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Chinese president to visit Russia


Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia from June 5 to 7 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Wednesday at a press briefing.

Xi will also attend the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum during his stay, according to spokesperson Lu Kang. (Xinhua) 

Huawei files motion against US ban

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China's telecom giant Huawei has hit back at the US ban by filing a motion in the federal court asking it to declare a law which places bans on the company equipment "unconstitutional."

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, enacted last summer, has directly and permanently targeted Huawei "without opportunity for rebuttal or escape," Song Liuping, Huawei's chief legal officer said in a statement issued on Monday.

"The law provides Huawei with no opportunity to rebut the accusations, to present evidence in its defense, or to avail itself of other procedures that impartial adjudicators provide to ensure a fair search for the truth," Song said. (CGTN) 

First Taiwan-funded bank approved to issue credit card in Chinese mainland

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Shanghai-based Fubon Bank (China) has received approval to issue credit cards in the Chinese mainland, according to a Chinese mainland spokesperson Wednesday.

An Fengshan, spokesperson with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said that it is the first Taiwan-funded bank to be granted with such permission, which allows it to offer more financial services to Taiwan enterprises and compatriots in the Chinese mainland. (Xinhua) 

Top Mexico City gang leaders arrested

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The leaders of two of Mexico City's biggest criminal gangs were arrested Tuesday, authorities said, amid a bloody turf war between the rival groups.

Pedro "R," the leader of Union Tepito, and Jorge "F," the leader of the Anti-Union Force, were arrested in separate operations on charges including arms possession and drug trafficking, prosecutors said in a statement.

Union Tepito and the upstart Anti-Union Force have been battling for control of the extortion and drug trafficking businesses in Mexico City for many years. (AFP) 

Airlines group: Boeing jet won't return before August

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The Boeing 737 Max jet will not fly before mid-August at the earliest, the global airline trade group said Wednesday.

The spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, Anthony Concil, said the group estimates the planes will remain grounded for at least another 10-12 weeks, though regulators like the US Federal Aviation Administration will have final say.

The plane was grounded in mid-March after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max. A Lion Air Max crashed in October off the Indonesian coast. In all, 346 people died. (AP) 

Beijing to open first bike-only road

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Beijing's first bicycle highway will open on Friday, connecting Huilongguan, one of the capital's most populous residential zones in Changping District, with Shangdi, a rapidly developing high-tech industrial zone in neighboring Haidian District.

The 6.5-kilometer-long track has over 5,000 accompanying parking spaces. It is designed to allow cyclists to travel at an average speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

The new bicycle highway can cut the commute time for cyclists from an average of 40 minutes to just 26 minutes. (China Plus) 

Zhangjiakou Winter Olympics venues ready for test events by year-end

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Competition venues in Zhangjiakou, the northern co-host city of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, will meet the standards for holding test events by the end of this year.

Main construction projects in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, will see full completion next year, according to China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG), the constructor.

The construction of the National Ski Jumping Center, which will host competitions in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined, is expected to be completed next year. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

I have two hands, but I cannot scratch myself. What am I?

(Answer: A clock.)

Today's quote is from American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892).

"To have great poets, there must be great audiences."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)