Valentine’s Day: Yes, men can be romanticong the trees at H

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I felt compelled to write an article to share my thoughts about the misconception that men in

general are unromantic. I hope that I can motivate members of the male gender to rise to the challenge of cor

recting that misconstrued assumption about their romantic notions or inclinations being nonexistent.

During research for my first book, I received a consensus from most of the women I talked to that the majority of m

en are unromantic by nature. As a man who considers himself to be more romantic, I went on a continuous journey to d

iscover the truth behind that misconception in an attempt to understand and rectify it.

I realized from my discussion with members of both genders that men and women tend to deal with romance in slightly different ways. Many women perm

it their hearts to control their perspectives when it comes to romance, while many men use their minds to deal with

the issue of romance. For many women, romantic gestures must touch their hearts deeply enough to awe them. M

any men, meanwhile, tend to evaluate those gestures based upon the impact that they have on their brains.

All of the 606 sewage pits in the new area are now under co

All of the 606 sewage pits in the new area are now under control. The new area has also strengthened

the supervision of 133 water-consuming enterprises and closed 915 polluting enterprises in 2018.

The garbage in rivers of the three counties in Xiongan was also cleaned up, while about 180 million cubic meters of w

ater was supplied to the Baiyangdian Lake as a result of an ecological water supply project last year.

In April 2017, China announced the establishment of the Xiongan N

ew Area, which is about 100 km southwest of Beijing and spans three counties in Hebei Province.

Ecological restoration in Baiyangdian Lake, the largest wetland ecosy

stem in northern China, has been reinforced since Xiongan New Area was set up.

esidents who had to move away to make space for the Foxcon

campus were offered assistance in relocation and compensation by market value or higher. Yet some were still unhappy as their lives had been disrupted.

Moreover, the public has become aware of the spiraling costs for the new job opportunities. It is estimated that each new job created could cost the gove

rnment as much as $1 million, eight times the average amount of subsidies local governments offer to similar projects.

Officials who had worked on the deal said the ince

ntive package should be viewed as an investment made by the state rather than free money for the company.

However, statistics showed that citizens might see a return on their Foxconn investment in 2042 at the earliest, accor

ding to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, a nonpartisan agency that provides economic analysis to the Wisconsin state legislature.

Many local residents felt it was a waste of money and called on governments to reth

ink their package and put the money into other social benefit projects such as education.

“It’s a lousy deal, and we’re going to have to hold Foxconn’s feet to the fire going forward,” Wisconsin’s Governor-elect Tony Evers said.

“It’s a brand-new experience for us,” said Zheng, one of the

nce who came with his family. “We’re attracted by the unique and novel style of Tan Dun.”

Having celebrated the Lunar New Year for eight years, the New York P

hilharmonic intends to “continue it pretty much indefinitely” because both loc

als and Chinese people here love it, Bill Thomas, executive director of the orchestra, told Xinhua.

“Music is a universal language. We always hope what we do will help a broad wo

rld community, including the relationship between our two nations,” he said.

He also noted that Chinese and Asian audience of classical music have incre

ased substantially in recent years, and that the orchestra now travels regularly to China’s Shanghai in summer.

“We like to perform in China as often as possible,” he added.

Musicians perform during the 8th Chinese New Year Concert by New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center in

New York, the United States, Feb. 6, 2019. The Chinese New Year Concert by New York

Philharmonic Orchestra was held here on Wednesday to celebrate the Year of the Pig

Chinese contemporary dramas to debut in New York for China Frin

The China Fringe Theater Festival will be held in New York City on Feb 8-16, featuring the prem

iere of three Chinese plays in the United States at the La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (La MaMa).

The international event will give young Chinese artists and China’s contemporary arts more exposure ov

erseas, as one show Two Dogs to be staged is a typical work of contemporary Chinese avant-garde plays, which has enj

oyed high popularity in China especially among the young generation since its premiere in 2007.

Featuring physical comedy and improvisation combined with double act and roc

k music, the drama tells a thought-provoking story of two dogs journeying to a big city to pursue their dreams.

Directed by Meng Jinghui, one of China’s most influential playwrights and theater directors, T

wo Dogs has been performed more than 2,000 times throughout China and at international venues and festivals.

Renowned for his experimental dramas, Chinese director Li Ning and his troupe, the Physical Guerrillas, will bring The Dictionary

of Soul to the festival, a pioneering work of physical theater, which highlights storytelling primarily through physical movements.

Peking Opera ‘Turandot’ makes its Rome debutn of Turando

The Peking opera version of Turandot, jointly launched by the China National Peking Oper

a Company and the Italian Emilia-Romagna Theater Foundation, made its Rome debut Tuesday night.

The 2019 “Happy Chinese Spring Festival” and China Tourism Exhibition were also held in the same venue. Chinese am

bassador to Italy Li Ruiyu watched the performance and exhibition. Former Italian Deputy Prime Minister and the It

alian Coordinator of China-Italy Cultural Cooperation Mechanism Francesco Rutelli attended the event.

This new “Turandot” is presented in the form of an experimental Peking opera, incorpor

ating modern dance designs and many Italian elements, according to the China National Peking Opera Company.

