CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/12/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/12/2019 Sat.)

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06:35, January 12, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Xi calls for 'greater strategic achievements' in Party governance

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday called for efforts to advance Party building and demanded "greater strategic achievements" in full and strict governance over the Party.

Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks at the third plenary session of the 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC.

He also called for consolidating victory in the fight against corruption.

Efforts should be made to make sure officials don't dare to, are unable to and have no desire to commit corruption, to improve Party and state oversight systems, and to ensure the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and major decisions of the CPC Central Committee are resolutely implemented, so as to greet the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) with great achievements, Xi said.

The authority of the CPC Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership must be firmly upheld, and the governance over the Party must precede the governance of the country and it must be strict, Xi said. (Xinhua) 

China declares Chang'e-4 mission complete success

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China announced Friday that the Chang'e-4 mission, which realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, was a complete success.

With the assistance of the relay satellite Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) and the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe took photos of each other.

The scientific instruments aboard the probe worked well, and the images taken by the probe and the detection data have been sent back to ground control, said the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The program has achieved five continuous successes, said CNSA. (Xinhua) 

Trump closer to declaring an emergency; 800,000 won’t get paid

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US President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

Some 800,000 federal employees, more than half still on the job, were due to miss their first paycheck Friday under a stoppage that neared a record for the longest government shutdown.

Trump was consulting with White House attorneys and allies about using presidential emergency powers to take unilateral action to construct the wall over the objections of Congress. He claimed his lawyers told him the action would withstand legal scrutiny "100 percent".

Such a move to bypass Congress' constitutional control of the nation's purse strings would spark certain legal challenges and bipartisan cries of executive overreach. (AP) 

Beijing's key municipal organs move to sub-center

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Four key municipal organs of Beijing moved their offices from the downtown area to the eastern suburb of Tongzhou District, the city's sub-center, on Friday.

The four organs are the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Standing Committee of the Beijing Municipal People's Congress, Beijing Municipal People's Government and the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Cai Qi, secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, said Beijing will strive to turn the sub-center into a model of urban development in a new era and a new landmark for the capital. (Xinhua) 

Critically endangered amphibian population rises in Xinjiang

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The population of Xinjiang's critically endangered ranodon sibiricus, a primitive amphibian with an evolution history dating back to the age of dinosaurs, rises to 3,000 due to improved wildlife habitat.

The species number increased by over 200 in 2018 over the previous year, said Ji Xiaowei with a ranodon sibiricus natural reserve in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Ranodon sibiricus only lives in the border area between China and Kazakhstan. (Xinhua) 

Three Chinese directors shortlisted for 69th Berlinale main competition

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Chinese directors Wang Quan'an and Wang Xiaoshuai have been shortlisted for the main competition at the 69th Berlin Film Festival. According to an industry insider, the director Zhang Yimou will also take part in the competition.

Wang Xiaoshuai was nominated for "Di Jiu Tian Chang", Wang Quan'an was put forward for "Öndög", and Zhang Yimou was put forward for "One Life".

The film festival will take place from February 7 to 17. (China Plus) 

Wu Lei scores twice to lift China to 3-0 win over Philippines

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The Chinese Super League topscorer Wu Lei grabbed a superb brace to earn China a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Philippines in the AFC Asian Cup Group C on Friday.

The win has guaranteed a round of 16 berth for China who beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in their first group match. China remain top of Group C with 6 points and will take on South Korea in the final group match. 

Substitute Yu Dabao added a third just moments after leaving the bench with a header from close range in the 80th minute. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which arteries carry blood from the neck to the head?

(Answer: Carotid.)

Today's quote is from American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).

"Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Brian Lowe, Elaine Yue Lin, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng.)

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