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China Daily Youth Power: Open dialogue between Gen Z on China-ROK relations
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Republic of Korea, and this year has been designated the year of the China-South Korea Year of Cultural Exchanges. poster of the episode The fourth episode of season two of the China Daily Series Youth Power, organized by China Daily Gen Z studio, was broadcast on September 30. For this episode of Youth Power Gen Zers of both China and South Korea were invited to discuss topics related to culture, society, economics and politics. They engaged in candid dialogue related to China-ROK relations in the past, present and future. Youth Power also conducted an online survey and several street interviews regarding the views of Gen Zers on relations between the two countries via a questionnaire of more than 100 Gen Z youth in both China and South Korea. More than half of the Gen Zers in both countries said they believed that there were more similarities between Chinese and South Korean youngsters than there were differences. Two-thirds of Chinese youth had favorable impressions of South Korea, and 70 percent of South Koreans had more favorable feelings toward China. More than three-fourths of young Chinese and South Koreans said they believed China-South Korea relations would improve in the future. Asian countries are physically and culturally close, with similar historical experiences and the same dream and pursuits. Gen Zers in China and South Korea knew that China and the Republic of Korea had been neighbors and shared a long history and cultural traditions, including similarities with language and festivals. Clea Jin, a Gen Zer from South Korea who has just graduated from Peking University, said "the two countries have so many traditions and cultures in common because we've been through a lot together. " Zhao Jingyi, a Chinese student at Shanghai International Studies University, talked of her understanding of the historical relationship between the two countries. "The cultural similarity between China and South Korea is inseparable from their long history of communication as evidenced by Jizi, a nobleman of the Yin Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) who traveled to Korea and taught the technology of silkworm breeding and cloth weaving, and Choe Chi-won, the 'Confucian of the East' who went to China in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) to study Sinology and became an official." "Traditional Chinese culture did not only develop itself but also been developing or cultivating into other forms of culture," said Yang Jinhe, a Chinese student at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Kim Junbum, a South Korean who started his own company in China, talked of his favorite Chinese idiom, "Hai na bai chuan" (all rivers run into the sea). The phrase embodies the spirit of tolerance of the Chinese people and shows the generosity of Chinese culture, he said. The host, Wang Zongnan, of Tsinghua University, said that seeking common ground while reserving differences is the best interpretation for future relations between China and South Korea. "That's why we inherit and should carry forward the spirit of cooperation just like our ancestors and lead it to the future." However, often in close relationships, differences of opinion can arise, and in recent years China-ROK relations have gone through some rough patches. The program's guests said some media reports and film and television works were full of stereotypes that could mislead people of the two countries about each other. So Gen Zers should bravely take the initiative to contribute to the long-term development of the two countries and the world, they said. One of the program guests suggested using the media to influence the press, thus eliminating prejudices and reaching a consensus, was one solution. Kim Junbum showed his experience promoting cultural exchanges, talked of his business ventures in China, posting vlogs on overseas social media. He believed this was a tangible way of helping more people understand the real China. Chinese and South Korean Gen Zers in Youth Power At the end of the episode, Gen Zers of China and South Korea also expressed best wishes for the future of the two countries. Lim Sojung, a South Korean student who studied in China for 15 years, said that although China-South Korea relations had been affected by many factors in recent years, "the two countries can overcome those influences and work together to move forward in a new digital era. Therefore, I think that Korea-China relations will develop significantly in the future and I hope Korea and China can become eternal neighbors and partners". Liu Zipei, a Chinese student at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said: "If I had a friend who had a 30-year bond with me, I would definitely, with no hesitation, give him or her my sincerity. Long live our friendship." Youth Power, organized by China Daily and first broadcast in June last year, aims to build a global platform for communication and exchange focusing on the interests and ideas of Generation Z.The program comes in the form of interviews, forums and speeches, with topics related to anything of current interest in the world.
Impromptu Concert Under Night Sky webcast worldwide
The astronomical art concert starts a conversation with the universe by delivering an unforgettable musical experience SHANGHAI, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Music is a reflection of the harmony between heaven and earth, according to Book of Ritual and Music. On September 26, 2022, an astronomical art-themed concert entitled Chinese Music Talking to the Sky (Guo yue wen tian in Chinese) kicked off at the world's largest planetarium, Shanghai Astronomy Museum, in Lingang New City, Pudong New Area, Shanghai. During the hybrid online and offline event, renowned Chinese zhongruan virtuoso Feng Mantian (Ruan: traditional Chinese musical instrument with 2000-year history) and his band, in collaboration with InCulture, QQ Music and China News Service (CNS), delivered a truly delightful audiovisual experience to music fans worldwide. Concert engineers deployed analog surround sound technology allowing the audiences to immerse themselves in the event simply by putting on a set of headphones. Impromptu Concert Under Night Sky at Shanghai Astronomy Museum With a number of artists putting on improvised performances with traditional Chinese music instruments including the ruan, the bo and Chinese drums that generate musical notes just like stars in the sky, the concert created a spectacular musical experience that connected the audience with the universe by creating the sensation as if they were exploring the universe in a spaceship. "There are some powerful moments in the music, like a mass of meteorites going through your soul, and you don't get hurt, you feel the power of the universe," said a viewer when posting a comment about the event online. In ancient times, Chinese sages explored the laws of the universe and life, giving birth to invaluable heritages, such as the 24 solar terms and traditional Chinese medicines. The ancient philosophy that man is an integral part of nature has been passed down through the generations to modern times. "The universe is all things, the earth is a part of the universe, every grass and every grain of sand is also a part of the universe, and of course man is also a part of the universe. It's just that man sometimes attaches some external things to himself, and man is separated from the universe. Maybe, if you give up artificiality and forget yourself, you can become one with the universe," said Mr. Feng. " When people look up at the stars, they may be thinking about other things, and it is difficult to integrate with the universe. If there is music involved, as long as you listen attentively, everyone will forget yourself. The 'I' here is the 'me' in the social model, the 'me' after people grow up and touch social civilization. Pay attention to listening. That social model may still be there, but it doesn't matter anymore. You can hear your heartbeat, feel your breath, breathe with the universe, nothing else. The universe has big breaths, we have small breaths. Their vibrational frequencies are the same." Mankind has been exploring the universe in various ways since ancient times. "Music is one of the ways to explore the universe in that they have a lot in common," added Mr. Feng. "For example, the universe is full of abstraction, and music is also abstract. Another example is that the universe is dynamic, and so is music. You can feel the dynamics of the universe with your hearing." Mr. Feng delivered an impressive musical improvisation experience without adding any harmony, human emotions or forms to improvised works just like the clouds that are completely natural yet so different from each other. A cloud is something that cannot be designed." Besides Mr. Feng, the participating artists also included percussionist Yu Lei, keyboardist Han Tianhe, world-renown percussionist Zhao Bing and audio engineer Titus. The concert also featured interactive visual artist Jung Hyun Moon who, through creative programming and audiovisual interactions alongside the accompanying rhythmic improvisation, created a random horizon that allowed the audiences to immerse themselves in the depths of the universe by breathing as one with the universe and feeling its dynamic. "The universe is relatively eternal and much stronger than the earth when it comes to vitality. It would be wonderful if the audience could forget the self and become one with the universe at some point by devoting their full attention to the concert," stated Mr.Feng. "It's a feeling the logic cannot remember, but the subconscious mind will. It can be beneficial to the rest of your life as you can recall the memory when you need it in the future." "The event was not only a non-figurative concert but also a meaningful music experiment for cross-border integration," added Linda Shen, the producer of the concert. "Through participation in the live concert, artists from the four corners of the globe have spread love and the healing power of music by using sound drift bottles. A few music lovers with visual impairment were also invited to the onsite event." The concert was webcast worldwide. Supporting was provided by several organizations, including Shanghai Lingang Culture and Art Foundation, Lingang Service, and Show Life.
