These old TV series are such classics, that the storyli

lines and the acting were not the problem,” says Pei Yinxiang, an IT engineer from Youku. “There was something wrong with the quality of the images.”

While vintage roles and stories may be able to survive the test of time,

the pictures cannot. When the blurred images and dark colors flicker onto the scree

ns of modern digital devices, which are set up for high-definition viewing, the viewers’ lukewarm response was easy to predict.

“The original tapes were often scratched or tarnished by mildew after being stored for such a lo

ng time,” Pei explains. “You can imagine what they will look like on online streaming media.”

Consequently, Youku launched a project to digitally restore these old drama series in November.

While the restoration of old films is commonplace in the movie indus

try, this kind of work on TV series is rare in China, largely because of the length of time it takes.

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Restoring a feature-length film by hand can easily tak

e months, if not up to half a year. Hong Kong film director Peter Ho-sun Chan once said the image restoration of his most a

cclaimed work Comrades: Almost a Love Story cost 1.5 million yuan ($224,000), excluding the expenses for restoring the soundtrack.

Faced with hundreds old TV series to restore, Youku was naturally reluctant to throw such a huge sum of money at every project. Their

technicians then turned to artificial intelligence to develop programs that could automatically enhance the tapes.

“If a lengthy manual frame-by-frame restoration might be able to achieve a full score of 10, at least we could turn an ‘unw

atchable’ series into one that achieves a score of 7 to 8 points within a shorter period of time using mass digital techn

iques,” says Jiang Wenfei, a leading technician and head of Youku’s 30-member restoration team.

He estimates that a single episode takes one working day to restore using traditional methods.

Pei explains that correcting the color cast is the most common problem they have to fix. “People’

s faces sometimes look like they are covered by dirt (on film), and their black hair turns green or blue.”

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East China remained the most developed region in 2017, wit

Designated traffic lanes will be set aside on Beijing-Chongli Expressway for smooth traffic flow during the upcoming 2019 Bei

jing International Horticultural Exhibition, the capital’s transport authorities said on Monday, Beijing News reported.

The expo, which will kick off on April 29 and run until Oct 7, is expected to attract 16 million visitors from home and abroad.

The special lanes will be put in use on weekends and national holidays

(Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day) during the ho

rticultural exhibition, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation.

While the special lanes are in use, only public transport vehicles, large pass

enger cars, certified Beijing Expo vehicles, road maintenance vehicles and emergency vehi

cles, such as police cars, firefighting vehicles and ambulances, will be allowed to run on these lanes.

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The restriction applies to vehicles traveling out of Beiji

ng between 7 am and 11 am and to those entering the city from outside Beijing between 5 pm and 10 pm. Violators will be fined 100 yuan.

Also part of support measures for visitors to the event, construction of 11 temporary parking lots was completed earlier this mo

nth. The parking lots, with a total area of 106.04 hectares, can accommodate more than 20,000 vehicles.Tan Choon Ho

ng, a Malaysian man of Chinese descent, is deputy project manager of the Penang STP2 Project Management Office unde

r China Communication Construction (M) SDN BHD. His wife tells us how the company stimulates the develo

pment of the local economy, enriches the lives of local residents and makes overseas Chinese proud.

Every year, about 5,000 people with potentially deadly head and neck cancer come to S

un Yat-sen University Cancer Center, the world’s busiest medical facility treating the disease.

Ma Jun, a specialist in nasopharyngeal cancer who has worked at the

hospital in Guangdong province for 34 years, says every patient has a heart-wrenching story.

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Li Ganjie, minister of ecology and environment, told a

 conference in March that a new round of central environmental inspectio

ns would be rolled out across the country in the next three years, starting this year, after the ap

proach proved successful in addressing environmental violations.

He said the new round will also cover central government bod

ies and State-owned enterprises, and inspectors will spend ano

ther year revisiting all areas to see whether or not the violations they found have been rectified.

The number of intellectual property rights cases handled by Chinese courts increased signif

icantly in 2018, showing that the country is increasingly aware of its importance in pursuing high-quality ec

onomic development, the Supreme People’s Court said on Monday in a white paper.

