Chinese marketing on the advice of Robin Wensley, the former dean of Warwick Business School. She says that it was a new subject in China because in the 1970s there wasn't even a word for it.
Wang has been quite evangelical in trying to get across the message in China itself that brands and marketing are important. She says when China first began to rapidly develop, many Chinese companies found their brands were killed almost at birth by Western companies. Wang, who has held a number of posts at Chinese universities, including Sun Yat-sen, Tongji and Tsinghua, says the problem many Chinese brands face today is the negative association attached with being from China. She, however, believes Chinese companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei have made huge strides. Chinese infrastructure companies are also moving from markets such as Africa, where they are now well established, to Europe to be involved in major projects such as HS2.
The exhibition at Duoyunxuan Art Center showcases rare photographs like this one, in addition to artifacts including the clothes and daily utensils used by the sisters. There has never been a trio of sisters more famous in China than the Soongs, and their contributions to the country and the war-time efforts have now been immortalized in a unique exhibition named "The Soong Sisters: Special Memories". The exhibition, which occupies 2,500 square meters at the Duoyunxuan Art Center, debuted on April 28 and will run till July 31. The 300 exhibits on show, which comprises original documents, photographs, video recordings, clothing, daily utensils and artworks, were collected from both sides of the Taiwan Straits. The three women - Ai-ling (1888-1973), Ching-ling (1893-1981) and Mei-ling (1898-2003) - are well-known for their key roles in China's political scene throughout the 20th century.
While Mei-ling and Ai-ling were ardent supporters of the Kuomintang (KMT), Ching-ling was steadfast in her Communism beliefs. In 1940, when the Japanese occupied the capital city of Nanjing, the three reunited in Chongqing and established the Chinese Industrial Cooperatives. Following the fall of the Kuomintang in 1948, Mei-ling and Ai-ling moved to Taiwan with their family, while Ching-ling stayed in the Chinese mainland. The Soong sisters were born to American-educated Methodist minister Charles Soong and all three of them attended Wesleyan College in Georgia. Mei-ling left Wesleyan College and later graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
In the 1930s, she and her husband Chiang initiated the New Life Movement, combining Confucianism with Christianity, and encouraged self-cultivation among the Chinese people.
When the war broke out, she initiated a welfare project to establish schools for orphans of Chinese soldiers and referred to these children as her "warphans".
Mei-ling also played an active role in the political scene and was the English translator, secretary and advisor to her husband Chiang. In 1943, Mei-ling became the first Chinese national and only the second woman to make a public address to both houses of the US congress, speaking about the Chinese people's determination to fight against the Japanese invaders. In 1995, she made a rare public appearance when she attended a reception held on Capitol Hill in her honor as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The original crimson dress and silk shawl that Mei-ling wore at this reception are among the rare exhibits, alongside historical photographs of her 1943 lectures in the US. Hau adds that he remembers Mei-ling as a "warm and friendly lady, who treated us like her own children" and noted that she would often crack jokes and evoke much laughter at banquets.
Another significant war-related artifact at the exhibition is the medal that Ching-ling received from the Kuomintang government in recognition for her contributions during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
Xiao added that the Soong sisters are fine examples of the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures who have made a significant impact on the generations of men and women after them. Ching-ling or Mei-ling did not have any offspring while Ai-ling was survived by two sons and two daughters.
1890: Charles Soong started a family with wife Ni Kwei-tseng and their first daughter was named Ai-ling. 1894: Charlie Soong met with Dr Sun Yat-sen and became a supporter of the latter's cause to overthrow the Manchurian regime. 1907: Ching-ling and Mei-ling followed their eldest sister to the US to study at Wesleyan College. 1925: Dr Sun died and Ching-ling was elected to the Kuomintang (KMT) Central Executive Committee. 1939: Ching-ling founded the China Defense League, a fund-raising entity for the Chinese Communists. 1981: Ching-ling died in Beijing, just two weeks after she was named Honorary Chairwoman of the People's Republic of China.
For decades, photographer Pang Xiaowei has been shooting black-and-white portraits of Chinese celebrities, from Olympic gold medal winners to singers and film stars. Pang started to snap celebrities in the movie business in 2002 to honor the 100th anniversary of China's film industry.
Most did not know Pang before friends introduced them, and he often only had three to five minutes to get his shot.
The difficulty of photographing an actor or actress is that they don't know how to be themselves in front of camera, says Pang, who was an actor in the theater for 10 years before taking up photography at age 30. He says he always loved taking photos for his friends, but only found his calling after seeing a solo show by Ansel Adams, a photographer from the United States known for his works in black and white. After the movie actor series, Pang was touched by Beijing's excitement during the 2008 Olympics and so began a Games champion series, which included 186 Chinese gold medal winners. It seemed like an impossible task, he recalls, because many of them lived abroad and out of the public eye.
Fan Di'an, head of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, describes Pang's photos as a process of using film to reveal a person's inner self. Pang is now working on a Peking Opera series, and for the first time will create portraits of well-known performers in color, although he will still produce a black-and-white edition. He says Placido Domingo, the Spanish tenor, loved the Peking Opera photos he gave him as a gift when the two met in Beijing last year. In the late-1990s, the "weblog" (mercifully shortened to "blog" early in its incarnation) vastly changed the way people grappled with the emergence of the internet, particularly in the West. Fast-forward two decades and a new force has undeniably taken hold of the modern internet: social media. Nowhere is this more pronounced in scale than in China, whose 688 million internet users is more than double the population of America. How does this affect the realm of fashion, particularly as big brands look to engage with the world's largest market?
By posting photos and discussing their sense of style, the most followed users are considered to be powerful "key opinion leaders" who can make or break trends - and it's little wonder that most brands are clamouring to collaborate. Many Western fashion bloggers have tended to focus on themselves, generally on their personal style through a standalone blog or via daily selfies on platforms such as Instagram; they're often well-connected in the industry, too.