"Bleach: Brave Souls" Celebrates the BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War with In-Game Campaigns Starting Today
TOKYO, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- KLab Inc., a leader in online mobile games, announced that its hit 3D action game Bleach: Brave Souls, currently available on smartphones, PC, and PlayStation 4, will hold in-game campaigns starting today, Friday, September 30th to celebrate the BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War. See the original press release (https://www.klab.com/en/press/) for more details. Bleach: Brave Souls will hold in-game campaigns starting today, Friday, September 30th to celebrate the BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War. The campaign will feature the Thousand-Year Blood War 2022 versions of Ichigo Kurosaki, Uryu Ishida, and Yasutora Sado (Chad). Now is a great chance to check out the exciting 3D action of the Bleach: Brave Souls game. The campaign will feature the Thousand-Year Blood War 2022 versions of Ichigo Kurosaki, Uryu Ishida, and Yasutora Sado (Chad) in the Thousand-Year Blood War Summons: Concord. There will also be a Free Thousand-Year Blood War Summons where players will have the chance to get one of the three new 5 star characters. Brave Souls Thousand-Year Blood War: Concord Step-Up Summons Video https://youtu.be/zgaSR_eeRAg Be sure to check out the other in-game collaboration campaigns as we gear up for the premiere of the TV animation series on Monday, October 10th. BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War Tie-In Gift & Special Orders To celebrate the upcoming premiere of the BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War, a present campaign will be held starting Tuesday, October 11th. The first present players will receive is a special accessory based on BLEACH TV Animation Series: Thousand-Year Blood War collaboration. Now is a great chance to check out the exciting 3D action of the Bleach: Brave Souls game. Overview of Bleach: Brave Souls Platform: iOS /Android™/PC/PS4™ Genre: 3D Action Release Date: July 23, 2015 Price: Free-to-play (In-game purchases available) Official Website: https://www.bleach-bravesouls.com/en/ Official Twitter Account: @bleachbrs_en Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BleachBS.en Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1QJ4uNQeijEx0jlo4nqauA Official Instagram: @bleachbravesouls_official Official Discord: https://discord.com/invite/bleachbravesouls Copyright: © Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot © KLabGames Download here App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1003168863 Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.klab.bleach Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1201240/BLEACH_Brave_Souls PlayStation Store: https://store.playstation.com/concept/10002097
CGTN: Thousands of years on, Confucianism still influences people worldwide
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Confucius is considered one of history's most influential philosophers. Over the past two millennia, his wisdom has been flowing for generations and kept influencing people around the world. A statue of Confucius at the Nishan Cultural Tourism Resort in Qufu City, east China's Shandong Province. /CGTN Emerging 2,500 years ago, Confucian ideas of exchange and dialogue, tolerance and mutual learning have played an active role in the inheritance of Chinese civilization and provided inspiration for exchanges and cooperation between different civilizations. According to records, Confucius's works were translated into various European languages in the 16th century and shaped many thinkers in Europe then and afterward. The recently held 2022 China International Confucius Cultural Festival and the 8th Nishan Forum on World Civilizations in Confucius's hometown in Qufu City, east China's Shandong Province, gathered nearly 200 scholars and numerous visitors from home and abroad to commemorate Confucius's 2,573rd birthday, embrace his wisdom and explore the common values of mankind in diverse civilization. Modern significance of Confucianism For German philosopher David Bartosch, Confucianism sticks out among other philosophies of various civilizations. "His impact has been so immense, not just in China, also Japan and Korea but even on the international level," he said. Bartosch said the genius of Confucius is that he provided "intellectual seeds, which have to be unfolded by everyone who studies his works," unlike his theoretical peers who often developed "fixed theories." "He (Confucious) wanted you to unfold these thoughts in your own way, in your own life and come to your own conclusions," added Bartosch. He said despite the ups and downs in its long history, Confucian law always reemerged and provided the foundation to fuse and absorb other elements which had found a way into Chinese civilization. "It (Confucianism) is like a growing tree; there are roots to the very ancient past, but the tree is still growing," he said. Confucian wisdom allowed for economic development in the countries and regions that adopted it, and some Confucian ideas have a worldly approach, such as ideas about future generations and education, said Daniel Bell, dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University. "All these are highly conducive to modernization," he said. "A gentleman seeks harmony, not uniformity" is a famous quotation from Confucius. This is a good example that shows that Confucianism is not the way that many Western commentators would have understood it, Benjamin Cole from the Department of Philosophy and Social Development, Huaqiao University, said. The quotation stresses respect for differences of individuals, rather than encouraging identical views and following the same views, he explained. In modern times, it resonates with ideas about openness in society, tolerance and accepting different work, cultures and backgrounds in the same society, he said. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-30/Thousands-of-years-on-Confucianism-still-influences-people-worldwide-1dJj4umiPDO/index.html
CGTN: China, Argentina pledge to promote community with shared future
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A forum promoting cultural exchanges between China and Argentina was held in Beijing on Wednesday with senior officials from both countries pledging to advance the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind. &amp;amp;nbsp; The China-Argentina High-Level Forum on Cultural Exchanges comes as the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Both Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Argentine counterpart Alberto Fernandez sent congratulatory letters to the forum. For half a century, China-Argentina relations have endured tests posed by the changing international environment, exemplifying the unity and mutual development between developing countries and emerging economies, Xi said in his letter. Noting the comprehensive and rapid development of bilateral ties reflects the vitality of China-Latin America relations, Xi voiced the hope that participants of the forum will pool their wisdom and build a consensus to help write a new chapter in the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future for China and Latin America and mankind in the new era. Fernandez said the much accomplished media cooperation between the two countries has raised mutual understanding between the two peoples, and he looks forward to the deepening of bilateral cooperation so as to further strengthen the China-Argentina strategic comprehensive partnership. Over 100 representatives from China and Argentina attended the forum, which was jointly hosted by China Media Group and Argentina's Public Media of the Nation. It was one of a series of events in 2022 marking the friendship between the two countries. The many understandings reached between the two countries, such as a cooperation