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The bilingual drama Agamemnon, a co-production of the National Theater Company of China a
nd the National Theater of Greece, represents a refreshing innovation for Chinese theater lovers.
The play by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, often called the “father of tragedy”, is the first part of his only extant tr
ilogy. It is a story about patriarchy, matriarchy, revenge and justice. In the story, Agamemnon s
acrifices his daughter to win the Trojan War. After his triumphant return, the king is slain by his wife and her lover.
Directed by Stathis Livathinos, artistic director of the NTG, Agamemnon embodies a pr
ofound cooperation between China and Greece. “To have a bilingual presentation of a play means yo
u hear two languages, two kinds of actors, two schools. Of course it’s a very big risk. But it’s better to go with a risk t
han with safety. Because I really believe the National Theater should always be the avant-garde,” he said.
”Agamemnon is a part of something bigger that doesn’t belong only to Greece. This
is a theatrical and artistic meeting of two civilizations on stage,” Livathinos added.
China has set up a national work group for immunization planning that will suggest ways
to ensure vaccines are safe, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday.
The work group, led by a vice-minister of health, will analyze all incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years to find
the root sources of problems, Gao Fu, head of the center, said at a news conference. He didn’t name the minister.
“Vaccines made in China are some of the best in the world,” said Gao, who is also a member of China’s top poli
tical advisory body. “We should have no doubt about the role of vaccines in disease prevention or the quality of vaccines made in China.”
For example, he said, by promoting immunization, some infectious diseases that
once seriously harmed people’s health in China, such as smallpox, have been eliminated.
Hepatitis B once infected more than 10 percent of the population of China, but now only 0.3 p
ercent of children under 5 years old are carriers because of mandatory immunization.
Gao made the comments in light of a series of incidents involving vaccine safety over the past few years.
Chinese stocks market surged on Monday with benchmark indices in Shanghai and Shenzhen jumping over 5 percent, mak
ing daily turnover break through 1.04 trillion yuan ($155.5 billion), a new record since 2015. The Barron’s, a fin
ancial weekly published by Dow Jones & Company, said the performance of Chinese stocks is much better than the S&
P 500. Global investment management corporation BlackRock also suggested lasting gains of the bull market.
Barron’s said the CSI 300 index, which tracks the largest stocks traded in the Shanghai and Shenzhen
stock exchanges, rose 6 percent on Monday, with a year-to-date gain of nearly 24 percent, twice the gai
n in the S&P 500, making the CSI 300 index one of the best performing indices globally in 2019.
The ongoing finance sector reforms and further industry open-up could also help boost the Chinese economy and the stock market, the Barron’s report said.
China’s financial system has great potential in helping stabilize the economy, a previous China Daily report said, adding that the co
untry will deepen supply-side structural reform in the financial sector and strengthen the sector’s ability to serve the real economy.
of the sector with a focus on improving financial services and forestalling financial risks.
Opening-up of China’s financial factor has sped up, as the country re
moved foreign ownership caps of banks and financial asset management firms last year.
Richard Turnill, global chief investment strategist of BlackRock, an American global investment man
agement corporation, is also positive on China’s stocks market, according to the Barron’s report.
Turnill said stronger inflows into Chinese A-shares, and China’s efforts to boost credit growth and sti
mulate its economy are also helpful to a bullish stock market.
However, selectivity of stocks is needed, Turnill said, adding that BlackRock favors b
rokers and companies related to the domestic consumer that can benefit from the efforts to stimulate growth locally.
Major securities traders in China, such as the Merchants Securities, CITIC Securities, and Fo
under Securities are all optimistic about China’s stocks market this year, according to a report from finance.sina.com.
”Green Book” won best picture at the Oscars, marking the final twist on a night of historic firsts, filled with suspense until the final prize.
Despite controversies surrounding the film, and many outspoken critics, the per
iod drama about race relations in the 1960s felt like a more conventional best-picture choi
ce than its two top rivals, both of which had to overcome key hurdles: “Black Panther” represented the fi
rst superhero movie to earn such recognition, while “Roma” not only would have been the first foreign-lan
guage winner, but was likely hobbled by those who still see its distributor, Netflix, as an upstart in the movie world.
