rotagonist of This Life of Mine, a 100-minute monologu

With his stage adaptation of Lao She’s classic novella This Life of Mine, actor-director Fang Xu continues to celebrate the work of the renowned author, Chen Nan reports.

上海千花坊He is a low-ranking policeman, born and raised in Beijing. He has waited for years to become the head of his local police station but is replaced by a new policeman. He gets married but his wife runs away with his best friend. Soon after, he is sent to work in a small town, where he is later told that his son has died.

It’s the story of Fuhai, the protagonist of This Life of Mine, a novella by renowned Chinese writer Lao She (1899-1966), which was published in 1937.上海千花坊

The novella chronicles the life story of Fuhai which is set against the backdrop of the late Qi

ng Dynasty (1644-1911). It was adapted into a monologue of the same name by actor-director Fang上海千花坊女神会所

Xu and premiered at the Central Academy of Drama, from where Fang graduated in 2011.

Enlisting Shu Yi, the son of Lao She, as a consultant, Fang directed and performed the monologu

e himself, before embarking on a nationwide tour with around 60 shows after its debut.上海千花坊

To mark the 120th anniversary of Lao She’s birth this year, Fang decided to revive the

work for the stage on July 27 and 28 at the Capital Theater in Beijing following a three-year hiatus.

“Back in 2011, when I discussed the idea of turning This Life of Mine into a monologue, my colleagues were not really s上海千花坊女神会所

ure about the idea since it was a challenge to tell a man’s life story onstage within the space of 100 minutes all on my ow

n, “recalls the 53-year-old Beijing native. “But I was insistent and it turned out to be the right decision.上海千花坊女神会所

Fuhai tells his life story in a humorous way despite all the suffering and sorrow. He is hopeful about his life, but always ends u

p disappointed. Lao She is sympathetic toward Fuhai, as well as to the suffering of many other poor people livi

ng through those chaotic years,” Fang adds. “What makes this story interesting is that it still works today. When we look ba

ck at our own lives, we, like Fuhai, try to remain positive even when bad things happen.”

After watching Fang’s monologue at its premiere at the Central Academy of Drama in 2011, Shu Yi sa

id: “It’s one of the best adaptations of my father’s works. Fang’s adaptation is loyal to the spirit of his novella.”

Born as Shu Qingchun to a Manchu family in Beijing in 1899, Lao She is best known f

or his vivid descriptions of ordinary life, especially of poor people, which reflect the social reality of the time.

His precise depictions of local hutong life sparkle with his unique sense of humor and the raw dialect of the capital.

Lao She’s novels, including Rickshaw Boy and Four Generations Under One Roof, and his plays, such as Long Xu Gou (Dra

gon Beard Ditch) and Teahouse, have earned him the reputation as a literary master worldwide.

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t of Tesla Inc. The official website of Tesla even crashe

The development of national economic and technological development zones should stick to innov

ation and opening-up, prioritize high-quality output, and remain market-oriented, the circular said.

A slew of approaches will be taken to beef up the open econom

y quality of the development zones, including diversifying ways of utilizing foreign inves

tment and introducing multinational enterprises’ regional headquarters, research and development cent

ers, and finance departments. Improving the quality of foreign trades and supporting qualified development zone

s to establish comprehensive bonded areas also are among the plans.ent zones, in a bid to boost their international co

mpetitiUS electric car maker Tesla Inc priced its China-made Model 3 vehicles from 328,000 yuan ($47,529) on Friday, acco

rding to a report from wallstreetcn.com. The first pre-order for Tesla Model 3 was completed in just three min

utes after registration started on Friday morning, according to the official Sina Weibo accoun

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Development of huge shale oil field goes full steam

This year, PetroChina’s Xinjiang Oilfield Company has been fully develop

ing the Jimsar shale oil field, which boasts 1 billion tons of shale oil reserves, Xinhua reported.

The company has mobilized 36 drilling rigs, started drilling on 47 wells and completed eight wells till now. The daily drille

d footage surpassed 2,000 meters and the total drilled footage reached 160,000 meters.

PetroChina has ramped up exploration efforts on Bohai Bay Basin, Songliao Basin, Ordo

s Basin and Junggar Basin in recent years and shale oil was listed as one of the four exploration goals. Dagang Oilfi

eld, Xinjiang Oilfield, Tuha Oilfield and Changqing Oilfield have been set as important demonstration zones.

Xinjiang Oilfield Company said it planned to mobilize 45 drilling rigs this year to finish drilling nearly 100 wells.

