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the 2021 china international service trade fair (service trade fair) will be held in beijing from september 2nd to 7th. meanwhile, the global service trade summit will be held on september 2. president xi jinping will deliver a speech at the global service trade summit via video.

as one of the three major exhibition platforms for china's opening to the outside world, the service trade fair has become a leading event in the field of global service trade, and is a close link between china and the world. people from many countries and the media expressed that they look forward to the 2021 service trade fair that will continue to provide opportunities for all parties to deepen cooperation, build consensus, and promote global economic recovery in the post-epidemic era.

"service trade fair has become an important global platform"

this year, the service trade fair will host 5 summit forums, 193 forum meetings and promotion and negotiation activities, as well as 8 side events. more than 10,000 companies from 153 countries and regions have registered to participate in the exhibition, and the world's top 500 and industry-leading companies accounted for 18%, an increase of 9 percentage points from the previous time. the heads of exhibitors and enterprises said that the increase in the attractiveness of the service trade fair stems from china's open cooperation environment and broad development prospects.

tang zhimin, director of the china-asean studies center of the chia university school of management in thailand, said that this year's service trade fair will cover all major areas of service trade, build a platform and provide opportunities for international service trade cooperation, and will inject impetus into the development of global service trade.

"during the service trade fair in 2020, we participated in the winter sports special exhibition, and the response was very good." thomas tajuman, general manager of the czech ski brand alpine china market, said that many european brands have gained more cooperation opportunities through the service trade fair. . "as the beijing winter olympics approach, china's ice and snow sports market will usher in rapid growth. this is a good development opportunity for us."

zvi schiller, chairman of the israel robotics association, said that many professionals and investors are expected to participate in this service trade fair. china has a huge market and strong manufacturing capabilities, and the association is considering establishing a joint r&d center with china.

the panamanian "star" published an article that panama regards the service trade fair as an important boost to the global economic recovery in the post-epidemic era. mark garcia, senior regional consultant of lixin certified public accountants in panama business consulting company, believes that the trade in service is an excellent opportunity to promote cooperation between panama and china in the field of digital economy services. "the service trade fair can allow foreign investors to better understand china, as well as the service trade support and facilitation measures china provides, which will further enhance investors' confidence in long-term investment in china."

"china has become a major trading partner of many countries. the holding of the service trade fair not only conveys to the world china's confidence in opening up to the outside world, but also promotes trade exchanges between china and other economies and builds an important platform for exchanges and cooperation. "brazil business leaders organization china chairman everton monezi said.

wesley douglas, director of the african carbon exchange, is very pleased to see that this year's service trade will include carbon peaking and carbon neutrality as a key issue. “the service trade fair has become an important global platform, and this platform is helpful for solving global problems.” he said that china has provided an important reference for developing countries to practice green development, and african countries have a strong desire for green economic development. , there is an urgent need for related investment and technology introduction. africa and china have great potential for cooperation in these areas.

"digital technology brings hope to the future"

in his speech at the 2020 service trade conference global service trade summit, president xi jinping emphasized that it is necessary to comply with the development trend of digitalization, networking, and intelligence, and work together to eliminate the "digital divide" and promote the digitalization of service trade. the theme of this year's service trade fair is "digital opens up the future, service promotes development". visitors will experience various innovative service products and the latest technologies provided by domestic and foreign enterprises through the service trade fair. in particular, new services centered on the digital economy have received widespread attention from the international community.

yukio kajida, a professor at chuo university in japan, said that in the post-epidemic era, the importance of the digital economy has become more and more prominent. governments and enterprises of various countries are actively promoting the development of the digital economy, and china is at the forefront of this field. this year's service trade fair uses "digitalization" as a key word, which will help promote cooperation and exchanges between global companies in the new situation, and further contribute to global technological innovation, economic development and improvement of people's lives. trade in services will become an important force to promote the recovery of the world economy.

everton monezi said that china’s experience in promoting the application of electronic payment technology is worth learning from latin america. latin american countries are starting to revitalize their economies in order to achieve long-term sustainable development. the service trade fair provides a high-level platform for cooperation between latin america and china, allowing more high-quality latin american companies to enter the chinese market and contribute to the recovery of the world economy.

