Photo exhibition sprinkles stardust over Beijing’s 798 A

In 1972, David Bowie gave birth to arguably his most famous alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust-an androgynous alien with spiky tangerine h

air, theatrical makeup and brightly-colored glam rock attire. An eponymous ode to the character appears on

Bowie’s album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which was released that year.

With the album, Bowie redefined glam rock and spent 18 months in the

years 1972 and 1973 touring the United Kingdom, North America and Japan.

During the tour, Bowie invited a Cambridge University graduate, M

ick Rock, to be his personal photographer. They first met backstage in March 1972.

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Fortunately, a growing number of Chinese high net wort

th investors have started to realize the importance of not putting all their eggs in one basket, said Zi Yu

an, head of investment platforms and solutions at UBS Securities. One solution is to hold dif

ferent currencies to avoid the possible risk of the exchange rate fluctuation of one single currency.

“They are looking at more overseas markets. Different markets sometimes are litt

le connected. For example, the Chinese stock market was really disheartening last year. But if an investor all

ocated his assets in the US stock market or other markets with high yield bonds, the loss in the Chinese stock m

arket will be offset and the stability of the entire investment portfolio will be further consolidated,” he said.

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These high net worth individuals each possess inve

Meanwhile, 79 percent of the Chinese high net worth individuals polled said they are optimistic about their inves

tment returns for the next six months, while the average number was 62 percent in the North Asian markets.

Despite the fact that the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sh

ed nearly 24 percent in 2018, 67 percent of Chinese participants said they will increase their inv

estments in the stock market in the next six months, much higher than the 51 percent registered in North Asia on average.

UBS found that cash still makes up about 30 percent of the investmen

t portfolios of Chinese high net worth individuals, which is the lowest among all surveyed Asi

a-Pacific markets, and even lower than the global average of 32 percent. Although China’s number is relatively lo

w, it is comparatively one of the most significant parts of the investment portfolios of high net worth individuals.

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Established in 2001, Changan Ford is a Sino-US joint ve

joint venture with registered capital of $241 million.

Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd remains the largest shareholder, with a 50 percent stake.

Ford Asia-Pacific Automobile holdings own 35 percent of company shares, while Ford Motor (China) holds a 15 percent stake.

The share price of Chang’an Motors once plummeted around seven percent on Wednesday morning.

Changan Ford said in a statement later on Wednesday that the company fully respects

and will abide by the decision made by national authorities in the anti-monopoly investigation. The company fu

rther said that it has taken action to standardize regional sales management with dealers.

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China launches first rocket into space from platform a

hina carried out the country’s first seaborne space launch on Wednesday, from a platf

orm in its territorial waters in the Yellow Sea, opening a new chapter in its space industry.

A Long March 11 solid-propellant carrier rocket blasted off at 12:06 pm fr

om a mobile launch platform — a modified submersible craft — in the Yellow Sea off the e

astern province of Shandong and then sent seven satellites into orbit about 600 kilometers above the Earth.

The mission — the first seaborne space launch in the world in five years — showcased China’s mastery of

the technologies and capabilities required for

such operations and indicates the country has found an alternative to its ground-based launch centers.

China is striving to expand its launch service portfolio and promote its carrier roc

kets to more countries, especially those wishing to have their own affordable satellite networks.

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One aim of the literature festival is to improve the cul

ltural appeal of the countryside so as to attract people back, Jia says. The organizers are als

o working to promote communication between the authors and the villagers, and encourage more reading activities.

Rural resident Ren Chunhua, 63, who now works as a narrator at a local history gallery, was list

ening to Ge Fei’s lecture in her gallery neighboring the festival venue and wanted to buy his work and got the write

r’s signature. She thought Ma’s work inspired by village life in the 1950s was well-written and accurately reflected the reality there.

Literature aficionado Cao Liang drove for two hours from Taigu county to attend the lectures. Having coll

ected all of Su’s books and being familiar with many of the guest authors’ works, he is currently writing his own novel.

Villagers took turns to attend the festival, a move which Ren believes will in

vigorate the local cultural environment and raise Jiajiazhuang’s profile.

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Literature fest sparks rural rebootLiterature Prize anliang Li

An event set up by film director Jia Zhangke featuring leading proponents of a school of writing from Shanxi aims to place the province on China’s literary map.

Jiajiazhuang village in Fenyang, Shanxi province, sits around 600 kilometers southwest of Beijing.

Once known for its collective economy that helped draw its population out of poverty, it has now gained another label than

ks to film director Jia Zhangke, who was born in 35ang in 1970, just a short distance from the village.

Jia has devoted much of his time to regenerating the area’s cultural legacy, not only through movies, but also through literature.

To do that, Jia set up the first Lyuliang Literature Festival, which was held from May 9 to 16

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Candidates urged to stand aside in crowded UK leadersh

Candidates bidding to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister

and the leader of its ruling Conservative Party are vying to separate themselves from the pack

in a crowded leadership race that had, as of Monday, attracted 13 competitors and much criticism.

Leadership battles typically attract a handful of hopefuls but this is the largest in Conservative Party history.

The BBC said on Monday the overcrowded race had led so

me senior members of the Conservative Party, including Housing Minister James Bro

kenshire, to urge fringe candidates to pull out in order to save time and leave the waters less muddied.

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Mick Rock’s great eye, his unlimited access to Bow

ie and the trust they shared allowed him to capture, in hundreds of photographs and four music video

s, the artist’s transformation into Ziggy Stardust and the ’70s most intriguing and otherworldly ro

ck star,” writes Jasen Emmons, director of curatorial affairs at MoPOP, of the exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a quote from Bowie: “Mick sees me the way I see myself.”

It was what Bowie said to his manager when he reviewed the photos that Rock had taken for him.

Under one photo, shot in a dressing room in Scotland in 1973, a line explains Bowi

e’s creation of Ziggy Stardust, which was heavily influenced by two classical forms of Japanese theater: Kabuki and N

oh. After a six-city tour in Japan in 1973, Bowie began using a special Noh theater makeup palette, which he applied himself.

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Last month, the central government issued a guideline on

promoting the application of e-buses, by supporting technology innovation, improving fiscal

and taxation policies, enhancing infrastructure construction, as well as reinforcing fund supervision.

“It is estimated that in the future, China’s e-bus market will transform to a more market-driven pattern, instead of policy-driv

en. The market will shift from an incremental market to a stock market, maintaining steady growth,” he said.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that EVs will attain price parity by the mid 2020s, as lithium battery pric

es have been falling. From 2010 to 2018, lithium battery prices dropped by over 85 percent, with an annual average decl

ine rate of 20 percent. And the decline, with the same rate, is estimated to continue for the next few years.

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