CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/16/2019 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/16/2019 Sat.)

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07:27, February 16, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Chinese president meets US trade representative, treasury secretary, hailing 'important progress'


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who were in Beijing for a new round of China-US high-level economic and trade consultations, at the Great Hall of the People, saying "important progress for the current stage" was made after the two-day talks.

Calling China-US ties one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today, Xi said the two countries share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities in safeguarding world peace and stability, as well as promoting global development and prosperity.

It serves both peoples' fundamental interests and meets the expectations of the international community to maintain sound and stable development of China-US ties, Xi said. (Xinhua) 

China makes efforts to nurture teaching staff in rural areas

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China rolled out a host of measures to nurture teaching staff in rural areas in 2018, said an official with the Ministry of Education (MOE) at a press conference Friday.

In 2018, China recruited over 85,000 college graduates in a program sending graduates to teach in rural areas for three years, and attracted 45,000 other college graduates to teach in rural areas by providing government-financed education.

In 2019, China will further improve the treatment of rural teachers, enhance their social status and improve their professional abilities, said the ministry. (Xinhua) 

Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

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US President Donald Trump said Friday that he will sign a national emergency declaration to address the situation on the southern border.

Trump said that the president has the power to declare a national emergency in order to safeguard the security of the border and prevent criminals and drugs from continuing to enter the US through the southern border.

According to US media, after announcing a national emergency, Trump could bypass Congress and use military construction funds for the US Army Corps of Engineers to build the border wall.

The New York Times disclosed that Trump was able to invest about $8 billion to build the southern border wall, more than the $5.7 billion that Congress refused to give him. (People's Daily app) 

Five more lunar locations get Chinese names

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Five more geographical entities on the moon have been given Chinese names, based on discoveries from China's latest Chang'e 4 mission, according to a news conference on Friday.

The China National Space Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences and International Astronomical Union held a joint news conference Friday to announce the five names approved by the IAU on Feb 4.

The landing site of the Chang'e 4 probe is named Statio Tianhe, and three annular pits around the landing site are called Zhinyu, Hegu and Tianjin. The central peak in the Von Karman Crater is referred to as Mons Tai. (China Daily) 

Munich Security Conference opens focusing on global order reshuffle


The 55th Munich Security Conference (MSC) kicked off on Friday, focusing on a global order reshuffle.

"The world now is not only experiencing a series of smaller and bigger crises, but also an epochal shift. An era is ending, and the rough outlines of a new political age are only beginning to emerge," the Chair of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, said in his opening address.

The conference, scheduled from Friday to Sunday, has attracted heads of state and government and other prestigious figures in world politics and security. (Xinhua) 

Amazon's expansion plan in Virginia remains

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As e-commerce giant Amazon on Thursday canceled its plan to build a corporate campus in New York City after mounting opposition, the U.S. state of Virginia said the company's expansion plans in Arlington County remain.

"After speaking with an Amazon representative earlier today, we have confirmed that we are moving forward as planned with Amazon's upcoming headquarters in Arlington -- nothing has changed," Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said in a statement.

In an unexpected announcement, the Seattle-based company said it would not build a new headquarters in New York City due to opposition from "some state and local politicians." (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What name is given to the soft patch on a new born baby’s skull?

(Answer: Fontanel.)

Today's quote is from British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824).

"There is no instinct like that of the heart."

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

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