agreement between Argentina's Buenos Aires Province and China's Sichuan Province, will further upgrade bilateral trade and financial collaboration, Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said at the forum. Buenos Aires and Sichuan are important economic provinces, Cafiero said, adding that their collaboration marks a great achievement in the China-Argentina strategic comprehensive partnership. Fruitful cooperation, exchanges China and Argentina established diplomatic ties in March 1972. Under the principles of the non-aligned movement, the two countries made significant progress in their pursuit of a cooperative agenda. In 2004, the two countries signed a series of agreements, drastically boosting economic cooperation. Bilateral trade has grown rapidly during the past two decades, with China becoming Argentina's biggest trading partner in April 2020. In November 2018, President Xi paid a state visit to Argentina where he also attended the Group of 20 Summit. Over 30 agriculture and investment deals were announced during that visit. In a letter addressed to Xi in January 2022, Fernandez said countries should be united, respect and support each other against the pandemic disruptions, and commit to building a community with a shared future for mankind, a concept proposed by the Chinese president. Fernandez later attended the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where Chinese and Argentine officials also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), making the Latin American country an official BRI partner. In addition to the MoU, the two countries also signed cooperation documents in over 10 areas, including green development, the digital economy, aerospace, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, technological innovation and agriculture.
Top Stars to Compete in Dubai in Spectacular Tennis Extravaganza
- All-new World Tennis League will see the world's best tennis stars head to Dubai for inaugural event from December 19-24 Dubai, UAE, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --Tennis royalty will descend on Dubai in December to compete in one of the most exciting sporting and music events ever to be held in the Emirates. Novak Djokovic set to compete in inaugural World Tennis League in Dubai in December The World Tennis League will not only showcase many of the best men and women players in the world, but will also offer a fun-filled format featuring epic two-set battles across both singles and mixed doubles matches, with tie-breaks set to decide the final outcome if needed. And after play each evening ticket holders for 'The Greatest Show on Court' can experience a thrilling concert featuring top artists from around the globe, including Dutch DJ superstars, Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren already confirmed as headline artists. Rajesh Banga, Chairman of World Tennis League, said: "The World Tennis League will be an event like no other. It brings a unique and engaging new format to the game of tennis, offering a spectacular mix of sport and entertainment together. We can't wait to welcome fans from around the globe for this momentous event that hails a new era for tennis." Novak Djokovic, arguably the best player that tennis has ever seen, heads the men's field, with world number one Iga Swiatek leading the women's entry list. Joining the men's field are Alexander Zverev, a rising star who reached a ranking of two in the world this year, and the resurgent Nick Kyrgios, one of the most colourful characters on the ATP Tour. From the women's field, former world number one, Simona Halep and current Wimbledon champion, Elena Rybakina add to a world-class line-up of tennis talent. "This new event is exciting, there's no doubt about it," said Djokovic. I absolutely love playing in Dubai, I've had a lot of success there over the years and really enjoy the fans. This is something different, and it's going to be great being a part of it." Iga Swiatek, the reigning French Open and US open champion, added: "I like it most when tennis connects people and when it's true entertainment. When it's combined with a great show and music, it's even better, so that's the reason why I'm excited to join this year's World Tennis League. I'm happy that together with other top players we'll introduce tennis as fun to new audiences. I can't wait!" A player lottery will be held on November 1st, with the 16-player line-up will be split into four teams of four players each, and a Round Robin format for matches across the tournament before a final day showdown with the top two teams. With many of the world's best tennis players on court and top music acts to thrill ticket holders, The Greatest Show On Court has something for everyone. For more information on World Tennis League, please visit: https://www.worldtennisleague.com/ Link to Press Kit Current French Open and US Open Champion, Iga Swiatek also headlines star-studded field for the debut of the World Tennis League
Chongqing Pavilion Debuts at the 2022 China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exhibition
GUILIN, China, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from iChongqing: On September 19, the 2022 China-ASEAN Expo Tourism Exhibition opened in Guilin in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A total of 36 units of Chongqing participated in this tourism exhibition, including 14 districts and counties in Chongqing, such as Dazu, Liangping, Wulong, and Nanchuan districts, 19 key tourism enterprises, and three cultural institutions, such as Fuling Museum. At the exhibition site, the Tujia minority performed Tujia Hands-Swaying Dance. The inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage of Liang Ping's wood engraving new-year painting and Yongchuan traditional Chinese medicine incense interact with visitors. Each exhibitor actively conducted on-site sales and negotiations with local specialty food, exquisite cultural and creative products, intangible cultural heritage gifts, and publicity materials. That afternoon, the 2022 Chongqing Tourism Promotion Conference (Guilin) was held at the Guilin International Exhibition and Conference Center. Qin Dingbo, deputy director of Chongqing Municipal Commission of Culture and Tourism Development, delivered the opening speech. He said that Chongqing and Guangxi are close regarding landscape, cultural environment, rich and unique natural resources, and flourishing culture and arts. "It is hoped that Chongqing and Guangxi will further develop mutually beneficial policies and write a new chapter of cultural tourism in Lancang-Mekong cooperation," he added. Tang Zhengzhu, a first-class inspector of the Department of Culture and Tourism of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said that the tourism resources of Guangxi and Chongqing are highly complementary. In recent years, the cultural tourism exchanges and cooperation between the two places have been close and profound. Enterprises from Liang Ping and Dazu districts and Chongqing Wuling C&T Integration Development Co., Ltd. introduced high-quality tourism routes. They presented guests with luxury cultural and tourism gift packages, such as luxury cruise tickets, hot pot experience tickets, hot spring hotel experience tickets, boutique scenic spot tickets, and featured local snacks. In October 2021, the Lancang-Mekong Tourist Cities Cooperation Alliance Conference and the Lancang-Mekong Mayor Forum on Culture and Tourism were held in Chongqing, an important milestone in the development process of the Lancang-Mekong Tourist Cities Cooperation Alliance. Next, Chongqing will take advantage of the Lancang-Mekong Tourism City Cooperation Alliance's international platform and actively cooperate with all member cities. It is expected to contribute to the integrated development of the Lancang-Mekong sub-regional tourism and the construction of the Lancang-Mekong sub-regional urban tourism community.