The show was accompanied not only with Chinese traditional instruments like Jinghu a

nd Yueqin, but also some Western instruments such as double bass and electric guitar by Italian players, giving the audi

ence a unique listening experience. Many audiences were amazed at the music in the

play and deeply impressed by the exquisite traditional costumes of Peking opera.

The famous Italian opera of Turandot is based on a

story that happened in China. According to Xu Mengke, the Chinese co-director and the actor for Cala

f, “telling it in a Chinese perspective can promote the exchange and understanding between the two

peoples in terms of artistic expression and way of thinking. And it is also a case of Chinese culture ‘going out’.”

“I believe the audience will have a better understanding of Chinese culture and Peking opera,” he added.

“Our Turandot is a fable in which the Chinese and Italian traditional elements can coexist. Our C

hinese colleagues gave the radiance, liveliness and a sense of poetry fiction that are typical of Peking opera,

while the Italian troupe made a more conceptual intervention, trying to put in this beautiful story a more painful and black vein connected to the idea that ‘lo

ve can not be founded by such bloody acts as those Princess Turandot did’,” Marco Plini, the Italian co-director of this new show, told Xinhua.

“It was really a work of cooperation to build mutual trust and esteem between me and the Chinese troupe. We worked with great p

assion and rigor, and there was a very good result from both the artistic point of view and the human point of view,” he stressed.

There will be another five shows at the Argentine Theater in Rome from Feb 6 to 10, which is also the last stop of the troupe’s Itali

an tour. The troupe has toured five cities including Bolzano, Prato, Modena, Ferrara and Casa Maggio since Jan. 10th and have finished

Barcelona 6-1 Sevilla win the Western Kings Cupa win the We

At 04:30 p.m. Beijing time on January 31, 2019, the West King’s Cup went off and Barcelona hosted Sevilla. Finally, Barcel

ona won 6-1 against Sevilla, Roberto, Lakitic, Cutinio, Suarez and Messi and Guilherme Arana saved face for the visiting team.

Barcelona have not had any disadvantage in the league in the near future and are ready to play in the Ch

ampions League. The domestic cup has reached the quarterfinals, and Barcelona will not give up

easily. In the first round, Sevilla won 2-0 at home against Barcelona and accumulated some confidence.

Barcelona played a 4-3-3 formation. Roberto and Pique need to provide strong interception

ability in the back waist position. In midfield, Lakitic’s Offensive-Defensive transition is ex

pected. Messi, Cutinho and Suarez were in the attack position. On the other side, Sevilla has a 3-5-1-1 formation. The go

alkeeper is Soliano. The midfielders of Gervais, Amadou and Arana need to provide strong support for the front.

The referee whistled the beginning. In the 14th minute, Cutinio took the penalty! Direct run-up and h

it the door! The ball is in! Wooooow. 1-0! Barcelona’s midfield possession! Artur obliquely passes the ba

ll to Messi! Keep pushing the ball forward. Celesson kicked off directly with his big foot

While China and the US saw escalated trade frictions in 2018, Br

 record high in its soybeans exports to China. As of the end of 2018, the local industry association estimated that the country’s total soybeans output will reach 120 million to 125 million tons – a new high – in 2019.

Brazil will enter the harvest season for soybeans in coming months. As China restarts to im

port more from the US, companies in Brazil have also lowered their expectations for soy oil exports.

Brazil’s exports are expected to fall to 400,000 tons this year versus 1.43 million tons last year in terms of soy oil exports, according to Amaral.

Still, the Brazilian industry representative remained optimistic about the future of soybeans trade with China.

“Even with the more intense participation of US products in the Chinese

market, we believe China will continue to need Brazilian soy to fulfill its domes

tic market,” he said, noting that neither US or Brazil can adequately supply Chinese demand.

“Brazil will keep an important presence in the Chinese market,” Amaral added.

Soybeans have been a crucial element in simmering trade tensions between the two count

ries, CNBC said on Saturday. China, the world’s largest soybeans importer, cut off purchases from the US in 201

8, sending prices tumbling and leaving US farmers struggling to sell off their record harvest, the media report noted.

hat do you think the Belt and Road Initiative has brought

 The Belt and Road Initiative has promoted prosperity, peace and security not only in China but throughout the regions. I invited some scientists and university pr

ofessors in Iran to study the initiative. Their report will increase Iranians’ understanding of it through the media.

Many projects are currently being carried out in Iran under the initiative, including energy, infrastr

ucture and railway projects. Iranian people, the government and the Supreme Leader are willing to strengthen

relations with China and support cooperation between the two countries in various fields. All the projects

that China plans to carry out in Iran will be welcomed by us. One of my priorities is to promote these projects.

The second Belt and Road Forum for international C

ooperation will be held this year. Will Iran send an official delegation to the event?

We will not refuse any invitation from China. Iran attends most of the forums and meetings held in China. The Belt and Ro

ad Forum is an important event which will be attended by high-level Iranian officials.

With China’s rise in the last few years, it has become more involved in Middle East affairs includin

g making mediation efforts. China also played a role in the Iran nuclear deal talks. How do you e

valuate China’s efforts in Middle East affairs? What role do you think China can play in the region?