CHINA Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/31/2019 Fri.)


Fresh Start: Podcast News (5/31/2019 Fri.)

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04:40, May 31, 2019


Welcome to Fresh Start.

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Here are today's picks from our editors.

Wife of Chinese president meets international students


Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Thursday met with a group of international graduate students from China Women's University (CWU).

She expressed her hope the students will play a role as a bridge between China and their home countries, and contribute to the promotion of global women's development, and the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.

She said China attaches great importance to women's causes and stands ready to work with the international community to create favorable conditions for their development, provide equal and high-quality education opportunities for women, and help women acquire knowledge and skills to make greater achievements. (Xinhua) 

Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe to attend Shangri-La Dialogue


China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe has arrived in Singapore for the 18th Shangri-La Dialogue security forum.

This is the first time since 2011 a Chinese defense minister will attend the forum.

Hosted by independent think tank, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the forum opens May 31st and will run through June 2nd.

General Wei, who will lead the People's Liberation Army delegation at this year's dialogue forum, will discuss international security cooperation on June 2. (People's Daily app) 

Austria gets first female chancellor as interim premier


Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen appointed the head of the country's constitutional court as Austria's first female chancellor Thursday to lead an interim government until elections in the autumn.

The appointment comes after Sebastian Kurz became the first chancellor in Austrian history to be thrown out of office by a no-confidence vote of MPs on Monday.

Brigitte Bierlein will be tasked with forming a cabinet. (AFP) 

WikiLeaks says Assange is ill; he misses brief court hearing

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Assange, 47, is in Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in Britain while fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources.

Sweden also seeks him for questioning about an alleged rape, which Assange has denied. (AP) 

Japan to tighten checks on South Korean marine food

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The Japanese government said Thursday it will tighten checks on flounder and other marine food imported from South Korea.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare insists the decision is aimed at preventing food poisoning, adding that it is not a countermeasure against South Korea's ban on imports of fishery products from Fukushima and seven other Japanese prefectures.

According to the ministry, about 10 cases of food poisoning caused by Korean flounder are reported annually in Japan. (Xinhua) 

Tencent, Alibaba most valuable Chinese brands: brand consultancy

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China's internet giant Tencent and e-commerce giant Alibaba were listed as the top two most valuable brands in China in 2019, according to the latest ranking released by global brand consultancy Interbrand on Thursday.

China Construction Bank was ranked third, the consultancy also said.

Tech company Xiaomi, online food delivery platform Meituan, and leading courier company SF Express were ranked 14th, 25th, and 30th, respectively. (Xinhua) 

NASA announces the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission

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NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission scheduled to launch in July next year as part of its ongoing exploration of the Red Planet.

According to NASA, the rover will seek signs of ancient habitable conditions and past microbial life, and also collect rock and soil samples to store in a cache on the planet's surface. (China Plus) 

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

Which country supplies about 40 percent of the tea consumed in the UK?

(Answer: Kenya.)

Today's quote is from English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719).

"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."

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


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