Asia Innovations Group, a Leading Mobile Social Platform in Emerging Markets, to Become a Publicly Listed Company Through Merger with Magnum Opus Acqu
Largest Consumer Internet SPAC Merger announced YTD in 2022 SINGAPORE and NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia Innovations Group Limited ("ASIG" or the "Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") with Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited (NYSE: OPA) ("OPA"), a special purpose acquisition company. The proposed business combination transaction (the "Business Combination") provides for an equity valuation of $2.5 billion for the combined company. The proposed transaction represents the largest consumer Internet SPAC merger announced year to date in 2022. Transaction Highlights ASIG operates an integrated platform of products designed for mobile devices across social, mobile gaming, e-commerce, and payments. As of December 31, 2021, ASIG had more than 400 million registered users located in 150 countries and regions across Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and North and South America. ASIG's products include Uplive, one of the largest global live video platforms, leading live social dating apps Lamour and CuteU, and fast-growing ecommerce platform, Hekka. ASIG is headquartered in Singapore and has 18 offices worldwide, with more than 1000 employees from 23 countries across five continents. Revenue growth reached 100%+ year-on-year in FY2021, which makes ASIG the fastest growing consumer internet company by revenue and at scale to announce a SPAC merger in 2022. Mobile and social market penetration remain low in many emerging markets, which, combined with continued high GDP growth, presents extraordinarily positive macroeconomic tailwinds for ASIG. Growth in ASIG user engagement and time spent trends have continued their upward trajectory pre-, during, and post-the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, in 2021, active users spent an average of 62 minutes per day on Uplive. Estimated gross transaction proceeds are expected to total $200 million in cash from OPA's IPO proceeds held in trust (assuming no redemptions), plus up to $150 million from a contemplated post-announcement capital raise. These proceeds, after deducting transaction related costs, are expected to be used to fuel ASIG's continued growth by expanding the reach of its products across its active 150 countries and regions, further growing its user base, and pursuing accretive acquisition opportunities. On a pro forma basis post-closing, existing ASIG shareholders, all of whom are expected to roll 100% of their equity into the combined company, will own approximately 84% of the resulting equity interest in the combined company, assuming no redemptions by shareholders of OPA. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2023, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and approvals, and was approved unanimously by the board of directors of each of ASIG and OPA. Upon completion of the proposed Business Combination, the combined company will be named "Asia Innovations Group Limited." ASIG's ordinary shares are expected to be listed under the proposed new ticker symbol "ASIG" following the consummation of the proposed Business Combination. Management and Investor Commentary Andy Tian, Chief Executive Officer of ASIG, said, "Emerging markets from Africa to Asia to South America are currently undergoing a transformation powered by the spread of advanced mobile technology, fast-growing economies, young populations, and rapidly improving infrastructure. ASIG has built a unique, well-diversified global business in the core verticals of social, games, e-commerce, and payments, on an integrated platform with strong synergies that will amplify growth in future years. The proposed merger will combine the best of macro growth in emerging markets and the benefits of being a publicly listed company in the US to transform ASIG into a global mobile powerhouse." Jonathan Lin, Chairman and CEO of OPA, said, "We created OPA with the belief that the right SPAC merger creates a synergistic partnership that can unlock shareholder value. It has been a privilege to work closely with Andy and his management team who have pioneered an enterprise of scale with leadership positions in highly strategic emerging markets within the live social category. We believe that ASIG is public market ready and at both a strategic and financial inflection point with the potential to become a top-tier global consumer company. We look forward to bringing our public market experience and enterprise network to empower ASIG." Jason Zhao, Partner at Kleiner Perkins, said, "Since Kleiner led ASIG's first investment round in 2014, we have seen ASIG grow from a concept into a leading global platform that has continuously brought innovative mobile social products to users worldwide. ASIG was one of the first global companies to focus on emerging market mobile products back in 2014 and has since built a unique multi-vertical and multi-region business. Kleiner will continue to support ASIG in its growth into a public leader in emerging markets." Ben Harburg, Managing Partner of MSA Capital, said, "Asia Innovations pioneered and popularized mobile-first entertainment and social models that have proven capable of winning both emerging and mature markets by more effectively serving mobile digital native consumers. ASIG's highly geographically diversified, multi-dimensional product mix is bred to be a leading next generation social platform for the highest performing markets globally." Emerging Market Leader in Mobile Social Since its inception in 2016, ASIG's flagship product Uplive has become one of the most popular global live social platforms, connecting hundreds of millions of users across emerging markets via its rich, innovative features including multi-party live video and voice chat rooms, real time translation, and high-fidelity 3D avatars with real time motion tracking. These features, combined with highly localized content for diverse regions, have created a new online global village. ASIG has also built one of the largest global dating app portfolios for emerging markets. According to SensorTower, ASIG's CuteU and Lamour ranked #2 and #4, respectively, by downloads in 2021, among global Android dating apps. Both Lamour and CuteU feature many of the innovations from Uplive, such as real time translation, virtual gifts, and live video/voice. Going forward, ASIG plans to continue