BRI NEWS Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/17/2018 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/17/2018 Tue.)

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05:05, April 17, 2018

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi meets Schwab, vows greater opening up


Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that China would cooperate with the international community in opening up and seek win-win results through cooperation.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

While saying China's cooperation with the WEF had coincided with the country's reform and opening-up process, Xi suggested that it was necessary for both sides to keep pace and advance with the times, strengthen cooperation and work together in pursuit of new driving forces for global economic growth, and find out practical and feasible proposals to address global challenges.

Referring to Xi's proposals on building a community with a shared future for mankind and building an open world economy, Schwab said they "charted a course for cooperation among countries against the backdrop that economic globalization and the multilateral trading system are facing challenges."

He said the WEF was ready to improve long-term cooperation with China in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative and innovative development. (Xinhua)

World leaders urge negotiation, not military action to solve Syrian issue


World leaders have adhered to the call for de-escalation in war-torn Syria and political settlement, following the US-led tripartite military attacks on alleged chemical weapons facilities in the nation.

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani condemned the airstrikes over phone, agreeing that the "illegal action seriously damages the prospects for a political settlement" in the war-torn country, according to a Kremlin statement.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to talk to all, including Russia and Iran, to pave the way for inclusive political transition in the war-torn Syria.

The just-concluded yearly Arab League (AL) Summit on Sunday reiterated that political solution is the only path for Syria to realize peace. Only eliminating terrorist groups and cutting off world powers' meddling could create chance for Syrian people to build an independent Syria.

The African Union (AU) Commission on Sunday called on world powers to undertake international efforts to find lasting solutions to the Syrian civil war that respect the country's territorial integrity and serves the interests of Syrian people. (People’s Daily app)

China, Japan agree to further improve ties, expand cooperation


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday agreed that both sides should work together to further improve bilateral ties and expand cooperation.

Wang also said that China attaches importance to the positive remarks made by Abe on the Belt and Road Initiative, and Japan joining the Belt and Road construction will open up new space for bilateral economic cooperation, and China is willing to discuss with Japan the proper and concrete ways for it to participate in the initiative.

Abe, for his part, said that Japan attaches high importance to its relationship with China. It is willing to take the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship to promote comprehensive improvement of bilateral ties, to realize high-level exchanges, and to expand cooperation under the framework of strategic relationship of mutual benefit.

Abe said that he eagerly expects and welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Japan and to attend the trilateral leaders' summit between Japan, China and South Korea, and expects that the Belt and Road construction could help the recovery and development of regional economy.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional issues such as the Korean Peninsula situation. (People’s Daily app)

Sanya to build international center for UNESCO school network


An international center for the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) will be established in south China's Sanya City, the Education Department of Hainan Province announced Monday.

The ASPnet, linking educational institutions across the world, has been recognized as an effective tool for reaching the target for Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

There are more than 11,500 ASPnet member schools in more than 180 countries. 10 Chinese high schools, scattered in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and Hainan, have joined the network. (People’s Daily app)

China establishes Ministry of Veterans Affairs


China announced its plan to establish a Ministry of Veterans Affairs on Monday in Beijing, following its discussion during the 1st Session of the 13th National People’s Congress in March.

The new ministry will protect the rights and interests of military personnel and their dependents by providing a variety of services with tight supervision to preserve the nobility and respect of the Chinese military.

The ministry is also tasked with forming and implementing policies on veteran management services and relocating veterans, retired military officials and discharged soldiers. (People’s Daily app)

China commissions jet fighters for combat duty


China’s J-10C fighters, an upgrade of J-10 jets, have been commissioned for combat duty according to a statement by the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army on Monday.

The J-10C fighter is the Chinese Air Force’s third-generation supersonic multi-role fighter, which can perform middle- and near-distance ground strikes and precision strikes on sea. It was made public in July 2017. (People’s Daily app)

China greenlights 'Internet hospitals'


The Chinese government recently approved the use of online medical consulting websites, also known as Internet hospitals, to provide people with quick medical consultation.

Through websites or phone apps, people can choose the best doctors across the country to consult on their health concerns. Based on uploaded medical scans and descriptions, the doctors can give advice, but they need to see the patients in person to diagnose, prescribe drugs or order treatment.

According to the State Council Information Office on Monday, the government is setting up guidelines and requirements on how to run these sites and to safeguard patient privacy. (People’s Daily app)

Shanghai is Chinese mainland’s top city for foreigners


Shanghai, for the sixth consecutive year, has topped the list of the most attractive Chinese mainland city for foreigners, according to the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

Cities are ranked, thanks to input from some 30,000 foreigners, by their expat-friendly policies, governmental administrative capacity, and working and living environments.

This year, the cities that made the top-10 list are: Shanghai, Beijing, Hefei, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing and Guangzhou. (People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Raymond Mendoza, and Terry Guanlin Li.)

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