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South Korean singer and TV personality Kim Jong Kook joins time-sharing platform MiaoA International

BEIJING, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Time-sharing platform MiaoA International announced on January 18, 2018 that popular South Korean singer and TV personality Kim Jong Kook has joined the platform, giving fans an opportunity to interact directly with the superstar. Fans can now participate in a meeting with Kim via the platform. MiaoA International also has been in talks on partnerships with a dozen well-known international celebrities. Kim said that he was very excited to be working with MiaoA International and to provide direct access to his fans who can buy a block of time for a face-to-face meeting via the platform. The time-sharing model is an interesting innovation, and even more so when looked at from a global perspective. Kim said he was excited by the prospect of being a part of that innovation. As China's internet traffic and resources are dominated by Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (BAT), China's most successful and influential internet companies, MiaoA International is taking the lead in establishing a strong footprint via a time-sharing platform spurred by cutting-edge technologies. Current trends all indicate that an era of time-sharing is coming, led by the world's leading celebrities. Time-sharing caters to fans' hunger for a higher level of emotional and intellectual satisfaction Fast growth in internet technologies and the wide adoption of smart devices over the last several years have led to significant changes in the lifestyle of consumers, who are constantly eager for better products and services. As a result, segments including culture, entertainment and sports have witnessed an increasing number of business opportunities. Among a variety of new business models, time-sharing draws the most attention, as it provides a solution to the conundrum of how to please the fan base of the world's biggest stars who have millions upon millions of fans. Such a model of creativity-based value creation is expected to get more funding. Everything including time has its own value. Based on the definition of value, people spend their time on different activities over the course of a day. When the future value that is attributed to something outweighs current value, people are willing to pay a price to get this "something" in advance, leading to value addition in the process of exchange. The value addition is the sale of time value. This concept of time management is the basic principle behind MiaoA International's time sharing model. Fans can join offline events organized for Kim's fans when buying a block of time on MiaoA International. Why did MiaoA International choose Kim as its partner from a large roster of South Korean entertainment stars? That's thanks to Kim's role as a charming leader in the South Korean entertainment community for over 20 years. Kim started his career in the entertainment community when he joined the Turbo band as lead singer in 1995. He launched his first solo album Renaissance in 2001. He won the coveted music awards from South Korea's three major TV stations, SBS, KBS and MBC, in 2005 with his hot song You Are Loveable, becoming the second singer in the country to earn the title of "Triple Crown Champion" following Cho Yong Pil who did so 22 years earlier. Kim won the 21st Golden Disk Awards with his album Letter in 2006, released his seventh solo album Journey Home in 2012, served as one of the resident hosts on Running Man, a well-known reality show in South Korea, in 2014, and participated in the first season of China Central Television (CCTV)'s culture-focused reality show Ding Ge Long Dong Qiang, which was broadcast on CCTV3 in 2015. Based on what fans say about him, Kim has been instrumental in changing the overall impression of South Korean male stars who are typically viewed as being handsome but lacking in any actual competence. The courage to take on challenges, the competence as both a professional singer and actor and the authenticity of character that Kim has demonstrated throughout his career that spans two decades are fully consistent with MiaoA International's philosophy of delivering and increasing value by managing time. Time-sharing is a model of value creation inspired by creativity The entertainment industry has seen its complete value chain reconstructed to some extent, thanks to advantage of internet+, a term that originated in China and refers to the application of the internet and other information technology in conventional industries. The emergence of new models and new ecosystems has further spurred the development of the entertainment industry and extended the ecosystem's value. Given the sharing economy, which is defined as an economic system in which assets or services are shared between private individuals, either free or for a fee, MiaoA International has helped the entertainment industry attract more attention via time sharing. From the perspective of creativity leading to value creation, the emergence of time-sharing platform MiaoA International is inevitable. Idols need almost constant public exposure, so that fans are always up to date on current developments and upcoming plans, while fans welcome the increased number of means by which they can enhance their understanding of and get closer to their idols. Moving from one-directional performance to face-to-face communication: changing the traditional means of communication between fans and idols and providing an opportunity for face-to-face interaction rather than limiting fans to watching their idols' performances on TV, in a movie or via an entertainment program; Making idols feel more reachable among fans: idols want to get closer to their fans, to feel on an equal footing with them and be able to interact with them as one human being to another rather than feeling superior and standing on a pedestal above them. This change in attitude enhances their popularity. Switching from scheduled communications to constant interaction: the platform overcomes the limitations imposed by scheduled communications, facilitating first-time interaction between fans and idols, allowing for the possibility of more interactions in the future. Communications between people, cities and even countries depend heavily on culture and economy. The high popularity of time-sharing platform MiaoA International is testament to the accuracy of this business rule: internet-based advanced technologies, the participation of the public or a celebrity's fans, a philosophy that recognizes the unique value, a better user experience, efficient allocation and distribution of funds and resources, and a redefinition of the objective and ownership. The sharing economy typically refers to the sharing of a vehicle, a power bank, or an umbrella in an urban setting. MiaoA International's time sharing philosophy and related products reflect the sharing of resources in relation to time value. The success of the emerging sector represented by MiaoA International and based on the principle of sustainable development is bound to influence today's lifestyles. Media contact Li Bin Cell: +86-138-1123-9995 Email: libin2009_good@126.com View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/south-korean-singer-and-tv-personality-kim-jong-kook-joins-time-sharing-platform-miaoa-international-300585608.html

