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06:05, January 30, 2019

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China eyes further opening-up in updated draft foreign investment law

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The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on Tuesday started reviewing a new draft of the foreign investment law, the latest move to promote the country's opening-up initiative.

To better implement the report of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017, the new draft further expanded the article on the system of pre-establishment national treatment plus a negative list, said Li Fei, chairman of the NPC Constitution and Law Committee, while presenting the new draft to lawmakers.

It also stipulated that foreign invested enterprises have equal access to favorable policies for enterprises. (Xinhua) 

DPRK says it is seeking peace, bilateral ties with US

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Tuesday that relations with the US will develop “wonderfully at a fast pace” with "definite and epoch-making steps" if Washington responds to its efforts on denuclearization with "trustworthy measures and practical actions."

DPRK's envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae Song, made the remarks at the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

The US and DPRK will likely start preparing a joint statement from Kim and Trump to be issued at their second summit next month, the head of Seoul's National Intelligence Service (NIS), Suh Hoon said Tuesday. (CGTN) 

Brazil issues 5 arrest warrants in deadly mine dam collapse

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Brazilian authorities have issued arrest warrants for five people in connection with a dam collapse that killed at least 65 people as it plastered part of a city with reddish-brown mud and mining waste.

Police issued the orders on Tuesday in Sao Paulo and in the state of Minas Gerais, where the collapse happened.

Local media reported the warrants were for employees of Vale, the mining company that owned and operated the waste dam that collapsed. (AP) 

UK's May seeks changes to Brexit deal as EU stands firm

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday she plans to ask the European Union to change the Brexit divorce deal by altering an Irish border guarantee that is opposed by many British lawmakers.

British legislators are voting Tuesday on competing Brexit proposals that have been submitted by both pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators since Parliament rejected May's divorce deal with the bloc two weeks ago, leaving Britain lurching toward a cliff-edge "no-deal" departure on March 29.

But amid political gridlock in London and with Brexit day just two months away, the EU shows few, if any, signs of renegotiating the divorce deal it struck with May late last year. (AP) 

Returned Chinese relic on display at National Museum

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An ancient bronze tiger kettle has debuted at China's National Museum on Tuesday, 159 years after it was plundered by the British army during their destruction of the Old Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. The kettle dates back to the late Western Zhou Dynasty (1046—771BCE).

China's National Cultural Heritage Commission has been credited with helping repatriate the Chinese artifact, which was set to be auctioned in the UK early last year by the artifact's private holder. After six-months of negotiations, Chinese authorities were able to secure the return of the tri-footed water holder.

The bronze kettle returned to China last November. (China Plus) 

FINA dismisses Sunday Times speculation on Sun Yang case

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World swimming governing body FINA released a statement on Tuesday saying it is aware of the report in the Sunday Times and other media outlets regarding Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, but will not consider any further speculation on the matter.

Sun, an Olympic gold-medal swimmer, rejected an out-of-competition doping test conducted at his home in Zhejiang Province last September by IDDM officials. The organization had been authorized by FINA to administer such tests, but failed to show adequate proof of identification.

A dispute between Sun and the doping control team was later referred to world swimming governing body FINA, who ruled in favor of Sun after a 13-hour hearing on January 3rd. (Xinhua) 

'French Spiderman' arrested after scaling Manila skyscraper

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French urban free-climber Alain Robert was arrested on Tuesday, police said, after he scaled one of Manila's tallest towers in his latest high-risk ascent.

The 56-year old adventurer dubbed the "French Spiderman" climbed the 47-storey GT Tower without safety equipment, leaving spectators on the ground staring in amazement.

Police took him into custody as soon as he reached the ground after the roughly two-hour climb up and down the building.

He was being held on a charge of public disturbance and was awaiting a decision from prosecutors on bail. (AFP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which event led the US to enter WWII?

(Answer: Attack on Pearl Harbor.)

Today's quote is from Greek philosopher Plato (427 BC - 347 BC).

"The beginning is the most important part of the work."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Elaine Yue Lin.)


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