But who are these powerful digital influencers, who have millions eagerly awaiting their daily posts? A relative newcomer to the fashion community, Fujian Province-born Fang Yimin was initially a political reporter and then a film reporter at Nanfang Daily. Many people say you are a fashion blogger, but others think you are more like the "we media". What do you think about the trend for traditional media practitioners to transform into fashion bloggers? I think there are advantages for media practitioners to be fashion bloggers, because we know how media operates and we write well - we know what our readers are interested in. One of the most influential fashion bloggers in China, Ye Si, better known as Gogoboi, is a front-row fixture renowned for his witty commentary.
Actually, I think what I am writing is not a novel or prose; it's not a literary creation, so I don't need inspiration.
Apart from reading press releases, how do you ensure you know the biggest news in the industry every day? Among all your posts, what is the breakdown of paid promotional articles and hard-core fashion reviews? Flamboyant Beijing-born fashion icon Han Huohuo (huo means "fire") worked for the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.
Several years ago, Scott Schuman's photo of you on his famous blog The Sartorialist ended up all over the internet, helping fuel your rise to fame. Peter Xu is considered a "key opinion leader" in the Chinese fashion scene; a stylist, magazine columnist, TV host and a former rapper, the Jiangsu Province-born entrepreneur, worked as marketing manager for L'Ori??i??al in Shanghai, before starting a Weibo account. You're quite different from many fashion bloggers on Weibo and WeChat who came from a media background - you used to work in marketing and education.
I think the biggest challenge was to transform my ability to talk and act in motion with still words and images - and at a high level of quality. I would buy a shoulder strap from Fendi's Strap You collection, because bags with wide straps will be very popular this year. Many influential fashion bloggers have expanded into other areas such as TV hosting, acting and modeling.
I want to do something related to the career development of young women, because I think women in their 20s are confused about their career development. Development assistance for Africa from traditional partners has mostly focused on how to best use the continent's natural resources. Carlos Lopes says Africa faces some serious problems and may need to lean on China's friendship and goodwill to complete the leap to industrialization. But with China having become Africa's leading trading partner, an opportunity has arisen for a new model.
China's journey to industrialization was often used as a reference point during a recent, weeklong forum on domestic resource mobilization that brought African planning and finance ministers and analysts to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Still, Lopes says Africa is facing some serious problems and may need to lean on China's friendship and goodwill to complete the leap to industrialization. Second, China has addressed much of its infrastructure needs and it will soon reach overcapacity. Third, rising labor costs in China will force out factories that are still in the lower value-addition level, making it necessary for them to move.
Africa is by no means the only option open for China, as other Asian countries offer similar options.
The companies sometimes fail to deliver on time because of power cuts and a poor transport network that makes cross-border trade expensive. Africa overall continues to record slow growth despite harboring industrialization ambitions. Progress can be determined through the degree to which African countries are diversifying their economies from a dependency on minerals. Lopes blames this on government inertia in prudently using the rich proceeds that have come from commodity markets in recent years to build other sectors. He says that's why narratives such as "the African Renaissance" were coined and now are in doubt because they were based on the beliefs of others and the fragility of the global market. It's clear that China's waning appetite for Africa's commodities has had an impact on Africa's export sectors. Agenda 2063, agreed to by African heads of state, aims to optimize resources for the benefit of the continent's people. It is a comprehensive strategic plan for the socioeconomic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. UNECA released several reports during the one-week forum in Ethiopia, providing empirical data to enable leaders and foreign investors to make informed decisions. But when the financial crisis and the subsequent economic recession hit his coal business, he decided it was time for another change and he fixed his mind on making wine.
He named the vineyard Rongzi Chateau after a local woman who it is said to have made the first wine in China about 2,700 years ago. The soil and climate in Xiangning are all favorable for grape growing, but to ensure the success of his vineyard, Zhang invited Kong Qingshan, a top grape planting scientist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Jean-Claude Berrouet, a world-renowned French winemaker to be consultants, and he imported advanced wine making and storage equipment from France, the United States, Australia, Italy and Hungary. The chateau includes a temple memorializing Rongzi and her son, a wine museum, a business school, a school of Chinese studies, a hotel and several exquisite parks. He has also donated about 62 million yuan in recent years to assist more than 300 college students from poor families and build agricultural water conservancy projects, roads and schools in local poverty-stricken villages. After his wines started wining some prizes in Europe three years ago, Zhang began receiving orders from the US, Thailand, Macao and Hong Kong, and his sales revenue was 20 million yuan in the second half of 2014, when Rongzi wines were first launched.
According to Vinexpo, an international wine and spirits exhibition established in 1981 in Bordeaux, France, wine consumption started rising markedly in China in 2005. A vineyard of Rongzi Chateau in Shanxi province, North China, where their roots can grow meters deep into the soil on the loess plateau. When talking about his more than 20 years working as a coronary artery and carotid artery surgeon, Liu Peng, 55, said that he felt sorry for his family as he seldom has any time to be with them due to his schedule of five or six operations a day. Having studied cardiovascular operations in Japan and carotid artery operations in the United States, Liu said that the workload of Chinese surgeons is about 10 or even 20 times that of their foreign counterparts, but they are paid much less.
As far as the relationship between doctors and patients is concerned, Liu said that thorough communication is a necessity between the two parties. It happened five years ago, when he had a patient who was suffering from Marfan Syndrome and needed to be operated on for a chance to survive. With an increasing number of disputes between doctors and patients occurring and medical workers usually turning out to be the disadvantaged party, very few top senior high school students are choosing to take up medicine nowadays.
Liu will not allow his assistant to do an operation on his own until he has assisted at a minimum of 50 operations for fear that a slip of error by his assistant may possibly get him involved in a dispute with a patient. The 36-year-old harvested 400,000 Chinese cabbages from his 100 greenhouses in late March, bringing in a fortune of more than 2 million yuan (about $307,000). This year, An plans to add six hectares of farmland by renting land from local farmers at the price of 15,000 yuan per hectare to his current 13.8 hectares. With repeating tests, An created a planting model - planting garlic sprouts, Chinese spring cabbage and watermelons in turn in a year. An went to markets to do research and found Chinese cabbages weighing between 2 kg and 2.5 kg are most popular among buyers. An's desk is packed with books and papers on rural economy, ecological agriculture, laws and rural policies.
