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lines alone, this collaborative approach allows the voice-over performer to see the emotional cha
nges acted by others, prompting a natural reaction from an individual performer, according to Date.
“I heard that some foreign fans are learning Japanese so that they can understand the original version. We’re very proud of that,” says Date.
He adds that he hopes Chinese animators will continue to take inspiration from th
eir own culture and similarly encourage overseas audiences to learn Chinese.
Currently codirecting the anime series Magmell of the Sea Blue, a Sino-Japanese animated ser
es adapted from a Chinese comic book story of the same title, Date says he still marvels at the story’s so
phisticated narrative, which centers around the adventures of a rescuer of explorers on a newly formed continent.
Interestingly, more and more foreign animation filmmakers are seeking inspiration from China.
Marsden reveals that Sony is partnering with Base Animation in Xiamen, East China’s Fujian province, to produce the animated feature Wish Dragon.
which means the project will provide a large number of jobs to lo
cal communities,” he said. “It is expected that up to 100,000 to 200,000 locals will be d
rawn to the new economic zone after its completion. They will rise out of poverty by working in this zone.”
The project will be beneficial to both China and Cambodia, Qian said.
“Many Chinese companies go overseas to expand their businesses. However, because of a la
ck of experience and related knowledge, most of them face huge obstacles abroad,” he said. “Our company has done overseas business for mo
re than 40 years and will provide a familiar business environment for other Chinese companies in the new economic zone.”
Some Chinese companies have decided to join the investment in the ne
w Cambodia project, Qian said, adding that in his opinion, a company should follow the nati
onal policy and direction such as Belt and Road Initiative while being profitable at the same time.
tner of Qiming Venture Partners, Xu Xin, founding partner of Capital Today, and Tong Sh
ihao, managing partner of GGV Capital. They ranked fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
The list was ranked by investors’ portfolio companies that have gone public or been acquired for at least $200 million over
the past five years, or that have raised additional funding at a valuation of $400 million or more.
“A record number of international investors, pa
rticularly from China, and women investors are gradually changing the image of the Sil
icon Valley venture capitalist,” said Alex Konrad, associate editor at Forbes, in an editor’s pick.
He noted that after years of Midas dominance, the reign of Facebook and Twitt
er is over, as those deals and their well-known investors make way for a new generation.
“The increasing presence of Chinese investors in the Midas List is a solid reflection of the scal
e and vigor of the Chinese economy,” said Zhou Xuan, director of and a professor with the priva
te investment funds institute of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
grower in Laixi of Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, has been able to grow peach trees into the shapes of tab
les and chairs. The price of one of his peach branch chairs has now reached more than 20,000 yuan ($2,987).
In a farm in Jimo district of Qingdao, Zhang, 65, says that he plans to grow the tables and chairs at a ratio of four to one: four chairs to each table.
Zhang said that he started planting peach trees 15 years ago. He used to be a carpen
ter and often made wooden furniture, so, when planting peach trees, he liked to collect the roots of va
rious materials and use them for making ornaments, tables, chairs, figures, flowers, birds, and other root carvings.
As the raw materials became scarce however, Zhang had another idea, asking, “Can I p
lant tables and chairs myself?” Although his family were initially skeptical, Zhang persisted.