CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/16/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/16/2019 Wed.)

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05:07, October 16, 2019



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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi, Macron agree to jointly uphold multilateralism, tackle global challenges


Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone conversation Tuesday to join hands to uphold multilateralism and tackle global challenges.

Xi told Macron that China will continue to unswervingly pursue an opening-up strategy of mutual benefit, and work together with peoples around the world, including the French people, to forge ahead with the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.

For his part, Macron said that France stands ready to deepen exchanges and cooperation with China in such fields as trade, civil nuclear energy, aviation and culture, jointly revitalize multilateralism, and work together to address major global issues including the environment and climate change. (Xinhua)

China to start commemorating 120th anniversary of oracle bone inscription discovery

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China will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the discovery of oracle bone inscriptions with a series of high-profile events, starting this week, the Ministry of Education said Tuesday.

The events will include an international symposium in Anyang, Henan Province, where oracle bone inscriptions were unearthed, a themed two-month exhibition at the National Museum of China, and a workshop in Beijing next Thursday, the ministry said at a press conference. (Xinhua)

Russia to sign investment deals worth $1.3 billion with UAE

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The sovereign funds of Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are expected to sign 10 investment deals worth over $1.3 billion during President Vladimir Putin's state visit to the UAE.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said Tuesday that the deals will cover areas such as high technology, healthcare, oil and gas, logistics and industrial production.

During Putin's visit, the two sovereign funds will also organize a meeting of business leaders from the two countries on expanding cooperation and implementing joint projects and prepare an exhibition on investment cooperation, the RDIF said in a statement. (Xinhua)

Main opposition leader appointed Romania's new PM

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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday appointed Ludovic Orban, leader of the main opposition National Liberal Party, as prime minister, after the Social Democratic cabinet collapsed in a no-confidence vote on Thursday.

Under the constitution, Orban has 10 days to form a government, and win a confidence vote in parliament. (Xinhua)

Kurdish authorities say Turkish assault displaces 275,000 in northern Syria

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The Kurdish Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, known as Rojava, said on Tuesday that the ongoing Turkish assault in northern Syria has so far displaced over 275,000 people.

A total of 70,000 children are among the displaced people, who left areas in the northern provinces of Hasakah and Raqqa as a result of the Turkish military campaign that started on Oct. 9 against Kurdish-controlled areas in northern and northeastern Syria, Rojava said in a statement.

A deal, however, has recently been reached between the Kurdish forces and Damascus, which led to the Syrian army's entry to Kurdish-held areas to protect them against the Turkish assault. (Xinhua)

Bruce Lee-themed stamps unveiled by Hongkong Post


Next year will see the release of a set of stamps by Hongkong Post that commemorates the memory of Bruce Lee. It's one of 12 sets of special edition stamps that will be released by Hongkong Post in 2020.

Hongkong Post has printed six normal and small stamps with designs inspired by four of Lee's movies: "China Mountain Big brother", "The Chinese Connection", "The Way of the Dragon", and "Game of Death". The designs also reflect his Jet Kune Doo philosophy. (China Plus)

Philippines holds China to draw at FIFA World Cup qualifier


Former English Premier League goalkeeper Neil Etheridge's outstanding performance helped the Philippines men's national football team to hold China to a scoreless draw in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier at the Panaad Stadium on Tuesday.

The hosts now sit in third place in their Group with one win, one draw and one defeat, while China is unbeaten with two wins and a draw.

China will next play against Syria, the main rival in Group A, on Nov.14 in an away match. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is converted into alcohol during brewing?

(Answer: Sugar.)

Today’s quote is from British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824). 

"The best prophet of the future is the past."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Elaine Yue Lin. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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