CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/18/2020 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/18/2020 Mon.)

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06:44, May 18, 2020


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China unveils guideline on advancing western development in new era


China issued a guideline on advancing the development of western regions in the new era to promote coordinated regional development on Sunday.

Achieving western development in the new era is of great practical and profound historical significance to completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects and embarking on a journey to fully build a modern socialist China, according to the document issued by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

It will basically realize socialist modernization by 2035, with its public service level, infrastructure connectivity, and people's living standard on par with the eastern regions, the document said. (Xinhua)

Indian government urged to extend nationwide lockdown


India's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has urged the government to extend the country's nationwide lockdown to May 31 to further curb the spread of COVID-19.

India has recorded more than 91,000 COVID-19 infections, with a death toll exceeding 2,800, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The country's current lockdown, imposed on March 25 and extended several times, is due to expire Sunday at midnight. (CGTN)

2020 list of UK's richest shows first fall in wealth in decade


Britain's wealthiest people have lost tens of billions of pounds in the coronavirus pandemic as their combined annual wealth fell for the first time in a decade, the Sunday Times reported in its Rich List 2020.

The newspaper found the past two months had resulted in the super-rich losing £54 billion.

More than half of the billionaires in Britain had seen drops in their worth by as much as £6bn, a decrease in their collective wealth unprecedented since 2009 amid the financial crisis. (AFP)

Angola to produce less than 2 million carats of diamonds in 2020 due to COVID-19


Angola will produce less than 2 million carats of diamonds, rather than the 8 million previously expected for 2020, Ganga Junior, CEO of the National Diamond Company Endiama, said on Friday.

The official told local media that the drop in production is the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the company will continue to work on restructuring to increase production.

Angola expects to increase diamond production to 14 million carats by 2022, which could make the country the third-largest diamond producer in the world. (CGTN)

11 firefighters injured in Los Angeles battling blaze


Eleven firefighters were injured, three of them critically, in downtown Los Angeles when a fire in a commercial smoke shop sparked a major explosion and spread to nearby structures on Saturday evening, officials said.

Crews had entered the building to battle what was initially thought to be a minor blaze when they noticed that the smoke pressure was escalating and decided to evacuate, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters.

He said the blast occurred as the firefighters were leaving the building from the roof and the ground floor. (AFP)

Archaeological excavation of Nanhai No. 1 to finish next year


The archaeological excavation of Nanhai (South China Sea) No. 1, a cargo ship from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) salvaged in the South China Sea in 2007, is expected to be finished in 2021, said the archaeological team.

Porcelain products, gold, silver, copper, and iron relics and copper coins are some of the 180,000 diverse treasures found within the Nanhai No. 1 vessel. 

Found in 1987, Nanhai No. 1 is preserved at the Maritime Silk Road Museum on Hailing Island of Yangjiang City, South China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua)

FIFA to select 2023 Women's World Cup host in June


FIFA has announced that it will select the host country for the 2023 Women's World Cup at an online meeting with the global governing body's council on June 25.

The four finalists to host the event include a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand and bids from Brazil, Colombia, and Japan in "the most competitive bidding process in the history of the Women's World Cup," according to a FIFA statement.

The 2023 World Cup will be the first tournament to feature 32 teams, up from 24 at the 2019 edition in France. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

How many strings does a violin have?

(Answer: Four.)

Today's quote is from Greek mathematician Archimedes (287 BC - 212 BC).  

"The shortest distance between two points is a straight line."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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