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Bilibili Reveals Robust 2020 Anime Content Pipeline at Annual Chinese Anime Showcase MADE BY BILIBILI

Bilibili Introduces 27 New Chinese Anime Series and Announces Updates to 13 Existing Anime Series SHANGHAI, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MADE BY BILIBILI 2019 – 2020, an event showcasing Bilibili's new developments and past achievements in the field of Chinese anime, took place on Sunday, November 17 in Shanghai.  At the event, Bilibili announced 27 new Chinese anime series it commissioned, a majority of which will be available online in 2020. Of the 27 new anime series Bilibili will bring to its vast audience of viewers, 13 are original titles. It also unveiled updates to 13 of its existing high-profile Chinese anime series that had been introduced at the inaugural MADE BY BILIBILI 2018 - 2019 event in December 2018. MADE BY BILIBILI 2019 - 2020 in Shanghai Bilibili also officially announced that the anime adaptation of the multiple award-winning phenomenon, The Three-Body Problem, from China's most celebrated science fiction author, Liu Cixin, will be released in 2021. In addition, Bilibili unveiled its first official trailer, providing an early peek into the massive scale of The Three-Body Problem universe. Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem anime coming to Bilibili in 2021 "From my point of view, as a science fiction writer, anime is a particularly suitable form of expression for science fiction content. Compared to traditional films with real actors and actresses, anime has greater freedom," Liu commented during Bilibili's ten-year anniversary celebration this June, when the company first announced the anime adaptation of his renowned work. Bilibili's The Three-Body Problem artwork Bilibili commissioned YHKT ENTERTAINMENT, one of the top animation studios in China, to produce the Three-Body Problem anime with authorization from the Three-body Universe (Shanghai) Cultural Development Co Ltd. It's not the first time the two parties have joined hands. YHKT ENTERTAINMENT also produced the highly acclaimed series Incarnation, an apocalypse-themed sci-fi/thriller/adventure mashup that has received more than 73 million views since its launch on Bilibili on July 13, 2018. Bilibili has enjoyed significant growth in the Chinese anime content category in 2019, with interest in Chinese anime surging in recent years. Chinese anime became the number one professionally generated content category on Bilibili in 2019. The monthly active users (MAU) of the Bilibili Chinese anime channel has exceeded that of the Japanese anime channel for the first time, with the total time spent exceeding 300 million hours. Bilibili's Chinese anime channel launched 104 works in 2019, now similar to the supply of Japanese anime. According to iResearch, a third-party research company, the total output value of China's animation industry reached 194.1 billion yuan, and the number of online animation users reached 300 million in 2019. "We believe that 2020 will be a historical milestone: it will be the seminal year of a nationwide animation enthusiasm," said Carly Lee, vice chairwoman of the board and Chief Operating Officer of Bilibili. "In 2020, the post-80's generation will turn 40 years old and the post-00's generation 20. With the maturing of the animation audience, it means that animation as a content category is set to evolve from a need of children or adolescents to a demand of people of all ages." To meet these needs, Bilibili is committed to building an extensive library of high-quality Chinese anime, both in the form of original content and adaptations of novels, comics and games. For example, Bilibili announced the anime adaptation of a highly popular online novel on Jinjiang Literature City named Heaven Official's Blessing, or Tian Guan Ci Fu in Chinese. It will be available on Bilibili in 2020. Amid the rapid development of the Chinese animation industry, anime adaptations have become an important way to upgrade and extend the longevity of high-quality intellectual property (IP). In past years, Bilibili has collaborated with several top literature platforms, such as Tencent's China Literature, Jinjiang Literature City and ZhangYue Technologies (creator of the iReader app) to adapt popular novels, comics and games into animations. Heaven Official's Blessing animation coming to Bilibili in 2020 Inspired by the classic Chinese story, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and adapted from its namesake comics, the anime series The Ravages of Time also made its debut at MADE BY BILIBILI 2019 - 2020 with the release of a trailer. Commissioned by Bilibili and iDreamSky Entertainment, The Ravages of Time will be produced by ZhuoHua Entertainment and become available on Bilibili in 2020. Bilibili also announced this year's winners of the "Little Universe" program. The program was first launched in 2016 and is dedicated to identifying young animation talent from all over China to train and integrate them into China's animation industry. A video recap of the event and full lineup of new series available here ABOUT BILIBILI INC Bilibili represents the iconic brand of online entertainment with a mission to enrich the everyday lives of young generations in China. Bilibili is a full-spectrum online entertainment world covering a wide array of genres and media formats, including videos, live broadcasting and mobile games. Bilibili provides an immersive entertainment experience and high-quality content that caters to the evolving and diversified interests of its users and communities. The platform is based on strong emotional connections between Bilibili's users and its content and communities. Photo - Photo - Photo - Photo - Related Links :

APD | Afghanistan: Taliban releases U.S and Australian prisoners November 20, 2019

By APD writer Rishika ChauhanIn a prisoner swap, the Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released two Western prisoners in return of three of their commanders who had earlier been captured by the government.The released prisoners were American and Australian professors and were abducted by the Taliban three years ago when they had raided a university the two worked in.Kevin King a US citizen and Timothy Weeks, from Australia were abducted in August 2016 from the American University of Afghanistan, which is near Kabul.According to reports, the decision to swap the prisoners was also made by the government to appease the Taliban, and resume peace talks with the terrorist organization.Earlier Taliban had refused to recognise the legitimacy of the government and not agreed to negotiate with them. Further, when US President Trump cancelled peace talks with Taliban scheduled in the US at Camp David, the frequency of violence and terrorist attacks had increased throughout the country.Both the US and Australian authorities have confirmed the release of their citizens by Taliban.In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “The Taliban have indicated that the release of the two professors is intended as a goodwill gesture, which the United States welcomes.”“We see these developments as hopeful signs that the Afghan war, a terrible and costly conflict that has lasted 40 years, may soon conclude through a political settlement,” he further said.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Zhangjiajie City on October 16, 2018

On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road.  The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)