CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/21/2018 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/21/2018 Wed.)

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13:18, May 27, 2018

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Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Xi looks ahead with the Chinese Dream and its worldwide impact as NPC session closes


Chinese president Xi Jinping called on all efforts to tackle the challenges and realize the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation as the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) closed on Tuesday in Beijing.

Chinese people are striving for the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, he added.

There are unprecedented challenges ahead, Xi told nearly 2,900 lawmakers, urging for united efforts to achieve the goal.

"I will continue to serve as a servant of the people, accept supervision by the people, and will absolutely not betray the great trust from all deputies and Chinese people of all ethnic groups," Xi said. (CGTN / Xinhua)

China sets to open wider to the world: Premier Li Keqiang

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country will open its door ever-wider in the new era of reform and opening-up.

The premier says that tariffs on popular consumer goods, including medicine, will be further reduced, while tariffs on much-needed cancer drugs might be eliminated.

He also pledges to further open China's service sector to foreign investors, including nursing in senior care, as well as medical care, education and financial services.

The premier adds that China will make it easier to start a business by simplifying administrative procedures and will open more industries to foreign and private competition. (Xinhua)

G20 ministerial meeting opens in Buenos Aires


Heads of finance from 57 countries and institutions met on Monday during the first meeting of this year’s G20.

Topics under discussion are likely to include infrastructure and the future of work in the digital arena.

After the US announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, the delegations are expected to put out a joint statement on the matter. (People’s Daily app)

French ex-president Sarkozy held over campaign fraud


French police took the country’s former President Nicholas Sarkozy into custody on Tuesday. He will be questioned about illegal campaign funding he received from Libya during his 2007 presidential campaign.

Sarkozy will be held in custody for the next 48 hours before meeting with the investigation team, who will decide on an indictment.

In 2016, Ziad Takieddine, a Lebanese-French businessman, claimed to transport 5 million euros in cash from Tripoli to Paris between the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007. He claimed that he delivered the money to Claude Guéant, the former minister of the interior.

Sarkozy has denied the accusations of illegal financing. (People’s Daily app)

US, South Korea to resume military drills on April 1

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The Pentagon announced on Monday that its joint military exercises with South Korea will restart the beginning of next month "at a scale similar to that of the previous years."

The United Nations Command notified North Korea on the schedule as well as "the defensive nature of the annual exercises," the Pentagon said.

The military drills, which were postponed this year during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic period, come amid signs of a growing resolution on the Korean Peninsula. (People’s Daily app)

Fatal shooting in Maryland high school

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A teenager with a handgun shot two classmates inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, according to Saint Mary's County sheriff.

The officer and the teenager both fired a single shot and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he took his own life or was killed by the officer’s bullet, Sheriff Tim Cameron said. The other students were hospitalized in critical condition, and the officer was unharmed. (AP)

Package bomb explodes in Texas shipping center


A package bomb, believed to be linked to the recent bombings in Austin, exploded early Tuesday inside a FedEx facility near San Antonio, leaving one worker with minor injuries.

A second unexploded bomb was found at the scene, authorities said.

Local police and FBI are investigating the matter. They suspect this bombing is related to two previous bombings that have killed two people and injured four in the last month. (People’s Daily app)

Vienna named most livable city


Austria’s capital, Vienna, has been named the city with the best quality of life in the world for the 9th consecutive year, according to an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer.

Vienna topped the list, boasting a vibrant cultural scene and moderate housing costs.

Mercer surveyed more than 230 cities, examining each city’s political stability, healthcare, education, crime, recreation and transportation. (People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from American writer Ernest Hemingway.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

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

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