CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/19/2019 Sun.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/19/2019 Sun.)

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04:35, May 19, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today’s picks from our editors.

FM Wang Yi holds phone call with Pompeo


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that China firmly opposes the US using political means to suppress the regular operation of Chinese enterprises.

He expressed China's strong opposition and urged the US to change course before relations between the two countries take further hits.

Both history and reality have demonstrated that as two major nations, China and the US would only thrive through cooperation, Wang noted, adding that the two sides should keep differences in check and expand cooperation on a mutually beneficial basis.

Wang said China has always proposed and has been willing to solve, trade disputes through negotiations, but they should be held on an equal basis. 

In any negotiations, the Chinese side should stand up for its legitimate national interests and answer to people's calls, the state councilor said. (CGTN)

China calls for global 5G standards


China has approved nearly 200 standards in key telecommunication areas and called for global efforts promoting 5G development – particularly in setting 5G standards.

Zhang Feng, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said Friday that China will push forward the establishment of global standards in sectors including 5G, the industrial internet, and the internet of vehicles.

198 standards have been approved by the ministry in these telecom areas, Zhang said, adding that the country has selected 14 pilot projects within industries such as the internet of things and smart homes. (China Daily)

China reports over 970,000 cases of occupational diseases


More than 970,000 cases of occupational diseases were reported in China in 2018, according to an official statement.

Nearly 90 percent of the reported cases were pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as “black lung disease,” according to a press briefing on the prevention and treatment of occupational diseases in China held by the State Council Information Office.

Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission (NHC), said the commission would increase efforts on the prevention and treatment for pneumoconiosis with related departments.

He called for concerted efforts to safeguard pneumoconiosis patients from poverty through medical insurance, assisted living, and support. (Xinhua)

Australian PM brands election victory as ‘miracle’


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has claimed victory in Australia's general election.

Morrison's Liberal National Party (LNP) coalition won a third term on Saturday night, defeating the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and its leader Bill Shorten.

Every opinion poll projected that Labor would win the election after six years in opposition on the back of strong swings in support toward the party in Queensland and Victoria. 

Addressing supporters in Sydney, Morrison said, "I have always believed in miracles." (Xinhua)

Boeing says 737 Max software upgrade is complete


Boeing says the software update for its grounded 737 MAX aircraft is complete.

The proposed fix addresses a problem with a flight handling system which is believed to be responsible for two deadly plane crashes, including one in Ethiopia which killed 157 people in March.

Boeing is also preparing to submit to the US Federal Aviation Administration a plan on 737 Max pilot training. 

Once approved, each airline will develop and submit their plan for the 737 Max to the FAA. (CGTN)

Chinese museums receive 16 percent more visitors in 2018


Museum attendance across China jumped 16 percent year-on-year, hitting 1.13 billion in 2018, said Liu Yuzhu, chief of the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).

The number of museums increased by 218 year-on-year to 5,354, featuring roughly 26,000 exhibitions and 260,000 cultural events in 2018, Liu said at an event in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan Province, in honor of International Museum Day on Saturday. (Xinhua)

Scientists discover new 'cold vent' on ocean floor


Chinese scientists discovered an active "cold vent" in the South China Sea during a research voyage that concluded on Thursday.

Cold vents are areas where methane, hydrogen sulfide, and other hydrocarbons seep out of the ocean floor, providing a unique environment for organisms or the development of topographic features.

Samples and data of organisms, water, gas, and sediments were collected to further the study of the evolution and mechanisms of cold vents, according to the China Geological Survey of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The research voyage, covering more than 3,000 nautical miles in 36 days, combined more than 20 major tasks with 111 scientists and crew members on board. (China Daily)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

In which Australian state is Darwin?

(Answer: Northern Territory.)

Today’s quote is from Greek philosopher Diogenes (412 BC - 323 BC). 

"Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?"

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, Lance Crayon, and Chelle Wenqian Zeng. Music by Eugene Loner.)

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