CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/10/2018 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/10/2018 Wed.)

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06:11, October 10, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China, Angola agree to promote ties as presidents meet in Beijing

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Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Angolan President Joao Lourenco in Beijing Tuesday, agreeing to continue developing bilateral ties.

Xi said he is glad to see the second visit to Beijing in about a month by Lourenco, who came to attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in early September.

Xi said the success of the summit has injected vigor and opportunities into the development of China-Africa and China-Angola ties, calling on the two sides to work together to actively and quickly promote the development of ties.

"China is confident of the future of bilateral cooperation," Xi said, urging the two sides to "cement political mutual trust, strengthen high-level contacts, deepen strategic communication, and understand and support each other's core interests and grave concerns." (Xinhua)

Chinese economy to remain stable and positive: senior official

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Despite new challenges and changes in the external environment, the Chinese economy is on a solid footing to maintain a stable and positive outlook, said Ning Jizhe, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission and head of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The Chinese economy has maintained stable and sound growth so far this year, laying a solid foundation for achieving the annual goal of economic and social development, Ning said.

The first half of this year saw a 6.8 percent growth of China's GDP, which had stayed within the range of 6.7 percent to 6.9 percent for 12 consecutive quarters. China had also maintained stability in the employment, price and balance of international payments to facilitate stable and positive economic growth. (Xinhua)

Nikki Haley resigns as Trump's UN ambassador: US media

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Nikki Haley has resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, US media reported Tuesday.

Meeting Haley in the Oval Office, Trump said that Haley had done a "fantastic job" and would leave at the end of the year.

Haley stayed coy on her reasons for quitting, saying only that it was "important to understand when it's time to stand aside." 

But she insisted that she was not planning to run for president herself against Trump in 2020, when she would likely be seen as a moderate Republican alternative. (AFP)

Fast-strengthening hurricane closes in on Florida Panhandle

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An estimated 120,000 people along the Florida Panhandle were ordered to clear out on Tuesday as Hurricane Michael rapidly picked up steam in the Gulf of Mexico and closed in with winds of 110 mph.

Beach dwellers rushed to board up their homes and sandbag their properties against the fast-moving hurricane, which was expected to blow ashore around midday Wednesday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott also warned people across Northwest Florida that the “monstrous hurricane” was just hours away, bringing deadly risks from high wind, storm surge and heavy rain. (AP)

Over 30 Indian schoolgirls beaten after protesting harassment

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Over 30 school girls, ages 12 to 16, were taken to the hospital over the weekend after protesting lewd comments by a group of boys who, along with their mothers, then beat up the girls in the Eastern Indian state of Bihar.

The assault happened on Saturday after the boys entered a field near the school where the girls were playing and shouted obscene comments, local police said.

The argument turned physical and the girls suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital over the weekend.

Earlier this year, more than 30 girls were sexually assaulted and tortured at a shelter in Bihar. (CGTN)

China launches campaign against tax evasion in film, TV industry

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China will initiate a campaign aimed at regulating tax payments in the film and TV industry, while promoting its healthy development, read a notice from the State Administration of Taxation.

The notice requires all levels of taxation authorities to inform film and TV firms and relevant personnel with exorbitant casting fees to conduct self-examinations of their tax payments beginning in 2016 to October 10.

Businesses include production companies, talent agencies, performing companies and celebrities' studios.

Meanwhile, a group of film and television companies are shutting their operations in the city of Horgos in Xinjiang amid China's tighter scrutiny of tax payments in the sector and the tax evasion scandal involving leading actress Fan Bingbing.

Among those fleeing Horgos are many well-known celebrities who are legal persons or stakeholders of production companies. (CGTN-China Plus)

'Hidden Man' among 87 entries in 2018 Oscars foreign language race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of submissions to the 2019 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category on Monday.

A total of 87 films from countries and regions around the globe have qualified for the foreign language film category for the 91st Academy Awards, which includes Chinese cult director Jiang Wen's latest gangster film, "Hidden Man.”

 This is the first time that Jiang has joined the heated race.

Among the high-profile submissions are several award-winning films such as Mexico's "Roma" and Poland's "Cold War,” both of which are clear front runners vying to earn nominations for Best Picture and other statues. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who wrote the novel Resurrection?

(Answer: Resurrection, first published in 1899, was the last novel written by Leo Tolstoy.) 

Today’s quote is from Italian scientist Galileo Galilei.

“By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Raymond Mondoza, and Grace Song.)

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