to leverage its extensive operational presence and social user base across 150 countries and regions to grow its Direct-to-Consumer Ecommerce platform Hekka, and to bring next generation mobile games from Asia to the rest of the world. These two new verticals are expected to unlock significant synergies, and together build a robust, scalable mobile ecosystem across emerging markets. Finally, ASIG has been creating positive real-world ESG impact, by enabling millions of emerging market creators to earn much-needed income, especially during the pandemic. ASIG has received accolades around the world, including an innovative social app award from Rotana, one of the largest media groups in Middle East, and a US Congressional recognition in 2022 for ASIG's distinguished service to the autism community. Advisors Kirkland & Ellis is acting as legal advisor, Evercore and Incentrum Group are acting as financial advisors to ASIG. XCap Partners Limited and The Jones Group are acting as corporate financial advisors to ASIG. White & Case is acting as legal advisor to OPA. Maples and Calder (Hong Kong) LLP is acting as Cayman Islands legal advisor to ASIG and OPA. About Asia Innovations Group Asia Innovations Group (ASIG) is a leading mobile social company across emerging markets. As of Dec 31st, 2021, ASIG served over 400 million registered users located in over 150 countries and regions worldwide. It has built a comprehensive and diverse portfolio as it seeks to achieve its mission of enriching people's lives worldwide through innovative and enjoyable live social products that foster meaningful human connection. ASIG operates in eighteen offices around the globe that offer deep local market knowledge across all major emerging markets to augment the company's cutting-edge technology and scalable global infrastructure. ASIG's portfolio includes leading apps such as Uplive, the global live video platform, CuteU and Lamour, the dominant dating apps in global emerging markets, as well as other fast-growing voice and game-based live social apps. About Magnum Opus Magnum Opus Acquisition Limited is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by L2 Capital, a private investment firm. Magnum Opus is a partnership of enterprise builders and public and private market investment specialists with extensive experience operating and investing throughout the business life cycle from founding, scaling operations through public listing. Magnum Opus aims to partner with public ready enterprises at the forefront of convergence of consumption and technology. Magnum Opus' mission is to support companies to realize their vision as they embark on their journey into the public markets and face new opportunities, challenges, and stakeholders. Important Additional Information Regarding the Transaction Will Be Filed With the SEC This communication relates to the proposed Business Combination between OPA and ASIG. This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or exchange, or the solicitation of an offer to buy or exchange, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, sale or exchange would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. ASIG intends to file a Registration Statement on Form F-4 with the SEC, which will include a document that serves as a joint prospectus and proxy statement, referred to as a proxy statement/prospectus. A proxy statement/prospectus will be sent to all OPA shareholders. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom. OPA and ASIG will also file other documents regarding the proposed Business Combination with the SEC. This communication does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed Business Combination and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the Business Combination. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF OPA ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ALL OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED OR THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUSINESS COMBINATION. 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Except as required by law, neither OPA nor ASIG has any duty to, and does not intend to, update or revise the forward-looking statements in this communication or elsewhere after the date this communication is issued. In light of these risks and uncertainties, investors should keep in mind that results, events or developments discussed in any forward-looking statement made in this communication may not occur. Uncertainties and risk factors that could affect OPA's and ASIG's future performance and cause results to differ from the forward-looking statements in this release include, but are not limited to: the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the Business Combination; the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against OPA or ASIG, the combined company or others following the announcement of the Business Combination; the inability to complete the Business Combination due to the failure to obtain approval of the shareholders of OPA or to satisfy other conditions to closing; changes to the proposed structure of the Business Combination that may be required or appropriate as a result of applicable laws or regulations; the ability to meet stock exchange listing standards following the consummation of the Business Combination; the risk that the Business Combination disrupts current plans and operations of OPA or ASIG as a result of the announcement and consummation of the Business Combination; the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and retain its management and key employees; costs related to the Business Combination; changes in applicable laws or regulations; OPA's estimates of expenditures and profitability and underlying assumptions with respect to shareholder redemptions and purchase price and other adjustments; the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; changes in laws and regulations that impact ASIG; ability to enforce, protect and maintain intellectual property rights; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in OPA's final prospectus dated March 23, 2021 relating to its initial public offering and in subsequent filings with the SEC, including the registration statement on Form F-4 relating to the Business Combination expected to be filed by ASIG. No Offer or Solicitation This communication does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act, or an exemption therefrom.  With an equity value in excess of US$2 billion at announcement.
