CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/2/2019 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (10/2/2019 Wed.)

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05:45, October 02, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app.

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi says no force can ever undermine China's status

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No force can ever undermine China's status, or stop the Chinese people and nation from marching forward, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, China's National Day.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in a speech delivered at a grand rally in Central Beijing to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Over the past seven decades Chinese people of all ethnic groups have made great achievements that amazed the world through concerted efforts and arduous struggle, he said.

Xi stressed the importance of upholding the Party leadership, ensuring the principal status of the people, staying on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and fully implementing the Party's basic theory, line and policy.

He called for efforts to meet people's aspirations for a better life and make new historic achievements. (Xinhua)

Grand evening gala held to celebrate China's 70th National Day

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National Day celebrations continued in Tian'anmen Square, with a gala following the grand military and mass parade on Tuesday morning.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders attended the event from the Tian'anmen Rostrum. The gala featured fireworks, music and dance performances, turning Tian'anmen Square into an open-air stage.

The gala kicked off promptly at 8:00 p.m., with 70 columns of synchronized fireworks shooting into the night sky above Tian'anmen Square, representing the 70 years since New China was founded.

A total of 60,000 people aged six to 66 years performed in the square. Among them were people from all walks of life, including farmers, workers, teachers, doctors, and deliverymen. (CGTN)

DPRK, US to hold working-level talks

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Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to have preliminary contact on October 4 and hold working-level negotiations on October 5, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency that DPRK delegates are ready to enter into the working-level negotiations.

"It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-US relations," the statement said. (Xinhua)

China's used car sales rise in first eight months

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China's used car sales climbed 3.89 percent in the first eight months from a year earlier, according to a report by the China Automobile Dealers Association.

A total of 9.27 million used cars changed hands in the first eight months, involving 588 billion yuan, the report said.

In August, the traditional off-season, 1.2 million used cars were traded in key used car trading markets monitored by the association, down 1.18 percent from July but up 0.92 percent from a year earlier. (Xinhua)

China's online learning platform Youdao files for US IPO

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Youdao, an intelligent learning firm of China's internet giant NetEase, filed for an initial public offering (IPO) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission late Monday, the company said in its latest prospectus.

Under the ticker symbol DAO, the company plans to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and to raise up to $300 million, according to the prospectus. Relevant pricing terms are yet to be disclosed.

The company's net revenue surged 67.7 percent year on year to $79.9 million for the first six months ending June 30. (Xinhua) 

UPS gets government approval to become a drone airline

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UPS has won government approval to operate a nationwide drone fleet, which will let the company expand deliveries on hospital campuses and move it one step closer to making deliveries to consumers.

The United Parcel Service said Tuesday its drone subsidiary was awarded an airline certificate last week by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The designation removes limits on the size of the company’s potential drone operation. Flight Forward can fly an unlimited number of drones, a key step toward expanding the operation. (AP)

Chinese volleyball skipper Zhu Ting to join Tianjin women's volleyball team

fb2.jpgZhu Ting, captain of the national women's volleyball team, said via social media on Tuesday that she will join the Tianjin volleyball team next season.

Zhu and her team won a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and recently won gold at the FIVB Women's World Cup.

On the same day, the volleyball club announced Zhu would be joining them. The Tianjin team said she will participate as a member of the team in the 2019-2020 Chinese Women's Volleyball Super League and the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

When was the Tiananmen Gate first built?

(Answer: The Tiananmen Gate was first built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty.)

Today’s quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC).

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

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

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