CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/19/2019 Tue.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/19/2019 Tue.)

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06:12, February 19, 2019


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China unveils development plan for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

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Chinese authorities on Monday unveiled the outline development plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, aiming to develop the region into "a role model of high-quality development."

The plan was released by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

It says that by 2022, the combined strength of the Greater Bay Area should increase substantially, the cooperation among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao should be deepened and broadened, and the internal driving forces for development should be further enhanced in the region.

By 2035, the Greater Bay Area should become an economic system and mode of development mainly supported by innovation, with its economic and technological strengths vastly increased and its international competitiveness and influence further strengthened, according to the plan. (Xinhua) 

China to establish collaboration network for rare disease diagnosis, treatment

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China will establish a national collaborative network of hospitals for rare disease diagnosis and treatment to promote the early detection and effective treatment of such diseases, according to a decision by the National Health Commission (NHC).

Comprised of 324 hospitals selected for their capacity and experience in treating patients with rare diseases, the network will facilitate the timely transfer of difficult and complicated cases between hospitals and the allocation of quality medical resources for them, an NHC statement says. (Xinhua) 

US, DPRK consider exchanging liaison officers: report


The US discussed exchanging liaison officers with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), US media reported on Monday.

Washington and Pyongyang were seriously considering exchanging liaison officers, an incremental step toward building formal diplomatic relations, according to a CNN report citing two high-level diplomatic sources.

The sources said that if this plan were to move forward, there would be several US liaison officers sent to set up an office in Pyongyang. (Xinhua) 

European Commission steps up customs preparedness for ‘no-deal’ Brexit among EU businesses

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The European Commission on Monday stepped up its "no-deal" outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, to prepare for a "no-deal" scenario when the UK is set to leave the EU on March 29.

The campaign is expected to help inform businesses that want to continue trading with the UK after March 29 on what they need to do to ensure a smooth transition and avoid possible business disruption. (Xinhua) 

Guizhou to build 6,000-kilometer forest trails


Southwest China's mountainous province of Guizhou plans to finish building forest trails with a total length of 6,000 kilometers by 2025, local authorities said.

According to Guizhou Provincial Forestry Department, over 2,000 kilometers of forest trails will be built by 2020.

Guizhou will also have 80 provincial-level forest cities, 300 forest towns and 2,000 forest villages by the end of 2025, providing its residents with green recreational sites. (Xinhua) 

Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs

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Honda will close a car factory in Western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, British media and a local lawmaker said Monday, in another blow to a British economy made jittery by Brexit.

Sky News said the Japanese carmaker is to announce Tuesday that the Swindon plant will close in 2022.

Local lawmaker Justin Tomlinson said he had spoken to Honda, and the company said the decision “is based on global trends and not Brexit.” (AP) 

NASA heading back to Moon soon, and this time to stay


NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon, and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, told reporters Thursday that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies.  

Before humans set foot on the lunar surface again, NASA aims to land an unmanned vehicle on the Moon by 2024, and is already inviting bids from the burgeoning private sector to build the probe.

The deadline for bids is March 25, with a first selection due in May. (AFP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

On which Mediterranean island is Palermo?

(Answer: Sicily.)

Today's quote is from British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965).

"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Elaine Yue Lin.)

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