CCTV+: China, Argentina hold high-level forum on cultural exchanges
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- China and Argentina held a high-level forum on cultural exchanges in Beijing on Wednesday. &amp;amp;nbsp; Huang Kunming, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, attended the forum and gave a speech. Reading Chinese President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter to the forum, Huang noted that the letters sent by Xi and Argentine President Alberto Fernandez have demonstrated the enormous importance the two leaders place on China-Argentina cooperation in the new era and their earnest expectations for deepening bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership and advancing people-to-people and cultural exchanges and cooperation. He said that China and Argentina, both important emerging markets and developing countries, are facing the important tasks of economic recovery after the pandemic and improving people's livelihoods and well-being. China hopes people from the two countries will work hand in hand to promote prosperity, safeguard peace and development, facilitate economic and trade cooperation, and deepen the China-Argentina friendship, the official said. The two countries should deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and carry out exchanges and cooperation in various fields at all levels, Huang said, adding that the two peoples should also enhance their mutual understanding and friendship. Both sides should strengthen communication and cooperation, jointly promote equity and justice, and create a fair, objective, positive and healthy public opinion environment to inject more positive energy into the construction of a community with a shared future for China and Latin America as well as mankind in the new era, Huang said. As one of a series of activities marking the 50 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the high-level forum, co-hosted by China Media Group (CMG) and the Secretariat of Media and Public Communication of Argentina, attracted more than 100 representatives online and offline. Link: https://youtu.be/RXwU6lBov0U
Something Witchy This Way Comes
VisitScotland launches new Witch Trail, inviting visitors to discover dark legends, truly magical places and observe ways to live like a modern-day witch in Scotland. EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The idea of witchcraft has always held an important place in Scottish stories: from ancient legends to some of the most popular films and TV series of the present day. Now Scotland's tales of witchcraft are being marked during the Year of Stories 2022 with a new Witch Trail created by VisitScotland, highlighting 15 locations across the country for visitors to explore year-round. Scotland’s new Witch Trail, showcased at Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders With Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 in full swing and Halloween around the corner, there is no better time to delve into the rich tales surrounding so-called witches by exploring these locations all with links to themes associated with witchcraft including a love of nature and modern takes on the lore. Some experiences on the map include: Abbotsford: Sir Walter Scott's home, Abbotsford, boasts one of the rarest collections of books on witchcraft. Visitors to the 19th century writer's stunning library can still see his treasured "Witch Corner" today. Strathspey Storywalks: Wander through the woods and trails of the Cairngorms National Park with Strathspey Storywalks. Tour guide, Sarah, will help visitors honour the memory of so-called witches by tuning into the quiet voices within the landscape. East Neuk Seaweed: Seaweed has a key place in the healing legacy of Scotland and was likely used by the wise women of times gone by. East Neuk Seaweed offer workshops throughout Fife that highlight the healing properties and nutritional value of this sea vegetable. Glen Dye School of Wild Wellness and Bushcraft: Visitors to Glen Dye School of Wild Wellness and Bushcraft have the chance to immerse themselves in all that the magical Aberdeenshire countryside has to offer, making it the perfect place to experience the therapeutic benefits of mother nature. The Witchery by the Castle: Enjoy fine dining in a setting filled with history at The Witchery by the Castle. This unique and atmospheric hotel and restaurant that takes its name from the innocent women accused of witchcraft on Castlehill. For the full press release, please visit the VisitScotland media centre: Portal | VisitScotland Media Centre To download images of Scotland's new Witch Trail, please register for our Digital Media Library. Scotland’s new Witch Trail
Iconic Chef Dominique Crenn Joins TurtleTree As Advisor
SINGAPORE, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef and acclaimed sustainability advocate Dominique Crenn has joined TurtleTree as their food innovation advisor. Iconic Chef Dominique Crenn Joins TurtleTree As Advisor Explaining her decision to take on this new venture, Crenn stated: "TurtleTree is among the handful of trailblazers truly leading the revolution of food from the front. Its mission to make healthier, kinder nutrition accessible to all is remarkably aligned with my own personal vision, and I'm truly excited to see what we can achieve together." The first female chef in the United States to receive three Michelin stars, Crenn has gained prominence for her flagship restaurant, Atelier Crenn, in San Francisco and in Netflix's hit series Chef's Table. In addition to her culinary expertise, Crenn has also developed a reputation for her humanistic approach in the kitchen and her staunch support for responsible food production. Having announced its development of the world's first precision fermentation-made lactoferrin in August, TurtleTree's appointment of Crenn represents a second major coup in as many months. Moving forward, both parties are looking forward to collaborating on projects that will further the ideals of ethical consumption and bring sustainable food closer to mainstream adoption. Commenting on the potential possibilities ahead, TurtleTree CEO, Fengru Lin, stated: "Dominique's addition to the team represents an immense milestone for TurtleTree and an incredible validation of all the work we're doing. Her experience, expertise, and unwavering commitment to sustainability paves the way for exciting new plans developed in harmony with both our values. More than just a world-class chef, we're delighted to welcome a mentor, a partner, and a friend on our ongoing journey towards a better generation of food."About TurtleTree TurtleTree is a biotech company dedicated to producing a new generation of nutrition—one that's better for the planet, the animals, and people everywhere. Utilizing cutting-edge precision fermentation technology and proprietary cell-based innovations, the company is creating better-for-you ingredients sustainably and affordably, with benefits that extend beyond the dining table and into the heart of humanity. For more information, please visit TurtleTree's website. Alternatively, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
GMT Token Creates Special NFT Series
SINGAPORE, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- GMT has launched an NFT project called the "The Greedy Machines." The team decided to present the idea of an NFT from a completely different angle by creating an NFT art project: a set of mining machine images backed by computing power. GMT Token - The Greedy Machines Users will be prompted to exchange GMT for NFTs, in the form of a miner, backed by computing power that allows them to receive bitcoin rewards. To activate NFTs in the game, users need to attach the purchased NFTs to a personal account. Players will be able to build their own mining farm: from mining devices, storage shelves, immersion baths, and further progressing to containers and huge data centers. Each player will be able to evolve from a novice miner with one device to the head of a mining empire. The Greedy Machines project at its core encourages community involvement. Holders can invite their friends. Each invited individual and the participant themselves will receive a promo code for an additional reward in bitcoin. Players can also perform service maintenance on equipment. The more often a participant enters their personal account and performs equipment maintenance, the more they will receive various bonuses. Since GMT Token is about sustainability, special "green" miners will be available. The proceeds from the sale of these devices will go to charitable foundations aimed at developing sustainable energy. The philosophy of HODL is at the heart of NFT ownership. The longer a player owns and does not sell an NFT, the more additional bonuses they receive. The project's primary goals are to create a community of miners, to make mining easier by attracting lovers of beautiful visual forms and works of art. The Greedy Machines NFTs can be bought for GMT tokens and are available on the GMT marketplace. Follow the link for more details: https://nft.gmt.io/ https://medium.com/@GMT_Token About GMTGMT's Certik-audited smart contract was created on April 26, 2021, with the firm launching its computing power-backed token. The project's goal is to simplify the mining process for everyone by handling the logistics, providing around-the-clock uninterrupted service, and securing energy-efficient consumption costs. There are currently over 18,000 GMT token holders receiving daily bitcoin mining rewards without the hurdles of physically maintaining equipment. During the project's existence, GMT increased the hash rate of the device park from 100,000 TH/s to 725,000 TH. CONTACT: email@example.com, 85265995090
