CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/29/2019 Wed.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/29/2019 Wed.)

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06:49, May 29, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors. 

Xi sends congratulatory letter to CIFTIS


Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2019 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), which opened Tuesday in Beijing.

"With the deepening of economic globalization, trade in services has become a key part of international trade and an important area for economic and trade cooperation among nations, injecting new impetus to the world economic growth," Xi said in the letter.

Noting that there are broad prospects and huge potential for the development of service trade, he called on countries to seize the opportunity and work together to forge a bright future of global services with mutual, shared benefits. (Xinhua) 

Seven cities in E China to share subway ticketing system

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Tourists can now commute by subway in seven Chinese cities along the Yangtze River Delta using just one mobile app. The cities include Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Suzhou, Ningbo, and Wenzhou.

The app "Metro Daduhui" allows passengers to generate a QR code to take the subway in all these cities. The payment can be made through Alipay or a UnionPay bank card linked to the app.

More cities are expected to join in so people can enjoy a smarter life. (CGTN) 

Iran ready for dialogue with Gulf states


Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Tuesday met with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is currently on a visit to Doha, according to Qatari Foreign Ministry press release.

The two sides reviewed the situation in the region and expressed concern about the escalation and problems in the region.

Meanwhile, Araqchi stressed his country's readiness to enter dialogue between Iran and the Gulf states regarding the stability and security of the region. (Xinhua) 

Death toll from Brazil's prison fights hits 57

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The death toll from recent prison fights in northern Brazil reached 57 on Monday, as prison wardens found the bodies of 42 inmates in four prisons.

A fight between inmates during visiting hours led to the deaths of 15 inmates on Sunday at the Anisio Jobim Prison Complex, in the city of Manaus in the state of Amazonas.

Earlier on Monday, authorities reported the discovery of more corpses. A total of 42 bodies were found not only at the Anisio Jobim Prison, but also at three other jails in Manaus. (China Plus) 

Dunhuang art exhibition tours Taiwan

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An exhibition featuring ancient Buddhist art from Dunhuang in northwest China's Gansu Province is touring Taiwan.

The exhibition opened in Taipei on Tuesday, the last stop of its three-leg tour across the island, and will run through June 21.

Displays include high-definition replicas of the Dunhuang grotto murals, sculptures, musical equipment, models of Buddhist towers, and photos of the decades-long exploration of the Dunhuang grottos. (Xinhua) 

Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino dies

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Malaysia's last surviving male Sumatran rhino died Monday, wildlife officials said, leaving behind only one female in the country and pushing the critically-endangered species closer to extinction.

Once found as far away as eastern India and throughout Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino has almost been wiped out, with fewer than 80 left, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Only a handful of the animals remain in the wilds of Indonesia. (CGTN) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which port in Belgium is a world center for the cutting of diamonds?

(Answer: Antwerp.)

Today's quote is from French philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592).

"The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things."

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


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