CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/27/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/27/2019 Wed.)

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04:49, March 27, 2019


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Xi meets European leaders on advancing ties, global governance

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker met Tuesday and agreed to strengthen China-European Union (EU) relations and global governance cooperation.

The leaders met in the French capital on the sidelines of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France.

Noting the increasing volatility and uncertainty in the international situation with a rising tide of protectionism, Xi said China is willing to work with all parties to firmly uphold multilateralism, improve global governance and jointly address global challenges.

China and Europe are two major forces in the world, and are important participants in and constructors of the economic globalization process, Xi said, adding that they share broad common interests.

The Chinese president proposed that the two sides join efforts in three aspects.

Firstly, they should together uphold multilateralism, Xi said, urging China and Europe to protect the status and authority of the United Nations (UN) and the international system with the UN at its core.

Secondly, he proposed that China and Europe work to facilitate development and prosperity on the Eurasian continent.

Thirdly, China and Europe should improve strategic mutual trust, he said. (Xinhua)

Xi makes 3-point proposal on China-Germany ties in meeting with Merkel

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Chinese President Xi Jinping met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday and put forward a three-point proposal on the further development of China-Germany relations.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of a global governance forum co-hosted by China and France.

First, the two countries should deepen their bilateral cooperation to set an example of win-win cooperation for the world, Xi said.

Secondly, the Chinese president proposed that the two countries take the lead in China-EU cooperation to inject more stability into the world.

Thirdly, the two countries should jointly advance global governance to safeguard multilateralism, Xi said. (Xinhua) 

China's State Council passes draft rules on implementing Food Safety Law

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China's State Council Tuesday passed a draft regulation on the implementation of the Food Safety Law, detailing the responsibilities of production operators and governments as well as accountability measures.

Under the draft rules, law-breaking enterprises together with their legal representatives and responsible personnel will face severe punishments.

The draft also optimized food safety standards and risk monitoring systems so as to ensure food safety and better protect the health of people, according to a State Council statement. (Xinhua) 

China's aviation regulator ceases issuing certificates to Boeing 737 Max 8s

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The civil aviation regulator has temporarily stopped issuing airworthiness certificates to Boeing 737 Max 8s due to the plane's alleged uncertainty in flight safety.

The news comes after one of the planes, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed on March 10 killing all 157 people on board.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that it will resume accepting applications for the certificate after the aircraft design meets the requirements. (China Daily) 

US House fails to override Trump veto of his border emergency

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The Democratic-controlled House fell short Tuesday in its effort to override US President Donald Trump’s first veto. 

Lawmakers voted 248-181 in favor of overturning his veto, but that was 38 votes shy of the number needed for the required two-thirds majority.

The outcome enabled Trump to spend billions more on constructing barriers along the Souththern border than Congress has approved.

Even with his veto remaining intact, Trump may not be able to spend the money quickly because of lawsuits that might take years to resolve. (AP) 

Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

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Australia’s prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to “sell Australia’s gun laws to the highest bidders” by asking the US gun lobby for donations.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that reported One Nation party officials Steve Dickson and James Ashby flew to the United States for meetings with pro-gun interests including the National Rifle Association in September last year seeking money to undermine Australian gun laws.

One Nation said in a statement that all party members “have always complied with the law”. (AP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

The iconic bike race, Le Tour de France, usually begins in which month?

(Answer: July.)

Today's quote is from English writer John Ruskin (1819-1900).

"To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance."

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

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