CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/19/2018 Sat.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/19/2018 Sat.)

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10:11, May 27, 2018


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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

Chinese aircraft carrier completes sea trials


China's second aircraft carrier returned to the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning Province on Friday after completing its first sea trials. 

The aircraft carrier, which is the country's first domestically built carrier, was launched in 2017 and began its trials on May 13. 

The main purpose of the trials was to test the aircraft carrier's power system. The tests had the ship sail at high speeds for three days to assess its boilers and monitor the stability and reliability of the power system for combat use. (Global Times)

China issues warning after Myanmar border deaths


A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman has said the country will take any necessary measures to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty, security and border stability as well as the safety of Chinese nationals’ lives and assets following the deaths of three Chinese citizens in armed conflicts in bordering Myanmar.

Speaking on Friday, Senior Colonel Wu Qian said that in addition to the deaths, three rockets and stray bullets had been found in Chinese territory, and he noted that the Chinese military has used effective measures to strengthen security and control over its borders with Myanmar.

China demands that all parties involved in the conflict exercise restraint and cease fire immediately to ensure that such incidents do not happen again, he added. (China Daily)

Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Washington


US President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy and Vice Premier Liu He to discuss bilateral ties at the White House.

Liu arrived in Washington on Tuesday for economic and trade consultations at the invitation of the US government. (Xinhua)

EU to shield firms from US sanctions


The European Commission on Friday proposed activating a dormant statute to shield European firms doing business with Iran from renewed US sanctions.

The commission also proposed to "remove obstacles for the European Investment Bank to decide under the EU budget guarantee to finance activities outside the European Union, in Iran."

US President Donald Trump declared last week that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, claiming that it had failed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or supporting terrorism in the region. (Xinhua – People’s Daily app)

Putin and Merkel seek common ground after US’ Iran deal pullout


Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet at the Black Sea Resort in Russia on Friday to discuss how to fix the Iran nuclear deal.

The visit is the first bilateral meeting between the leaders since May 2017.

With the threat of tariffs on the EU and the fallout from the US’ departure from the Iran deal straining ties between Europe and Washington, Merkel is thought to be keen on strengthen relations with Russia. (CGTN – People’s Daily app)

Britain prepares for Royal wedding


Royal wedding fever has broken out across the UK as final preparations are underway for the May 19 wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

Gift shops in the area are already making the most of the big day by stocking royal wedding-themed mugs, magnets, and tableware. According to one estimate, the wedding could provide a £500-million boost to Britain's economy.

Some eager fans have already started camping on the pavement outside Windsor Castle to get a good view of the event. (China Daily – People’s Daily app)

Texas school shooting leaves 10 people dead and others injured


At least nine students and one teacher were killed on Friday in a school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, according to local reports.

Authorities say that a majority of the dead and wounded were students and that in addition to having the suspected shooter in custody, they have also arrested another person of interest. At least 13 people have been hospitalized, including two law enforcement officers.

The name of the suspected shooter has been identified as 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, according to CBS News.

An unknown number of possible explosive devices were also found in and around the school and authorities are in the process of rendering them safe. (AP – People’s Daily app)

Boeing 737 crashes in Cuba


A Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 airliner crashed Friday morning shortly after takeoff from the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, according to Cuba TV.

As reported, Cuba’s state-run newspaper Granma said that three passengers were pulled from the wreckage and taken to a local hospital where they remained in critical condition.  

Cuba’s Ministry of Transportation said that flight DMJ 0972 was en route from Havana to Holguin carrying 105 passengers and a foreign flight crew.

Right now, medical and emergency response units are on hand at the crash site. Meanwhile, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is meeting with aviation officials at the airport. (People’s Daily app)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

Today’s quote is from Chinese philosopher Confucius:

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Raymond Mendoza, and Ziyi Zeng.)

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