Guests from Asia Visit the 27th Busan International Film Festival “Stars from All Around Asia Visit Busan”
The 27th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which received much publicity after unveiling its Korean and international main guests, is generating a great amount of anticipation by further announcing the participation of sensational guests from other Asian countries including Japan, Thailand, and India. First, the four actors who starred in Six Characters (2022), selected for BIFF’s newly established Jiseok section, will be visiting Busan. Mario Maurer, who is known as “Thailand’s Won Bin” to Korean fans, will walk on the red carpet at the Busan International Film Festival this year. He has demonstrated a variety of charms in his many works and proved his influence as a top-grossing actor by recording Thailand’s first-ever 10 million viewers for his film, Pee Mak (2013). Maurer first visited Korea when he was invited to the 12th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival for his debut film, The Love of Siam (2007), and he was commissioned as an honorary ambassador of Korean tourism in 2011. This year, he will visit once again to meet the Korean audience. Actresses of Six Characters (2022) are also garnering a lot of attention from their names being on the guest list; from Natapohn Tameeruks, one of the most popular actresses in Thailand, who gave exceptional performances in the Thai serial dramas Nakee (2016) and Rak Nakara (2017), to Thai model-turned-actress Khemanit Jamikorn and Thai drama star Taksaorn Paksukcharern who has 5.7 million followers on her social media account. Furthermore, stars of Indian cinema will also visit Korea. Adil Hussain, who is recognized by the Korean public for his roles in Life of Pi (2012) and English Vinglish (2012) as well as the drama series Star Trek: Discovery (2020), visited Busan in 2019 for his performances in Nirvana Inn (2019) and The Wayfarers (2019), which were invited to A Window on Asian Cinema at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. This year, he will revisit Busan for two selections, The Storyteller (2022) in the Jiseok section, and Max, Min and Meowzaki (2022) in the Open Cinema section. Directors and actors of Zwigato (2022), another Indian film selected for A Window on Asian Cinema, are also preparing to meet the Korean audience. Nandita Das, an actress who has starred in more than 50 Indian films, made her debut as a director with the film Firaaq (2008). Her second film as a director, Manto (2018), was invited to the 71st Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, and established her reputation and potential as a world-class director. Her third film, Zwigato (2022), was selected as an Asian Premier at this year’s Busan International Film Festival. She will come to Busan with Zwigato’s main actor, Kapil Sharma, India's representative stand-up comedian, television presenter, and actor. Along with two famous and skillful Japanese actors, Tsumabuki Satoshi and Ando Sakura, both of whom are expected to visit Busan, the talented rookie actress Arashi Lina will meet the Korean audience as well. Arashi will expand her career spectrum from Japan to Asia through the film, My Small Land (2022), a selection for this year’s Special Program in Focus: Discovering New Japanese Cinema. As a rising star who started her career as a fashion magazine model, this is her first role as an actress in which she plays a Kurdish refugee girl in the film. While her real family starred in the same film to make it more immersive, Arashi Lina was acclaimed for her balanced acting performance, which is surprising for a newly-debuting actress. The 27th Busan International Film Festival, which is garnering high expectations due to the invitation of various famous Asian guests, will be held from Oct 5 (Wed) to Oct 14 (Fri) at the Busan Cinema Center. ■ The 27th Busan International Film Festival: Oct 5 (Wed) – Oct 14 (Fri) ■ The 17th Asian Contents & Film Market: Oct 8 (Sat) – Oct 11 (Tues)
iQIYI Unveils Industry's First In-vehicle 5D Content Viewing Experience with XPeng
BEIJING, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- iQIYI, an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced that launched on Sep. 21, the new XPeng Motor SUV G9 series would feature iQIYI's latest 5D in-vehicle cinema, marking a first in China's in-vehicle entertainment development. Unlike traditional in-vehicle entertainment experience, the new 5D cinema iQIYI developed in partnership with XPeng integrates various physical features of the vehicle cockpit in the delivery of content, hence providing viewers a full-sensory, 5D immersive viewing experience. iQIYI Provides In-Vehicle Entertainment Solution for the new XPeng Motor SUV G9 series iQIYI has leveraged its deep technological expertise in video intelligence recognition to develop the new features that support the intelligent interaction between content playback and the cockpit. Using artificial intelligence in combination with manual verification as the primary tool, iQIYI's new cinema processes scenes in a variety of content with sensory elements, marking each scene with the lighting, seat vibration, and specific scent that best correspond to the plot. With the markings, the cockpit hardware then delivers various physical effects during the actual content playback, enabling the users to enjoy an immersive viewing experience. iQIYI also released the first batch of films customized to leverage the latest technological advances the new cinema presents. The slate includes global sensation Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong as well as domestic hits Big Fish & Begonia and Pegasus. Since the scenes of the films include a diverse range of settings, they are primed to introduce users to the full capacity of the new cinema as users can now physically feel in the comfort of their cars the heat of the desert, the coolness of the ocean, and the jolting intensity of battles. The latest 5D in-vehicle cinema is part of iQIYI's effort to develop the technological expertise that drives the continued development of China's in-vehicle entertainment industry. As part of the process, iQIYI's Internet of Vehicles (IOV) team also made patent applications for two technical solutions it devised. With continued technical breakthroughs, iQIYI is well-positioned to keep advancing industry-leading innovations that can shape the future of smart cockpit. HUANG Shuangxi, General Manager of Smart Home and IoV Business of iQIYI, said: "The cockpit is a well-suited and intimate environment for delivering to viewers a 5D cinematic experience that fully showcases the various sensory elements already embedded in different content. As upgrading the in-vehicle entertainment experience becomes a focus, our latest collaboration with XPeng presents this industry-leading innovation solutions that mark an important step forward." Over the years, iQIYI has formed partnerships with over 30 top industry players. In this year alone, iQIYI is delivering its quality in-vehicle entertainment service and experience in over 80 car models coming to the market. Working closely with BMW, SAIC Audi, Ford, SAIC Volkswagen, FAW Volkswagen, BYD, GreatWall Motor, NIO, Lixiang, XPeng, Tesla, and many others, iQIYI continues to leverage the latest technological discovery as well as the company's robust content ecology to provide customization in user scenario, hardware, and content. CONTACT: iQIYI Press, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUL Debuts Digital Collectible "Möbius" Series, Adding New Value to Metaverse Virtual Identity
