CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/21/2019 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/21/2019 Mon.)

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05:42, January 21, 2019


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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi sends condolences to Mexican president over deadly pipeline blast


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday sent a message of condolences to his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador over a deadly pipeline blast that has killed at least 73 people.

In his message, Xi said he was shocked to learn of a fuel pipeline explosion in central Mexico that has caused heavy casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, as well as in his own name, Xi extended his deep condolences to the victims and sympathy to their families and the injured people.

Xi said he wishes a quick recovery for the injured, and expressed China's readiness to provide necessary help. (Xinhua)

Jimmy Carter, Chinese ambassador mark 40 years of China-US diplomacy


Forty years after the United States and China formally established diplomatic relations, China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, reiterated the importance of the two countries working together, at an event celebrating the anniversary on Friday.

Speaking at the Carter Center in Atlanta to mark 40 years since China and the US established diplomatic relations, the ambassador called for efforts to avoid misunderstanding and misinterpretation and to build mutual trust and enhance cooperation.

Without directly mentioning the ongoing trade battle between the two, Carter said he believes President Trump would benefit from a few behind-the-scenes advisers who could help improve bilateral relations. (China Plus)

2nd Trump-Kim summit expected to be held in Vietnam: report


The second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is expected to take place in Vietnam, with three candidate cities being under consideration, US media reported Sunday.

According to Bloomberg news, US administration officials are planning for the meeting to be held in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, but the coastal city of Da Nang and the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City are also possible venues for the event.

The White House announced Friday that the second Trump-Kim summit will take place "near the end of February" but did not say where it will be held. (Xinhua)

UK police speak to Prince Philip about not wearing seatbelt


British police have spoken with Prince Philip after the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was photographed apparently driving without wearing a seatbelt — just two days after he was involved in a serious car crash.

British media on Saturday published a photograph showing the 97-year-old royal driving a new Land Rover near the royal residence at Sandringham in eastern England.

Norfolk Police said “suitable words of advice have been given to the driver.”

Buckingham Palace didn’t comment on the images. (AP)

Pinduoduo suffers huge losses due to technical bug


Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo suffered huge losses due to a tech bug Sunday morning, NetEase has reported.

Early Sunday morning, 100 yuan coupons began to spread on the platform, with users able to claim as many as they wished.

The company announced at noon that about 10 million yuan in coupons were stolen through an expired coupon.

They alleged the group had made improper profits, and that the case had been reported to police.

The bug has now been addressed and past orders are being traced, the company said. (China Daily)

China beats Thailand 2-1 to reach Asian Cup quarter final


China beat Thailand  2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the 2019 Asian Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates on January 20.

After some early pressure from China, Thailand turned things in their favour and opened the scoring goal through Supachai in the 30th minute, but China finally got into their stride in the second half against Thailand, scoring the second goal in quick succession to seal a victory, according to AS news.

Iran and China will face off in the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Thursday after they both won their last-16 games. (People's Daily app)

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse


The celestial curtain will be rising soon on a lunar extravaganza.

Sunday night, the Earth will slide directly between the moon and the sun, creating a total lunar eclipse. There won’t be another until 2021.

It will also be the year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

The entire eclipse will exceed three hours. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which four planets of the Solar System have rings?

(Answer: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.)

Today’s quote is from French author Marcel Proust (1871-1922).

" We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng.)

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