"digital technology brings hope to the future." susanna gutkovska, acting chief representative of the beijing office of the polish national tourism administration, said that this year's "cloud showroom" at the service trade fair provided them with the opportunity to contact and communicate with their chinese partners. an opportunity for chinese tourists to issue invitations. poland's primorsky province and warsaw tourism organization set up booths in the yunshang exhibition hall to attract visitors. the holding of the service trade fair will help the recovery of the global tourism industry.

karl fei, a professor at the business school of aalto university in finland, believes that china has accumulated a lot of experience in the development of the digital economy. for example, the government provides policy support for enterprises, revitalizes the domestic market for digital services, and supports and encourages innovative companies in this field. share and discuss these experiences with all parties at the service trade conference.

"it is of great significance to the recovery of the world economy"

according to data from the ministry of commerce of china, despite the impact of the epidemic, china's total service imports and exports in 2020 will still exceed rmb 4.5 trillion. in the first half of this year, the added value of china's service industry reached 29.6 trillion yuan, accounting for 55.7% of gdp, providing strong support for the high-quality development of service trade. international sources said that under the background of economic globalization, china's economy is open and inclusive, opening its doors to embrace companies from all over the world, and will contribute wisdom and strength to the deepening of global service trade and investment cooperation.

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as the guest country of this year's service and trade fair, ireland has not only set up exhibition areas for investment, food, health, education, etc., it will also show the unique charm of ireland through ethnic dance performances and movies. four institutions including the irish food board, the trade and technology board, the investment development board, and the tourism board will appear together on the stage of the service trade fair for the first time. fenbar cleary, vice president of the irish-china science and technology exchange association, said that china's total service trade imports may reach us$10 trillion in the next 15 years, which contains huge market opportunities.

mohamed farahart, director of the egyptian pyramid politics and strategic research center, said that the service and trade will build a sound framework for international cooperation, create a healthier business and investment environment, help establish a new operating structure and trade network, and promote service trade. , investment and capital flow.

lu yaoqun, director of the institute of governance and sustainable development of the national university of singapore business school, said that the service trade association is an excellent platform to promote the development of free trade and common prosperity between china, asia and the rest of the world. the service trade association once again confirmed china's long-term commitment to the idea of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

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    tang zhimin said that open and inclusive service trade is also an important part of the regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement. china has used practical actions to create an open and inclusive environment for cooperation through the holding of service trade fairs and china international import expo. "under the current economic situation, china insists on expanding its opening up to the outside world and leading global cooperation. these measures are of great significance to the recovery of the world economy."

    hanat besek, president of the china association for the promotion of trade in kazakhstan, said that china’s opening to the outside world has evolved from the initial policy preferences to the current institutional opening, which not only benefits the chinese people, but also contributes to the economic development of neighboring countries. significant driving effect.

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    Dodd Mead & Co. (New York, US)
    Series dates: 1941-1970, 1975-2005
    Size: 6″ x 8.5″

    A long-running Dodd Mead series, first issued in 1941 and published through 1970. The series seems to have been redesigned in the mid-1970s and published for another few decades. The series was aimed at the juvenile market, but the titles were typical 19th and 20th-century classics. Some titles were abridged.

    Jacket designs are revised over time, the earliest seems to be the design below, common to the series, for David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. This book contains a copyright date of 1943 but could have been a later reprint. The series name is prominent on the jacket spine and front. The price ($3.50) is on the front jacket flap.

    The back of the jacket lists titles “In this new series.” Around the World in Eighty Days is advertised on the rear jacket flap. 74 titles are listed, all published between 1941 and 1947 (thus 1947 might be the printing year of this particular book).


    The jacket above lists 74 titles, which were published between 1941 and 1947. 44 more titles were added between 1948 and 1970. The series was redesigned and reissued in 1975. I may have missed a few titles, but at least 118 titles were published in the series between 1941 and 1970 (as listed below, which includes the list from the jacket and additional titles added after the jacket catalog was printed).

    “IN THIS NEW SERIES, the world’s great novels are supplemented and enhanced by illustrations, captions and introductions, giving the reader the fascinating background of the author, his works and his era. The timeless quality of great literature, the historic illustrations and the large, readable type combine to make this growing series the foremost library of its kind.”

