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China Home to Total 2,478 Modern Theaters

A total of 3.12 million shows were put on in the 2,478 performing arts venues across the country, attracting 1.38 billion viewers in 2018, statistics showed

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Theaters with advanced equipment are blooming across China, said Chen Ping, former president of the National Center for the Performing Arts. Pixabay

China has a total of 2,478 modern theaters, more than twice as many as the 1,213 theaters in 2016, according to the ongoing 21st China Shanghai International Art Festival.

Partly due to the increasing need for cultural landmarks and citizens’ appetite for good-quality performing arts, major cities in China have seen a surge in theater construction, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Theaters with advanced equipment are blooming across China, said Chen Ping, former president of the National Center for the Performing Arts.

A total of 3.12 million shows were put on in the 2,478 performing arts venues across the country, attracting 1.38 billion viewers in 2018, statistics showed.

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Partly due to the increasing need for cultural landmarks and citizens’ appetite for good-quality performing arts, major cities in China have seen a surge in theater construction, the Xinhua news agency reported. Pixabay

Chen said “growing pains” also emerged as many theaters lack quality repertoires and performers.

“Through collaborations with foreign troupes, theaters in China are now trying to overcome this challenge by learning from their overseas counterparts,” said Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of the Shanghai Grand Theater.

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During the festival, the Shangyin Opera House reached an agreement with Teatro Alla Scala to learn theater management and opera production from the world-renowned Italian opera house. (IANS)

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Chinese Behemoth BBK Group Dominates Xiaomi in Smartphone Market

This year, the group has infused another brand called iQOO in the competitive Indian market that will be the first

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In comparison, Xiaomi grew 5 per cent year-over-year in 2019 driven by expansion in the offline and strong performance of its Redmi Note series. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese behemoth BBK Group, the parent company of OPPO, Vivo, Realme and OnePlus brands, dominated the India smartphone market with 37 per cent share for the full year 2019, compared to 28 per cent of Xiaomi, reveals latest data from Counterpoint Research.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, the BBK Group captured a mammoth 43 per cent share in the India smartphone market while Xiaomi had 27 per cent share.

While Vivo’s market share grew to 16 per cent in the calendar year 2019 from 10 per cent in 2018, realme’s share grew to 10 per cent in 2019 from 3 per cent in 2018, OPPO’s share grew to 9 per cent in 2019 from 8 per cent in 2018. With 29 per cent growth in market share, OnePlus also became one of the fastest growing smartphone brands in India in 2019.

While Realme grew a massive 255 per cent in 2019, Vivo registered 76 per cent growth and OPPO 28 per cent, In comparison, Xiaomi grew 5 per cent year-over-year in 2019 driven by expansion in the offline and strong performance of its Redmi Note series.

“India now has emerged as the biggest market for Xiaomi, surpassing its home market China in 2019. However, the growth rate has declined to single-digit as Xiaomi is now serving a much larger installed base in India,” according to the data.

Vivo’s stunning growth in 2019 was driven by good performance of its budget-segment series. “Also, by successfully pivoting to online and aggressively positioning the S series in the offline segment with new features, it managed to make a dent in Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 segment,” said Counterpoint.

Overall, in the fourth quarter of 2019, the BBK group captured a mammoth 43 per cent share in the India smartphone market. Interesting here to note is that the BBK Group does not seem to be resting on its laurels.

This year, the group has infused another brand called iQOO in the competitive Indian market that will be the first, 5G-ready premium device in the country and would take on Xiaomi’s new sub-brand POCO.

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In the fourth quarter of 2019, the BBK Group captured a mammoth 43 per cent share in the India smartphone market while Xiaomi had 27 per cent share. Wikimedia Commons

The iQOO brand — which already has six devices in its portfolio in China with the most recent one being the iQOO Neo 855 Racing — would work as a separate legal entity in the country. With this brand, the BBK Group will now have five brands — OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO, Realme and now iQOO — to take on its rivals in India in 2020.

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“We aim to sell 10 lakh iQOO devices next month in India. It will be 100 per cent ‘make in India’ premium device focused on strong performance, design innovation and 5G-ready,” Gagan Arora, Director-Marketing, iQOO India, recently told IANS. (IANS)