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Xi meets executives of famous multinational enterprises
Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday met with executives of famous multinational enterprises, who are in Beijing to attend a special session of round-table summit of the Global CEO Council.
Focusing on the summit's theme of opening-up, cooperation and mutual benefit, Xi and the executives exchanged views on topics ranging from the Belt and Road Initiative, innovation and smart manufacturing, to green development and global governance. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)
Top legislature hears reports on 2017 final accounts, audit work
China's top legislature Wednesday heard a report on the central government's final accounts and an audit report for 2017 at a plenary meeting of its ongoing bimonthly session, which runs Tuesday to Friday.
Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, attended the plenary meeting.
Entrusted by the State Council, Finance Minister Liu Kun delivered the report on 2017 final accounts.
Liu said the ministry would strengthen management on budget enforcement, help win the "three tough battles" and speed up fiscal and tax system reform. The three tough battles refer to defusing major financial risks, targeted poverty alleviation and preventing pollution. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)
Central European states to boycott Brussels migration meeting
Leaders of the four Central European Visegrad states announced Thursday they would not attend an informal meeting organized by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss migration policy.
Speaking after a meeting with the leaders of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic in Budapest, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the Sunday informal as "unacceptable.”
The four leaders were joined by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, also a migration hardliner, and together the group has long rejected suggestions of mandatory refugee resettlement among EU members. (AFP)
Beijing’s 7th Ring Road to ease traffic pressure
The Capital Region Ring Expressway, a 1,000-kilometer ring road linking Beijing and nearby cities is expected to open soon.
Officially known as “G95,” the expressway will appeal to shipping trucks and other large vehicles traveling from the Sixth Ring Road, explained Jing Yanhui, deputy general manager of the Beijing Capital Ring Expressway Company.
Expressway traffic flow in the Beijing area is expected to reach 10,000 vehicles daily. (China Daily – People’s Daily app)
Movies from BRI countries lauded at festival
The Belt and Road Film Night, one of the most significant events at this year’s 21st Shanghai International Film Festival, was held Wednesday.
A total of 26 movies from 26 countries connected to the Belt and Road Initiative were screened during the festival.
During Wednesday’s awards event, Polish movie “Cicha noc” won the Audience Choice Award while the Media Choice Award for Film went to Russia’s “Arrhythmia” and Italy’s “Daughter of Mine.”
Indonesian director Kamila Andini and Chinese filmmaker Yang Mingming were presented with the Media Choice Award for Filmmaker. (China Daily –People’s Daily app)
Yoga regains popularity, becomes latest fad in India
On Thursday, the world celebrated International Yoga Day.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has played a significant role in reviving yoga at the domestic and international level.
Earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yoga experts accompanied the Indian prime minister and conducted meditative and “sweat-out” sessions for top international business leaders.
"Yoga is the ultimate expression of life. Breath is the most beautiful gift and yoga makes people realize that. It is a logical solution to present-day miseries," said Bhawna Mori, a yoga teacher in South Delhi. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)
Denmark ties Australia, France eases by Peru, Croatia romps Argentina
In Group C, it was Denmark versus Australia facing off against one another for the first time ever in World Cup play.
Denmark took an early, lead but Australia leveled the score before half where it remained 1 to 1 for the rest of the match. A tie wasn’t enough for the Aussies, who are now officially out, as Denmark advances.
France defeated Peru 1 - 0 and have not lost a match to a South American side at seven World Cup tournament matches.
France will go head-to-head against Denmark next Tuesday to determine which team will advance out of Group C.
The final match of the day saw Group D contenders Argentina take on Croatia.
After a quiet and scoreless first half, it was Coratian midfielder Ante Rebic who was able to score due to an Argentine goal keeping error.
Croatia added another point to their final tally when Midfielder Luka Modric footed a perfect curve past the goal posts.
In the final minute of regular time it was Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic who added one more goal to final score as the team finished 3 – 0 over Argentina. (People’s Daily app)
Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.
And now for the Question of the Day.
Q: What is the name of the award given to the player who scores the most goals during World Cup?
(The Golden Boot. Prior to 2010, the award was known as the Golden Shoe.)
Today’s quote is from German scientist Albert Einstein.
"The only source of knowledge is experience.”
(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Ziyi Zeng.)