Star Cruises Transforms SuperStar Gemini into Floating Hotel in Sanya

Celebrate Chinese New Year on board from 7-16 February with special offers and programs SANYA, China, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Cruises, "The Most Popular Cruise Line in Asia", will transform SuperStar Gemini into a floating hotel from 7 to 16 February 2018 at Sanya Phoenix Island International Port, where guests can experience a unique Chinese New Year through a selection of special offers and programs. Star Cruises Transforms SuperStar Gemini into Floating Hotel in Sanya Sanya Phoenix Island, also known as the "Dubai of the Orient," is located at the center of the Sunshine Coast of Sanya Bay Resort, one of the top international island resorts integrating dining, entertainment, leisure, vacation and retail. Guests can not only take in the futuristic man-made landscape of the island but also the breathtaking natural environment of Southern Hainan Island. "As a pioneer of the cruise industry in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises is committed to developing unique products for travelers in the region. In response to market demands, Star Cruises is now introducing the first-ever Floating Hotel concept in Sanya to provide a unique holiday experience with inclusive dining and entertainment, for a new and exciting way for guests to usher in the Chinese New Year," said Mr. Ang Moo Lim, President of Star Cruises. For the holidays, guests on board SuperStar Gemini can enjoy exclusive access to a series of festive programs including a romantic Candlelight Valentine's Day Dinner at Sea, Lunar New Year Reunion Dinner at Sea, world-class arts and magic performances, Junior Cruiser Program and Senior Cruiser Program, all on complimentary basis. Recognized as The Best Culinary Team in the Asian cruise industry, Star Cruises' chefs will tantalize palates on SuperStar Gemini via 11 signature restaurants, such as the Taipan Chinese Restaurant featuring traditional Chinese cuisine, Bella Vista Western Restaurant serving Eastern and Western delicacies, Champ's Bar offering an open-air poolside experience, as well as The Oceana Barbecue Restaurant with International cuisine and barbecue buffet. In celebration of Valentine's Day and the Lunar New Year, Candlelight Dinner at Sea and the Chinese New Year Reunion Dinner at Sea menus will be available for guests to mark these special occasions. Guests will also thrill to SuperStar Gemini's signature world-class entertainment and amenities, including the dynamic stage production Circus; a Magic Show by Ezker Emparanza, one of Spain's top magicians; a comedy show by Fabulous Chan; and more - all showcased at the Stardust Lounge with seating for over 600 guests. Star Cruises Transforms SuperStar Gemini into Floating Hotel in Sanya Kids and seniors will also have plenty to keep themselves occupied with the Junior Cruisers Program of eight children's activities including the Little Chef's Workshop and Little Pajama Party, while young sports enthusiasts can enroll in a special sports day at sea and compete in soccer games, swimming challenge, novelty races and more. The Senior Cruisers Program for golden-aged guests will be highlighted by tai chi classes by Jack Ma's former instructor, Salsa