CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/23/2019 Sat.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/23/2019 Sat.)

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06:30, February 23, 2019

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Here are today's picks from our editors.

Chinese president meets Saudi crown prince

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

"China regards Saudi Arabia as a good friend and partner and is ready to work jointly with Saudi Arabia to build on past achievements to open up a new horizon for bilateral friendship and strategic relationship," said Xi, noting that with the guidance of high-level leaders on both sides, the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries have formed a new pattern in recent years, in which the relationship is being advanced in an all-around way, at multiple levels and in a wide variety of fields.

China and Saudi Arabia should continue to extend mutual support on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns and promote political mutual trust, he said.

Mohammed conveyed cordial greetings and best wishes for Xi from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Saudi Arabia and China have a long history of friendly exchanges, enjoy an amicable friendship and a rapid development in economic and trade cooperation at present and there is no divergence between the two sides, Mohammed said. (Xinhua) 

6 in 10 say politics behind US campaign against Huawei: CNN poll

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Over 60 percent of respondents believe the US global campaign against Chinese tech giant Huawei is politically motivated, according to CNN online poll results.

The Quest Means Business, a business program on CNN, said in a tweet that 61 percent of respondents to its latest poll on "what's behind the US campaign against Huawei" chose "Politics" as the reason among four given options.

Meanwhile, 24 percent of respondents chose "Security," 13 percent ticked "Business," and the remaining 2 percent chose "Something Else." (Xinhua) 

US, DPRK to seek understanding of denuclearization at Hanoi summit

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The United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will seek a shared understanding of denuclearization at the upcoming Hanoi summit, a US senior official said Thursday.

At a background briefing, the senior official from the US State Department said it was possible for the DPRK to denuclearize, while pointing out that it was yet unknown if Pyongyang has decided to do so.

"I think we actually need to move very quickly in this process and need to move in very big bites," the official said, referring to the DPRK denuclearization process. (Xinhua) 

US to leave 200 troops in Syria after pullout

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The White House said Thursday that the United States would leave a small proportion of troops in Syria after the planned pullout.

"A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

The 200 troops would be divided between At-Tanf, an area near the Iraq-Jordan border, and northeast Syria, CNN reported.

Currently, there are about 2,000 US troops deployed in Syria. (Xinhua) 

Venezuela seals border to block US aid shipment amid fears of 'Trojan horse'

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The Venezuelan government led by President Nicolas Maduro has sealed off the country's border with Brazil and suspended aerial and maritime communications with the neighboring islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

The military has also placed freight containers at the Tienditas bridge linking Venezuela with the Colombian city of Cucuta to block US aid, as Maduro warned that the forceful humanitarian aid is fake and might be the first step toward a foreign invasion.

The United States and other countries in the region, in coordination with the Venezuelan opposition, have declared their plan to deliver aid into Venezuela on Saturday. (Xinhua) 

Batch of 'affordable' Teslas arrive at Shanghai Customs

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More than 1,600 Model 3 cars manufactured by US electric car giant Tesla arrived through the Shanghai Waigaoqiao port on Friday, marking the largest batch of Tesla cars delivered to China's mainland so far.

The Model 3, with a price tag of between 433,000 and 570,000 yuan, is seen as the “affordable” Tesla. Comparatively, previous Tesla models are often seen as luxury cars with prices over 1 million yuan including tax. (Shine.com) 

Lego opens first Beijing flagship outlet in China expansion

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Danish toy giant Lego opened its first Beijing flagship retail outlet Friday as the company steps up expansion in the world's second largest toy consumer market.

Located in the downtown Wangfujing shopping area, the flagship outlet, the third in China, features a strong Chinese style such as Forbidden-City eaves and a giant panda built from Lego.

The store also has many digital elements to improve interactivity and consumer experience, many for the first time. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Name the only heavyweight boxing champion to finish his career of 49 fights without ever having been defeated?

(Answer: Rocky Marciano.)

Today's quote is from Greek poet Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC).

"One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Brian Lowe, Elaine Yue Lin, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng.)

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