CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/23/2019 Thu.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/23/2019 Thu.)

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04:55, May 23, 2019

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Xi requires new advances in rise of central China


Chinese President Xi Jinping has required efforts to enhance the comprehensive strength and competitiveness of the country's central region and to make new advances in the rise of the central region.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks during his inspection tour of Jiangxi Province from Monday to Wednesday.

During the inspection, Xi presided over a work symposium on the rise of the central region and delivered a speech.

Arriving at Yudu County on Monday afternoon, Xi paid tribute to a monument marking the departure of the Long March by the Central Red Army and met families of the Red Army veterans and revolutionary martyrs.

Noting that China is on "a new Long March", he said that the country will depend on firm faith and strong will of the whole Party and all people to overcome major challenges at home and abroad and secure new victories in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. (Xinhua) 

China to increase support for private hospitals to improve medical services

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China will improve the sound development of private hospitals in a bid to increase medical service supplying and improve people's wellbeing.

The decision was made at a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.

Deepening reform of the medicine and healthcare system and actively promoting the development of private hospitals will help meet people's needs for medical services, better stimulate market vitality and unleash service consumption potential, said a statement released after the meeting.

The meeting also required enhancing approval efficiency for private hospitals and that all localities should establish a cross-department approval mechanism by the end of this year. (Xinhua) 

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism

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The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.

In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the March 15 attacks.

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is currently in a high-security prison undergoing tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. (CGTN) 

Indonesia arrests 257 rioters involved in violent election demonstrations

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Jakarta police have arrested 257 rioters involved in violent election demonstrations and more arrests are expected as the demonstrations are still going on, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

He said the rioters involved in clashes with police are apparently from different groups with supporters of the defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

The spokesperson said the rioters had been paid to incite chaos and carry out aggressive acts against police. (Xinhua) 

French families sue Boeing over Ethiopian Airlines disaster

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Two French families have filed lawsuits against US aircraft manufacturer Boeing over the crash of a 737 MAX of Ethiopian Airlines in March.

The March 10 crash of the plane, which was flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killed all 157 people on board including seven French citizens.

The lawsuits accuse Boeing of "involuntary homicide". French magistrates are probing the disaster, as is customary when any French citizen is killed abroad. (AFP) 

India launches earth observation satellite RISAT-2B successfully

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The Indian space research organization (ISRO) Wednesday morning successfully launched a radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2B, officials said.

The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 5:30 am local time.

Officials said RISAT-2B was placed into an orbit of 555 km. (Xinhua) 

IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics

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Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport's governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

AIBA's finances, governance and integrity of judging and refereeing have been investigated for six months by an inquiry panel of three IOC members, which published its report Wednesday.

A key factor proved to be the continued influence of Gafur Rakhimov, AIBA's president from Uzbekistan who stepped aside in March. He is on a US Treasury Department sanctions list for suspected links to organized crime and international heroin trafficking. (AP) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the main vegetable ingredient of moussaka?

(Answer: Aubergines.)

Today's quote is from British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824).

"The dew of compassion is a tear."

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

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