dance lessons, Spring Festival calligraphy workshops and more. After a long day of fun-filled activities, everyone can unwind at the Karaoke Lounge to belt out a tune or two or hit the gym and spa at the King Neptune Health Club for a relaxing option. A spectacular countdown party will be held on the open deck on Lunar New Year's eve for families and friends to welcome the New Year under the stars. Measuring 230 meters long and 29 meters wide, and weighing in at 50,764 gross tonnes, the 13-deck SuperStar Gemini features 765 exquisite suites and staterooms that can comfortably house up to 1,530 guests – with accommodations ranging from Executive Suites for a special luxury holiday to Balcony and Oceanview Staterooms for unparalleled views of the South China Seas. Star Cruises Transforms SuperStar Gemini into Floating Hotel in Sanya SuperStar Gemini's Floating Hotel Package starts from RMB500 per night, inclusive of daily buffet breakfast for two, complimentary access to world-class entertainment shows, fitness club and swimming pool, as well as thematic activities including the Junior Cruisers Program and Senior Cruisers Program. About SuperStar Gemini SuperStar Gemini, at 50,764-grt, is 230m long, 29m wide and its average cruising speed is 18kn. The 13-storey SuperStar Gemini offers 765 cabins with 1,530 lower berths. The full range facilities include 11 restaurants and bars, offering a range of cuisines for all palates, a spacious shopping area, well-equipped health club, spa & beauty salon and many more. The endless entertainment programs onboard, including quality production show and magic shows, guarantee spectacular cruising experience to families, friends and youths. About Star Cruises Star Cruises is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality corporation. A pioneer in the Asia Pacific cruise industry, Star Cruises has been operating its fleet since 1993, taking on the bold initiative to grow the region as an international cruise destination with a fleet of six vessels including SuperStar Virgo, SuperStar Libra, SuperStar Gemini, SuperStar Aquarius, Star Pisces and The Taipan. Star Cruises' commitment in offering best-in-class services and facilities is reflected in a host of recognitions and accolades received over the years. These include being inducted into the prestigious Travel Trade Gazette's "Travel Hall of Fame" for the tenth consecutive year in 2017 in recognition of winning "Best Cruise Operator in the Asia-Pacific" for 10 consecutive years. Star Cruises was also recently voted "Asia's Leading Cruise Line" at the World Travel Awards for the sixth year in a row in 2017. Official website:        http://www.starcruises.com  WeChat:                   "SCTA-HK"Facebook:                www.facebook.com/starcruises Instagram:                http://www.instagram.com/starcruisesasia Twitter:                     www.twitter.com/starcruisesasia   On Star Cruises, every journey is a voyage of discovery and surprise. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180122/2037576-1-a Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180122/2037576-1-b Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20180122/2037576-1-c    

NQ Mobile Inc. Announces Proposal to Rebrand and Change Name to Link Motion Inc.

