CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/28/2019 Thu.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/28/2019 Thu.)

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06:25, February 28, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China selects top 10 scientific discoveries of 2018


China's Ministry of Science and Technology Wednesday selected the country's top 10 scientific discoveries of last year, including macaque monkey cloning, creation of first single-chromosome yeast, ketamine for antidepression, DNA nanorobot for cancer therapy, precise measurements of the gravitational constant, mysterious signals in search for dark matter, breakthrough in studying water structure, super-resolution imaging technique, balanced plant growth and earliest evidence of humanity.

The results were selected from 353 sets of research carried out from December 2017 to November 2018. (Xinhua) 

China's largest air carrier conducts 1st intercontinental flight with biofuel


China Southern Airlines (China Southern) announced Wednesday that it had successfully completed its first intercontinental flight with aviation biofuel.

The newly delivered Airbus A320neo single-aisle airplane was delivered from Toulouse in France to Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong Province through ferry flight, using aviation fuel with 10 percent biofuel made from sugarcane, said China Southern.

The Guangzhou-based air carrier has a fleet of about 840 airplanes, ranking the first in Asia and third worldwide. (Xinhua) 

DPRK, US leaders meet in Hanoi, Vietnam for 2nd summit


Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met Wednesday night in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for their second summit to discuss concrete ways for peace on and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Noting "efforts and patience" were needed more than ever in the period that had passed, Kim said he was convinced that they can create an "outcome that everybody will welcome" in his second meeting with Trump.

Trump said he hoped his meeting with the DPRK leader would be "equal or greater" than their first summit.

Trump and Kim also had their first dinner together in Hanoi on Wednesday. (Xinhua) 

Pakistan PM invites India for dialogue amid escalating tensions across LoC


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday invited India for dialogue to counter terrorism and reduce tensions between the two neighbors.

"Both countries cannot afford miscalculation because of the weapons we have. Pakistan is ready for dialogue to counter terrorism. Let's sit at the table to find solutions to the problems," Khan said after the Pakistan army said its air force shot down two Indian fighter jets along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir region.

Tensions grew between the two neighbors after India claimed to have carried out air strikes on the Pakistani side of LoC on Tuesday.

India claimed that its air force targeted a camp of the Jaish-e-Muhammad group in Tuesday's airstrikes, which was blamed for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing on Indian paramilitary troopers in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed some 40 people. (Xinhua) 

Nepal tourism minister among seven killed in chopper crash


An Air Dynasty official confirmed Wednesday that a company chopper crashed in Taplejung district in Nepal. All seven on board, including Nepali Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, did not survive, the Himalaya Times reported.

Fickle weather is believed to be the main reason for the crash.

The office of the prime minister summoned an emergency cabinet meeting to respond to the crash. (People's Daily app) 

China leads wind energy growth for first time


The Chinese wind energy industry is the largest in the world according to data released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). With 21,200 MW onshore capacity and 1,800 MW offshore capacity in 2018, it has breezed past European and American markets.

China has promoted green resources such as wind and solar energy in recent years to cope with pollution and to boost economic growth. (CGTN) 

Japan to hold nationwide expo to attract Olympics visitors


The Japanese government plans to hold a "Japan Exposition" with a series of cultural exhibitions and performances throughout the nation to attract visitors as the country will host the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, local media reported Wednesday.

The Japanese government has earmarked about 3.5 billion yen ($31.7 million) from the 2019 budget for preparation of the event, which will be officially launched on Sunday.

The expo is aimed at persuading visitors to travel throughout Japan and give them a lasting imprint even after the Olympic Games, as part of the government's plan to promote Japanese culture overseas. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

"The Marseillaise" is the national anthem of which country?

(Answer: France.)

Today's quote is from French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906).

"The artist makes things concrete and gives them individuality."

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

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