CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/16/2019 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/16/2019 Sat.)

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06:14, March 16, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China's national legislature holds closing meeting of annual session

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The second session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) held its closing meeting Friday morning.

Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the closing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Legislators adopted China's first unified foreign investment law, demonstrating the country's resolve to pursue a new stage of high-level opening up.

They also approved resolutions on the government work report, and the work reports of the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate. (Xinhua) 

China will not let economy slide out of proper range: Premier

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China's adoption of a GDP target range this year is consistent with the government's determination of not allowing major economic indicators to slide out of the proper range, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Friday.

The 6-6.5 percent GDP growth target for 2019 is compatible with the GDP expansion of 6.6 percent achieved last year, Li told a press conference after the closing of the annual legislative session, adding that the new target has sent a message of stability to the market.

Li pointed out that a deluge of stimulus is not a viable option as it might work in the short run, but may lead to future problems, and China's choice is "to energize market players to counter the downward pressure." (Xinhua) 

Mass shootings at New Zealand mosques kill at least 49

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Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed 49 people on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days," as authorities charged one man, detained three others and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

A gunman, who used the name Brenton Tarrant on social media made a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. He was set off by attacks in Europe that were perpetrated by Muslims. He wanted revenge, and he wanted to create fear. (AP) 

DPRK blames failure of Hanoi Summit on US lack of sincerity

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The recent summit between the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump failed because the US lacked sincerity, DPRK Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said on Friday.

During a briefing held in Pyongyang, Choe said that Kim attended the summit in Vietnam's capital Hanoi with real expectations, hoping to implement the consensus he had reached with Trump during their Singapore summit in 2018. But the US side was uncompromising and stuck in its political calculations.

Given how insincere the US side has been, the DPRK doubts the necessity of maintaining the negotiations, Choe said. (Xinhua) 

China to establish first Great Wall restoration center

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China's first Great Wall restoration center will be established in Beijing, combining academic research, restoration and protection of the ancient wall.

The center will have archaeologists, designers and craftspersons working together to make targeted plans for the restoration of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall, which is located in the northern Huairou District of Beijing. (Xinhua) 

Tesla Model Y SUV to be built in Shanghai

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric vehicle maker's new Model Y SUV will not only be built in the United States, but also in the company's new plant in Shanghai, China.

Musk also confirmed that the new plant, which the company broke ground on earlier this year, is on track to be completed by the end of the year.

The Model Y will initially only be offered in the "long-range" configuration. It will travel 482.8 km on a single charge. It will cost $47,000 and reportedly be available in fall 2020. (Xinhua) 

Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympic World Games kicks off

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the start of the Special Olympics World Games 2019 at an opening ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Held in the UAE's Year of Tolerance, the World Games attach great importance to the values of inclusivity, unity and respect. Over 2,500 female athletes, the largest number ever, will step on the court. Saudi Arabia will send female athletes for the first time in history. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is sushi traditionally wrapped in?

(Answer: Edible seaweed.)

Today's quote is from American author John Burroughs (1837-1921).

"The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention."

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

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