SHANGHAI Jordan Retro For Sale , Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai customs said Tuesday that it had seen a surge in imports from the United States from January to July this year.

Imports from the United States were worth 153 billion yuan (about 22 billion U.S. dollars), up 27.1 percent year on year, according to the customs. Marked growth was seen in imports of automobiles Jordan Shoes For Sale , pharmaceuticals and integrated circuits, the customs said.

Imports of U.S. automobiles were worth 16.25 billion yuan (about 2.3 billion U.S. dollars), up 20 percent. Pharmaceutical imports grew by 76.1 percent to reach 8.69 billion yuan (about 12 billion U.S. dollars).

The customs attributed the growth of imports to improved living standards in China and an aging society causing surge for demand in medicines.

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Mechanical parts, garments, textiles and furniture were the main exported goods.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese historical drama "True Friends", staged by the Beijing People's Art Theater, became a hit as the final play of the Alexandrinsky International Theater Festival in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

"True Friends" was chosen from a total of eight plays to become the closing show by the art-director of the Alexandrinsky Theater Valery Fokin, according to the Chinese drama's director Ren Ming. The theater thus became the 60th place where the drama had been staged.

"True Friends" actor Feng Yuanzhen noted that the foreign version of the show was slightly enriched with new "Asian-style" details, making the ancient story more exotic and modern.

The Chinese drama tells a story of Chinese poet Gu Zhenguan who tried to save his unfairly accused friend Zhao Qian.

Feng, on his stage debut in Russia, was glad that this performance could attract the attention of the Russian audience to the Chinese theater art.

Anna, a Russian university lecturer, told Xinhua that she had never seen any Chinese drama before. At the beginning, the play seemed very exotic, but the acting charmed her.

Boris, a theater musician, said he still couldn't completely understand the Chinese theater art, but in the technical aspect the show was flawless.

Maria, another spectator, praised the quality of the translation. "It's not only a very consistent translation, it also conveys a sense and emotions of the original text," she said.

In 2014, "Our Jing Ke" produced by the Beijing People's Art Theater became a great success in St. Petersburg. Last year, the Beijing People's Art Theater invited the Alexandrinsky to present the famous comedy "The Government Inspector" in China.

Ren Ming hopes that such exchanges will become a tradition that will promote cultural exchanges and dialogue between China and Russia.

The Annual Alexandrinsky International Theater Festival, hosted by the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, promotes the art of national theaters from various countries.

Students and rights groups plan to demonstrate at Stanford University's commencement on Sunday to express outrage over the 6-month jail sentence handed to a former student convicted of sexual assault on the California campus Mens Air Jordan Shoes For Sale , organizers said on Saturday.

UltraViolet, a women's rights group, said it commissioned a plane to fly over Stanford's Palo Alto campus just ahead of graduation ceremonies with a banner reading Mens Air Jordan For Sale , "Protect Survivors. Not Rapists. #PerskyMustGo."

The tag refers to Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who handed down what many consider to be an extraordinarily light sentence against former Stanford student-athlete Brock Turner, 20 Mens Jordan Retro Shoes For Sale , for his conviction in a 2015 sexual assault.

In addition, Stanford students said on social media that they planned to carry protest signs as they walk toward the prestigious university's commencement.

Protest organizers from UltraViolet have said online they want to see members of the Stanford community speak out against the sentence. The aim is to strike a blow against a culture on college campuses that they say discourages victims of sexual assault from coming forward.

Turner's sentencing on June 2 gained international attention after a detailed letter that the victim had read aloud in court was posted online. It describes the devastation the woman felt in being sexual assaulted while unconscious after partying.

A Stanford law professor is leading a signature-gathering drive to remove the judge from office for handing down the six-month sentence even though prosecutors had recommended six years.

Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro told the San Jose Mercury News that his office does not have a legal basis to appeal the sentence because the judge was authorized by law to mete out the sentence he gave.

Some students have said on social media they would protest at "wacky walk," a Stanford tradition where students in costumes hold celebratory signs as they head toward graduation ceremonies Mens Jordan Retro For Sale , where documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

Persky is legally unable to comment on the case because Turner is appealing his conviction, Sa.