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With Green Book won best picture at the 91st Academy Awards ceremo
ny, its co-producer Alibaba Pictures Group, the movie unit of the world’s largest e-com
merce company, claimed to be the first internet film company to co-produce an Oscars winning movie.
Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group, said a good movie does not necessarily have to cost
a lot, nor tell an earth-shattering story, according to the Paper, which also said Ma watchedGreen Bo
ok with some of his friends, including Chinese computer giant Lenovo Founder Liu Chuanzhi and Chinese studio Bona P
resident Yu Dong in a Beijing cinema on Monday, though the film will not be officially screened in China until March 1.
He said a good movie is the one which is made with passion and can brin
g positive things to the society. Ma said he has seen the film, a road trip drama based on a tru
e story in segregation era, three times, and in his view, a Chinese movie is actually not far from an Oscars award.
Alipay, the country’s top mobile payment platform, announced on Tuesday a major anti-fraud u
pgrade on its application by teaming up with 26 public security departments nationwide.
The new function, dubbed “Security Guard”, allows users to set up related accounts among f
amily members or close friends. Should any abnormalities on transactions occur, the system would send
out alerts to all related accounts in order to prevent the fraud from materializing and minimize loss of funds.
“Security is the lifeline of Alipay, and we hope to fight fraud in a manner as harsh as dru
nk driving,” said Rui Xiongwen, vice-president of Ant Financial, Alipay’s parent company.
Alipay users can choose to delay payment for two hours or 24 hours and raise an alert
on the platform if they deem such transactions potentially misdirected or fraudulent.
The system has been linked to local public security authorities to help freeze any transaction
s in doubt. The money will be credited back to the user’s account if authorities determine fraud has been committed.
A number of local anti-fraud centers in cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhe
n also pledged to cooperate with Alipay on financial security education and anti-fraud alarming systems.
have once again made concrete progress and provided positive pro
spects for bilateral relations and the global economy. Wang, also minister of foreign affa
irs, made the remark at an event on Monday, according to a statement issued by the ministry.
Yao Yang, dean of the National School of Development at Peking University, said, “It is encouraging that both sides have begu
n to work on the text of an agreement, which indicates a speeding up toward sealing a trade deal.”
“The progress also showed that effective economic diplomatic meas
ures can help resolve cumbersome issues and reduce confrontation between two nations,” Yao said.
After tit-for-tat exchanges of hefty import tariffs, President Xi Jinping and hi
s US counterpart, Donald Trump, agreed in December to halt new tariffs for 90 days to a
llow for talks. Since then, negotiations have been conducted on a wide array of topics.
Early Sunday afternoon in Washington, Trump tweeted that he “will be delaying” the incr
ease of tariffs on Chinese imports scheduled for March 1, due to “very productive” trade talks between the two countries.
national security, and peace in Northern Ireland would be compromised in the case of a no-d
eal Brexit, and added the scenario would risk inflaming the nationalist sentiment in Scotland.
”Far from Brexit resulting in a newly independent United Kingdom, stepping boldly into t
he wider world, crashing out on March 29 would see us poorer, less secure and potentially splitting up,” they write.
Rudd, Clark and Gauke also cautioned members of the European Research Gro
up (ERG), a Parliamentary alliance whose members advocate for a no-deal Brexit and have previously voted do
wn May’s deal, that their lack of cooperation would be responsible for a postponement in the Brexit process.
”It is time that many of our Conservative parliamentary colleagues in the ERG recognized that Parliament will stop a disastrous No Deal Brexit on Mar
ch 29. If that happens, they will have no one to blame but themselves for delaying Brexit,” they wrote.
But dreams of a new reality for Iran screeched to a halt in May 2018 when President Donald Tr
ump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal. Despite repeated certifications that Iran was
sticking to its end of the bargain, Trump unleashed several rounds of stinging sanctions on the country.
The US president said the penalties aimed to force Iran to end its military adventurism in the region, a demand that Iranian officials have repeatedly brushed off.
Officially, the sanctions exempt humanitarian goods, such as food, medicine and medicin
al instruments. But in reality, shortages in essential goods have affected households across the country.
Ali now gets the medicines to treat his daughter’s rare genetic disease, from friends living abr
oad. Her medical bill has more than doubled, forcing him to sell his car, work two jobs, and accu
mulate loans. He says that his entire salary from his day job as a waiter goes toward Dory’s treatment.
”I am a wedding singer at night. I try to stay cheery and
keep a smile on my face, but on the inside all I can think about is my daughter,” says Ali.
If Europe’s leaders, diplomats and security professionals had a vote in the 2020 US presidential elections, it doesn’t see
m likely they’d give it to President Trump. At least, that’s how it seemed at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.
Hundreds of dignitaries crammed into tight corridors, moving between the modest meeting halls of Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.
The event has grown in recent years. As prime ministers and presidents rub shoulders wit
h CEO’s and policy wonks, conversations straddle global differences and attempt to shape the world order.
Biden says US should remain committed to its allies abroad
It is an odd, almost old-fashioned mix. It’s rare at global summits these days that repo
rters can mingle with the people they cover and even engage them in casual conversation.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg surprised me, praising my sturdy weather-beating boots and trou
sers. He laughed when I told him he was lucky inside. I was outside, the sun was blazing and, frankly, I was baking.