CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/6/2020 Mon.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (1/6/2020 Mon.)

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06:11, January 06, 2020



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's urban rail networks grew to more than 6,730 km in 2019

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Cities on the Chinese mainland built a record 968.77 km of urban railway tracks in 2019, according to a report from the China Association of Metros.

At the end of last year, 40 cities had urban rail transit systems in operation, with a combined length of 6,730.27 km.

Subways continued to dominate urban rail transit systems. The combined length of subways reached 5,187.02 km last year, accounting for 77.07 percent overall, while intra-city rapid rail transit reached 715.61 km, consisting of 10.63 percent of the total. (CGTN)

China's first electric boat completes trial run


An electric passenger ferry successfully completed a trial run in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

The vessel, named "Junlv," is 53.2 meters in length and completely powered by lithium batteries. It will start providing sightseeing tours in Wuhan early this year.

Experts said that electric ferries would gradually replace those that run on fossil fuel on the Yangtze River, Han River, and along their banks. (Xinhua)

Trump to target 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks US


US President Donald Trump warned in a tweet on Sunday that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them "very fast and very hard" if the Islamic Republic of Iran attacks US personnel or assets.

Trump followed up with another tweet, saying the US would use its "brand new beautiful" military equipment "without hesitation" if the Iranians retaliate.

Trump spoke out after pro-Iran factions ramped up pressure on US installations across Iraq with missiles and warnings to Iraqi troops -- part of an outburst of fury over the killing of Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike on the Baghdad airport Friday morning. (AFP)

British PM to hold first meeting with new EU chief at No.10

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday at 10 Downing Street for the first time, with a future trade deal high on their agenda, local media reported Sunday.

Commentators warned that if a trade deal is not in place with the European Union (EU) by December 31, 2020, and or without an extension, Britain will face major economic disruption with tariffs and quantity restrictions applied to goods sold in the European market. (Xinhua)

Royal Navy to accompany UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz amid tensions

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The Royal Navy will accompany British-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection amid high tensions in the region, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Sunday.

"I have instructed preparations for (frigate) HMS Montrose and (destroyer) HMS Defender to return to accompanying duties of Red Ensign Shipping in the Strait of Hormuz," said Wallace in a statement. (Xinhua)

Tokyo prosecutors to investigate Ghosn's escape means

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Tokyo prosecutors will look into how former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn jumped bail and fled Japan, a senior prosecutor said Sunday.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Masako Mori said in a statement that she has ordered Japanese immigration authorities to tighten processing procedures for those leaving Japan.

Ghosn, who holds Brazilian, French, and Lebanese nationality, was accused of under-reporting his remuneration for multiple years and embezzling company funds. He has denied the charges, claiming company insiders conspired against him. (Xinhua)

Japan's 'Tuna King' buys new year catch for $1.8 million


A celebrated Japanese sushi businessman nicknamed "Tuna King" paid $1.8 million for a giant tuna at the New Year's auction held at Tokyo's main fish market on Sunday.

Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a successful sushi restaurant chain, purchased the 276-kilogram bluefin tuna, caught off the Aomori region in northern Japan.

At last year's auction, Kimura paid a record $3.1 million for a 278-kilogram tuna. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Where did Orville and Wilbur Wright build their first flying airplane?

(Answer: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States.)

Today’s quote is from Irish poet Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774). 

 "People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Paris Yelu Xu. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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