CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/22/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/22/2019 Fri.)

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06:31, February 22, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Seventh round of China-US high-level trade talks starts in Washington

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China and the United States on Thursday morning kicked off a fresh round of high-level economic and trade talks.

The Chinese delegation is headed by Vice Premier Liu He, who also came as the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping; while the US team includes Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Liu, Lighthizer and Mnuchin co-chaired the formal opening at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.

The two-day high-level talks, the seventh round since last February, came on the heels of the working-level consultations between the two sides that have started on Tuesday. (Xinhua) 

China unveils guidelines to support small household farmers

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China Thursday issued guidelines to support small household farmers and encourage them to become involved in modern agriculture.

The move aims to provide assistance to small household farmers, get them involved in modern agriculture, speed up development of modern agriculture and rural areas and facilitate the strategy to revitalize rural areas, according to the guidelines released by general offices of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

The country vowed to enhance agricultural services, improve production conditions of small household farmers, open up more channels for them to increase incomes and protect their rights and interests. (Xinhua) 

At least 81 dead as blaze rips through buildings in Bangladeshi capital

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At least 81 people have been killed Thursday after a devastating fire tore through a number of buildings in old part of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

According to a local official , 41 people are undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city and the bodies have been kept at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue.

A duty officer with the Fire Service and Civil Defense said the fire, triggered by an explosion of a gas cylinder, quickly spread into a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a five-story building, and tore through a row of crowded buildings in the city's Chawkbazar area. (Xinhua) 

Venezuela ensures internal order, border protection: vice president


Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said Wednesday the country's internal order and proper protection of its borders are guaranteed.

Venezuela's opposition has proposed, with the support of the United States, to bring into the country items corresponding to alleged humanitarian aid on Feb. 23, which is being stored on the Colombian side of the border.

Rodriguez reiterated that the way out of the crisis is through dialogue. (Xinhua) 

Airbus inaugurates innovation center in China

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Airbus on Thursday inaugurated the office of its innovation center in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong Province.

Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) is the European aerospace giant's first innovations center in Asia and second worldwide after A3 in the Silicon Valley in the US.

Aiming to explore and inject innovation vitality into the future of flight, its mission is to fully leverage local advantages including talents, enterprises and ecosystems and combine it with Airbus expertise in aerospace, said Airbus. (Xinhua) 

Aussie rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'


Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct on Tuesday, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change.

The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys -- whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia -- has not been spotted in a decade.

Australia's environment ministry on Tuesday said it had officially transferred the animal to the "extinct" list. (AFP) 

Netflix acquires China's sci-fi hit 'The Wandering Earth'

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Netflix, a US-based global streaming giant, has acquired China's sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth".

Released on Feb. 5, "The Wandering Earth" raked in over four billion yuan (about $596 million) as of Thursday.

With the film's local streaming rights going to Youku, Netflix has picked up international online rights to "The Wandering Earth," but the release time is yet to be known, according to a report with Mtime.

Netflix plans to translate the film into 28 languages, according to a Bloomberg report. (China Plus) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the painting 'La Gioconda' more usually known as?

(Answer: The Mona Lisa.)

Today's quote is from French artist Camille Pissarro (1830-1903).

"It is absurd to look for perfection."

(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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