He registered his land as a family farm in 2013 and began using a quick response code last year. Wang said a professional farmer has to have not only planting skills, but also the ability to manage a rural business. The country needs a new-type of professional farmers who can integrate modern elements such as science and technology and machinery into agricultural development to farm the large expanse of land left by rural laborers who poured into cities, as was cited by Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu on March 5 at a national meeting. Shandong, a major agricultural province in China, will be able to cultivate 500,000 professional farmers by 2020, according to Shandong agricultural bureau. An will open a company that provides services such as packaging in the second half of this year.
Professional farmer An Liang (right), inspects his cabbages with a local official at his greenhouses near Jinan earlier this year. Once a daily sight on every British street, a dwindling but resilient band of milkmen still go out at the crack of dawn to deliver bottles of fresh milk to the nation's doorsteps. The overwhelming majority of milk used to be sold at the front door until the supermarket revolution all but wiped out this very British institution.
But by selling more than milk and embracing the Internet, the few thousand remaining milkmen, including Neil Garner, have breathed new life into the cherished tradition.
The 57-year-old has driven his milk float - an electrified, open-sided delivery van - through towns and villages in the dead of night since 1994, placing glass pint (half-litre) bottles of milk on the doorstep ready for when customers wake for their morning cereal and cups of tea. It's not just breakfast staples like tea bags, bread, butter, eggs and bacon that Garner now has on the back of his float.
In 1980, 89 percent of all the milk bought in Britain was delivered to the door, according to trade association Dairy UK.
At the depot in nearby Watford, milkmen load up crates, containing 20 one-pint bottles each, before heading into the cold at around 2 am.
Garner's no-frills electric milk float is slow and exposed to the elements, but the brisk walker likes the ease of hopping on and off for his 200 to 250 deliveries. The early drops are in pitch darkness, Garner needing a torch to find his way up the garden paths. Some customers leave rolled-up notes with instructions such as "no milk today" or "one extra pint, please", but most now go online.
A pint of milk, typically 50 pence ($0.70, 65 euro cents) at a supermarket, costs 81 pence.
He relies on the few other people around to check his timing, including a man he sees getting on his bicycle each morning. The last delivery is done at 7:30 am, before Garner returns through rush-hour traffic to unload his empties at the depot. Not Eddie Platt, a British expatriate who single-handedly took on the scourge in Marseille, the southern French city where he took up residence in 2010. The idea is simple, if not particularly sexy: Participants post selfies on a social network - Facebook, Instagram or Twitter - each time they pick up a piece of litter and put it in the rubbish bin.
Ten tonnes of rescued rubbish later, the effort has cyber fans around the world from Buenos Aires to New York, and TV and newspapers are hounding Platt for interviews.
In fact Platt shot his founding litter-binning selfie in Leeds' sprawling Roundhay Park, one of Europe's biggest city parks. The Yorkshireman says he does not self-identify as green but simply as a concerned citizen. One Sunday Platt - who has only an approximate mastery of French - led some 350 Marseillais on a climb up the city's tallest hill, topped by the imposing basilica Our Lady of the Guard, for a clean-up operation. Platt is hard to miss with his infectious smile, greying beard and backwards baseball cap, not to mention his towering height - he is six foot three (1.90 meters). Legre, who says he is "100 percent Marseillais", specializes in "viral marketing" and set Platt up with his social networking tools. Platt has had a varied career, working as a restaurant manager in England for "about 10 years, to make some money", then as a sales rep for a high-tech firm, before training to teach English abroad. When it comes to growing its investment in China, what Mark Wiseman, president and chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, has in mind is China's share of the global gross domestic product. Wiseman, who manages one of the world's largest pension funds with total assets worth $215.7 billion at of the end of 2015, intends to match the fund's presence in China with the share of the Chinese economy in the world, which will represent somewhat between 25 to 30 percent of the global GDP by 2040. The CPPIB has deployed about $10 billion investment in China so far, which accounts for about 4.3 percent of the fund's total assets globally, he said. He said he intends to grow the fund's investment in China significantly in the coming years by tapping into the rise of consumer demand and building up cross-asset portfolios that cover sectors including real estate, logistics, infrastructure and private and public equities market.
One of its recent moves in China is the $500 million cornerstone investment in Postal Savings Bank of China Co, which is planning an initial public offering.
The CPPIB also manages an investment quota of $1.2 billion in the Chinese equities market under the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program. What is your assessment of the Chinese economy and how will the economic transformation in the country affect your investment strategy?
We are looking at the big trends, including what is happening to the demographics and to the rise of consumer demand and how is the economy shifting away from inefficient State-owned industries to having a larger proportion of economic growth coming from more highly productive service sector. What sectors in China do you want to increase the fund's exposure to and what sectors do you plan to exit?
How do you see the volatilities of the Chinese stock market and the way the government stepped in to stem the market rout?
Is there any Canadian experience on the pension fund reform that you think China can learn from? We are very lucky in Canada that in 1997 there was a fundamental reform of the national pension scheme, which was led by then finance minister Paul Martin who tried to put in place a system that will be sustainable for generations. I think it is better to start earlier to look at the structure of the pension system and understand that you want to be in the position to support the retirees for a long period of time. The good news is that China has time given its economic growth and the profile of the population. What is the difference between managing a pension fund and managing a regular investment firm? In many respects, we operate like an investment company because we have one client that is the national pension system. We know very clearly our job is to make risk-adjusted return in order to pay the pensions of the 19 million people.
Germany's ranks of small and medium-sized enterprises, especially so-called hidden champions, have been key to drawing more Chinese investment, and the trend shows no signs of abating, according to Hermann Simon, one of the country's most influential business thinkers.
