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also partnered with local authorities in Hefei to test autonomous
driving technologies, including robotaxis and autonomous fleet management, and on-de
mand mobility services, like ride hailing and car sharing, but none of the parties revealed the details.
Kong Xuanyou, vice-foreign minister and special representative of the Chinese government on
Korean Peninsula affairs, will take up his new post as Chinese ambassador to Japan on Thursday.
Kong, 59, is a fluent Japanese speaker. During his 34-year diplomatic care
er, he has spent two-thirds of the time dealing with issues related to Japan.
He has served in Chinese diplomatic missions in Japan on three occasions, and was China’s ambassador to Vietnam from 2011 to 2014.
One day last summer, Chinese actor-turned-director Lin Xiyue dined with his father Lin Zha
ohua, a veteran theater director, at his father’s home in Beijing. After dinner, the father and son smoked ciga
rettes together on the balcony, where the father spoke about the Lin Zhaohua Theater Arts Festival.
The festival, initiated by Lin Zhaohua in 2010, is seen as a cultural e
vent which brings well-known and pioneering foreign plays to Chinese audiences.
“When he told me that he wanted me to be the artistic director of the festival in 2019, hones
tly, I was not ready for that,” says the 49-year-old Lin Xiyue, who started directing plays about five years ago.
“I was not even sure if we could have another Lin Zhaohua The
ater Arts Festival since almost every year they encountered financial losses.”
ai, by following strategies of differentiated competition, and to further tap the huge demand emerged from
potential markets,” said Zhang Wu’an, vice-president and spokesman for Spring Airlines.
“For domestic flights, the newly added flight times at first-tier airports were quite scarce
last year, and the scale expansion of second-tier airports was slowing down. Facing the bottlenecks of capa
city increase, we need to build a more diverse and tridimensional flight network and hub structure,” he said.
In the meantime, Shandong province in East China will spend 430 million yuan ($64 million) this ye
ar to support the infrastructure building and service improvement of its airports in Jinan, Do
ngying, Yantai, Weifang, Jining, Weihai, Linyi and Rizhao, according to Shandong Province Finance Bureau.
Particularly, the local government said it will spend 4.8 million yuan to subsidize small and medium-sized airports – with a
nnual passenger throughput of less than 2 million – to alleviate their operational and financial pressures.