CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/29/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (3/29/2019 Fri.)

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05:59, March 29, 2019


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China to introduce supporting regulations for foreign investment law: Premier Li


China has started to formulate matching regulations and rules to support the newly-adopted foreign investment law, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday.

Li made the remarks at the opening plenary of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference in Boao, a coastal town in China's southern island province of Hainan.

The supporting rules will go into effect together with the foreign investment law on Jan. 1, 2020, he said.

Authorities are also sorting through related laws, regulations and normative documents, and those inconsistent with the foreign investment law must be abolished or revised, Li said.

China is opening up wider to the world under the principle of competitive neutrality, the premier noted.

"We treat domestic and foreign-funded enterprises equally and protect the rights and interests of all types of businesses with concrete measures," he said. "It is the consistent stance of the Chinese government to strengthen intellectual property right protection." (Xinhua) 

Tibet marks 60th anniversary of democratic reform


Representatives from various ethnic groups and walks of life gathered in the Potala Palace square in Lhasa Thursday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the campaign of democratic reform in Tibet.

Tibet has made historic achievements and undergone tremendous changes since the democratic reform that started 60 years ago, said Wu Yingjie, Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Tibet Autonomous Region.

The democratic reform is a major historic event in Tibet's development and human rights advancement, Wu said. (Xinhua) 

Palang Pracharath party wins more votes than Pheu Thai party: Thai election commission


The Thai Election Commission announced on Thursday that it has finished counting raw votes from all polling units nationwide and that PalangPracharath secured 8.43 million votes, followed by Pheu Thai party's 7.92 million votes and Future Forward party's 6.26 million votes.

Though PalangPracharath won most raw votes, Pheu Thai party won most MP seats among all contestant parties, accounting for 137 MP seats out of a total of 500. (Xinhua) 

Mueller report is more than 300 pages long


Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report is more than 300 pages long, a Justice Department official and another person familiar with the document said Thursday.

Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary of the report on Sunday and is expected to release a public version of the document in the coming weeks.

Mueller’s report did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign to swing the 2016 presidential election in President Donald Trump’s favor, according to Barr’s summary. But the report reached no conclusion on whether Trump had sought to obstruct the investigation. (AP) 

High-rise building fire kills at least 19 in Bangladesh


At least 19 people were killed and scores of others injured as a massive fire engulfed a high-rise building in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Thursday.

The blaze started on the seventh floor of the 22-storey FR Tower housing offices, TV and radio stations and restaurants at around 1:00 pm on Thursday, a local official said.

It was not clear how many people were inside the building when it caught fire. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. (Xinhua) 

Daimler and Geely join forces to build next-gen Smart car


Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler and Chinese auto giant Geely announced plans Thursday to develop the next generation of electric Smart cars to be made in China in a joint venture.

Under the agreement, expected to be finalized by the end of the year, the new vehicle will go on sale globallyin 2022, the German and Chinese car giants said in a statement.

The new Smart cars will be styled by the Mercedes-Benz Design network with engineering provided by Geely. (AFP) 

HK Disneyland to launch new Marvel-themed attraction


A new Marvel-themed attraction is set to open to the public on March 31 at Hong Kong Disneyland, the theme park said on Thursday.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle is the first attraction to feature characters of Ant-Man and The Wasp, and also the first-ever Marvel attraction in a Disney Park to feature a female super hero as a title character.

According to Hong Kong Disneyland, more popular Disney characters and stories are arriving in the park under the multi-year expansion plan. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Who wrote the novel Death in Venice, which was later made into a film of the same name?

(Answer: Thomas Mann.)

Today's quote is from French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867).

"A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else."

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

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