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Jackie Chan Stunt Team opens international training camp

2024-06-15 22:33 Last Updated At:23:47

The Jackie Chan Stunt Team (JCST), a group of stuntmen and martial artists led by the prolific Hong Kong actor, director, producer and more, opened a training camp for aspiring international action film talents in Beijing on Friday.

The camp gathered 30 action film professionals from around the world for eight days of training by experienced JCST members.

The camp is also to facilitate exchanges of new ideas, according to the JCST.

"When we were filming abroad, many foreigners would come to the site and they were actually very interested in our action movements. We hope to build such a bridge for exchanges beyond film through this international camp. Likewise, their presence could also bring us some new ideas of theirs. So I think we should be a place for mutual learning and promotion through these activities," said He Jun, a fifth generation JCST member.

Members of the JCST, who are action directors, stuntmen and fight choreographers, will assume the role of masters for the trainees in the camp. They say they hope to share all of their professional knowledge and experience accumulated through years with their students.

"This international training camp focuses on trainings with special traits of the JCST. In addition to martial arts, we will also have some skills training related to Jackie Chan's style. Our movies are diversified. We may combine costume drama, traditional opera, dance, parkour, MMA and some current competitive sports in our comprehensive training, which could in fact be very useful for them in filmmaking," said Han Guanhua, another fifth generation JCST member.

Founded in the 1970s, the Jackie Chan Stunt Team (JCST) gathered generations of outstanding action film professionals both Chinese and foreign. Many members who worked in Chan's films have gone on to have prolific careers, such as the late Bradley Allan, whose works included Wonder Woman, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the Kingsman movies.

Jackie Chan Stunt Team opens international training camp

Jackie Chan Stunt Team opens international training camp

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China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

2024-07-18 18:36 Last Updated At:19:07

The total import and export value of goods in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region grew by 48.4 percent year on year, reaching 200 billion yuan (about 27.56 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2024.

This robust growth is attributed to the high-level opening up of Xinjiang, which has advanced connectivity between China and other countries, the prominent role played by the grand channels to the west, and optimized foreign trade methods.

In the first half of the year, Xinjiang traded with 205 countries and regions. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan topped the list of trade partners, with growth rates of 45.8 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.

Data shows that the volume of imports and exports through Xinjiang's ports reached 39.338 million tons, marking an 11.9 percent increase. According to railway authorities, 4,691 China-Europe Railway Express trains and 3,055 China-Asia Railway Express trains passed through the Alashankou and Khorgos ports, reflecting year-on-year growth rates of 10.1 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.

Additionally, the import and export volumes by road, water, rail, and air transport in Xinjiang increased by 14.8 percent, 257.2 percent, 62.4 percent, and 18 percent, respectively.

The pilot free trade zones and comprehensive bonded zones have become important engines driving Xinjiang's foreign trade.

In the first half of the year, Xinjiang's free trade zones (FTZs) had a combined import and export value of 72.82 billion yuan (about 10.03 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 33 percent of the total value of Xinjiang's foreign trade.

During the same period, the total import and export value of the four bonded zones in Kashgar, Khorgos, Alashankou, and Urumqi reached 95.39 billion yuan (about 13.14 billion U.S. dollars), up by 58.1 percent, accounting for 43.2 percent of the region's trade.

Cross-border small-volume trade, general trade, bonded logistics, and other trade modes have become more balanced, further optimizing the foreign trade structure.

China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

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