CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/23/2019 Mon.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/23/2019 Mon.)

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06:23, December 23, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China-Japan-ROK economic and trade ministers' meeting held in Beijing

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Trade ministers from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) gathered in Beijing on Sunday for the 12th round of trilateral minister-level talks.

The three parties exchanged in-depth sights in multiple fields including regional economic integration, e-commerce, connectivity, and energy cooperation, and a "broad consensus" has been reached, according to an online statement by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

As the three major economies in East Asia and the world, the parties must oppose unilateralism and protectionism, further promote the level of trade and investment cooperation, and contribute to regional, world peace, stability, and prosperity, said Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce. (CGTN)

China to keep grain output above 650 bln kg in 2020

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China's grain output is expected to remain above 650 billion kg next year with its total grain-planting area higher than 95 million hectares, a senior agricultural official said Sunday.

Han Changfu, minister of agriculture and rural affairs, said China had historically achieved a bumper grain harvest for 16 consecutive years, with its grain output reaching 663.85 billion kg this year, exceeding the 650-bln-kg mark for five years in a row. (Xinhua)

Arrests continue after days of protests against India’s citizenship law

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More than 1,500 protesters have been arrested across India in the past 10 days, officials said, as police try to quell sometimes violent demonstrations against a citizenship law that critics say undermines the country's secular constitution.

The law grants citizenship to minorities of the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Jain and Parsi faiths from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh that are deemed as suffering persecution in those nations.

At least 19 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters since parliament passed the law on December 11. Critics have said the law discriminates against Muslims and threatens India's secular ethos because it makes religion a criterion for citizenship. (CGTN)

Philippines' Duterte declares Christmas truce with rebels

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a Christmas truce with leftist guerrillas, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Sunday.

Panelo said that the December 23 to January 7, 2020 ceasefire will allow "all Filipinos to enjoy quietude and serenity as they celebrate the Holiday Season with their loved ones free from violence or any form of disruption."

The ceasefire will be implemented nationwide, Panelo added. (Xinhua)

Big Ben could signal end of Britain's EU membership on Jan. 31: report

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London's famous Big Ben will ring out across the capital at 11:00 pm on January 31 to signal the end of Britain's membership of the European Union, it was revealed on Sunday.

Dozens of politicians in the House of Commons have already signed a plea for the bell to ring out on Jan. 31.

Currently, the bells only chime on special occasions while work costing millions of dollars is carried out on refurbishing the clock tower, one of the most photographed buildings in Britain. (Xinhua)

Boeing's Starliner lands after heading off course in orbit

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Boeing's Starliner spacecraft landed on Sunday morning in New Mexico after it scrapped a plan to dock with the International Space Station due to an orbit insertion anomaly, NASA live broadcast showed.

The spacecraft touched down at 7:58 am at White Sands Missile Range, a military testing area, according to NASA.

The crew capsule lifted off on Friday, went out of its planned orbit after being separated from the rocket, resulting in an unmanned mission that ended sooner than originally scheduled. (Xinhua)

Liverpool win Club World Cup as Firmino sinks Flamengo

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An extra-time goal from Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Brazil's Flamengo to win the Club World Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

The victory marks a first for Liverpool to win the competition and only the second English team to lift the trophy after Manchester United in 2008.

Brazilian Firmino drilled home the winner in the ninth minute of extra time to secure the victory. (CGTN)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

When big cats are babies, what are they called?

(Answer: Cubs.)

Today’s quote is from French philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592). 

"I quote others only in order the better to express myself."

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

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