    Adam Bede, by Eliot
    Afloat and Ashore, by Cooper
    Arabian Nights
    Around the World in Eighty Days, by Verne
    Barnaby Rudge, by Dickens
    Ben Hur, by Wallace
    The Black Arrow, by Stevenson
    Black Beauty, by Sewell
    Bleak House, by Dickens
    Christmas Tales, by Dickens
    The Cloister and the Hearth, by Reade
    The Cruise of the Cachalot, by Bullen
    David Copperfield, by Dickens
    The Deerslayer, by Cooper
    Dombey and Son, by Dickens
    Famous Tales of Sherlock Holmes, by Doyle
    Great Expectations, by Dickens
    Green Mansions, by Hudson
    Gulliver’s Travels, by Swift
    Henry Esmond, by Thackeray
    The House of the Seven Gables, by Hawthorne
    Huckleberry Finn, by Clemens
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Hugo
    Ivanhoe, by Scott
    Jane Eyre, by Bronte
    A Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by Verne
    Kenilworth, by Scott
    Kidnapped, by Stevenson
    King Arthur, by Malory
    The Last Days of Pompeii, by Bulwer Lytton
    The Last of the Mohicans, by Cooper
    Little Dorrit, by Dickens
    Lorna Doone, by Blackmore
    The Man in the Iron Mask, by Dumas
    Martin Chuzzlewit, by Dickens
    The Moonstone, by Collins
    The Mysterious Island, by Verne
    Nicholas Nickleby, by Dickens
    The Old Curiosity Shop, by Dickens
    Oliver Twist, by Dickens
    Our Mutual Friend, by Dickens
    The Pathfinder, by Cooper
    Pere Goriot, by Balzac
    Pickwick Papers, by Dicken&
    The Pilot, by Cooper
    The Pioneers, by Cooper
    The Prairie, by Cooper
    Pride and Prejudice, by Austen
    Quentin Durward, by Scott
    Quo Vadis, by Sienkiewicz
    The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories, by Crane
    The Return of the Native, by Hardy
    Robinson Crusoe, by Defoe
    The Scarlet Letter, by Hawthorne
    Sense and Sensibility, by Austen
    Silas Marner, by Eliot
    The Sketch Book, by Irving
    The Spy, by Cooper
    A Tale of Two Cities, by Dickens
    Tales, by Poe
    The Talisman, by Scott
    The Three Musketeers, by Dumas
    Tom Sawyer, by Clemens
    Treasure Island, by Stevenson
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Verne
    Twenty Years After, by Dumas
    Two Years Before the Mast, by Dana
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Stowe
    Vanity Fair, by Thackeray
    Walden, by Thoreau
    The Way of All Flesh, by Butler
    Westward Ho!, by Kingsley
    The Wreck of the Grosvenor, by Russell
    Wuthering Heights, by Bronte

    Additional titles:

    The Warden, and Barchester Towers, by Anthony Trollope (1948)
    Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1950)
    Pygmalion and other Plays, by Bernard Shaw (1957)
    Captains Courageous and Other Stories, by Rudyard Kipling (1959)
    The Odyssey, by Homer (1959)
    The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot (1960)
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain (1960)
    Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy (1960)
    The Call of the Wild, by Jack London (1960)
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other Famous Tales, by Robert Louis Stevenson (1961)
    The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales, by Bret Harte (1961)
    Emma, by Jane Austen (1961)
    Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad (1961)
    Short Novels, by Henry James (1961)
    Autobiography, by Benvenuto Cellini (1961)
    The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Du Bois (1961)
    From the Earth to the Moon, by Jules Verne (1962)
    The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle (1962)
    Kim, by Rudyard Kipling (1962)
    Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes (1962)
    Short Stories, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1962)
    Everybody’s Plutarch, by Plutarch (1962)
    Typhoon, and Other Tales of the Sea, by Joseph Conrad (1963)
    White Fang, and Other Stories, by Jack London (1963)
    The Autobiography, and Other Writings, by Benjamin Franklin (1963)
    The Oregon Trail, by Francis Parkman (1964)
    The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells (1964)
    The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1964)
    Up From Slavery, by Booker T Washington (1965)
    The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain (1965)
    Three Tragedies, by William Shakespeare (1965)
    Three Comedies, by William Shakespeare (1965)
    Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (1966)
    Three Histories, by William Shakespeare (1966)
    Five Tales, by Herman Melville (1967)
    The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding (1967)
    The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (1968)
    Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy (1968)
    Life on the Mississippi, by Mark Twain (1968)
    The Virginian, by Owen Wister (1968)
    The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle (1968)
    Histories II, by William Shakespeare (1968)
    Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert (1969)
    Dracula, by Bram Stoker (1970)


    The earliest bindings follow a design for what would have been thought of as a typical fine binding at mid-century, quarter bound with bars and filigree, bound to look just fine on a suburban living room bookshelf. A series colophon is printed on the front of the book with the initials GIC.

    The half-title page:

    A list of titles faces the title page.

    The copyright page includes copyright of 1943.

