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China’s power generation climbed 4.2 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, official data showed.
The pace of growth eased from 8 percent registered in the same period last year, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
In March alone, power generation rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier, up from a rise of 2.9 percent in the first two months.
Generation of hydroelectricity expanded 22 percent year-on-year in March
, the highest growth since March 2016, due to abundant water from southern regions.
The generation of nuclear power and solar power both posted faster year-on-year growth, at 31.7 percent and 12.9 percent respectively.
exhibition in Shanghai commemorates Alphonse Mucha’s greatest cre
ations and explores the motivations behind his pieces, Cao Chen reports in Shanghai.
Celebrated Czech artist Alphonse Mucha’s art collection is now
being showcased at the Pearl Art Museum in Shanghai, featuring over 230 original wo
rks of art by the maestro, the biggest ever Mucha exhibition in China, according to the organizers.
form for people from the two nations to enjoy excellent cinematic works of b
oth countries, but also a starting point for more and deeper cultural exchanges,” sai
d Hou Sheng, secretary-general of Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture.
Last year, a cross-border marathon was organized by the prefecture. Abo
ut 10,000 runners participated in the marathon, which started from Ruili and inclu
ded 7 kilometers in Muse, Myanmar, before re-crossing the border back to the Chinese city.
The first two films screened were Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 2011 3D m
artial arts film featuring Jet Li and Zhou Xun, and Am
zing China, a 2018 documentary reviewing the country’s achievements in science, technology and economy.
le, most of which are beyond our control-that allows a broader readership, who might not h
ave expressed interest in China or translated works to discover this story,” she says.
“China’s development over the past decade
s has also contributed to an increase in interest in the cultural output from this sid
And publishers, literary agents, translators and scholars w
ho took an interest in Chinese content over the past decades have paved the new way, she adds.
Other than fantasy and sci-fi, British readers are looking at established Chinese writers, as well as
popular online authors, as was showcased at the 2019 London Book Fair held from March 12 to 14.
e of the world.”Having worked in the arts since the mid-2000s, Chang says she has seen the interest in Chinese culture broaden
and deepen, “developing from perhaps the more direct visual aspects like contemporary art to embracing areas that r
equire more investment of time and emotional involvement-books, films, TV, theater, games”.
niversity and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Development Biology. Their findings were published in the journal Science on Friday.
About 20 years ago, scientists discovered that plants, like animals, have robust immune sys
tems that can protect them from pathogens including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites.
Plants also have a unique “lure and catch” immune response to de
al with pathogens that have breached their cellular defense, but exactly how this work
ed remained unknown, said Zhou Jianmin, a researcher at the institute and one of the main scientists behind the study.
To probe this mystery, Zhou and his team investigated a protein called AvrAC, which is pro
duced by a bacterial pathogen that causes black rot on cabbage. The bacterium injects AvrAC int
o plant cells, where it acts as a “biochemical weapon” weakening the plant’s immune system.
They discovered that some plants have evolved to carry a resistance protein called ZAR1 that can detect bacterial prot
eins like AvrAC. These plants use special proteins as “bait” and trick the bacterial protein into attacking them inst
ead. While the bait is being attacked, ZAR1 is activated to form a multiprotein structure called resistosome, Zhou said.