CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/21/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/21/2019 Sat.)

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06:44, December 21, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People’s Daily app. 

Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi expresses serious concerns over US interference in China's internal affairs

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China expresses serious concerns over the US side's recent negative words and actions on issues related to China's Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday.

In a phone conversation with his US counterpart, Donald Trump, Xi noted that the US behaviors have interfered in China's internal affairs and harmed China's interests, which is detrimental to the mutual trust and bilateral cooperation.

China hopes that the United States will seriously implement the important consensuses reached by the two leaders over various meetings and phone conversations, pay high attention and attach great importance to China's concerns, and prevent bilateral relations and important agendas from being disturbed, Xi said. (Xinhua)

China approves first foreign-controlled asset management firm

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China has approved Amundi, Europe's largest asset manager, and a subsidiary of the Bank of China to set up a joint-venture asset management company in Shanghai, the top banking and insurance regulator said Friday.

With Amundi holding a 55 percent stake and the Chinese partner 45 percent, it will be the first foreign-controlled asset management company in the country, said the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

It is an important measure to implement China's financial opening-up and will help introduce international experience on business operation and risk management, said the commission. (Xinhua)

UK lawmakers approve phase one of Johnson's Brexit legislation

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson won initial approval for his Brexit legislation on Friday, the first step towards fulfilling his election pledge to deliver Britain's departure from the European Union by January 31.

Lawmakers voted 358 to 234 in favor of the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the legislation required to ratify the exit deal with Brussels. (CGTN)

US says no new foreign military students until better checks

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No new international military students will come to the United States for training until new screening procedures are in place, the Pentagon said in the wake of the deadly shooting last week by a Saudi Arabian aviation trainee at a Florida Navy base.

Federal authorities say Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, killed three US sailors and injured eight other people at the Pensacola Naval Air Station last Friday.

The Pentagon has suspended flight and other operational training for all Saudi Arabian students in US military programs. (AP)

Russia has no desire to rejoin G7: diplomat

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Moscow no longer wishes to rejoin the Group of Seven (G7) as it has other priorities, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.

According to Ryabkov, Russia understands that the G7 retains its value, although the nature of its activities raises many questions. Russia does not want to hear any preconditions for its return to the group.

Russia was part of the Group of Eight along with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan, but its membership was ended after it incorporated Crimea in 2014. (Xinhua)

Russian Navy to receive 5 nuclear submarines next year

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A Russian shipyard will deliver five nuclear-powered submarines to the Russian Navy in 2020, Mikhail Budnichenko, chief executive officer of the shipyard, said on Friday.

The Sevmash Shipyard is preparing to deliver the latest fourth-generation ballistic missile carriers Prince Vladimir and Prince Oleg, Budnichenko said.

The list also includes the Belgorod special mission submarine, and the Kazan and Novosibirsk cruise missile submarines, he said. (Xinhua)

Bryant, Duncan, Garnett to make Hall of Fame Class 2020 shine

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The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has announced the list of eligible candidates for the Class of 2020. Eight former players were nominated for the first time: Chris Bosh, Shawn Marion, Michael Finley, Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and three for whom fans have been waiting long enough – Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

There is no doubt that Bryant, Duncan and Garnett will be inducted into the Class of 2020 next year, since the three together led the whole league in points (Bryant No. 1), rebounds (Duncan No. 1, Garnett No. 2), blocks (Duncan No. 1, Garnett No. 2) and minutes played (Garnett No. 1, Bryant No. 2) from 1996 to 2016. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In Aladdin, what is the name of Jasmine’s pet tiger? 

(Answer: Rajah.)

Today’s quote is from Italian poet Torquato Tasso (1544-1595).    

"The day of fortune is like a harvest day, we must be busy when the corn is ripe."

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


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