CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/18/2018 Sun.)

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Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/18/2018 Sun.)

People's Daily app

13:15, 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 Jinping unanimously elected Chinese president

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Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC). 

Xi was also elected chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) by a unanimous vote.

Right after the election, Xi took a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution.

"I pledge to be allegiant to the Constitution of the PRC, safeguard the Constitution's authority, fulfill my legal obligations, be loyal to the country and the people, be committed and honest in my duty, accept the people's supervision and work for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful," he said.

This was the first time for a Chinese president to take such an oath upon assuming office.

In the president's first five-year tenure, China has made historic achievements and undergone historic changes -- Having "stood up" and "grown rich," China is "becoming strong." Xi told the Party's 19th National Congress in the opening speech that socialism with Chinese characteristics had entered "a new era."

At the Party congress, Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era was written into the CPC Constitution, and into the country's Constitution on March 11, making it the guiding principle of China.(Xinhua)

Li Zhanshu elected chairman of National People's Congress Standing Committee

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Li Zhanshu was elected chairman of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee on Saturday morning at the ongoing annual session of China's national legislature.

Li is a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Nearly 3,000 lawmakers also elected 14 vice chairpersons and the secretary general of the NPC Standing Committee. (Xinhua)

Wang Qishan elected vice president of China

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Wang Qishan was elected vice president of China on Saturday at the annual session of the country's top legislature.

Wang was elected at the fifth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress by nearly 3,000 lawmakers.

Wang, born in July 1948, was a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC from 2012 to 2017. (Xinhua)

China's massive cabinet restructuring plan adopted

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China's national legislature adopted a massive cabinet restructuring plan Saturday to make the government better-structured, more efficient and service-oriented.

Approved at a plenary meeting of the ongoing first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), the plan will create an immigration administration, an agency to coordinate foreign aid, a combined banking and insurance regulator, and ministries of veteran’s affairs, emergency management and natural resources, among others.

Briefing lawmakers earlier this week, State Councilor Wang Yong said the restructuring would strengthen government roles in economic management, market supervision, social management, public service, and ecological and environmental protection. (Xinhua)

Chinese embassy in US condemns 'Taiwan Travel Act'

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The Chinese Embassy in the United States Friday denounced the US-Taiwan travel bill, saying it violates the one-China principle.

"'Taiwan Travel Act' severely violates the one-China principle, the political foundation of the China-US relationship. We urge the US to honor the commitments made in the Three Joint Communiqués,” a spokesperson for the embassy said.

The Three Joint Communiqués made by governments of China and US in 1972,1978 and 1982 contain US’ agreement on “respecting each other’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Earlier on Friday, US President Donald Trump signed the bill that encourages visits between the United States and China's Taiwan at all levels. (People's Daily app)

Trump reaffirms meeting with Kim Jong-un

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On Friday, US President Donald Trump went over more details of his plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May during a call with South Korean president, voicing “cautious optimism” over recent developments.

Trump and President Moon Jae-in discussed preparations for their upcoming talks with Kim and agreed that “concrete actions” were the key to achieving denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the White House said in a statement.(Reuters)

China wins first Winter Paralympic gold in wheelchair curling

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China’s wheelchair curling team defeated Norway 6-5 in the final at the Pyeongchang Paralympics, bagging China's first Winter Paralympics gold medal.

China made its Winter Paralympics debut at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. (People's Daily app)

Plastic particles found in bottled water

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As the result of a major study conducted by State University of New York, well-known names such as Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure and San Pellegrino all contain some level of tiny plastic particles.

The researchers suggest that the plastic particles are likely seeping in during the packaging process. (AFP)

Thank you for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is by American writer Mark Twain:

“Work like you don’t need the money. Dance like no one is watching. And love like you’ve never been hurt.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Zeke Zeng Ziyi, and Regina Barna.)

 

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