Company will hold Extraordinary General Meeting on Feb. 27, 2018 BEIJING, Jan. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NQ Mobile Inc. ("NQ Mobile" or the "Company"), a leading smart car and smart ride company, today announced that its board of directors has approved a rebranding effort around its new focus as a smart car and smart ride company.  In conjunction with this rebranding, the Company proposes to change its name from "NQ Mobile Inc." to "Link Motion Inc." and change its ticker from "NQ" to "LKM."   The Company will hold an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders at the office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, 42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong on February 27, 2018 at 9 a.m. (Beijing Time).  Holders of record of common shares of the Company at the close of business on January 29, 2018 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the extraordinary general meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Holders of the Company's American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") who wish to exercise their voting rights for the underlying common shares must act through the depositary of the Company's ADS program, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas. The purpose of the extraordinary general meeting is for the Company's shareholders to consider, and if thought fit, approve the change of the Company's legal name from "NQ Mobile Inc." to "Link Motion Inc." and to change the ticker from "NQ" to "LKM."  The notice of the extraordinary general meeting, which sets forth the resolutions to be submitted to shareholder approval at the meeting, is available on the Investor Relations section of the company's website at http://ir.nq.com. With this new branding and name change, Link Motion Inc. ("Link Motion"), will strive to redefine the value and significance the vehicle has in people's lives through a smart ride service that enables the passengers to utilize their riding time in any way they desire. The core product offering of the smart car platform is the Link Motion Carputer Platform.  The carputer platform is a technology-enabling platform that brings the software-defined car capabilities to car makers.  The carputer integrates software and hardware solutions and addresses the performance needs for security, entertainment, display, telematics, driving services, among other applications.  At the CES Conference in Las Vegas on January 10, 2018, Link Motion also introduced the next generation carputer platform, the CarBrain, which will fully support and integrate with artificial intelligence and blockchain applications and technologies. The Smart Ride business will link drivers and riders together by utilizing smart cars which will ultimately be powered by Link Motion's CarBrain platform.  This ride sharing business will provide riders and drivers with a differentiated set of services and applications in a connected and intelligent "Smart Space" service and car.  The Company's mission will be to help passengers enjoy their riding time by smart space services and passenger-centric smart cars.  This smart ride service will be rolled out during the summer.  "NQ Mobile was founded for the smartphone era, "said Dr. Vincent Wenyong Shi, Chairman of NQ Mobile Inc. "Link Motion is positioned for the future smart car revolution.  Just as smartphones became far more valuable to people than basic communication devices the automated, intelligent car will never just be a vehicle for getting from Point A to Point B in the future. The future of mobile computing infrastructure is the smart car and the smart ride service offerings that enable passengers to utilize the space and time in these vehicles. We are moving forward into this future with Link Motion." An investor presentation with more information about the new smart ride and smart car business can be found at the website http://www.ir.nq.com. About NQ Mobile Inc. NQ Mobile Inc. (NYSE: NQ) is a leading smart ride business. NQ Mobile's portfolio of offerings includes enabling technology solutions and secure connected carputers for the ecosystem of car businesses, consumer ride sharing services, as well as legacy mobile security, productivity and other related applications. For more information on NQ Mobile, please visit http://www.nq.com.  Forward Looking Statements This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates, but involve a number of unknown risks and uncertainties. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. Investor Relations: NQ Mobile Inc.Email: investors@nq.com Phone: +1 469 310 5281Phone: +86 10 6452 2017Twitter: @NQMobileIR View original content:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nq-mobile-inc-announces-proposal-to-rebrand-and-change-name-to-link-motion-inc--company-will-hold-extraordinary-general-meeting-on-feb-27-2018-300585748.html

