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(CIIE) Feature: World******
SHANGHAI, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- A newly-opened cultural relics and art section at the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE) has provided Chinese collectors an opportunity to relish globally-renowned masterpieces, with works of legendary artists such as Claude Monet, Zhang Daqian and Yayoi Kusama exhibited there.。
The special section has attracted 20 overseas agencies from 11 countries and regions, including world-renowned auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's.。
Rebecca Yang, Chairman of Christie's China, said that of the eight masterpieces they selected for the fourth CIIE, five can be purchased duty-free, which is a favorable policy for both collectors and the auction house.。
Yang added that the CIIE has opened up new ideas for Christie's to explore innovation and development in China.。
During the ongoing expo scheduled from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai, each exhibitor selling artworks, collectibles and antiquities can enjoy the preferential policy of exempted import duty, import value-added tax and consumption tax on no more than five pieces.。
Nathan Drahi, managing director of Sotheby's Asia, said the CIIE has become an important window for multinational enterprises to introduce high-quality products and services to Chinese consumers.。
Jiang Mingwei, general manager of Shanghai Free Trade Zone International Culture Investment and Development Co., Ltd., said the company as a strategic partner of the expo bureau, has provided a one-stop service for the smooth customs clearance of artworks.。
He added that in addition to promoting trade in goods, the expo has also built a platform for people-to-people exchanges.。
In addition to the original artworks, the cultural relics and art section also displays derivatives of well-known overseas IP such as the Louvre and the British Museum.。
"The development of cultural and creative industries and the popularization of museums and galleries have made artworks more acceptable to the public," Sotheby's stated.。
Alfilo Brands, a consumer products company with exclusive rights to many art and cultural properties including the British Museum, has created a series of dazzling cultural and creative products together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Shanghai Museum. These products are currently on display at the fourth CIIE.。
Staff at Alfilo's booth said they look forward to bringing diversified experience for Chinese consumers through this open and inclusive global platform.。
Jiang Xuheng, vice general manager of Alifish, Alibaba Group's innovative entertainment arm, said that the realization of the commercial value of IP has gradually achieved sustained growth, attributing this growth to the development of the content industry and the strengthening of intellectual property protection.。
In recent years, cultural and creative products that combine overseas cultural IP with Chinese traditional intangible handicraft culture have become very popular among young consumers, and the charm of cultural exchange has become increasingly prominent, Jiang added. Enditem。
The Tonga volcanic eruption has revealed the vulnerabilities in our global telecommunication system
In the wake of a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga, much of the communication with residents on the islands remains at a standstill. In our modern, highly-connected world, more than 95 per cent of global data transfer occurs along fibre-optic cables that criss-cross through the world’s oceans.
在南太平洋岛国汤加发生猛烈的火山喷发后，岛上居民的大部分通信处于停滞状态。在我们这个高度互联的现代世界中，超过 95% 的全球数据传输是通过穿越海底的纵横交错的光缆进行的。
Breakage or interruption to this critical infrastructure can have catastrophic local, regional and even global consequences. This is exactly what has happened in Tonga following Saturday’s volcano-tsunami disaster. But this isn’t the first time a natural disaster has cut off critical submarine cables, and it won’t be the last.
What exactly has happened in Tonga?
Tonga was only connected to the global submarine telecommunication network in the last decade. Its islands have been heavily reliant on this system as it is more stable than other technologies such as satellite and fixed infrastructure.
The situation in Tonga right now is still fluid, and certain details have yet to be confirmed – but it seems one or more volcanic processes (such as the tsunami, submarine landslide or other underwater currents) have snapped the 872km long fibre-optic cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world. The cable system was not switched off or disconnected by the authorities.
This has had a massive impact. Tongans living in Australia and New Zealand can’t contact their loved ones to check on them. It has also made it difficult for Tongan government officials and emergency services to communicate with each other, and for local communities to determine aid and recovery needs.
Telecommunications are down, as are regular internet functions – and outages keep disrupting online services, making things worse. Tonga is particularly vulnerable to this type of disruption as there is only one cable connecting the capital Nuku'alofa to Fiji, which is more than 800km away. No inter-island cables exist.
Risks to submarine cables elsewhere
Cables are laid in the shortest (that means cheapest) distance between two points on the Earth’s surface. They also have to be laid along particular geographic locations that allow easy placement, which is why many cables are clustered in choke points.
Some good examples of choke points include the Hawaiian islands, the Suez Canal, Guam and the Sunda Strait in Indonesia. Inconveniently, these are also locations where major natural hazards tend to occur.
Once damaged it can take days to weeks (or even longer) to repair broken cables, depending on the cable’s depth and how easily accessible it is. At times of crisis, such outages make it much harder for governments, emergency services and charities to engage in recovery efforts.
Many of these undersea cables pass close to or directly over active volcanoes, regions impacted by tropical cyclones and/or active earthquake zones.