Hidden champions are often market leaders, either worldwide or within the continent they are based in, with revenues below 5 billion euros ($5.55 billion). Simon, chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global consultancy firm founded in Bonn, says Chinese investors, unlike some US firms, see acquisitions in Germany as long-term strategic investments. An Ernst & Young report in February shows Germany was the most attractive destination in Europe for Chinese investment last year, with 36 acquisitions. Simon, 69, believes this trend will continue thanks to Germany's many hidden champions, a term he coined to describe relatively unknown SMEs that are the backbone of a nation's economy and have for many years sustained Germany's leading position in exports. Many German SMEs are leading niche markets globally and are valued below several billion euros, he says, which makes them natural targets as the majority of Chinese acquisitions in Europe are limited in size, and Chinese industrial companies have a strong sense of affinity or preference for German SMEs.
China is one of few nations with so many entrepreneurs that understand the concept of hidden champions, Simon says. One prominent example he cites is a Chinese chemical products owner whom he met during a recent visit to Shandong province.
On another occasion, when Simon was giving a presentation in Shanghai, he noticed the hidden champions concept was met with great interest.
There is a largely positive attitude in German business circles toward Chinese investors, according to Simon, who says that, unlike some US companies that acquired European enterprises and focused on maximizing short-term gains before looking to offload them again, Chinese buyers tend to see such purchases as strategic investments. The Chinese investment in Germany is less aggressive compared with the Americans, he says, adding that Chinese buyers in Germany behave in a moderate and reasonable way. Simon acknowledges there is concern in Germany about more Chinese investment pouring into the country, but says: "When General Motors took over Opel in 1929, or Ford built a huge automobile plant in Cologne in 1930, people said we would be dominated and conquered by the Americans, and that we would be a colony of the US. He believes Chinese investment can bring advantages for both sides and refutes the notion that Chinese companies are simply trying to extract know-how from Germany to transfer to China. In addition, he says, Chinese investment means German SMEs can gain a "stronger capital base" and access to the Chinese market. Simon, who in an online poll by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper was named the second-most influential management thinker in German-speaking countries, says German SMEs are in general becoming more open due to internationalization. Although he believes Germany's hidden champions can be excellent role models for Chinese companies, Simon says most would still prefer to avoid a takeover if possible. They combine specialties in products and know-how with global sales and marketing, and serve the target markets through subsidies.
They are massive innovators, and the effectiveness of their R&D beats that of large companies by a factor of five.
Their greatest strength is their closeness to customers, while their strategies are value oriented, not price oriented. According to Zhai, one of the reasons is that "China soon will become the largest source of travelers" for France outside Europe. Outside Europe, China was France's second biggest tourist market in 2013 after the United States, with 1.7 million visitors and $681 million of revenue, Xinhua News Agency reported. Currently the major museums in Paris provide instructions in Chinese, and Zhai said the conditions are still being improved. French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said in August last year that "the goal we have set with our Chinese officials is to quickly reach 5 million (Chinese tourists)". Zhai noted that the French side has responded proactively by offering more convenience to Chinese tourists. Welcoming 84.1 million tourists in 2014, France confirmed its position as the world's most visited country.
Zhai noted that in the past, the United States and Japan accounted for a major portion of the travelers, while the number of Chinese tourist has surged rapidly in recent years.
The ambassador said that the country faced great security challenges last year, including two deadly terrorist attacks that shocked the world. Last year, Beijing worked closely with Paris to make the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris a success. Zhai said he was impressed last November by the unbeaten French spirit and the country's commitment to hosting such an event after a deadly terrorist attack that killed more than 100.
Although the number of Chinese tourists going to France dropped after the attacks, it was a minor dip compared with other countries, Zhai said. The ambassador said the services provided by France for Chinese travelers have been improving, while "public security remains an issue" as cases of theft and robbery targeting Chinese travelers have been reported frequently. Due to the large number of Chinese tourists, the number of such cases is daunting and this indicates "a demanding task for the consular protection staff of our embassy and consulates", Zhai said. Zhai noted that the French have made progress in boosting public security, including increasing cameras to monitor downtown areas and strengthening police patrols. He was put to death along with his eldest son, Yue Yun, in 1142 by the Song ruler after being accused of plotting a rebellion.
That night, Yue Lin had a dream, in which the tree told him to settle under it and promised to protect his people. The tree is worshipped as the guardian angel of the village, and the spring is still a vital resource. This was because there was a cliff on the way, so if we wanted to go to the town we had to go past the cliff," Yue Xianlai says. Taoism, Confucianism, and the introduction of Chinese values in dealing with challenges of environmental protection and global warming are among their talking points. He credits, first, "a tremendous sense of duty, which in her case is very much founded upon filial duty - a great Confucian virtue".
Palmer had written a book for the WWF, looking at how different religions view the natural world, depending on what they believed about its origins. He called Xi's speech one of the most interesting speeches by a Chinese president in recent years.
So I think that the significance of ecological civilization is that it is a profound challenge to a Western, materialistic world," says Palmer.
It would look at the way ideas, stories, beliefs, religions and philosophies traveled back and forth along the Silk Road and shaped the great religions of the world. I suppose they don't meet many Westerners who know as many stories from Chinese history as I do," he says.
To really understand it, you need to look at it from many angles at the same time and use multiple measurements," he says. But with experience and a secure professional position, he decided to be bolder and look at the bigger questions.
Food is the indestructible bond that holds the whole social fabric together and it is also one of the last strong visages of community and culture. I was always fed the best bits from their bowls, and when they had special treats delivered to the house they would holler and I would scamper as quickly as I could to answer their calls. My mother's father was a self-made man, a dockworker who built his fortune running a fleet of bumboats, which were small cargo boats, when Singapore still needed bumboats on the river. The land was poor and mountainous and rice was a luxury while sweet potatoes could grow in rocky nooks and crannies.
In addition to giving the syrup a pleasant bite, the sharpness of the ginger also prevented flatulence. In Hong Kong, Guangzhou and even the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, night birds on the prowl in summer stop by specialized dessert shops selling sweet soups.