The Oscars compensated for a host-free ceremony with a nigh
t of breakthroughs, moving briskly through the categories in a concerted effort to sh
orten the run time, amid a night marked by greater inclusiveness and that spread the wealth among the nominees.
Award voters extended honors to a number of blockbusters, including “Black Panther,” which
earned several technical awards; and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the biography of Queen and the band’s fron
tman, Freddie Mercury, earned four Oscars — the most of any film — including Rami Malek’s first for the central role.
Man: Into the Spider-Verse” swinging off with best animated movie, as the Sony release topped a pair of Disney sequels, “Ralph
Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2.” “Free Solo,” a hit documentary about daredevil climber Al
ex Honnold, topped the documentary feature category, which also included the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography “RBG.” In th
eir enthusiasm, one of the filmmakers blurted out an expletive that was promptly bleeped.
”Bohemian Rhapsody’s” other wins came in both sound categories as
well editing. Notably, none of the “Rhapsody” winners thanked credited director, Bryan Si
nger, who was accused of sexual abuse in January, allegations that the filmmaker has denied.
In one of the more expected victories, the team that transformed Christian Bale into former Vice Pr
esident Dick Cheney won in makeup/hairstyling for “Vice.” Visual effects, however, were something of a
surprise, going to “First Man,” the moon-landing drama about Neil Armstrong.
Lacking a host, the producers relied on music and comedy bits to enlive
n the evening, including a duet from “A Star is Born” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga — la
ter the winner for best song — which drew a standing ovation from the Hollywood crowd.
systemic financial risks, are the fundamental tasks of financial work, calling for accelerated construction of the fina
ncial market infrastructure and advanced efforts to nationalize key information infrastructure in the sector.
He also urged solid statistics in the financial sector and improvement in the warning system and rules on information disclosure and management.
Education and supervision of senior officials of financial institutions and regulators sh
ould be enhanced, and more should be done to fight corruption in the financial sector, Xi said.
He called for dynamic supervision of domestic and cross-border capital flow to enable financial watchdogs to fully monitor all flows.
Xi said tasks for the reform and opening-up of the financial sector should be well implem
ented, calling for the preparation and the rolling-out of new reform and opening-up measures based on
the latest development of global economy and finance as well as the strategic needs of China.
Reforms including revamps on market access system and trading regulations should be deepened, and regulators should take a two-pronged appr
oach of enforcing both macro-prudential management and micromanagement of behaviors, he said.
He said those causing major financial risks due to their breaches such as lax regula
tion, cover-ups or decision-making failures must be held accountable and face serious punishment.
Efforts should be made to address the current situation where the costs of legal and
regulatory breaches in the financial sector, especially capital markets, are too low, Xi said.
Xi urged enhancing the global competitiveness of China’s financial sector, elevating the two-way opening-up to a highe
r level and beefing up capabilities of financial management and risk prevention and control amid greater opening-up.
PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here Saturday afternoon by train f
or Vietnamese capital Hanoi for the second DPRK-US summit, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday.
Kim will meet with US President Donald Trump there on Feb 27-28. Their first meetin
g was held in June 2018 in Singapore, which resulted in improved bilateral relations.
Kim will pay an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong before his meeting with Trump.
Kim was accompanied by Kim Yong-chol, Ri Su-yong, Kim Phyong-hae and O Su-yong, members of th
e Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of K
orea (WPK), Ri Yong-ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Com
mittee and foreign minister, No Kwang-chol, alternate member of the Po
litical Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and minister of the People’s Armed Forces, among others, said the KCNA.
Kim was seen off at Pyongyang Railway Station by Kim Yong-nam, Choe Ryong-hae and Pak Pong-ju, members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Cen
tral Committee of the WPK, and other senior officials of the party, government and armed forces, said the KCNA.