CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/13/2019 Wed.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/13/2019 Wed.)

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05:46, February 13, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China urges relevant countries to stop tarnishing China on cybersecurity

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China Tuesday urged relevant countries to stop using the excuse of so-called cyber spying and internet hacking to tarnish its image, and to stop actions and words that harm China's interests and bilateral ties.

Reports alleged that hackers working for China's state security department breached the network of a Norwegian software firm, as part of a global hacking operation aimed at stealing intellectual property and corporate secrets.

"This is nothing but one of those series of actions by a few countries to tarnish China's image," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a daily news briefing.

China is a firm supporter of cybersecurity and resolutely opposes and fights against cyberattacks of any form, Hua said, adding China advocates that the international community should jointly handle cybersecurity threats through dialogue and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. (Xinhua) 

China confident of maintaining stable 2019 trade growth

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China has confidence in its ability to maintain stable trade growth in 2019 thanks to a raft of positive factors, a senior commerce official said Tuesday.

The gradual recovery of the global economy, China's opening-up efforts and pro-trade policies, accelerating industrial upgrading and improving corporate vitality will lend strong steam to the country's trade growth this year, Chu Shijia, head of the comprehensive department of the Ministry of Commerce, told a conference.

Chu revealed that goods trade continued the upward growth momentum in January. (Xinhua) 

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

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US Congressional negotiators have reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the US-Mexico border.

Negotiators agreed to far less money for President Donald Trump's border wall than the White House's $5.7 billion wish list, settling for a figure of nearly $1.4 billion, according to congressional aides.

The agreement means 55 miles of new fencing — constructed through existing designs such as metal slats instead of a concrete wall — but far less than the 215 miles the White House demanded in December. The fencing would be built in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. (AP) 

UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May urged restive lawmakers Tuesday to hold their nerve and give her more time to rework a Brexit divorce agreement with the European Union.

May sought to buy time, telling lawmakers they would get another chance to alter her course on Feb. 27 if she had not secured changes to the Brexit deal by then.

"We must agree a deal that this House can support and that is what I am working to achieve," she told the House of Commons in an update on Brexit negotiations. (AP) 

Dunhuang's ancient Tibetan manuscripts repaired, digitalized

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Twelve pieces of millennium-old Tibetan manuscripts from the famed Mogao Grottoes have been restored and digitalized, authorities in northwest China's city of Dunhuang said Tuesday.

The manuscripts, made from jute paper, date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and were included in the list of China's archival document heritage in 2010, said Zhang Shizhong, director of the Dunhuang municipal archives.

"To better preserve the heritage, the Dunhuang municipal archives is making copies of the manuscripts to replace the original ones for future displays," Zhang said. "We have also digitalized the manuscripts and will exhibit the digitalized versions in the future." (Xinhua) 

Japanese star swimmer Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

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Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee, a gold medal hopeful for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, announced Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with leukemia and will suspend competition.

The 18-year-old who boasts multiple national records, made the announcement on Twitter, shocking the whole nation.

The athlete said that in order to receive treatment, she will skip the national championships in April, as well as the qualifying events for the world championships. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What do the five rings of the Olympic movement symbolize?

(Answer: This design is symbolic; it represents the five continents of the world, united by Olympism.)

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

"One may be humble out of pride."

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

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