Courts at all levels accepted a total of 334,951 IPR cases in 2018, up

by 41.2 percent from the previous year, according to the court, which released the wh

ite paper – Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts in 2018 – in Hefei, Anhui province.

Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces, together with Beijing and Shanghai, rema

in the top contributors of cases, with the number of first-instance civil cases accepted by local courts rea

ching a combined 185,337 and covering 65.4 percent of the national total for IPR.

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Some of the settled cases had attracted enormous atten

ention at home and abroad. For example, in handling a dispute between

Chinese and foreign companies, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court conclu

ded a design patent of Chinese automaker Jiangling Motors Group was invalid.

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive said the LandWind X7 SUV manufactured by Jiang

ling subsidiary LandWind was an unauthorized imitation of its Range Rover Evoque.

“Technology-based disputes involving findings of complex tech

nological facts or other new types of disputes are incre

asingly emerging, bringing new adjudication challenges for handling IPR cases,” Song said.

One of the measures taken by the supreme court for improving efficie

ncy is its approval of 19 tribunals to specialize in IPR-related cases across the country.

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The Belt and Road Initiative originated in China, but

 it belongs to the world. It is rooted in history, but oriented toward the future. It focuses on Asia, Euro

pe and Africa, but is open to all partners. It spans different countries and regions, different stages of devel

opment, different historical traditions, different cultures and religions, and different customs and lifestyles. It is an

initiative for peaceful development and economic cooperation, rather than a geopolitical or military alliance. It is a proces

s of open, inclusive and common development, not an exclusionary bloc or a “China club”. It neither differentiates between countries b

y ideology nor plays the zero-sum game. Countries are welcome to join in the initiative if they so will.

The Belt and Road Initiative upholds the principles of extensive consult

ation, joint contribution, and shared benefits. It follows a Silk Road spirit featuring peace and c

ooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutual benefit. It focuses on policy co

ordination, connectivity of infrastructure, unimpeded trade, financial integrati

on, and closer people-to-people ties. It has turned ideas into actions and vision into reality, and the initiat

ive itself into a public product widely welcomed by the international community.

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n April 2017, for example, the company took technol

ogy giant Tencent to court and asked for 180,000 yuan in compensation after Tencent us

ed nine Visual China Group images without permission, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Tencent said the images involved could also be found on other webs

ites, or the company could not prove it had authorization for the photos. The court fina

lly ordered Tencent to pay 40,000 yuan to Visual China, the report added.

Wang Weiwei, a lawyer from the Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, sai

d, “Mushrooming copyright-related disputes can be acceptable if a stock-ima

ge agency, such as Visual China Group, gets authorization for images from copyright owners.

“Any litigation caused by true copyright infringement is no problem and is justifie

d, as it is also to help protect the legitimate rights and interest of the copyright owners,” he said.

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Contents regarding collective copyright managem

ent organizations, including stock image platforms, have been debatable and remain a key issue among lawmakers,” she said.

“I believe such copyright agencies will be regulated in the future version of the law after Visual

China’s incident, and our IP protection will also be further strengthened thanks to the case,” she added.

Different from many comments that criticized the company and its business, Chen sai

d it is “Okay” for stock image platforms to profit from selling images or filing copyright lawsuits.

“Proper commercial operations can help defend the rights of individual creators, as it is difficult a

nd costly for individuals to sift through seas of information and find out who infringes their rights,” she said. “Or su

ch platforms create a better environment for copyright owners to easily and effectively safeguard their rights.”

But she suggested the country set up a third-party to supervise

the platforms’ operation to prevent them from exercising the rights beyond the legal scope.

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rists from China view cherry blossoms from a boat in Kyo

hen Zeyong, CEO of online visa service tigerwing.cn, said the Jap

anese government issued 7 million visa stickers for Chinese nationals last year.

“If visas become a bar code or QR code emailed to applicants, their w

orkload will be greatly lessened,” he said during the Shanghai World Travel Fair on Thursday.

Japan Tourism Agency data showed that 8.38

million tourists from the Chinese mainland trave

led to Japan in 2018, representing year-on-year growth of 13.9 per

cent and contributing nearly 27 percent of international tourists.

China has been the world‘s largest source of tourists since 2014, reachin

g nearly 150 million last year, according the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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