CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/10/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/10/2019 Fri.)

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05:21, May 10, 2019


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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

China shows maximum sincerity, goodwill, but trade deal requires joint efforts: MOC

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s visit to the United States for the next round of high-level trade consultations shows China’s responsible attitude and sincerity in pushing forward the negotiations, an official said Thursday.

Gao Feng, spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference that at the next round of consultations on Thursday and Friday, China hopes the US could drive in the same direction, while taking care of each other's concerns, to resolve differences through cooperation and consultation.

China is prepared for other potential outcomes, he added. (People's Daily app) 

China to support families in infant care

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China will offer families support and guidance on infant care, according to a guideline on the care of infants under three released by the General Office of the State Council.

The country will guarantee maternity leave and encourage employers to enable employees who are parents of infants to work flexible hours, said the guideline.

The government will support stay-at-home parents in finding employment, providing related information, employment guidance and vocational skill training. (Xinhua) 

DPRK fires 2 projectiles believed to be short-range missiles

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired off two projectiles, believed to be short-range missiles, eastward from its northwestern region on Thursday, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The unidentified projectiles were launched from an area in North Pyongan province, north of Pyongyang, at about 4:29 pm and 4:49 pm local time.

The projectiles traveled some 420 km and 270 km, respectively, the JCS said in a brief statement.

The intelligence authorities of South Korea and the United States were precisely analyzing the projectiles for further information. (Xinhua) 

Putin says Russia to continue boosting defense potential

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Russia will continue enhancing its defense capabilities and remains open to cooperation with other countries in fighting terrorism, neo-Nazism and extremism, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"We have done and will do everything necessary to ensure the high combat capability of our Armed Forces and the defense potential of the most modern level," Putin said in a speech prior to a military parade at the Red Square to mark the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Victory Day is one of the most ceremonious festivals in Russia, on which the country holds large-scale military parades in different cities involving tens of thousands of troops as well as its most advanced weapons and military equipment. (Xinhua) 

San Francisco to celebrate Chinese Railroad Workers Day


May 10 has been named Transcontinental Chinese Railroad Workers Day in San Francisco in honor of the historic contributions made by the tens of thousands of Chinese workers who traveled to America in the 1860s to work on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

With the arrival of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad on Friday, the city council of San Francisco passed the bill on Thursday, according to a report by World Journal.

A monument has been made to honor the Chinese railroad workers. (China Plus) 

Indonesia police nab IS-affiliated bomb expert

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Anti-terror squad of Indonesian police has arrested an alleged militant who is the leader of an IS-linked terrorist cell and has also financed terrorist acts, police said Thursday.

The militant also has expertise in assembling high-explosive bombs, the police added.

Rafli alias EY led a terrorist cell in Bekasi, in the outskirts of Jakarta and was also a recruiter of new militants, a police spokesman said.

Rafli, 26, was captured by the squad near a gas station east of Jakarta on Wednesday. (Xinhua) 

Olympic ticket lottery opens in Japan


Residents of Japan began entering a ticket lottery on Thursday, hoping to land seats for next year's Tokyo Olympics.

People overseas will have to wait until June 15 when tickets are put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.

Japanese applications are accepted at the organizing committee's website through May 28, with results announced on June 20. Although non-Japan residents cannot buy there, it offers event schedules, ticket prices in Japan, and venues.

Organizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20-30 percent dedicated to sales outside Japan. (AP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What type of elephant has the biggest ears?

(Answer: African elephants.)

Today's quote is from Roman poet Juvenal (60 - 130).

"It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty."

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

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