SHANGHAI, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The arena of digital collectibles has welcomed yet another powerful player featuring various merchandise rights, avant-garde design, and novel ways of socializing. On September 9, Soul App debuted its digital collectibles: the "Möbius" series consists of several types of avatars, which come with rights and benefits. A total of 15,996 of these avatars are offered at an opening price of between RMB 108 and 158. The launch has captured the imagination of many digital collectors, with pre-orders in great demand on SOUL. The Möbius collectibles can be used and interacted with as avatars on the social platform, creating huge collection and social networking value. SOUL's addition of digital collectives to its avatar creation system has taken virtual identity in the social metaverse to the next level. New collectible avatars bolster a sense of identity Digital collectibles have both collection and aesthetic value as their ownership can be proven and transferred, and are usually integrated with trendy IPs, leading brands, pop culture and traditional art to kindle the interest of Gen-Z. Crafted by SOUL's veteran designer team, the debut digital collectibles center around symbols such as the Möbius strip and lightning pupils, with other constructs automatically generated by machine learning algorithms, creating several unique avatar characters that speak to Gen-Z. In design language, the Möbius strip embodies the possibility of the impossible: the two ends of the strip that were otherwise not supposed to meet are attached. Similarly, people's physical and virtual identities are two worlds apart, until SOUL connects them together with one echoing and complementing the other. SOUL Digital Collectible “Möbius” In addition to offering the perfect collectors' item, the Möbius series has also helped SOUL users create a virtual identity in the social metaverse. Ever since its launch, Soul has not required the use of real portrait photos for its profiles. When appearances, location and other external factors are thus eliminated, the social app enables its users to explore and express themselves by DIYing avatars without the pressure to create a perfect online persona. To better help its users fine-tune their virtual avatars and identities, SOUL continues to innovate its technology toolkit for 2D and 3D avatar creation. The charming Möbius collectibles, combined with social scenarios on the platform, can help users build a diversified identity world with visualized interest labels, enhancing their digital identities in the social metaverse. SOUL has enriched its ways of engagement, merchandise rights and business model Considering Gen-Z's consumer behavior and mindset, the emerging social platform has tried a different engagement approach in its digital collectible campaign to attract more young users. For example, it offers a gamified activity where users can randomly obtain a collectible avatar with a purchase and unlock exclusive access to avatar display and icons as well as prioritized rights to 3D upgrades. Furthermore, the collectibles include secret versions awaiting discovery by users. Instead of launching a commonplace flash sale, SOUL offers users different levels of merchandise rights in line with their particular needs, providing a brand-new purchase experience. The digital collectible debut is SOUL's latest move to iterate its business model. Previously, it has rolled out value-added service, e-commerce and advertisement, among others. The release of the Möbius series shows that SOUL has what it takes to chart a course to new revenue streams. Going forward, the social app plans to join hands with other brands in digital collectible development in the form of co-branding campaigns and collaborated customization. This kind of collaboration is likely to emerge as a new growth engine, propelling SOUL ahead on its commercialization journey. SOUL coined the idea of the "social metaverse" in 2021 and is committed to building an always-on virtual world parallel to the physical reality. Today, by building up its user base, encouraging the accumulation of social assets and investing in metaverse-specific technologies, SOUL has transformed into a fledging social metaverse that integrates virtual avatars, social assets, an immersive, inclusive experience and an economic system, attracting young users in droves. And its digital collectibles have made SOUL's social metaverse more engaging and colorful. The digital collectible market is booming. Publicly available data indicates that total sales of digital collectibles grew approximately 260-fold to $24.9 billion in 2021. Increasingly, Gen Zers, who focus more on non-material needs, have become the main buyers of digital products. And now SOUL's Möbius series has won the favor of the younger generation, inspiring more imagination and vitality across the social metaverse.
Nishan International Mayors' Dialogue held in Jining
JINING, China, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from GLOBAL TIMES ONLINE: The Nishan International Mayors' Dialogue, an important part of the Eighth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, was held on Sept 26 in Qufu, a county-level city in Jining, Shandong province. The event is designed to share successful experiences and cooperation opportunities in urban governance and showcase the developmental achievements and cultural charms of different cities. Themed under "City Image and Inclusiveness", the event gathered representatives and diplomatic envoys from more than 40 of Shandong's international sister cities in over 20 countries via online and offline channels. Sister city relations are an important channel for friendly exchanges between local cities and people at home and abroad, said Li Xikui, vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. "In the face of a diverse world culture, representatives of sister cities from around the world have gathered in Nishan to form a consensus on peace and development through dialogues and exchanges. This highlights the significance and value of the Nishan forum," Li said. As a pivotal point in the New Eurasian Land Bridge economic corridor and the cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, Shandong has been an important place for foreign trade and cultural exchanges since ancient times. Since the establishment of the first international sister city relationship in 1979, Shandong has established 612 pairs of sister cities and friendly cooperative relations with 93 countries. The list of 11 pairs of international sister cities established by Shandong this year and the overseas project of "Window of Shandong" were also released at the event.
Confucius festival, world civilizations forum open in Jining
JINING, China, Sept. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from GLOBAL TIMES ONLINE: The opening ceremony for 2022 China (Qufu) International Confucius Cultural Festival and the eighth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations was held in Qufu, a county-level city in Jining, Shandong province on Sept 27, attracting more than 600 professors, experts and foreign envoys across the world to attend online and offline. The Confucius thoughts, created by Chinese great thinker Kongzi 2,573 years ago, contributed greatly to the development of Chinese civilization and world civilizations, said Hu Heping, minister of Culture and Tourism of China, in a video during the ceremony. He added that the annual Nishan forum has played an important role in promoting Confucianism with a series of culture activities. This year's forum, under the theme of "Diversity of Human Civilizations and Common Values of Mankind", focused on global common topics such as the protection of human cultural heritage, innovation and development of culture and exchanges of human civilization. From the perspective of Confucianism, China would like to propose Chinese wisdom and solutions to build a community with shared future for mankind, Hu added. Li Ganjie, Party secretary of Shandong, said in his speech that the fine Chinese culture and tradition provides rich content for the Chinese version of modernization. As the home province of Confucius and an important source of Chinese traditional culture, Shandong will work hard to promote the creative development of fine traditional Chinese culture, create a highland for exchanges between civilizations and explore ways for culture inheritance to make contributions for promoting the common values of mankind, Li added. "I subscribe to the world famous cultural giant Confucius whose birthplace the Nishan Forum on World Civilizations is named after and who believes in the equality and education of all people," Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said in a video at the ceremony, adding that the spirit of Nishan civilization is alive and active between Solomon Islands and China. The eighth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, which will last until Sept 28, features more than 40 activities, including keynote speeches, high-level dialogues and interviews with ministers and diplomats. The Nishan World Intellectual Businessmen Culture Forum was also launched for the first time.