BRI NEWS Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/6/2018 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/6/2018 Tue.)

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11:09, May 27, 2018


Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Chinese President stresses focus of developing high-quality economy


Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday the focus of high-quality economic development should be placed on transforming and upgrading industries.

Efforts should be made to strengthen and improve the real economy, Xi said as he joined a panel discussion with the deputies from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, China's national legislature. 

The Chinese economy has transitioned from a phase of rapid growth to a stage of high-quality development, said Xi, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, warning that old ways of thinking might lead China to almost nowhere and miss precious opportunities. (Xinhua)

Premier Li delivers annual work report highlighting international cooperation 


On Monday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered the 2018 Government Work Report at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, stressing all-round opening up.

Li said the government would advance international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative and act on the outcomes of the 2017 Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. 

The government will expand its industrial capacity cooperation with other countries which will help with the global expansion of Chinese manufacturing and services, Li emphasized. 

Premier Li also said the government would improve the composition of outbound investment, create new opportunities for China’s international economic cooperation and promote steady foreign growth investment. (People’s Daily app)

North Korean president welcomes South Korean envoys 


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hosted a welcome dinner for the visiting South Korean delegation on Monday in Pyongyang, said Blue House spokesperson Kim Eui kyeom.

The South Korean 10-member delegation, led by national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, landed in Pyongyang Monday afternoon and met with North Korean officials.

Before the special envoys departed Seoul, Chung said the two-day trip would focus on facilitating US-North Korean denuclearization talks. (People’s Daily app)

Trump links tariffs to 'fair' NAFTA deal 


US President Donald Trump said Monday he would only scrap planned tariffs on aluminum and steel if a "new and fair" deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement is reached.

In a series of tweets, Trump linked the tariffs -- which sparked a fierce global response last week following their surprise announcement -- to issues with NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico.

Trump ignited fears of a trade war and an outcry from major trading partners when he abruptly announced that he would impose blanket tariffs on imported steel and aluminum this week. (AFP)

US Navy carrier makes first post-Vietnam War visit  


The USS Carl Vinson arrived at Da Nang, Vietnam on Monday, marking the first time for a US carrier to visit a Vietnam port since the Vietnam War ended in 1975, local media reported.

The massive nuclear-powered supercarrier was accompanied by the USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided missile destroyer.

The two sides exchanged ideas on technical and cultural aspects, and the US sailors visited various local communities, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry said. (People’s Daily) 

White House accuses Russia of killing civilins in Syria's Ghouta region


The US on Sunday made its strongest accusation to date of Moscow’s complicity in civilian deaths in Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta region, saying Russian aircraft flew bombing missions in defiance of a United Nations ceasefire.

The White House said Russian military aircraft took off from Humaymim Airfield in Syria and carried out at least 20 daily bombing missions in Damascus and eastern Ghouta between February 24 and February 28. (Reuters)

UN aid convoys enter Syria's rebel-held Eastern Ghouta


As many as 46 truckloads of relief aid entered the rebel-held Douma district in the Eastern Ghouta countryside east of the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday.

It was the first aid shipment to reach that hotspot area since the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to achieve a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria on February 24. (Xinhua)

90th Oscars dance between honoring and correcting the past 


Held one year ago, the 90th Academy Awards would have very likely been a rose-colored nostalgia fest, but instead, the show went exactly as planned.

With a more diverse, more international and younger infusion of voting members into the film academy, the movie in love with movies still won the top awards. Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water," won best picture, director, score and production design.

At 89, James Ivory became the oldest Oscar-winner for his adapted screenplay for "Call Me By Your Name." 

Christopher Nolan's ambitious World War II nail-biter "Dunkirk" picked up three technical awards.

And Jordan Peele became the first African-American to win best original screenplay for his horror sensation "Get Out." (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from English physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking.

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” 

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Lance Crayon, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Serena Na Ma, and Zeke Ziyi Zeng.)

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