Even the aged citrus peel used to flavor the dessert would have disappeared in the long cooking.

Pieces of dried kelp are added to the soup and there is also a pungent herb that traditional cooks add. In Hong Kong, some shops offer you a yuanyang, or paired option, in which you can have two choices in the same bowl.
Here, rich water buffalo milk is mixed with ginger juice so it miraculously becomes a soft sweet curd. Once to create a chewy skin, and then beaten egg white is added so the milk turns into a soft, white custard in the second steaming. It is a popular homemade concoction for hot summer days and eagerly drunk by the entire family, young and old. In summer, especially, a bowl of sweet soup with all its curative properties is simply love in a bowl, to be slowly savored and enjoyed. The best thing about eating this is hunting for golden gingko nuts hiding among the barley grains. Depending on quality, bean curd sticks may dissolve and disappear, coloring soup milky white. And I didn't want their fears to come true," says Zhang, a native of Huaihua, about three hours from Changde by train. It has been wrongly associated with aristocrats and corruption for too long," says Mi Yao, founder of the Yao Shine Golf School, where Zhang is now employed to coach juniors.
He estimates that 2,000 students have taken their first swing with a golf club because of his program, which started in September. When they were at school, sports usually was the province of academically poor students who hoped their sporting skills would enable them to earn a living.
However, for the 2016 tournament, the first round of which kicked off in Guangzhou in March, they had to raise the threshold for participants.
Peng estimates that around 100 games are tailored for junior golfers in China, but that still doesn't meet the surging demand. But there is a high dropout rate among teens ages 15 to 17, who are unable to combine golf with their increasingly heavy academic workload, Peng says.
Some local education authorities, such as those in Jiangsu province, have worked with commercial fencing clubs to provide on-campus training for students and PE teachers. More than 20,000 primary and secondary students have now received on-campus and offshore training in the sport's history, equipment, and the physical and technical requirements.
It leaps between being historical saga, metafiction, magical realism and postmodernism, all while being a literary spy thriller. Western publishers should take more risks with Chinese fiction, and reading this one certainly leaves you wanting to explore the rest of his work. You can almost feel him thinking, "That was a killer sentence, I think I will do another one. Before we even get to Jinzhen, we get his genealogical backstory - the family names and stories from the 19th century being repeated in an otherworldly fashion: babies with enlarged heads kill their mothers in childbirth, men develop strange allergies to salt, and the importance of interpreting our dreams to understand our futures, people suddenly drop dead.
He spent 17 years working for the People's Liberation Army in intelligence and the temptation is to believe you are reading a true story and the Chinese were having intense cryptographic battles with the United States (country X in the book) throughout the Cold War. His writing is occasionally superlative, writing with an, at times, mesmerizing voice, showing considerable intelligence throughout.
Couturier Jean Paul Gaultier - an icon most fashion designers couldn't fathom even showing their work to - presided over the jury at the event, which was held at the Centre Pompidou.
Haizhen Wang (a luxury womenswear label based in London), Xander Zhou (collections that aim to preserve traditional Chinese culture through fashion, based in Beijing), Masha Ma (recent collections have been featured in Vogue and Elle) and Uma Wang (her eponymous label has recently showcased catwalk collections at London, Paris and Milan fashion weeks), to name but a few, continue to contribute to significant and sizable global recognition of the talented and creative Chinese fashion industry.
Wu's highly respected work, first displayed at London Fashion Week in September, was well received, as was this year's range. This area was promoted with the banner "China Calling" and proved hugely popular among attendees. In May 2015 at the Met Gala in New York, rising Chinese star Guo Pei showcased her latest creations.
Creativity, of course a prerequisite in the fashion industry, may not lead to effective, emotional brand building. A coherent strategy with a detailed target market profile per country or region, and a clear, valued and unoccupied market position are fundamental to any sustainable success overseas. First, while many Chinese companies are now well on the way with international market penetration and competitive brand building, it is perhaps IT equipment and mobile phone giant Huawei that leads the way most in this regard. For example, appearing together at international fashion shows for a few years at least should lead to a disproportionately positive impact on the European fashion industry and European fashion consumers yet to sample their latest designs.
It is this that will finally propel many Chinese fashion designers to international stardom. She and a dozen fellow Mixed Martial Arts students can crush anyone's notion that extreme combat sports are a man's thing.
It shows the fights on a pay cable channel that is seen by 800 million people around the world. With Nazism and Fascism on the rise in 1930s Europe, he gathered around him a group of young Jews whom he wanted to train in self-defence. The aim is to "neutralize" troublesome punters "before they get to the fight" but he says he also finds real pleasure in the "adrenaline rush" during training. You can see many of them in the Hallett sanctuary, along with squirrels, racoons, ducks and birds pecking at puddles on the rocks. On sunny weekends as many as 200,000 people can flood into Central Park as a whole to relax or exercise. For journalists, this well-deserved paean to the professional ethos of a vocation which has been losing ground to the instant gratification Internet age is bittersweet. We and Robby Robinson came to the Globe during the heyday of print journalism, an era when the Washington Post's Watergate investigations had created aspirations in every young reporter to become a Woodward and Bernstein. Their reporters were not subject to a daily deadline, would take months to conduct their investigations, did not talk about what they were working on and were set apart from the rest of the newsroom, thus creating a somewhat mysterious aura. Instead, they had to be the solid, dogged, relentless, journeymen reporters, willing to go dark for months on end, and whose egos would not get in the way of the story. It also took courage to continue to pull at the dangling thread that unraveled the whole piece of cloth, because unlike political or civic institutions, the Catholic Church had exercised centuries of moral authority over generations of the faithful who were raised to believe that it was the voice of God. One small example: in 1975, one of us, Manli, wrote a full page feature story on life at a Catholic convent. He attended the Jesuit-run Boston College High School, whose building is visible across Morrissey Boulevard from the Globe. The most important part of any investigative reporting remains the face-to-face interaction reporters have with people, both victims and victimizers. To make money, many news organizations now feature so-called sponsored content - ads that are often hard to differentiate from news. I've spoken on several college campuses recently, and journalism students are inspired by the film.
