CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (11/13/2019 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (11/13/2019 Wed.)

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07:14, November 13, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi, Greek PM visit Piraeus Port, hail BRI cooperation

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday visited the Piraeus Port, a flagship project in bilateral collaboration, and hailed it as a success under the Belt and Road cooperation.

So far, the project has created jobs for over 10,000 local people directly and indirectly, and has built the Piraeus Port into the largest port in the Mediterranean region and one of the fastest growing container terminals in the world.

Upon their arrival, Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by the Greek prime minister and his wife, were warmly welcomed by Chinese and foreign employees waving national flags of the two countries.

Xi called local workers important participants in and contributors to jointly building the Belt and Road as they have helped the Piraeus Port develop well, and wished them success at work and a happy life.

The Piraeus Port project is a successful example of China-Greece cooperation complementing each other's advantages, combining forces, and achieving mutual benefits, Xi said. (Xinhua)

Online Singles' Day sales in China break records

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Chinese e-commerce platforms witnessed fresh sale records during this year's Double 11 shopping spree.

Tmall, which is owned by Alibaba, the company that invented the shopping bonanza, raked in 10 billion yuan in the first minute and 36 seconds after the clock struck midnight on November 11, announcing the beginning of a 24-hour shopping mania.

By 23:59:59 on Monday, deals valued at a whopping 268.4 billion yuan were nabbed on Tmall, up 25 percent year-on-year. 

E-commerce giant JD.com reported cumulative sales of 204.4 billion yuan between November 1 and 11, an annual increase of 28 percent. (CGTN)

54 injured after man sprays corrosive liquid in Chinese kindergarten

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Fifty-one children and three teachers were injured after a man sprayed a corrosive chemical in a kindergarten in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The incident happened in the city of Kaiyuan on Monday afternoon, when a suspect climbed into a kindergarten and sprayed caustic soda, according to the government of Kaiyuan.

Two were seriously injured, but not life-threatening.

The 23-year-old male suspect, surnamed Kong, was detained about an hour later. Police said he carried out the attack as a revenge on society. (Xinhua)

3 men arrested in suspicion of preparing terror attack in Germany

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Three men have been arrested in the German city of Offenbach "on suspicion of the preparation of a serious violent act threatening the state," said the public prosecutor's office Frankfurt on Tuesday.

The three men were accused of making "preparations to commit a religiously motivated crime in the Rhine-Main area using explosives or firearms and to kill as many people as possible, so-called non-believers," said attorney general Nadja Niesen.

Three suspects were believed to be supporters of the so-called Islamic State (IS), according to the public prosecutor's office. (Xinhua)

US No. 1 milk company declares bankruptcy amid drop in demand

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Dean Foods, America’s biggest milk processor, filed for bankruptcy Tuesday amid a decades-long drop-off in US milk consumption blamed on changing trends and a growing variety of alternatives.

Since 1975, the amount of milk consumed per capita in the US has tumbled more than 40 percent. Americans consumed around 24 gallons per year in 1996, according to government data. That dropped to 17 gallons in 2018. (AP)

Number of captive pandas increases to 600 globally

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A total of 60 captive panda cubs were born, 57 of which survived this year, leading to a captive panda population of 600 worldwide, China's National Forestry and Grassland Administration said Tuesday.

The administration made public the figure at a meeting featuring the giant panda breeding, technology and research, kicked off Tuesday in the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

There are fewer than 2,000 pandas living in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi. (Xinhua)

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild

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A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras, Global Wildlife Conservation said.

The chevrotain was first described in 1910 by four people. A fifth sighting was reported in 1990 in central Vietnam, making it one of the rarest animals in the world, GWC said in a statement. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

If you go into space, do you get taller? 

(Answer: Yes, the cartilage disks in your spine expand under zero gravity.)

Today’s quote is from Roman poet Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD). 

"Tears at times have the weight of speech."

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


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