CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/18/2019 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/18/2019 Sat.)

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06:33, May 18, 2019

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China to further promote AI in education


China will continue promoting the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in education to facilitate teaching and learning a variety of subjects, said Minister of Education Chen Baosheng at the ongoing International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education.

"We will work on fostering multi-layered talent for AI and smart education, provide more space for the application of AI in education, train high-caliber teachers for AI education, and provide scientific and research innovations on the topic," he said.

China will also establish mechanisms for the linkage and dialogue between education and the AI industry to offer increased and improved infrastructure for AI education, he noted. (Xinhua)

China expresses condolences over I. M. Pei's death: MFA


"We express our condolences on the death of I. M. Pei and our sincere solicitude to the family of Mr. Pei," Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Lu Kang said Friday at a routine press briefing.

The world-renowned Chinese American architect Leoh Ming Pei, better known as I.M. Pei, died at the age of 102 on Thursday.

Lu stressed that Pei made important contributions in promoting mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans, and exchanges between eastern and western cultures.

Born in China in 1917, Pei, the son of a banker, went to the US when he was 17 years old to study architecture. He was later accepted into Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he received a masters degree in architecture in 1946.

Since the 1940s, he has been the mastermind behind a variety of famous buildings including the glass pyramid at The Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong, and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston, to name just a few. (People's Daily app - Xinhua)

Trump delays auto tariffs, orders further negotiations


US President Donald Trump on Friday delayed slapping additional tariffs on imported autos and auto parts for 180 days. In an official statement posted on the White House website, Trump said he ordered further negotiations to "address the national security threat."

Directed by Trump, the US Department of Commerce on February 17 submitted an investigation report based on Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to review whether foreign imports of vehicles and vehicle parts threaten to "impair the national security of the United States."

Trump was expected to make a decision Friday on whether or not he would implement punitive duties, which have been met with strong opposition from countries subjected to them. (Xinhua)

Russian FM says Moscow has no intention to leave Council of Europe


Russia has no intention to abandon the 47-nation Council of Europe (CoE) and is ready to continue its work in the organization for the sake of European security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

Lavrov added that Russia did not refuse any of its obligations assumed within the council, including financial ones. He did not specify, however, if Moscow intended to repay its membership dues.

Russia has not paid its CoE dues since 2017, and suspended payments after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) canceled its voting rights. (Xinhua)

French doctor suspected in 17 more poisoning cases


A French doctor already under investigation for poisoning seven patients has been charged with poisoning an additional 17 victims at a clinic in eastern France, one of his lawyers said.

Frederic Pechier, 47, now stands charged in 24 cases, nine of which resulted in death, after working as an anesthesiologist at two private clinics in the eastern French city of Besancon.

If convicted, Pechier could face a life sentence. (AP)

Construction completed on widest bridge over the Yangtze


Workers on Thursday joined the two sections of the widest bridge over the Yangtze, China's longest river.

Spanning 7,548 meters, the Qingshan Yangtze River Road Bridge in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, is 48 meters wide. The 10-lane dual-way bridge will have a speed limit of 100 kph. It is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge with a floating system.

The bridge is expected to open later this year. (Xinhua)

China unveils first 5G 'smart museum'


A museum in Central China on Friday became the first in the country to offer full 5G coverage and multiple related services including real-time viewing of a 2,400-year-old bronze chime.

The Wuhan Provincial Museum said it is now covered by a 5G wireless network, and a package of 5G-based applications are available to the public that will provide visitors with "unprecedented" interaction with the collections on display.

Museum officials said they had worked with China Mobile and tech giant Huawei to introduce the 5G network at the facility. (Xinhua)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What colors make purple?

(Answer: red and blue.)

Today's quote is from English poet W. H. Auden (1907-1973).

"No hero is mortal till he dies."

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, Elaine Yue Lin, and Da Hang. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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