China opened its first line in 2007 and now has 19,000 kilometers of track in service, more than the rest of the world's high-speed rail networks together. Her father taught philosophy at a military college and her mother taught Chinese literature. So researchers and scientists don't talk to marketers because they speak different languages. She addressed the Pujiang Innovation Forum, organized by the Ministry of Science & Technology, in Shanghai as far back as 2000. They had brands that could have been quite promising but they allowed themselves to be acquired by Western brands who basically discarded them," she says.
It is jointly presented by Xinmin Evening News and the municipal management council for the cultural relics of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching-ling. Two of them were once the first ladies of China - Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), also known as the "Father of Modern China" while Mei-ling wedded Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975), the former leader of the Kuomintang government and president of the Republic of China.
Despite their differences in ideology, the three sisters nonetheless joined hands to lend vital support to war relief efforts in the fight against the Japanese invaders.
The three sisters had provided aid to numerous schools, hospitals, air raid shelters and war-torn communities. This is the first time the three of them are reunited since 1949 when they went their separate ways," says Chen Qiwei, chief editor of Xinmin Evening News.
The exhibition features the bond between the sisters, as well as their shared patriotic love for the nation. She spoke excellent English, and with a Georgia accent, which helped her to connect with American audiences, according to records from Wellesley College.
To better provide for them, she established the Chinese Women's National War Relief Society. Without the victory of the war against the Japanese invaders, there would not be today's China," says Hau Pei-tsun, a politician from Taiwan who was in the Kuomintang army during the war.
Ching-ling was also the person who had introduced western authors and journalists to Chairman Mao who was based in Yan'an of Shaanxi. When you put together the stories of all the three sisters, you'll get a complete picture of the war," said Xiao Guiyu, chairman of the management council of Sun Yat-sen cultural relics in Shanghai.
The latter's father is Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-shek and his first wife Mao Fumei.
Part of the Chiang Kai-shek diaries is now open to public at the Hoover Institution in Stanford University. Even though they were separated for decades far across the seas, the emotional connection between them never faded," said Fang Chi-yi.
They asked about one another whenever there were visitors coming from the other side of the Straits. Chiang, a Buddhist, won the approval of his future mother-in-law by divorcing his ex-wife and converting to Christianity.
In addition to celebrities, he also focuses on ordinary people, as seen in his latest show in Beijing. It took him nearly four years to frame more than 1,000 famed faces, including actresses Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi. But he did it, and the series was later extended to include winners at the 2012 London Games. For his latest show, which closed on April 3 at the National Art Museum, he aimed his lens at craftsmen, residents and even the boys of a visiting chorus from Saxony in Germany, a cultural project initiated by A. Whether it was a personal diary or a round-up of the coolest links, blogs served as a great way to navigate the modern world and the then-unmapped World Wide Web.
Globally, an astounding 92 percent of people online have at least one account on a social network, according to the latest figures from research institute GlobalWebIndex (GWI). For blogging in particular, Weibo, launched in 2009 as Sina Weibo, has remained an influential platform in the country. Social media-based fashion bloggers and "we media" (roughly, grassroots reporters of news and social trends) have become wildly popular in China, particularly in covering the luxury fashion industry.
However, a key difference in China is that most users make their debuts on social-media platforms such as Weibo and WeChat, gaining a tangible number of followers by discussing broader fashion trends, celebrity styles and entertainment industry gossip rather than their own looks. In 2014, she launched her WeChat public account "Becky's Fantasy", focusing on clothing and personal style discovery.
His first taste of fashion journalism was contributing to the lifestyle section of China's Weekend Weekly. We are more attuned to the news and we can apply what we learn from the media on our own platform. First of all, I'm not good-looking enough for girls to go crazy for me, so I choose not to show myself online - I can identify with others when I see regular people showing off their selfies.
He undertook a series of jobs after graduation before landing a role as junior fashion features editor for the Chinese edition of Italian Grazia.
Between the desire to say whatever you want to say and your readers' preferences, which one is more important to you?
There should be no more than one promotional article and the amount of editorial content must be more than the promotional articles. His passion for fashion was sparked while serving as an editor for travel magazine Play+, when he began writing for its style section. He contributes to Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro and 1626, and has established his own studio which maintains close ties with top brands including Dior, Versace, Emilio Pucci and the Kering Group.
She initially worked for the Shanghai Morning Post reporting on international political news.
Why do you choose to stay so low-key in such an extravagant, generally outspoken profession?
Needless to say, things have yet to look up," says Carlos Lopes, 56, an economist from the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau who is executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. First, China is betting on Africa's demographic growth, which presents a consumer base and sizeable labor force predicted to surpass China's in 50 years. The Asian country is its top trading partner, and a remarkable transformation is already taking place as Chinese investment is directed toward industrialization, which is creating employment for local people. Apprehension is rife over the ability of several countries to sustain their economic growth in the face of tumbling oil and commodity prices. But Lopes is quick to note that President Xi Jinping's $60 billion announcement during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in South Africa last year gave the continent a boost. It seeks to accelerate development of vibrant and inclusive economies that are integrated and connected through transport networks, internet telecommunications and common markets that promote free movement of people and goods.
He spent more than 600 million yuan ($92 million) to create a 400-hectare vineyard and a 30-hectare park with chateau in the county. Rongzi's son became the Jin Kingdom's king during the Warring States Period (475 BC - 221 BC) and wine-making became popular in the region. About 200 local residents work at the chateau, and more than 3,000 farmers from 22 villages work in the vineyard. It more than doubled to 50 million yuan last year, and Zhang predicts the figure will hit 80 million yuan this year, as wine grows more popular in the country. For patients who have problems with their coronary arteries and carotid arteries at the same time, Liu tries to perform the two operations at a single sitting, which can reduce the risks of heart failure.
