CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/9/2018 Fri.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (2/9/2018 Fri.)

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10:35, May 27, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start. 
This is People’s Daily app.  
Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi’s envoy: Situation on Korean Peninsula undergoing 'positive changes'

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On Thursday, Han Zheng, special envoy to the Chinese President Xi Jinping met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss bilateral relations and the improved situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Han, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, conveyed Xi's greetings to Moon and his wishes for a successful PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
On the same day, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on North and South Korea to maintain their current dialogue.
Yi expressed hope that interactions between the two Koreas would expand to all relevant parties. (Xinhua)

SpaceX launches world's ‘most powerful’ rocket

Earlier this week, privately-owned aerospace manufacturer SpaceX launched the world’s most powerful operational rocket into orbit.
The Falcon Heavy blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Tuesday afternoon.
Elon Musk, tech billionaire and SpaceX owner, parked his automobile, a Tesla Roadster, inside the Falcon before liftoff.  The rocket will carry his car throughout the space mission. (Xinhua)

Security drills held at Beijing train station

Anti-terrorist attack drills were staged at the Beijing Railway Station in the capital city’s Dongcheng District on Wednesday. 
Local police joined tactical specialists for emergency response training in preparation for the upcoming Spring Festival travel season.
Bomb removal experts, remote-controlled robots, and medical personnel were all on hand for the specialized training drills. (People’s Daily app)

US Embassy releases Chinese holiday video

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The US Embassy in China released a video featuring images of dogs in honor of the upcoming Spring Festival.
"From all of us here at the United States Embassy in Beijing, Happy Year of the Dog,” said US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad with his wife standing alongside him. 
People in China are preparing to celebrate the Year of the Dog as the Chinese Zodiac continues its 12-year cycle after saying goodbye to the Year of the Rooster. (People’s Daily app)

Asian-American data collection bill rejected in Massachusetts

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On Wednesday, Chinese Americans across the US celebrated as the Asian Disaggregation Bill was rejected by Massachusetts lawmakers.
The controversial bill would require state and other agencies to identify Asian Americans in all data collection.
Many have suggested the victory is just temporary, and have called for further actions against the spread of similar bills in the US. (People’s Daily app)

Philadelphia holds Super Bowl victory parade

Eagles fans flock to Philadelphia to fete champs at parade

Celebrations continued Thursday in the City of Brotherly Love as the Eagles football team was honored with a victory parade.
Fans clad in green clothes lined up along the streets to catch a glimpse of the champs, who rode in open-top buses.
Head Coach Doug Pederson carried the Lombardi Trophy past the cheering fans, while team owner Jeffrey Lurie held a sign saying "THANK YOU FANS." (AP)

Rarest White Diamond to be auctioned off in London

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A flawless diamond, the size of a large strawberry, is expected to fetch a world record price when it goes on sale at Sotheby’s in London this month.
The diamond is the only stone over 100 carats to have been given the highest grades in every criteria by the Gemological Institute of America, which judges a precious stone’s quality.
It has not disclosed the asking price for the stone, which will be sold in a private sale. (Reuters)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.
Today’s quote is from British writer G. K. Chesterton.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Lance Crayon, Ryan Yaoran Yu, and Serena Na Ma.)


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