CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/15/2019 Fri.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/15/2019 Fri.)

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06:11, February 15, 2019

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

This is People's Daily app.

Here are today's picks from our editors. 

New round of China-US trade talks starts in Beijing

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China and the United States started a new round of high-level economic and trade consultations in Beijing on Thursday morning.

The opening ceremony of the talks was jointly chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chief of the Chinese side of the China-US comprehensive economic dialogue, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

This round of high-level consultations will conclude on Friday. (Xinhua) 

China suspends registration and approvals of direct selling

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China has suspended the registration and approvals of direct selling and cracked down on irregularities in the health product market, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said Thursday.

"We will carry out a thorough, nationwide investigation of the B2C industry," the MOFCOM spokesperson Gao Feng told the press, adding that authorities would crack down on any illegal businesses to protect customer interests.

The MOFCOM will also improve the regulation system, tighten market access and speed up building a credit-based monitoring system of direct selling, Gao said. (Xinhua) 

UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

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The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen Iranian assets.

The US Supreme Court awarded the money to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.

The case will now proceed to the merits phase and is expected to take months or years to complete. (AP) 

Amazon dumps New York City as new headquarters site

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Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to the company.

“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant said in a blog post, adding that it already has 5,000 employees in the city and plans to increase that number.

Amazon announced in November that it had chosen the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens for one of two new headquarters, with the other in northern Virginia. (AP) 

China develops unmanned semi-submersible for marine weather observation

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Chinese researchers are celebrating a breakthrough in the development of an unmanned semi-submersible vehicle that can launch a rocket to perform weather observations at sea.

Developed by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the unmanned submersible has passed a series of river and sea trials and successfully launched instrument-carrying rockets to obtain meteorological data in real-time over a wide area of the ocean that previously could not be monitored by traditional methods. (Xinhua) 

Qomolangma reserve bans ordinary tourists in core zone

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Mount Qomolangma National Nature Reserve in China's Tibet Autonomous Region has banned ordinary tourists from entering its core zone to better conserve the environment of the world's highest mountain.

But for travelers who have a climbing permit, their mountaineering activities will not be affected, according to the reserve.

Covering an area of around 33,800 square kilometers including a 10,312-square kilometer core zone, the reserve is home to one of the world's most vulnerable ecosystems. (Xinhua) 

Su Bingtian claims victory at AIT International Grand Prix

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Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian got his season off to a good start by claiming the indoor 60 meter victory in a stadium-record 6.52 seconds on Wednesday at the Grand Prix held in the Athlone Institution of Technology in Ireland.

Although Su did not meet his coach's expectation of 6.48 seconds, the 29-year-old said he was satisfied with his performance after the winter training.

Japan's Kamakawi Takuna was the runner-up with a personal best record of 6.58 seconds. Confidence Lawson of Great Britain finished third in 6.70 seconds. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What unit of power is defined as moving 550 pounds by 1 foot in 1 second?

(Answer: Horsepower.)

Today's quote is from Roman poet Horace (65 BC - 8 BC).

"Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Elaine Yue Lin, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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