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Since agricultural products account for a relatively smal

ll percentage of China’s total exports to the US, the tariff hike is expected to have a limited impact on its overall trade. But Chi

na’s export of textiles, chemicals, daily necessities and some other products will be affected. Yet the effect of the h

igher tariffs would be somewhat offset due to the ratio of foreign capital and value-added goods in China’s foreign trade.

In terms of product category, the tariffs are targeted at intermediate and capital goods. Intermediate prod

ucts, capital goods, and consumer goods account for 51 percent, 32 percent and 17 percent of t

he $250 billion of Chinese goods on which the US has imposed higher tariffs (the US had already slapped higher tari

ffs of $50 billion of Chinese goods last year). And since 29 percent of consumer goods, 39 percent of capital goods and 74 perce

nt of intermediate products face higher tariffs, intermediate products will be the most affected by the US tariffs.

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emphasized that the company was committed to con

ontinuously working with customers as well as industry and governme

nt stakeholders to ensure its technology adheres to all of their requirements.

The US Department of Homeland Security issued an alert warning on Monday that Chinese-made drones may be se

nding sensitive flight data back to their manufacturers in China, where it can be accessed by the government there.

According to a report by CNN, the alert warns companies and organizations that the US gov

ernment has “strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an au

thoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data.”

The report does not name any specific manufacturers, but nearly 80 percent of the

drones used in the US and Canada come from DJI, according to industry analysis.

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The idea of setting up such a museum came to Kang wh

en he visited a museum of broken relationships in Chengdu, capita

l of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, with two friends in January. They tho

ught it would be a good thing for Taiyuan to have a place for people to bury souvenirs from a failed relationship.

They acted fast and opened the museum after three months’ preparation.

The world’s first museum of broken relationships was founded in Croatia in 2006 by two artists, who

ended their four-year relationship and got the idea of setting up a museum to house their leftover personal items.

China has several museums of broken relationships now, in Nanjing, Chen

gdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, Beijing, Chongqing, Jinan, Harbin, Changsha, Guangzhou and Changchun.

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ggested necessary reforms of the WTO be made so as to ove

China expressed concern over an unprecedented “existential crisis” confronting the World Trade Orga

nization and has submitted a proposal on WTO reform, according to the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

The proposal was submitted by China’s delegation to the General Council of the WTO in Geneva on Monday.

According to the documents released on the ministry’s website, China said rising unilateralist and protectionist practices cou

ld lead to an “existential crisis” at the WTO and sabotage multilateralism and the free trade system.

The abuse of using national security as an exception, unilateral mea

sures inconsistent with WTO rules, as well as misuse or abuse of existing trade remedy meas

ures have severely damaged the rules-based, free and open international trade order, it said.

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Hospital head removed after 5 infants dieuthern Medical Uni

Liu Ruilin, Party secretary and president of Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University, has been re

moved from his positions after five babies died and 14 fell ill during an enterovirus outbreak at the hospital.

The five newborns who died had other underlying diseases, such as pneumonia, before contracti

ng the virus, according to a statement from the Guangdong Health Commission on Saturday.

Thirteen of the sick babies have been discharged from the hospital, wh

ile the other one continues to be treated and is in a stable condition, the commission said.

An investigation determined that the case became serious becaus

e of the combination of the intestinal virus with lax hospital management.

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True, the first quarter of 2019 yielded better-than-expe

ted results. But the higher rate of FAI growth was to a large extent driven by a strong increase in investment in real estate, which is l

ikely to weaken sooner or later owing to the government’s commitment to cooling China’s “real-esta

te fever”. And, given the trade frictions with the US, China’s export performance for the rest of 2019 is highly uncertain.

To compensate for declining investment in real estate and weakening exports, China must maintain reasonable growth in inf

rastructure investment. To that end, the government should pursue higher spending (taking advantage of a strong fis

cal position), supported by accommodative monetary policy (amid very low inflation).

Fiscal and monetary expansion may be out of fashion among China’s mainstream economists, who insist that struct

ural adjustment must be the priority. But it could go a long way toward bolstering China’s economic per

formance in 2019, without impeding structural reform. The challenge is to strike the right balance.

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plemented more favorable visa policies for Chinese student

he said. The report also found that studying overseas is no longer limited to wealthy fam

ilies, and the number of students from middle-class families studying overseas keeps growing.

According to the survey on parents’ professional backgrounds, most parents whose children prefer studying overseas hold o

rdinary positions at work, accounting for 43 percent of the total, up 14 percentage points from 2015.

Parents who are middle-level managers accounted for 35 percent, and those who are high-level executives accounted for 22 per

cent, the report said. The number of students studying overseas for master’s degrees continues to increase, a

counting for 70 percent of the total, up from 57 percent in 2016. They are studying ov

erseas to obtain higher academic qualifications and be more competitive in the domestic job market, it said.

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