CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/9/2018 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (12/9/2018 Sun.)

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05:15, December 09, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

China's foreign trade up 11.1 pct in first 11 months

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China's goods trade rose 11.1 percent year on year to 27.88 trillion yuan (about 4 trillion US dollars) in the first 11 months this year, customs data showed Saturday.

The value has already exceeded the total foreign trade registered last year, said the General Administration of Customs (GAC) in an online statement.

Exports rose 8.2 percent year on year to 14.92 trillion yuan in the January-November period while imports grew 14.6 percent to 12.96 trillion yuan, resulting in a trade surplus of 1.96 trillion yuan, which narrowed by 21.1 percent, the GAC said. (Xinhua)

China summons Canadian ambassador over Huawei CFO's arrest

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Chinese Foreign Minister summons Canadian Ambassador John McCallum over the arrest of a Huawei’s top executive in Canada, according to a statement released by the ministry on Saturday. 

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng strongly protested and lodged solemn representations over Canadian justice authorities’ role in the incident, said the statement. 

Le told McCallum that Canada’s justice authorities have deeply hurt the legitimate rights of a Chinese national and the detention is unreasonable and execrable in nature. 

Chinese government demands immediate release of Meng and full protection to her lawful rights, Le said, warning that Canada would bear all responsibilities if any serious fallout occurs. (People's Daily app)

Finance minister says Huawei's investments 'welcome' in France

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Friday that investments by Chinese telecom technology firm Huawei are "welcome" in his country.

Huawei is "important in France," Le Maire said at a press conference following the Sixth China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue held Friday in Paris.

The company has invested in France, and its investments are "welcome," he said.

The French minister also described as "positive and constructive" the Sixth China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue. (Xinhua)

China International Garden Expo held in Nanning

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The 12th China International Garden Expo is being held in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The event began on Thursday and will last for six months. So far, 44 Chinese cities as well as 19 cities from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and countries along the Belt and Road routes have come to take part, according to the expo's organizing committee. 

The expo aims to become a comprehensive international platform for showcasing urban construction and new concepts, technology and products related to city development, said Wang Menghui, minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. (Xinhua)

At least 14 injured after high-speed train derailed in S. Korea

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A high-speed train carrying 198 people derailed in South Korea 5 minutes after departure, causing at least 14 injuries, according to Yohnap.

The high-speed rail 806 KTX was scheduled to leave Gangneung station at 7:30 am and arrive at Seoul station at 9:30 am, the report said. Four of the 10 cars rushed out of the track when the accident occurred. 

An official from the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) said the extremely cold weather apparently affected the rail.

An official from the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport told local media that no final conclusion had been made on the cause of the derailment, and investigation is still going on. (Xinhua)

Facebook to increase stock buyback by 9 bln USD

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Facebook is investing 9 billion US dollars to buy back its shares to shore up investor confidence, a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Friday.

This is the second time for the company to increase the buyback of shares within its repurchase program in 2018.

A previous SEC report showed that Facebook has spent 9.39 billion dollars to repurchase 54 million shares of its common stock in the first nine months of 2018. (Xinhua)

SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at space station

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A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out.

The bolted-down Dragon holds everything the station astronauts need for Christmas dinner, as well as mice and worms for science experiments, and more than 5,000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of station equipment.

The holiday food includes smoked turkey, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce and fruitcake. There also are shortbread and butter cookies, with tubes of icing for decorating.

It is the second space station visit for this recycled Dragon; it was there last year, too. (AP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Where, specifically, did the first moon landing take place?

(Answer: The Sea of Tranquility.)

Today’s quote is from Roman poet Ausonius (310-395).

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, and Da Hang.)

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