Shanghai: India has been designated as a guest country for the first time in the 17-year history of the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, where an Indian culture week was inaugurated on Friday.
Named ‘India in Shanghai’, the culture week was inaugurated by Indian Ambassador Ashok K Kantha along with Vice Chair of The Standing Committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, Zhong Yanqun, said the Indian Consulate in Shanghai in a statement.
Leading government officials from Shanghai and neighbouring cities attended the inauguration, along with leading personalities from the field of art and culture, local newspaper and television channel heads, university members and think tanks, representatives of Chinese and Indian companies as well as leading members of Indian diaspora, the statement said.
The decision to include India as a guest country followed the high level of importance attached by the leaders of India and China on promoting people-to-people linkages and interactions, as well as strengthening cultural exchanges between the two nations, the statement said.
The best of contemporary Indian arts were showcased at the India Culture Week.
The event included dance performances by the Daksha Sheth dance group, Bollywood extravaganza, tribal music by Rajasthan Josh and an exhibition called ‘Forms of Devotion’.
A Chinese NGO opened an exhibition in Shanghai to showcase works of Syrian children in order to raise awareness of the migrant crisis in Syria
The paintings depict war and the sufferings caused by it in the lives of the children
People were moved seeing the paintings and the issue of whether Shanghai can be able to help the refugees, was raised by Liu Yiqiang, founder of the NGO
Sept 22, 2016: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) in China opened an exhibition in Shanghai this week to exhibit works done by Syrian children in order to raise social awareness about the crisis of the migrants in the war-torn country of Syria.
The Chinese Initiative on International Law, an independent NGO, obtained the paintings when its founder Liu Yiqiang and his team researched Syrian refugees in Greece and Turkey.
Migration flows are not new, but a wave of more than 1 million migrants last year prompted bitter divisions among European countries over how to share responsibility for them.
After a request from a refugee center, Liu’s team brought 50 paintings by Syrian children back to China and put 30 of them on display in Shanghai on Monday.
“I was shocked when I saw these paintings,” Liu said. “The bright colors used in each one of these paintings and the illustration of every side of the war and of their lives can directly bring you into the world of the children who have suffered the war.”
One of the children painted a giant green dinosaur towering over a child running away from it in fear.
At the United Nations General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that China will provide $100 million of additional humanitarian aid to help solve problems brought about by the mass movement of refugees and migrants.
“Shanghai received Jewish refugees during World War II. Now as an international metropolis, would Shanghai be able to do something for these refugees?” asked Li.
But one visitor to the exhibition disagreed.
“At this stage … China itself has many problems in its underdeveloped regions,” said Wang Le. “I do not think that China is suitable to receive refugees now.”
Another visitor Li Yan said she was moved by the art.
One of the painters “said that she would grow up into a happy woman,” she said. “However, they are living far away and becoming refugees now and don’t know that many countries are not willing to accept them.”
Liu said there will be a charity auction for the paintings in October. Funds raised from the auction will be donated to a special project at the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund which aims to educate young people in doing charitable work.
The exhibition will be on display until the end of September.
The 960 acre park was a joint venture by Disney and the Chinese Government
Character receives communist approval
The crowds consisted of thousands of eager people ready to experience Shanghai Disneyland for the first time. Some folks showed up as early as 4:30 am. Shanghai Disneyland opened on Thursday, June 16, and despite the overcast weather, the place was packed.
The park is a total of 960 acres. This monstrosity was completed with cooperation from two parties; the Chinese Government and Disney. This is something new for Disney, as they typically do not go into partnerships. The theme was developed with the price tag of $5.5 billion and designed by China’s state-owned Shanghai Shendi Group. This means that the profits will be split between the two parties. This also means all decisions regarding the functions and ideas for the park will be debated among both parties.
The park concepts follow the same guidelines as other worldwide Disney parks. Some of the rides are exact replicas of those that you can find at Disneyland, while others are unique to the Shanghai park. Disney had to go into partnerships with firms ultimately owned by Shanghai’s government.
Disney’s Chief Executive, Bob Iger told journalists, “From the moment they enter, everything they see and experience, the attractions, the food, the entertainment, down to the smallest level of detail, is instantly recognizable not only as authentically Disney, but as distinctly Chinese.”
Interestingly, when one journalist probed workers to talk about their salary many of them stated that they simply could not talk about it. When looking at prices of tickets, the only way the workers will ever get through the Shanghai Disneyland gates is when wearing their uniform. The cost for a family of three to attend the park is more than one month’s income in mainland China.
Many consider Disneyland to be a capitalist attraction, but nonetheless Shanghai Disneyland was supported by communist party members. As close to 1,000 communist party members were in attendance on Thursday to take in opening day. As Iger stated, the park is, “authentically Disney, but as distinctly Chinese.” This is clear not only in the unique rides and Chinese food, but also in the characters. Shanghai Disneyland has its very own Mickey Mouse, known as Me Low Shoe; he has been approved by the Communist Party.
-prepared by Abigail Andrea (with inputs from Scroll.in ), an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono
New Delhi: India has conveyed its concerns to China about its activities in Pakistani Occupied Kashmir (PoK), Minister of State for Defense Rao Inderjit Singh said on Friday, in response to a question on the presence of Chinese personnel in Gilgit-Baltistan region of PoK.
The government has seen such reports and has conveyed its concerns to China about their activities in PoK and asked them to cease such activities.
He stated his response in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Further, the government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it,
In response to another question, the minister denied any air space violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control in 2015.
There has been no airspace violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir in the year 2015. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is suitably equipped, trained and organized to detect and tackle any intrusion of Indian air space,
He also denied any violation of India’s maritime boundary.
The government regularly reviews the threat perception from time to time and takes appropriate measures to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of the country. The joint efforts of various stakeholders like Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and various State Governments have contributed towards strengthening the Coastal Security apparatus,
“There has been no violation of the Indian maritime territory by Pakistan in the Arabian Sea in the recent past,” the minister said in a separate reply.