It took him five hours to successfully do both during a single operation on a patient in 2014, and he has done such double operations together on more than 70 patients since. Back in 2003 when Beijing was struck by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital was designated as special medical facility for receiving SARS patients and Liu was appointed director of the Intensive Care Unit. However, a medical material needed for the operation was not available at the hospital then. Whether the development of the overall healthcare provision in the country will see progress in the future and whether medical science will have bright prospects or not, is cause for concern. Although caution is never too much when it comes to the safety of an operation, it is equally important for young surgeons to accumulate experience by performing operations on their own with the guidance of their teachers. A company based in Hainan has signed a contract with An to buy all of the melons he grows at a favorable price.
After years of hard work in the city, An found life in the city not as good as he dreamed of.
The future's looking bright," said Garner, the customer-nominated Milkman of the Year at Milk and More, the country's biggest doorstep delivery firm. He talks about his idea all the time, and he's really into social networking," says his friend Georges-Edouard Legre. But as he was hitchhiking in the general direction he blew in to Marseille, and it was love at first sight. Some of its high-profile deals include the $314.5 million investment in China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd since 2011 as well as the joint venture it formed last year with China's largest residential developer Vanke Co Ltd to invest a total of $250 million in the Chinese real estate market.
Instead of looking at the short-term movements in the equities and foreign exchange markets, the fund focuses on the larger trends, including the shift of the Chinese economy away from the inefficient industries to the more productive private and service sectors, he said. By 2040, the expectation is that China will represent somewhere between 25 to 30 percent of the global GDP.
Anything that is essentially attached to the Chinese consumers, directly or indirectly, is of interest for us.
So the more long-term institutional investors with deep experience that are able to participate freely in the market, the less volatility and the greater degree of rationality that will be in the market.
It is because as investors are coming in and out, selling and buying, we keep our eyes focused on the horizon, which will allow us to find deep value.
I think in many respects, we have an easier time managing our portfolio than either a private asset management firm that has many different clients with many different needs or a sovereign wealth fund where it is often not clear who the client is. To focus on his core business, the Chinese entrepreneur gave up a couple of businesses and as a result is now the world leader in three chemical compounds.
The hosting efforts continued and more attention was paid to anti-terror and other affairs," he said.
Many Chinese prefer holding high-end bags in their hands after purchasing them," he said, adding that another bad habit is carrying large amounts of money to pay by cash.
In Chinese tradition, everybody must honor their parents, and she "absolutely adored her father and he was her hero". The biggest question in politics and economics in the 21st century is what to do with all those masses of "useless" people. And it's the duty of historians and philosophers to understand present-day technologies, think about them in broader terms, and warn people of their risks.
If we're to judge, the question is not whether something is natural, but its impact on happiness and misery of living beings.
Often, it feels like Mai is trying to do too much (as is common in a debut), and it did take him 11 years to write.
Instead, the book is more of a deep psychological portrait of Jinzhen's interior, full of what are attempts at profound musing.
Half the time, cities and countries are given their real names, other times we are told of city C and city B, or country Y and country X.
Firstly, he drops in lots of interviews with those surrounding Jinzhen (his wife, boss, etc.) and asks them what they thought happened. Though straining too hard to find a moral compass, he is surely one of the better writing talents in contemporary China. Arete's feature made it to the finals and was nominated for best costume design, best art direction and best director at the International Fashion Film Awards. Sonja Long Xiao, founder of the Shanghai-based concept store Alter, was invited to organize the display of many rising Chinese fashion designers such as Nicole Zhang, Chen Yi Yuan and Shushu Tong. Guo soon followed up on this international success with a debut appearance in January in Paris, where her latest designs, widely applauded for their variety of innovative styles, appeared during Haute Couture Week. In February, the online shopping platform held a fashion show as part of New York Fashion Week, a follow-up to last year's debut at Milan Fashion Week. Huawei has not only established itself in terms of consistently high levels of product quality and customer service, but is also building an emotional brand with a combination of suitable, strong associations such as sponsorship tie-ups with world famous teams like Arsenal Football Club. And it doesn't have to be violent," she tells AFP, exhausted but happy after a tough workout, rubbing the bandages that protect her hands.
I like to think when you are coming here you are almost getting a glimpse of what maybe New York City looked like before it was developed in the 1600 and 1700s," says Blonsky. The stories they filed had to adhere to the strictures of journalistic discipline and ethics; they had to be airtight. Permission had to be obtained from the Archdiocese of Boston for a reporter to spend three days in the convent and to interview the cloistered nuns who received a special dispensation to break their vow of silence. He first came to the Globe in 1972 as a Northeastern University work-study program coop student. Getting people to open up on any subject is difficult to do by text, e-mail or even telephone.
Thus, it is now possible to do online in a day or two the kind of reporting that once took weeks or months to do, if it could be done at all. Even bloggers, and smaller news sites, can do investigative reporting that will go viral if it is well done.
Many radio stations now sell ads to companies with get-rich-quick schemes, ads they would have refused even a decade ago. China will be a likely bidder for construction contracts on the UK's HS2 high-speed rail link. The eldest sibling, Ai-ling, was married to Kung Hsiang-hsi (1881-1967), the richest man in China in the early 1900s.
Ai-ling and Mei-ling later moved to New York where they spent their last days while Ching-ling died in Beijing.
It is believed that Mei-ling, who was later known as Madame Chiang, had contributed to the design. Their spirits in heaven must be consoled now, seeing this exhibition taking place," she added. Portraits taken by Pang (clockwise from bottom left): Actors Ge You and Jiang Wen, actress Zhang Ziyi, Olympic diver Guo Jingjing, and tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. For instance, he shot Zhang as she rested during a break from making Purple Butterfly in 2003. The latest GWI figures also show that since the emergence of WeChat in 2011, 64 percent of Chinese internet users across all adult age groups now use the service - and numbers are even higher (68 percent) for those from the ages of 25 to 44. After launching his Weibo account in 2010, a mix of traditional fashion reviews and images, he switched to celebrity style and quickly gained a huge following. Second, I can enjoy the freedom without being recognised when I go out to play ball and go shopping.
