BRI NEWS Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/4/2018 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (8/4/2018 Sat.)

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05:12, August 04, 2018


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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China, Singapore agree to promote multilateralism

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China and Singapore agreed on Friday to promote multilateralism.

The agreement came as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers' meeting and related meetings.

As responsible countries, Wang said, China and Singapore should join hands with other countries to shoulder due responsibilities, firmly promote multilateralism, maintain international rules and multilateral trade system, push for the building of an open world economy and maintain world peace and development.

For his part, Lee said Singapore upholds multilateralism, supports the Belt and Road Initiative and stands ready to work with China to push forward major projects including the Southern Transport Corridor and the third-party market cooperation. (People’s Daily app)

China ready to impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods in response to trade threats

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China is ready to impose additional tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods if the US follows through on its threat of increasing tariffs on Chinese imports, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that the measure was rational and restrained and was taken after wide public hearings and thorough evaluation.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump proposed to increase duties on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.

Meanwhile, China’s finance ministry unveiled new sets of additional tariffs on 5,207 goods imported from the United States, between 5 to 25 percent.

Ranging from liquefied natural gas to some aircraft, the US goods targeted by China also included semiconductors, some helicopters, condoms, beef, steel products and coffee.

The implementation date of the new tariffs would be determined according to US actions, and China reserves the right to continue to introduce other countermeasures, the ministry noted. (CGTN)

China launches emergency response after African swine fever outbreak


China launched an emergency response plan after the country's first outbreak of African swine fever killed 47 pigs.

On Wednesday, a suspected outbreak was discovered in a pig farm in the city of Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province. The case was confirmed Friday by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

The ministry said the outbreak is under control and that swine fever does not infect people. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Zimbabwe opposition to challenge election results


Zimbabwean opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa said Friday his party has enough evidence to challenge the results of Monday's polls won by incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling ZANU-PF party.

Chamisa said his party does not accept the "fraudulent results" which were not verified by his party as required by law.

Chamisa claimed their tally of votes showed that his party won the presidential poll by 56 percent while Mnangagwa got 44 percent.

Mnangagwa was declared the winner of the presidential election after garnering 50.8 percent of the vote against Chamisa's 44.3 percent. (Xinhua)

Greek minister resigns in forest fire aftermath


Greece’s public order minister has resigned in the aftermath of last week’s deadly forest fires near Athens that killed at least 87 people.

A government statement says Nikos Toskas’ resignation has been accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, with whom he met Friday.

The July 23 blaze ravaged the coastal Mati district northeast of Athens, fanned on by strong winds. (AP)

MH370 families enraged by report

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Chinese relatives of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 held a protest against the long-awaited report of the flight, saying that it did not provide anything new while demanding for the continuation of searches.

Malaysia airlines representatives and the head of the investigation team of Malaysia airlines MH370 came to Beijing to meet with the families on Friday. This was the first time that members of the investigation team from Malaysia have come to China, reported China National Radio.

The protesting families carried signs asking Malaysia officials not to abandon the investigation and search. (Global Times)

Chinese scientists perform genetic surgery to create first single-chromosome yeast


Brewer's yeast, one-third of whose genome is said to share ancestry with humans, has 16 chromosomes. However, Chinese scientists have managed to fit nearly all its genetic material into just one chromosome while not affecting the majority of its functions, according to a paper released Thursday on the website of the journal Nature.

Qin Zhongjun, a molecular biologist at the Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences of the Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his team used CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing to create a single-chromosome yeast strain, the paper said.

"Our research shows that all the genetic information can be concentrated in just one chromosome," Qin said.

Despite the genetic clipping and restructuring, yeast with one "super-chromosome" is similar to natural yeast in cell growth and gene expression, Qin said. (Global Times)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day.

What is Mars's nickname?

(Answer: The red planet.)

Today’s quote is from French dramatist Alexandre Dumas.

“All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.”

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

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