CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/4/2019 Thu.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (4/4/2019 Thu.)

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04:51, April 04, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

More remains of Chinese soldiers in Korean War returned

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The remains of 10 Chinese soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War were returned to China on Wednesday from the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Escorted by two Chinese fighter jets, a plane carrying the remains and 145 belongings of the fallen soldiers landed at an airport in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The remains will be buried in a martyrs' park in Shenyang, with a burial ceremony due to be held Thursday. (Xinhua) 

Three held for deadly chemical plant blast in eastern China

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Police have taken three people into custody in connection with the deadly chemical explosion in Xiangshui county, Yancheng, East China’s Jiangsu Province, local authorities said Wednesday.

The Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical Company was hit by a massive explosion on March 21, killing 78 people.

The local public security bureau has launched an investigation and held three people of the company, according to a notice released by the Xiangshui government on its WeChat account. (People's Daily app) 

China's economy to grow over 6 pct in 2019, 2020

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China's economy will continue to grow above 6 percent this year and next in line with the Chinese government's growth target of 6 to 6.5 percent, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report released on Wednesday.

The latest Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019, ADB's flagship economic publication, said China's economy is forecast to grow 6.3 percent in 2019 and 6.1 percent in 2020.

China's economy "remains strong despite the growth slowdown in recent years," said ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada, adding that favorable fiscal reforms at the start of the year, particularly on personal income tax and social security, will help alleviate the adverse effects of anticipated weaker wage growth and boost domestic consumption. (Xinhua) 

Venezuela's ANC strips Juan Guaido of parliamentary immunity


Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has unanimously approved the revocation of parliamentary immunity for Juan Guaido, the National Assembly president and head of the opposition.

Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice ruled on Monday that Guaido failed to comply with an order imposed in January prohibiting him from leaving the country.

On Jan. 23, he proclaimed himself "interim president" of the country, which has been recognized by the United States and several other countries in the region. (Xinhua) 

Ethiopian 737 pilots followed Boeing guidelines before crash

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The pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed last month initially took the emergency steps outlined by the manufacturer but still could not regain control, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The airliner went down soon after takeoff on March 10, killing 157 people in the second deadly crash of a 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months, forcing a worldwide grounding of the model.

The pilots trying to regain control of the Ethiopian jet at first followed procedures to switch off the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) but failed to recover control, the paper said, citing people briefed on the crash investigation's preliminary findings.

They then switched the system back as they tried to find other ways to control the jet before it crashed. (AFP) 

EU to grant UK citizens visa free travel after Brexit

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The European Council and the Parliament announced on Wednesday that, after Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) should be granted visa free travel.

According to EU rules, visa exemption is granted on condition of reciprocity. And the British government has stated that it does not intend to require a visa from EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays. (Xinhua) 

China's Westlake University starts construction of main campus

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Westlake University, a new research-oriented private university, started construction Wednesday of its main campus in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

With an investment of over 4.6 billion yuan ($686 million), the first phase of the construction covers almost one square km and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, said Ji Qingke, vice president of Westlake University.

A total of 36 buildings will be built on the campus, including two large research buildings that occupy half of the total construction area, Ji said. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What are the Ivy League schools in the US?

(Answer: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University.)

Today's quote is from Irish novelist George A. Moore (1853-1933).

"The difficulty in life is the choice."

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