CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/22/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/22/2019 Wed.)

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05:00, May 22, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Xi stresses military personnel education for strong armed forces


Chinese President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of better education of military personnel for building strong armed forces, when inspecting the Army Infantry College of the People's Liberation Army in east China's Jiangxi Province Tuesday.

Military education should meet the requirements of combat, the needs of the armed forces and the demands of future missions, said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

He told military academies and schools to have a strong political underpinning, clarify their direction, advance reforms and improve education quality.

He asked the college to train the cadets for combat and focus on how to win when called on. (Xinhua) 

China plans to remove all expressway toll booths by end of 2019

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China has unveiled a guideline to meet the goal of removing all expressway toll booths at provincial borders by the end of this year.

Local governments should work to improve toll collecting systems and promote the application of non-stop electronic toll collection systems, according to the guideline released by the General Office of the State Council.

Meanwhile, related laws and regulations should be optimized, said the guideline. (Xinhua) 

China's Beidou-3 satellites get new chip

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A new chip for China's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System has been unveiled.

Called "Lyra-II," the high-precision baseband chip, reportedly supporting all civilian signals from the Beidou-3 satellites, is said to be the first of its kind in the world, according to the chip's developer Beijing UniStrong.

The company holds the independent intellectual property rights for the new chip, which it spent more than 50 million yuan over two years developing. (China Plus) 

May promises vote on 2nd referendum in Withdrawal Agreement Bill

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will include a vote on whether to hold another referendum on Brexit.

She also promised measures on temporary customs relations, environment and workers' rights to attract the support of Labor MPs.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which will implement the content of the deal with the European Union, will be put to a parliamentary vote in early June. (Xinhua) 

89 arrested in Sri Lanka over Easter bombings

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At least 89 suspects have been arrested over their alleged links to the Easter Sunday terror explosions which killed over 250 people and injured more than 500 in Sri Lanka, police said Tuesday.

Police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara said that search operations were ongoing across the country to hunt for more suspects linked to the terror attacks but assured that most of those involved had now been arrested.

Sri Lanka's Army Commander Mahesh Senanayake, in a special statement on Sunday, urged people to return to normalcy, assuring that all precautionary security measures had been put in place.

Sri Lanka continues to be under a state of emergency following the April 21 explosions. (Xinhua) 

Tencent becomes China's first company with over 1 mln servers

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China's Internet giant Tencent said Tuesday that the total number of its servers had exceeded 1 million, the first Chinese company to do so.

Qiu Yuepeng, vice president of Tencent, made the announcement at the Tencent Global Digital Ecosystem Summit held in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Tencent is a heavyweight in China's cloud computing sector. Tencent Cloud has 3,147 patent applications and 1,105 patent grants on cloud computing, both ranking top in China, according to Qiu. (Xinhua) 

Ancient city wall discovered in Chengdu

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Cultural researchers have recently discovered an ancient city wall dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

According to the Chengdu cultural heritage and archaeology institute, the wall was built by famous Tang Dynasty general Gao Pian. Gao led the building of the wall to protect the ancient city of Chengdu when he was guarding the area.

The ancient wall is of great value for the study of urban construction and the social and economic structure in ancient times. (Xinhua) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What did the bee say to the flower?

(Answer: Hello, honey!)

Today's quote is from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827).

"A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation."

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


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