In many ways, Australia and New Zealand are also very vulnerable (as is the rest of the world). Australia is connected to the global cable network by a very small number of connection points, from just Sydney and Perth.
In regards to Sydney and the eastern seaboard of Australia, we know large underwater landslides have occurred off the coast of Sydney in the past. Future events could damage the critical portion of the network which links to us.
How do we manage risk going forward?
Given the vulnerability of the network, the first step to mitigating risk is to undertake research to quantify and evaluate the actual risk to submarine cables in particular places on the ocean floors and to different types of natural hazards. For example, tropical cyclones (hurricanes/typhoons) occur regularly, but other disaster such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen less often.
Currently, there is little publicly available data on the risk to the global submarine cable network. Once we know which cables are vulnerable, and to what sorts of hazards, we can then develop plans to reduce risk.
At the same time, governments and the telecommunication companies should find ways to diversify the way we communicate, such as by using more satellite-based systems and other technologies.
US follows Canada, Europe on Russian aircraft ban******
A Russian Aeroflot Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport on February 22.
The United States will follow the European Union and Canada in banning Russian flights from its airspace, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday evening, in a move likely to trigger Russian retaliation.
United Airlines and United Parcel Service said on Tuesday they had suspended flying over Russian airspace, joining other major US carriers Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.
"I am announcing that we will join our allies in closing off American airspace to all Russian flights, further isolating Russia and adding an additional squeeze on their economy," Biden said in his State of the Union address.
The White House had held extensive talks with US airlines about the issue in recent days.
The ban will take effect by the end of Wednesday.
Russian flights were already effectively barred from US destinations for the most part in recent days because of bans on the use of Canadian and European airspace.
Some foreign governments had privately questioned why the United States did not move faster to ban Russian planes, as had some US lawmakers.
The European Union had said on Tuesday that it was speaking to US counterparts about extending the ban as it gave more details of the EU's closure of airspace to Russian aircraft imposed after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
Airlines already face potentially lengthy blockages of key east-west flight corridors after the EU and Moscow issued tit-for-tat airspace bans.
Global supply chains, already hit hard by the pandemic, will face increasing disruption and cost pressure from the closure of the skies which will affect over a fifth of air freight.
Hardest hit are likely to be Russian carriers, which make up approximately 70 percent of the flights between Russia and the EU.
Transport between Europe and North Asian destinations like Japan, South Korea and China is in the front line of disruption after reciprocal bans barred European carriers from flying over Siberia and prevented Russian airlines from flying to Europe.
Airlines responsible for moving around 20 percent of the world's air cargo are affected by those bans, Frederic Horst, managing director of Cargo Facts Consulting, told Reuters on Tuesday.
Germany's Lufthansa, Air France KLM, Finnair and Virgin Atlantic have already canceled North Asian cargo flights over closed access to airspace.
Scandinavian airline said it would re-route its once-weekly Copenhagen-Shanghai service to avoid Russian airspace, and had also paused its Copenhagen-Tokyo service.
Major Asian carriers like Korean Air Lines and Japan's ANA Holdings are still using Russian airspace, however, as are Middle Eastern airlines.
Russian airlines are also feeling the pinch with airline Pobeda, state airline Aeroflot's low-cost carrier, facing requests from a number of leasing companies to return their planes, the Interfax news agency reported.
Pure cargo carriers like Russia's AirBridgeCargo Airlines and Luxembourg's Cargolux are subject to the bans in a move that could send air freight rates – already elevated due to a lack of passenger capacity during the pandemic – soaring further.
"The flights become more expensive due to the longer routes," said Stefan Maichl, an analyst at Germany's Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg."
SF Airlines deploys over 60 freighters for "Double 11" shopping spree******
BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- SF Airlines, China's largest air cargo carrier, has deployed more than 60 freighters to serve the rocketing express delivery demands from the country's major shopping spree, according to the cargo airline on Wednesday.。
These all-cargo freighters are in place to ensure efficient air delivery during the annual logistics peak around the "Double 11" online shopping spree on Nov. 11, said SF Airlines.。
Alongside deploying freighter capacity, the cargo airline has also added more than 10 new routes to meet demands and link diverse regions with the country's eastern region, a major cluster of e-commerce.。
Headquartered in Shenzhen, SF Airlines is the aviation branch of China's delivery giant SF Express. The cargo airline now operates a fleet of 67 all-cargo freighters and a global network reaching 83 destinations at home and abroad.。
China's e-commerce logistics sector reported moderate growth in October with the index tracking e-commerce logistics activities rising to 111.5 points, up 0.3 percentage points from the previous month, according to an industry survey jointly conducted by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing and e-commerce giant JD.com.。
The survey predicted that demand for e-commerce logistics would continue to increase in November, influenced by the "Double 11" shopping spree. Enditem。
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