CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/10/2018 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/10/2018 Sat.)

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10:36, May 27, 2018


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Winter Olympics officially underway


The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games kicked off the two-week international sports competition on Friday.
“Peace in Motion” was the theme of the opening event as teams entered the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.
The Chinese team, consisting of 82 athletes, was led by flag bearer and short-track speed skater Zhou Yang.  (People’s Daily app)

All eyes on North Korean leader’s sister at Winter opener


Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday.
Athletes from South and North Korea entered PyeongChang stadium together under the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.
Kim Yo-jong is the first member of her family to visit the South since the 1950s.

On Thursday, the Samjiyon Orchestra from North Korea performed in Gangneung. (CGTN)

Chinese aircraft take center stage at Asia airshow


The Singapore Airshow, the biggest air trade show of its kind in Asia, kicked off this week showcasing modern advances in aviation technology from around the world.
China's influence on the global aviation market is on display as many visitors have come to see the latest Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles.
The aircraft trade expo has attracted more than 1,000 companies from 50 countries and regions. (People’s Daily app)

US government up and running after second closure


On Wednesday, Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill were trying to reach a deal agreeable to both sides that would see the government stay open.
By Friday morning, after its second shutdown in three weeks, the government opened once again.
Trump signed a spending bill that will serve as a boost for the US military and create more jobs.
The spending measure is a $300 billion increase to both military and non-military spending limits for this year and 2019. The bi-partisan agreement extends government funding through March 23. (People’s Daily app)

Chinese scientists make tissue regeneration breakthrough

A team of Chinese medical scientists made a historical breakthrough after it was announced this week they had figured out a way to regenerate human lung tissue. 
Through an advanced stem-cell transplantation process, the team’s work showed that adult human lung structures could be recreated as a possible therapeutic strategy in the future.
The research team, led by Professor Zuo Wei at Tongji University School of Medicine, had their findings published in the science journal Protein & Cell.  (PD online)

China promotes Antarctic tours


On Friday, China said it would offer trips to Antarctica in efforts to protect the frozen continent’s fragile ecology.
According to a guideline from the State Ocean Administration, hunting, construction, entering special conservation areas, collecting soil and rocks, and bringing hazardous materials to the area will be banned.
Visitors will not be able to leave solid waste behind and will need to burn it at designated facilities, said the administration guideline.  (Xinhua)

Stock markets, under pressure, suffer worst week in years

Heavy selling pressure piled more pain on global stocks Friday, putting them firmly on track for their worst weekly performance in years.
Analysts wondered whether an overdue correction was rapidly turning into an equity market bloodbath.
And despite this week's massive losses, the Dow is still nearly 20 percent higher than a year ago -- around the time of Donald Trump's inauguration.  (AFP)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.
The Weekend Poem is from American poet Robert Frost:
"Nothing gold can stay / Nature's first green is gold / Her hardest hue to hold.  / Her early leaf's a flower;  / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsides leaf,  / So Eden sank to grief.  / So dawn goes down to day, / Nothing gold can stay." 
(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Lance Crayon, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Serena Na Ma, and Regina Barna.)

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