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The Belt and Road

B&R adds 200,000 foreign jobs

China's outbound investment in economies participating in the Belt and Road Initiative climbed to some US$70 billion between 2014 and 2017, providing more than 200,000 jobs for local people, according to a former top government official. Zhang Xiaoqiang, former vice-­chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, made the comments at a recent forum. He said the initiative also saw China's foreign trade with Belt & Road­-related economies hit more than $4 trillion between 2014 and 2017. In 2017 alone, the figure hit $1.1 trillion, accounting for 26.5 percent of the country's total. The Belt and Road Initiative, referring to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, was initiated by President Xi Jinping in 2013, to promote economic cooperation among economies along the proposed Belt and Road routes, and further open markets in a mutually beneficial manner. Speaking at the forum organized by the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, former vice­-minister of foreign affairs He Yafei reiterated that he believes the initiative will surely succeed and make the world a better place to live because it represents the future. "The initiative helps to create a fairer and more just environment for people the world over to overcome the mounting difficulties facing globalization," he said. Singaporean Ambassador to China Stanley Loh encouraged all economies, including the United States, to join the initiative in their own manner. People should transform the Belt and Road Initiative from a China­-proposed project into a common project benefiting all, he said. Piriya Khempon, ambassador of Thailand to China, said the initiative will help Thailand and other developing countries to improve their infrastructure and well­-being, and help them overcome the middle-­income trap. "It is going to be a common concept for everyone to join," said Khempon. "The UN, people from the West, people from Africa and Asia, are all invited to come and express their ownership." Leonidas C. Rokanas, ambassador of Greece to China, said that now is the best time in Sino­-Greek relations. He added Greece will use its unique advantages in ancient civilization, geographic location and top brain power to better connect Greece, China and the rest of the world. "We are collaborating with China in green energy and telecommunication," Rokanas said, adding, "Going forward, there are a lot of sectors that are very promising for cooperation, such as the maritime sector." Jose Luis Bernal, Mexican ambassador to China, said that although the North American country is not a direct participant in the initiative because of geographical factors, it has been getting involved from the very beginning. "Now we are seeing more investments coming to different sectors, like infrastructures projects, energy and manufacturing," Bernal said. (CHINA DAILY)

2018-01-22

China-UK business leaders explore Belt and Road opportunities

‍China's Belt and Road Initiative has been a topic of much discussion among over 200 British and Chinese business leaders who attended the "UK-China Economic and Trade Forum" in London Thursday. The Belt and Road Initiative was one major focus area. But the big question is: How should the UK attract and manage Chinese trade and investment after Brexit? Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, speaks at the forum in the City of London’s Guildhall hosted by the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK. As the UK is set to leave the EU next year, it is seeking to forge new trade deals with the rest of the world. The Belt and Road Initiative may well have a major influence on the shape of post-Brexit Britain. During a visit to Beijing last year, Chancellor Philip Hammond stressed that the UK can be China's natural partner in delivering related infrastructure and supporting the necessary finances, design, and delivery. The forum was hosted by the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK, a prominent business association also known as CCCUK. "UK will continue to be very focused in terms of Belt and Road. This is why the UK institutions are very interested in the Belt and Road Initiative," said Jinny Yan, Chief China Economist at ICBC Standard Bank. "If they are successful in terms of engaging relevant initiatives and institutions, then this will boost the economic growth in the longer term. This is one of the key focus points of the UK government because it is in fact going to be a propeller of the growth of UK economy, particularly after Brexit." The forum is attended by around 200 British and Chinese government representatives and business leaders. The UK is already participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. The government announced it would provide funding of 25 billion pounds (34.65 billion US dollars) to support the initiative early this year, while former Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a 750-million-pound Belt and Road investment fund. "From a UK prospective, it is not only about seizing these quick wins. It is very important that later aspect as well, building relationship with China for longer term," said Gerard Lyons, former chief economic adviser to the mayor of London and chief economic strategist at Netwealth Investments. The forum features keynote speakers including Liu Xiaoming, China's ambassador to the UK. The UK is already participating in the Belt and Road Initiative. The government announced it would provide funding of 25 billion pounds (34.65 billion US dollars) to support the initiative early this year, while former Prime Minister David Cameron will lead a 750-million-pound Belt and Road investment fund. "From a UK prospective, it is not only about seizing these quick wins. It is very important that later aspect as well, building relationship with China for longer term," said Gerard Lyons, former chief economic adviser to the mayor of London and chief economic strategist at Netwealth Investments. (CGTN)

2018-01-20