Named to the Business of Fashion 500 list, he works across various platforms collaborating with top brands including Chanel, Christian Dior, Uniqlo and H&M. As his fame increased with a 2009 photo by American fashion blogger Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist, he moved into TV hosting. You know, when Armani's show finishes, many people need to take a taxi and it's not easy to catch one.
He photographs fashion shows and has shot for Vogue Latin America, L'Officiel, Luisa Via Roma, Farfetch, KTZ and others. And when I was a teacher, I had a huge student base, with some classes consisting of 500 students. In 2007, she started her Sina blog and in 2011 opened her WeChat public account-the Shiliupo Report, featuring style news, dressing tips and Hollywood gossip. Already, Ethiopia and Rwanda are beneficiaries of light factories dealing in leather and textiles.
The grant is a lot of money and for it to be spent in three years, the absorptive capacity needs to be thoroughly worked on. The great number of patients they treat provides Chinese doctors, those in big hospitals in particular, with more than enough opportunities to accumulate clinical experience, but China is not the right place for doctors wanting to make a lot of money, Liu said. To save the life of the patient, Liu proposed that the family directly contact the producer to get the material and they did so.
He needs to train someone who is as skillful as he is and as dedicated to the work as he is to take over from him.
We look at opportunities in sectors related to the growing middle class and the growing consumer demand driven by the private sector as opposed to the State-owned sector.
We want to make sure that we understand the risks and we are able to get compensated appropriately. But you also have a population in terms of structure that is going to be disproportionally old as a result of the one-child policy. Previously, 10 percent of mortality was caused by human violence; today it is less than 1 percent. These ingredients are added because the Cantonese chef firmly believes that food is medicine, and even that decadent bowl of sweet stuff must have some health benefits.
At other times his disparate storytelling techniques meld together well, and you think China might just have a very, very fine writer on its roster. And another one." The cumulative effect of which is what could be very fine writing, ventures toward overly rich pastiche, and sometimes it goes on for pages and pages at a time. This is probably both a nod to the mathematics alluded to in the book and the material's "classified nature". The epilogue is one of Jinzhen's notebooks of sorts and is full of meandering quotes from the Bible. One hopes that future publishers set about translating his next works in a considerably speedier fashion. But in China's technology sector, where business is growing faster than many startup firms can hire new staff, workers burn the midnight oil to meet deadlines and compete with their rivals.
After the story hit print, it engendered a delirious response, both in the newsroom and in the community at large, carrying an impact that to us seemed so astonishingly outsized, even overshadowing other more serious newsworthy stories. We worked together for several years and in 1981, when we left for Beijing to help found China Daily, Robby Robinson stayed at the Boston Globe and worked his way up the ranks. Unfortunately, there is less and less of this kind of reporting, as editors in many hollowed-out newsrooms have decided that investigative reporting is a luxury they can no longer afford. Unfortunately, we have lost more than we have gained, simply because newspapers nationally have barely half the reporters they had two decades ago.
Reporters are under so much pressure to produce stories in a hurry that some smaller papers now reproduce press releases as if they were news stories. This bridal look, complete with a white headscarf fastened with a hair clasp, was widely copied at the time, as evidenced by vintage photographs showing a number of celebrities donning similar gowns.
He tells them to wear what makes them comfortable, "to be who they are in daily life and be natural, very simple". From the spotlight-shy to the front-row darlings, read on for our rare interviews with six of the most game-changing forces in China's modern fashion world. Her WeChat platform (inspired by the Hollywood film Confessions of a Shopaholic) was named The Most Influential WeChat Public Account in 2015 by Chinese media. He writes columns for a variety of Chinese fashion publications, including Elle and Cosmopolitan.
I don't need to worry about people judging my outfits, saying, "How can he, the fashion blogger, dress like that?!" Of course, when attending fashion events, friends in the circle all know me - and that's enough.
On his Weibo account, he has worked with many major brands including Chanel, YSL, Lanc?me, Sony and Adidas. Basically, I cover three to eight shows every day, which means going to so many different places, shooting loads of photos and posting tons of blog posts, all within a short time frame.
Japan delocalized to China and now they have to do the same to sustain their competitive streak," he says. While he was not infected by the virus, several of his colleagues were not so lucky and they are still suffering from the sequelae after they were infected at that time.
We don't focus on what happens to the Shanghai Stock Exchange on Wednesday or what currency markets do on Thursday. The challenge for us is how we take this 4.3 percent and get something closer to 25 percent. It also involves being incredibly diligent when we decide to make any individual investment, whether it is a piece of real estate or in a PE company. I think my philosophy is that taking risk is part of the job and part of constructing a good portfolio. Though, occasionally, it feels like the marks of real life censors that Mai just didn't get around to changing. Secondly, he decides to wax lyrical about God and Christianity a lot, which feels like overreach.
Perhaps this is what mad men do, perhaps Mai is inviting us to solve a complex puzzle, but occasionally it feels a bit like he has run out of ideas. Several readers even wrote in to admonish Manli for writing that it seemed a shame that no one else would be in the convent chapel to hear the beautiful ethereal singing of the praying nuns at dawn every day.
Or "How should fat women best style themselves?" I don't have these problems, so I try to figure them out through interviews or research. Chrison has developed long-term collaborations with some of the biggest fashion brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Dior and Valentino. Despite receiving numerous awards, she refuses to collect them in person, preferring to remain out of the spotlight; she also doesn't show her face on public platforms. Despite the fact that it is common for the dangerous operation to fail and the patient's family had signed a consent form for the operation exempting the surgeon from responsibility if the operation was not successful, the family accused Liu of collaboration with the medical material producer. The job of getting more capital into the market is one of the most important strategic issues that we have.
What defines what we do at the CPPIB is constant learning and refinement of the processes and our knowledge. Liu said that although he had no connection with the producer, in the end, the hospital paid the patient's family compensation.
We still didn't know each other, but I went up to shake hands with him, saying "Thank you!" He must have thought I was crazy.
PRs used to ask why, but after some time they learned it's my habit and they don't push it.

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