CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/18/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/18/2019 Wed.)

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06:28, December 18, 2019



Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi attends commissioning of first Chinese-built aircraft carrier


President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), attended the commissioning ceremony of China's first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Shandong, on Tuesday afternoon.

The new aircraft carrier, named after Shandong Province in east China, was delivered to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and placed in active service Tuesday at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province.

Xi presented a PLA flag and the naming certificate to the captain and political commissar of the Shandong, respectively, and posed for a group photo with them.

Commending China's achievements in aircraft carrier construction, Xi encouraged them to continue their efforts to make new contributions in the service of the Party and the people. (Xinhua)

US State Department rejects Senate's Armenian resolution


The US State Department on Tuesday rejected the Senate's recent move that recognized the Ottoman Empire's mass killings against the Armenian people as "genocide."

US President Donald Trump issued a statement on April 24 this year, the global Armenian Remembrance Day, saying that "beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire."

In the statement, Trump did not describe the events as a genocide.

The US Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution that formally recognizes the Ottoman Empire's mass killings against the Armenian people as "genocide," a move that might further strain relations between Washington and Ankara. (Xinhua)

Pakistani ex-President Musharraf handed death sentence for treason


A special court in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, on Tuesday, found former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence in absentia.

Musharraf has been on trial for high treason for imposing a military coup and declaring a state of emergency in 2007. He is currently in Dubai of the UAE after being allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in 2016.

The former army chief of Pakistan seized power in a 1999 coup, dismissing the government of then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Musharraf later served as the country's president from 2001 to 2008. (CGTN)

Europe postpones launch of planet mission, seeks Soyuz fix


European space officials on Tuesday postponed the launch of a three-year mission to study planets in other solar systems shortly before it was due to blast off.

The European Space Agency announced that the launch from Kourou, French Guiana, of the Characterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) mission would be delayed by at least a day. 

ESA Director of Science Guenther Hasinger tweeted that “a software error in the Fregat upper stage” of the Soyuz rocket was responsible for the postponement. (AP)

Chinese, British airlines launch joint business


China Southern Airlines and British Airways have inked a joint business agreement at the Beijing Daxing International Airport to enhance customer benefits.

The agreement, effective on Jan. 2, 2020, marks the first joint operation between the two countries' aviation markets.

The cooperation covers code-sharing, lounge service and frequent flyer benefits. (Xinhua)

Superman's cape sells for nearly $200,000 in Hollywood auction


Superman's very first movie cape was sold for nearly $200,000 Monday alongside a collection of rare Hollywood memorabilia, the auction house said.

The prop from Christopher Reeve's "Superman", which went for $193,750, headlined Monday's sale of about 400 cinephile items at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles.

Only six capes in total were used while shooting the film, which came out in 1978.

Multiple costumes from "Star Trek" also found buyers. These included the uniform worn by Patrick Stewart for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, which sold for $28,800. (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who gave his name to the month of July? 

(Answer: Julius Caesar.) 

Today’s quote is from English writer Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). 

"An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy."

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

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