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    Are Great Illustrated Classics Great For Kids?

    There’s a bizarre song in Shirley Bogart’s Great Illustrated Classics version of H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine that, somehow, is sung by a character who is supposed to be mute. Despite the fact that her version it is billed as an adaptation, Bogart made up the song out of whole cloth. It’s sung by Weena, a character who is pretty much silent in Wells’s book but speaks and sings throughout Bogart’s adaptation. And Wells came to Bogart in a vision and told her to add a creepy song to his most famous work, she’s engaging in an egregious act of artistic vandalism. Thankfully, most of the 65 other titles in the Great Illustrated Classics series don’t contain such dramatic alterations. Instead, they simplify the language and illustrate the action in order to make classic works easier for young readers to understand.

    This brings us to a question that parents need answering: Even if they are relatively faithful to the originals, are these simplified, illustrated versions of classic works actually good for young readers?

    There are two main schools of thought. Yes, because, as the publisher says,  the books “encourage skill development in boys and girls at various reading levels.” In other words, they are tools for building literacy even if they don’t qualify as literature. The other viewpoint sees them as hollow simulacra of the original works that do a disservice to their young readers by removing what makes the classics classic in the first place. (This is likely the view of the enterprising prankster who listed “I. Dummitdown” as a co-author on many of the books in the series on Amazon.)

    To understand the debate it’s worth examining a more typical Great Illustrated Classics treatment, Moby Dick, also adapted by Bogart. At the beginning of Melville’s novel, Ishmael is experiencing “a damp, drizzly November in my soul” and it seems as though he is “bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet.” He’s really bummed.

    Melville’s language has a rhythm, commas, and semicolons both separating and connecting vivid descriptions. Reading it you don’t just know what’s happening in Ishmael’s heart, you feel it.

    The parallel phrase from the Great Illustrated Classics edition is “whenever life got me down.” The writing is far less emotive, but for young readers, it is much easier to understand. Is this a good thing or is the loss of Melville’s language not worth it?

    Both arguments have merit. The determining factor seems to be how much guidance young readers receive when they are introduced to the series.

    Literacy expert Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, thinks that books like those in the Great Illustrated Classics series do have the potential to be useful tools.

    “I think it is great that kids get exposed to classical literature, even if it is not as fully realized as a more traditional version,” Shanahan said. “We want kids to know myths and how stories are told. There are particular tales and characters that we want them to know.”

    Like the TV series Wishbone, the Great Illustrated Classics series introduces kids to stories they should know to be culturally competent. Kids who read Great Illustrated Classics will know which ghosts visit Ebenezer Scrooge, see where Phileas Fogg travels, and understand the humiliation of a hungry Oliver Twist. One important caveat: the series skews heavily towards Western, white, male authors.

    The illustrations help too. A 2016 study from Hamline University found that language learners performed better on both short- and long-term memory-based assessments when they read a graphic novel version of a story as opposed to a text-only version. Another study by a Japanese researcher showed that reading a graphic version of a story leads to better understanding of a text-only version read afterwards.

    Then there’s the fact that most kids can’t read the full version of these texts anyways according to Lexile scoring, which Shanahan calls a “well-validated scheme for placing texts on a continuum of difficulty.”

    The unabridged version of Ivanhoe has a Lexile score of 1410L; the Great Illustrated Classics version has a Lexile score of 990L. For context, the company behind Lexile recommends sixth graders read books between 690L and 1160L. So, the average sixth grader would likely find the unabridged version too difficult to get through and the Great Illustrated Classics edition well within their abilities.

    However, reading an easier retelling of a complex text doesn’t allow the reader to do the difficult but rewarding work of comprehension.

    “The presentation form is less like the materials one reads in college or the workplace,” Shanahan said, “so the reading practice wouldn’t be as beneficial as reading a more traditional version.”

    In another study cited by Shanahan, high school students who read the graphic versions of a work finished in less than half the time. That is simply a lot less time spent practicing reading, which isn’t great.

    So what is a literary-minded parent to do? An outright ban on Great Illustrated Classics seems misguided. If your kid is an avid reader, chances are you won’t be able to keep them from picking one up, and they are useful for building knowledge of important works of culture. Your job as a parent is to make sure your kids know that longer, more rewarding versions of those stories exist and that they are worth experience even if your kid has already read the Great Illustrated Classic edition.

    “It is wise to make sure the kids know there are more elaborated versions that they might want to read someday,” said Shanahan. “Not a bad idea to plant those seeds.”

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